Mujahida Hussain Bibi (مجاہدہ حسین بی بی) usually known as Bibi Sahiba or Shaheeda Mai Hussain Bibi registered as a regular soldier in the Pakistan Army, fighting in the 1947 war which was fought against India in Kashmir. Bibi Sahiba received Pakistan’s third highest award for valor, the Sitara-e-Jurat, becoming the first female recipient of the award.
|Name:||mujahida Hussain Bibi|
|In Urdu:||مجاہدہ حسیں بی بی|
|Famous As:||Bibi Sahiba, Shaheeda Mai Hussain Bibi|
|Residence:||Azad Kashmir, Pakistan|
|Profession:||soldier in Pakistan Army|
|Awards :||Mujahida Hussain Bibi was awarded Pakistan’s third highest military award (Sitara-e-Jurat) for her exemplary courage and bravery.|
|Achievement:||she was the first woman soldier of Pakistan to awarded Sitara e Jurat|
|Date:||7 October 1947|
|Rest Place:||Thorar, District Poonch, Rawalkot (Azad Kashmir), Pakistan|
|Unit:||Azad Kashmir Regular Force (Pakistan Army)|
|Commanded By:||Captain Sher Khan|
|Battles/wars:||Indo-Pakistani War of 1947|
|Awards:||Mujahida Hussain Bibi was awarded Pakistan’s third highest military award (Sitara-e-Jurat) for her exemplary courage and bravery.|
Life and Career
Shaheed Mujahida Hussain Bibi, belonged to a noble Rajput family of Thorar, District Poonch (Azad Kashmir). Registered as regular Sepoy (Mujahida) in the 5th Azad Kashmir Regimental Force (5 AKRF) led by Captain Sher Khan in the basin of Himalayas and became first female recipient of Sitara-e-Jurat in the history of Pakistan.
Before the Partition of India, Gulab Singh, was appointed the Maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir, and he subsequently stationed a strong force in the Poonch– Azad Kashmir region. The Muslim majority who lived in the area were alarmed by the Maharajah’s policies, and in August 1947, the Poonch Rebellion broke out, subsequently leading to the Indo-Pakistani War of 1947. Bibi Sahiba was a part of the charging group (5 AKRF) during fighting around the Chirikot-Degear defile. She fought bravely, supplying ammunition to Pakistani soldiers fighting in the region. While undertaking this duty, she received a bullet wound and subsequently died at 0500 hours on October 7, 1947. The Pakistanis subsequently pursued the enemy all the way to Poonch and part of Kashmir, which is now called as Azad Kashmir, became independent.
Mujahida Hussain Bibi was awarded Pakistan’s third highest military award (Sitara-e-Jurat) for her exemplary courage and bravery.
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Words ofBrigadier Syed Wajid Raza on Indo-Pak War 1947-48
Mujahida Hussain Bibi, well known as Bibi Sahiba in the Jatha, met martyrdom in the Battle of Chirikot-Degear Defile in 1947, that for all reasons turned fierce.
- She was part of the charging group to be martyred tale, when she was injured with a bullet and took her last breath leaning over a stone on October 7, 1947 during Pakistan’s Kashmir War, 1947-48. Eccentric, that no one – least of all herself was ever able to decide why she should have elected to partake in freedom fight and register as a female soldier.
- Shaheed Mujahida Hussain Bibi, belonged to a noble Rajput family of Thorar, District Poonch (Azad Kashmir). Registered as regular Sepoy (Mujahida) in the 5th Azad Kashmir Regimental Force (5 AKRF) led by Captain Sher Khan in the basin of Himalayas and became first female recipient of Sitara-e-Jurat in the history of Pakistan.
- Chaos in princely state Kashmir started brewing in 1930, after revolt against Maharajah became people’s resistance in 1946, picked momentum in the spring of 1947, and reached its climax in the summers; making Kashmiris’ fight for their denied right of self respect; or else century old struggle of liberation against regime, where social, economic and political rights had been snatched, and above all dignity and identity of its people.
- The people’s struggle of Kashmir was unique in its origin that people demonstrated traditional heritage and singular pride in organizing the freedom fight in groups of platoon and company strength, later to be regimented into Azad Kashmir Regular Forces (AKRF). This had foresight to discipline bands or else could become ganged groups in later years.
- The creation of Pakistan in the hinterland where rested centuries old bondage of people over historical and cultural crossroads, turned to be resource of people’s hopes that generations dreams of liberation. The dramatic turn of events by the middle of September 1947 had gripped the mode of the people.
- 5th Battalion had been continuously in action against Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Forces to rebel government machinery of Maharajah that could not conceive of there being any real communication or sympathize with people to be treated respectable in any manner. Indeed there was a tax on every hearth and every window. Every cow, buffalo and sheep was taxed and even every wife.
- The defile needed to be counter attacked from three directions; one to be led by 6th Sudhnuti Regiment (6th Battalion), second by Captain Sher Khan and third by Lieutenant Bostan Force of 5th Battalion, of which Mujahida Hussain Bibi was a part.
- The rolling down of squads one after another surprised the enemy and unnerved to the extent that they lost momentum of attack. Bibi Sahiba’s squad positioned at far end of defile spotted rushing columns approaching the defile to reinforce the toe edge of defeated force. This could have been a severe blow to 5th Battalion.
- They found overhanging boulder in the rear to find some protection against blazing artillery fire and strafing aircrafts. This continued for hours till sun was blazing over every feature to expose the movement of squad.
- As the daylight poured over the feature, the blazing machine guns took more than half of the squad. The advancing columns in groups distanced to be close to the squad from various directions. The squad was losing its soldiers, but winning the most important asset for its battalion – “the time” much needed for their mission.
- The hush and rush of night had passed and the cold, clear light of dawn stole over every feature. Night noises of bangs and cries had been calmed by nature and splendour of dawn – it was time. With few rounds in the chambers of rifles and swords in hands, the squad charged.
- Bibi Sahiba was part of the charging group to-be- martyred tale that witnessed mountains of Himalaya standing large, white and pure against the cloudless sky, when she was injured with a bullet and took her last breath while leaning over a stone at 0500 hours on October 7, 1947.
The race against time had been won with blood. The counter attack succeeded and groups pursued enemy all the way to Poonch and captured few light machine-guns, rifles and a sizable quantity of ammunition that helped to shoot down one of the strafing aircraft. Bibi Sahiba in recognition of her act of exemplary courage and valour was awarded Mujahid-i-Hydri (now having equivalence with the operational award of Sitara-e-Jurat).