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Major Tufail Mohammad Shaheed (Nishan-e-Haider)

Tufail Mohammad (1914 – 7 August 1958) was born in Hoshiarpur, Punjab and commissioned in the 16th Punjab Regiment in 1943. On 7 August 1958, Mohammad, a Company Commander in the East Pakistan Rifles, encircled an Indian post, which allegedly violated the internationally recognized boundary between the two countries, in the Lakshmipur area. Though mortally wounded in the hand-to-hand encounter that followed, Mohammed continued to lead his troops until the Indians were driven out, leaving four dead and three prisoners. He died the same day.

Mohammad was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider, Pakistan’s highest military award and is the only person to win the award for an action outside the Indo-Pakistan Wars. In 1958, Major Tufail Muhammed was posted to East Pakistan as the Company Commander of a battalion of East Pakistan Rifles (a Para military force for border security). During his command, Indian troops violating international borders captured a village in the area of Laskhmipur of East Pakistan. On August 7, 1958 Major Tufail launched an assault to force withdrawal of Indian troops from the village; He divided his men into three groups and attacked Indian troops during the dark hours of August 7th. Their groups was able to reach the enemy without being detected but as the firefight started, the group came under heavy fire and Major Tufail received three bullets in his stomach. Despite being shot in stomach, he kept moving and was able to silence the incoming fire from machine gun. By tactically using grenades, Major Tufail was able to destroy key enemy posts. When he saw an enemy commander inflicting heavy casualties to his men he crawled towards enemy posting and engaged the enemy in hand-to-hand battle which resulted in the killing of a commander of the Indian Army. He killed him by hitting him with his steel helmet on the face. He continued the operation with his men which resulted in the withdrawal of Indian forces. Despite being heavily injured, he called his junior officer “I have completed my duty; the enemy is on the run.” He was rushed to hospital but he embraced shahadat.

Major Muhammed Tufail was buried with full military honors in his native city Burewala. His native town has been named after him and is now known as Tufailabad. Major Muhammed Tufail was posthumously awarded the Nishan-e-Haider and he is the only person to get this award for an action outside the Indo-Pakistani wars.

List of Publications By Gurjar Desh Trust Jammu

S. No.

Title of Books

Author’s Name

Language

Price

Remarks

1

GUJURI
(The Language of Gujjars)

G. A. Grierson

English

600/-

Sum total of research and findings of renowned linguist of international standing Sir G. A. Grierson.

2

A  SHORT  HISTORY OF  GUJJARS

Rana Ali Hasan Chauhan

English

425/-

Present and past life history of Gurjars by Rana Ali Hasan Chauhan.

3

GUJJARS OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR

Prof. K. Warikoo

Dr. Sujit Som

English

450/-

Deals with Gujjar History, Culture, Languages and other topics concerning Gujjars.

4

SHAHAN-E-GUJJAR

Abu-Al-Barakat Molvi Mohd. Malik Khan

Urdu

400/-

Gujjar History and other important matters connected with Gujjars.

5

LAHO LAKEER

Mirza Mohammad Yasin Beigh

Urdu

200/-

A collection of verses of Mirza Mohammad Yasin Beigh, a reputed Urdu poet of Jammu and Kashmir State.

6

SOCH  SMANDAR

Dr. Rafiq Anjum

Urdu

350/-

An anthology of modern Gojri poetry edited by promising Gojri poet, short story writer and researcher Dr. Rafiq Anjum.

7

GUJJAR SHINAKHT KA SAFAR

Javed Rahi

Urdu

700/-

This voluminous book focusing saga of Gujjar entity from ancient times concerning their social, cultural, historical aspects.

8

TAREEKH-e-GURJAR

Rana Ali Hasan Chauhan

Hindi

600/-

Hindi version of “A Short History of Gujjars”.

9

GHAZAL SILONY

Dr. Rafiq Anjum

Gojri

200/-

A collection of Gazals of well-known Gojri poets complied by Dr. Rafiq Anjum.

10

GOJRI LOK GEET

(A collection of folk songs of Gujjars)

Javed Rahi

Gojri

700/-

Folklore is the store house of collective endeavour of tribes and people. What history fails to bring forth is preserved and communicated through folklore. Folklore is the repository of past-deeds and the store house of the cultural, social and human values.

11

LOK  WIRSU

Javed Rahi

Gojri

700/-

A first effort of the Trust to document some important aspects of folklore of Gujjars,- ancient ethnic tribes of Himalayas, – settled in Jammu and Kashmir State and envisaging topics like songs, stories, proverbs, dietary habits, customs, traditions, belief, art, medicines etc.

Killing of Gujjar Minor Girl Creates Stir in Society

Gujjars are often victims of brutality as other persons,  living in society.But an inhuman incident in Jammu Udham Pur district has widely condemned in Indian Society.A girl Asifa Bano age 8 was killed brutally.The girl belonged to Bakkarwal Gujjar nomad tribe.The investigation disclosed that girl was raped and later killed to hide the crime.Several peoples were arrested in this regard.The case polarized society on religious bases.

This incident was reported even in the foreign press, and in social media. People on Social media and in demonstrations are demanding that justice should be done.

Dr. Nafees Sadiq Kisana

Dr. Nafees Sadiq Kisana, the eldest son of Ch Muhammad Sadiq Kisana was an internationally acclaimed scientist and researcher.

Dr. Kisana’s forefathers migrated from Indian district of Hoshiarpur (villageTodarpur) and settled in Faisalabad. Born on 10th of April, 1956 in Faisalabad, Dr. Kisana got his early education from leading schools of the city and earned his graduation degree from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad (UAF). Soon after his graduation he was hired as a Scientific Officer in National Agriculture Research Centre (NARC), Islamabad. During the early years of his job, he won a scholarship and therefore earned his Masters degree M.Sc (Hons) in Plant Breeding and Genetics from UAF. Afterwards, during 1983, he completed 9 months practical and academic training in wheat breeding at International Wheat and Maize Improvement Center, (CIMMYT), Mexico.

 

Due to a desire for higher studies and high competency levels, he was awarded with USAID scholarship for Ph.D level studies. During 1987- He travelled to USA to pursue his Doctorate level studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA. He earned the degree in flying colors. His research was related to Genetic and cultural effects in haploid induction in wheat. During his stay in USA he was given a chance to travel to various States and neighbor countries to attend different Conferences, Seminars, Congress meetings and Workshops which gave him hands on experience and made him a Professional Scientist and the stage was set for him to return back and serve the country. Soon after his return, he was given the charge to lead the Wheat, Barley and Triticale Program at NARC. He was a unique Scientist with extraordinary leadership qualities. Under his leadership, NARC produced numerous Wheat varieties which were then grown in various agro-ecological zones. During his tenure as National Wheat Coordinator, the country got self sufficient in Wheat and became an Exporter of the crop.   Time and again he appeared on National Television giving thoughtful advises to farmers on topics covering Wheat farming, planting techniques, sowing procedures, proper use of fertilizers and other issues. Soon he became an authority in the field of Wheat research and development.During and after this period he travelled to around 25 different countries to represent the country in various meetings.  He received numerous National and International awards which include an award for excellence from American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS), USA, 1991, PARSA Award, 2001 and Grow More Wheat Award by Prime Minister of Pakistan in 2004-5, truly reflecting his stature as a celebrated Scientist. He was twice nominated for the Civil Award of Pakistan

Dr. Kisana was a very close friend of the Nobel Laureate- Dr. Norman Borlaug and during his visits to Pakistan, Dr. Borlaug was often accompanied and briefed by Dr. Kisana during the field visit and trips to Research Stations.

With such a vast experience of leading the Wheat department and acknowledged success, he was promoted to the level of Senior Director of Crop Sciences at NARC. This way he got responsible for looking after all the major Crops of the region, supervising relevant research activities, and looking after more than 300 scientists, and support staff. During his professional career he published more than 70 research papers, abstracts, proceedings and reports.Dr. Kisana was a real asset for Pakistan Agriculture. He served NARC for almost 35 years. During the course of his Professional life, he developed contacts with leading Agricultural Scientists and Researchers across the globe.

Dr. Nafees Kisana is the elder brother of Ch. Munir Sadiq Kisana (Joint Secretary-Anjuman-e-Gujran). His other Brothers include Tanvir Sadiq Kisana, Nadeem Sadiq Kisana and Commander Azeem Sadiq Kisana, all of them serving at top levels in various organizations.

Dr. Kisana’s wife Mrs. Musarat Nafees gave him a very good company throughout his life and both were great companions all the way. Prayers of his parents were of innumerable value in his success. He has two sons (Aleem Ahmed and Kaleem Ahmed) and one daughter (Aneela Nafees). Both of his sons hold Masters degree in Biochemistry and are working at Islamabad, while his daughter holds a Masters degree in Anthropology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

After a brief ailment, Dr. Kisana passed away on 15thNovember 2014. He would be long remembered for his kind nature and a thorough professional attitude. We all pray to Almighty to bless Dr. Nafees Kisana in the highest order of Jannah and bestow his special mercy upon him. (Ameen).

Sajjad Haider Karim (Gujjar)………Sitara-i-Qaid-i-Azam

Sajjad Haider Karim is a Member of the European Parliament for North West England. Elected on 4 June 2004, Karim became the first British Muslim in the European Parliament. Sajjad H Karim is one of nine MEPs representing the North West of England.

There are five counties that fall within this area: Cheshire, Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire and Cumbria.

Since his election, Sajjad has been working tirelessly to promote the interests and opinions of his constituents on a European platform; in particular, giving voice to the ethnic minority communities of the region.

Amongst other issues Sajjad has been an outspoken critic of the British government’s anti-terror legislation.

“The current government came to power after promising so much to the British people and secured an almost block vote from the Muslim communities. It is now that very community that is being targeted by the biased and discriminatory legislation that Tony Blair’s’ government has introduced. The Muslims living in Europe are the victims of such institutionalised Islamophobia. They are viewed as traitors to the cause by extremists and their own governments are targeting them all as potential terrorists. This is not healthy for Europe or for the UK and must be addressed immediately.”

“It is high time that those who claim to represent the interests of their constituents from elected Parliamentary positions do actually speak out to defend hard working British Muslims in areas such as Blackburn, Rochdale, Pendle, Oldham, Bolton, Bury and Manchester where Muslims are being unfairly targeted.”

Married to Zahida, a teacher, Sajjad has a son, Bilal, and a daughter, Rabia.

He is one of the faces of modern Britain and was named a High Flyer of British politics by The Times newspaper in its ‘Who’s Who’ 2005.

“It is wonderful to have my achievements recognised in this way and it is also good news for the whole of the North West. The credit goes to Pendle Liberal Democrats where I received my grounding in politics. Such recognition will help immensely in my work, especially for the people of the North West.”

Sajjad serves on the:

Committee on International Trade, MEMBER

Committee on Foreign Affairs, SUBSTITUTE

Committee on Regional Development, SUBSTITUTE

Subcommittee on Human Rights, MEMBER                                                                                     Delegation for relations with the Gulf States, including Yemen, MEMBER

Delegation for relations with the countries of South Asia and the South Asia Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), SUBSTITUTE

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