Captain Salman Sarwar Shaheed, Sitara-i-Basalat
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“War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things. The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse. The person who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing which is more important than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature and has no chance of being free unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.” -John Stuart Mill
Captain Salman Sarwar Shaheed hailed from Lahore, the only son of a serving police officer SP Imtiaz Sarwar. Captain Salman passed out with 115 PMA Long Course and got commission in 42 Lancers.
Salman Sarwar, extremely passionate, ebullient, and full of life gentleman, he was an intelligent student and did his 12th grade from Government Degree College Lahore, a prestigious educational institute in Pakistan. He secured high marks in his 12th grade as well as in Medical Entry Test and was qualified to get admission in medical college, in spite of joining the profession of medicine he opted to join Pakistan Army.
In military he enjoyed the repute of a competent and brave officer. He performed various tasks of valor and heroism. His interest and skills in weaponry and shooting were raved by his superiors and subordinates. Due to his excellent military career he was selected as staff officer to the Chairman Heavy Industries Taxila General Ayaz Saleem. His performance on staff duty also remained excellent and was endorsed by the General officer. Before the completion of his tenure as staff officer he volunteered himself for Operation Al-Meezan in Khyber Agency, a war against terrorism.
He became a part of Special Operations Group (SOG) and succeeded valiantly in all his missions. His comrades witnessed him fight with unprecedented bravery.
On 14th May 2013, while in the line of fire with his soldiers, he received three bullets in his chest. Despite being mortally-wounded, he helped pick up injured and Shaheed soldiers, hence preferring medical help for them. He survived for 90 minutes even after the bullet had pierced his heart point blank. Through all this, he kept saying he’s perfectly fine. While going in the Operation Theater, the last thing he did was a big smile and a Thumbs Up, “A true Son of Soil”.
His duty, performance and commitment while participating in combat operations in Al-Meezan were in keeping with the highest traditions of selfless service and reflect great credit upon himself, the Special Operations Group, 42 Lancers and the Pakistan Army.
For distinguishing himself by outstanding meritorious service in connection with ground operations against a hostile force of terrorists, the Government of Pakistan awarded him Sitara-i- Basalat after Shahadat (Martyrdom).