AjeyoLAST UPDATED: Oct. 16, 2020, 12:05 p.m.
Srinagar: Honouring a fallen enemy warrior who had bravely sacrificed his life in battle has been regarded as one of the highest principles of soldiering throughout history.
The Indian Army, which has been engaged in almost continous and extremely bloody battle of attrition with the Pakistan Army at the Line of Control (LoC) over the last 70 years, has always followed this principle.
One such example has come to the fore in the Naugam sector of Jammu and Kashmir where the Indian Army has restored the damaged grave of a decorated officer of the Pakistan Army.
This Pakistan Army officer was Major Mohammed Shabir Khan, who was killed during a counterattack on Pakistani positions by the 9 Sikh Regiment in 1972. This officer was awarded the 'Sitara-e-Jurrat' - the third highest military award of the Pakistan Army - for his bravery while facing the Indian forces.
According to reports, the family members of Major Khan had visited his grave in the vicinity of the post which is now in the hands of the Indian Army. They had requested senior officers of the Indian Army for a small memorial to Major Khan at the spot.
The request was accepted by the Indian Army who have installed a marble epitaph at the grave of the fallen Pakistan Army officer. The ceremony was conducted by the 2 Maratha Light Infantry who are currently posted in the area.
"In memory of Major Mohd Shabir Khan, Sitar-e-Jurrat Shahid 05 May 1972, 1630 H, killed in counter attack by 9 Sikh. Courtesy 2 Maratha LI. Kali Panchwin," the epitaph reads.
Srinagar-based Chinar Corps of the Indian Army posted a photograph of the epitaph on Twitter.
"In keeping with the traditions & ethos of the #IndianArmy, #ChinarCorps resuscitated a damaged grave of Major Mohd Shabir Khan, Sitara-e-Jurrat, Pakistan Army, who was Killed in Action (KIA) at a forward location along LC in Naugam Sector on 05 May 1972," the Chinar Corps posted on its Twitter handle.
"A fallen soldier, irrespective to the country he belongs to, deserves respect & honour in death. #IndianArmy stands with this belief. This is #IndianArmy for the world," the Twitter post added.