Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed was born on 18 June 1949. He joined army in 3 September 1966, the after he specialized in driving. In 1971, he served with Lancers in Pakistan and India War. Sawar Muhammad Shaheed father’s was a farmer. Sawar Muhammad Shaheed was got married in 1967. He was the father of one daughter and a son. Sawar Muhammad Shaheed was the royal and honest national hero.
|Name:||Muhammad Hussain Janjua|
|Date:||18 June 1949|
|Place:||Dhok Pir Bakhsh, Rawalpindi District, Punjab, Pakistan|
|Date:||10 December 1971|
|Rest Place:||Harar Khurd, Punjab, India|
|Years of service:||1966–1971|
|Battles/wars:||Indo-Pakistani War of 1971|
Sawar Muhammad Hussain had the distinction of being the first Jawan (a rank of foot soldier in Pakistan Army) to be awarded the highest award Nishan-e-Haider for his gallantry. Sarwar Shaheed College in Gujar Khan is named after Muhammad Sarwar. It was founded as a school and later upgraded to college. It is located on Lahore-Rawalpindi GT Road (N-5) and approach is through this road only.
Tribute to Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua Shaheed
I remember it was winter of 1973 when five more names and photos were added in our Urdu reading book. These photos were of great men who gave their lives to save our motherland.
Their photos were added along with their biography and tales of their gallantry and courage. One of these names was Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua Shaheed from 20 Lancers (Armoured Corps), Pakistan Army. Other names were Rashid Minhas Shaheed (Fighter Conversion Unit, Pakistan Air Force Pilot Officer), Shabbir Sharif Shaheed (6 Frontier Force Regiment, Pakistan Army), Muhammad Akram Shaheed (4 Frontier Force Regiment, Pakistan Army and Muhammad Mahfuz Shaheed (15 Punjab Regiment, Pakistan Army).
I remember that my teacher Madam Nargis could not stop her tears while reading one para from the story of Sawar Muhammad. These tears were actually tributes to Sawar Shaheed who gave his life to protect his motherland. Our teacher told us that she felt a great honour of being a daughter of such a nation who had sons like Sawar Shaheed. I remember almost every student in my class had tears when she was narrating the story of Sawar Muhammad and other brave men of our Army.
An Incident of Sawar Muhammad Hussains Honesty
An incident of Sawar Muhammad Hussain’s honesty is quite well known. Once a friend of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed gave Rs 200 to his father to keep in trust. In the meanwhile his father got in desperate need of some money. When he mentioned it to Sawar Muhammad Hussain, he said, “That is a trust of someone. However, I have a personal amount of Rs 50, try to manage with that. I shall not give a single rupee out of those 200, because it will be a breach of trust and when I shall be answerable to God, what reply shall I give?
Sowar Muahmmad Hussain Shaheed Nishan e Haider
During the Indo-Pak war of 1971, he participated in every battle of his unit with extraordinary zeal. No matter how dangerous the situations were, he always got hold of a machine gun and started firing on enemy, without a fear of any danger. On 5 December, 1971, at Zafarwal, Shakargar front he kept on supplying ammunition to soldiers in each and every trench, without considering intense and direct fire from the tanks and infantry of enemy. On 8 and 9 December, he accompanied four fighting units in their difficult and dangerous tasks.
On 10 December, when he saw digging trenches in “Harar Khurd” village near our minefield, he immediately informed the deputy commander of the unit and then on his own initiative he went to each and every gun one after the other and corrected their directions and made them fire upon the positions of enemy, resulting in the destruction of 16 of the enemy’s tanks. Afternoon at 4 o’ clock on 10 December, 1971 when Sawar Muhammad Hussain was showing the positions of the enemy to one of his Recoiless Rifle mounted Jeep, a hail of fire from a machine gun of an enemy’s tank, riddled his chest with bullets and he met his True Lord on the battlefield. Sawar Muhammad Hussain has the distinction of being the first soldier to receive Nishan e Haider.
The 44th Martyrdom day
LAHORE (Staff Report) – The 44th martyrdom day of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed, who won Pakistan’s highest military award Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery and valor in 1971 war against India, is being marked today (Thursday).
Sawar Hussain was the first foot soldier of Pakistan army to receive Nishan-e-Haider after his martyrdom.
Sawar hailed from Gujjar Khan area of Rawalpindi. He joined Pakistan army as a driver on September 3, 1966 at a very young age of 17 years.
Despite being a driver Sawar Hussain Shaheed participated in 1971 war actively and supplied ammunition to army men crawling from trench to trench braving the shelling of guns, tanks and air patrols.
He was hit by machine-gun fire while fight on the front lines while preventing the enemy soldiers from lying down minefield to target Pakistani side.
After Sawar Hussain’s martyrdom his village Dhok Pir Bakhsh was renammed as Dhok Muhammad Hussain Janjua to commemorate his sacrifice.