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Indian Army reinstates demolished grave of Pakistani soldier

Rida Shaikh

On Thursday, the Indian army restored the damaged grave of a decorated Pakistani soldier in Naugam, Jammu Kashmir. The Chinar Corps, based in Srinagar, tweeted the picture of the epitaph on the grave. The epitaph read:

“In memory of Major Mohd Shabir Khan, Sitara-e-Jurrat Shahid 05 May 1972, 1630 H, killed in a counter-attack by 9 Sikh.”

The Chinar Corps furthermore posted, “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 Indian Army said, “A fallen soldier, irrespective of the country he belongs to, deserves respect & honor in death. #IndianArmy stands with this belief. This is #IndianArmy for the world.”

After this incident, the Indian army yet again proved that it is one of the world’s most professional and ethical forces. By restoring the damaged grave of the Pakistani soldier, the Indian Army displayed its commitment to its motto “a soldier is a soldier first and anything else later.”

Khan was a recipient of Sitara-e-Jurrat that is the third-highest military award in Pakistan. While restoring Khan’s damaged grave, Srinagar based Chinar Corps said that a martyred soldier, irrespective of the country he belongs to, deserves to be honored.

This gesture of the Indian Army comes in sharp contrast with the barbaric actions of the Pakistani army in the past. One of these incidents include the merciless killing of an Indian Amry jawan and a Border Security Force (BSF) head constable. Their bodies were mutilated by the Pakistani Army. In January 2020, the Pakistani Border Action Team was accused by India of decapitating a porter and taking away his head.

On October 15th, Indian Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane said that Pakistan is desperately trying to infiltrate terrorists into the Indian side.


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