Neik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed Nishan e Haider - Gravestone
It was a special trip this time as it was to honour someone equally special. It was an 18 hour long continuous drive, part of which was through difficult terrain in remote Azad Kashmir to offer Fateha at the tomb of Neik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed.
Sometime back I had repeatedly vowed to be there and on all such occasions a shadow of doubt always persisted challenging me of the distances involved and the remote access to Nakyal in Azad Kashmir. It was around midnight that we arrived at the tomb of the gallant soldier and I said in my heart "Neik Saif Ali, I am here at your doorstep, I have kept my promise".
Neik Saif Ali Shaheed is the 9th recipient of Nishan e Haider, the highest gallantry award for Pakistan Armed Forces. He is an unsung hero who normally stays omitted from the regular recipients of Nishan e Haider. Having earned Azad Kashmir's highest award for Gallantry "The Hilal e Kashmir", Neik Saif Ali was officially recognized as the recipient of Nishan e Haider by Government of Pakistan in 1995.
The picture is of the gravestone of Neik Saif Ali Shaheed. The inscription reads:
Neik Saif Ali Janjua Shaheed
(Hilal e Kashmir equivalent to Nishan e Haider)
son of Malik Muhammad Masoom Khan
Unit: 18 Azad Kashmir Regiment
Date of Birth: Apr 23, 1923
Date of Shahadat: Oct 26, 1948
Place of Shahadat: Peer Kalewa (Mendhar Sector)
Kboom & Ladla: The trip was only made possible because of your companionship. The feelings expressed above acknowledge you both having a larger share than that of mine. Thank you Friends.