Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani, who was posthumously awarded the Ashok Chakra on this Republic Day for laying down his life while fighting for the country, was given floral tributes and his family honoured at the Pine Division Headquarters here.
Major General M K Das, General Officer Commanding, Pine Division, and Colonel of J&K Light Infantry Regiment paid floral tributes to Wani at the war memorial here on Sunday in the presence of his family members. Wani’s mother, father, wife, and son had come here after receiving the Ashok Chakra on the Republic Day in New Delhi.
Wani was a militant who surrendered before the Indian Army in 2004 and eventually became one of the most decorated soldiers. He was awarded the Sena Medal for gallantry for the first time in 2007 and a Bar to the Sena Medal in August 2018. He attained martyrdom fighting Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorists last year in Jammu-Kashmir.
“Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani exhibited the most conspicuous gallantry in personality eliminating two terrorists and assisting in the evacuation of his wounded colleagues and made supreme sacrifice in the highest traditions of the Indian Army,” a press release from the President’s Secretariat said.
A resident of Kulgam, Wani was attached with the Territorial Army’s 162 Battalion since his surrender and participated in anti-terrorist operations all over Kashmir.
Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani made the supreme sacrifice on November 25, 2018, during a counter-terrorist operation launched at Hirapur village near Batagund in Shopian district.
Wani is the first Kashmiri to be awarded the Ashok Chakra, India’s highest peacetime military award considered to be the peacetime equivalent of the Param Vir Chakra.
Wani’s widow Mahajabeen, who is a teacher, said that her husband was her true inspiration and guide, adding that now she will completely dedicate her life to make people good citizens of India and try to bring the misguided youth of Jammu and Kashmir back to the mainstream and serve their country.