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The 53rd martyrdom anniversary of a great son of Pakistan, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti is being observed with solemnity and reverence on Wednesday (today).

He laid down his life for the defence of the country on September 12, 1965. He was the commander of Pakistani troops in 1965 Pak-Indo war at Barki sector in Lahore.

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Major Aziz Bhatti was born on August 16, 1928, in Hong Kong. His native village was Ladian in Gujrat. He joined first PMA Long Course on January 2, 1948. During his training, martyred Major Bhatti received an honorary sword from former prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan for his best performance.

On September 6, 1965, after India attacked Pakistan with the largest ever a number of tanks, Major Bhatti as Company Commander in the Burki area of Lahore sector moved forward under incessant artillery attacks for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB canal.

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