Kiva Lending Team: Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed - Nishan -e- Haider
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we care; soldiers during time of wars giving life for their homeland present the highest level of responsibility human beings could show towards their countrymen. This act of bravery when showed by soldiers, regardless of their national origin, should be respected at all levels.
Sawar Muhammad Hussain Janjua (Urdu: محمد حسین) was born in Janjua family of Dhok Pir Bakhsh (now Dhok Muhammad Hussain Janjua named after him in commemoration of his Gallantry) near Jatli in Gujar Khan on June 18, 1949. Sawar Muhammad Hussain is one of the only eleven recipients of Nishan-e-Haider, a prestigious medal of honor awarded to people who show exceptional bravery to save the country.
Nishan-e-Haider or Nishan-e-Hyder (Urdu: نشان حیدر, translated as "Emblem of Haider, where Haider is the epithet of Hazrat Ali and means Lion", abbreviated as NH) is the highest military decoration given by Pakistan (it is the equivalent to the Victoria Cross and the Medal of Honor under the British Honours System and the United States Honors System respectively). It was established in 1957 after Pakistan became a Republic, however, it was instituted retrospectively from Independence in 1947. It is awarded to military personnel, regardless of rank, for extraordinary bravery in combat. The award is considered to be the highest military award and has only been awarded to those who have sacrificed their life for the country. Its exclusivity may be gauged by the fact that since it was established only 11 awards have been made, along with one equivalent award. To date all awards have been made posthumously. However, death of the individual during the act of extreme courage is not mandatory for qualification for Nishan-e-Haider. Of the 11 recipients, 10 have been from the Pakistan Army, one has been from the Pakistan Air Force and no one from Pakistan Navy.
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