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Havaldar Lalak Jan (Urdu: حولدار لالک جان) (April 1967 - July 1999) is the last and most recent recipient of Nishan-e-Haider.
He was born at Yasin, in the Ghizer District, of the Northern Pakistan (now called Gilgit-Baltistan). He joined the Pakistan Army on 10 December 1984 and eventually rose up to rank of Havaldar.
He was serving in the Northern Light Infantry during Kargil War of 1999. He volunteered to be deployed on the front lines in May 1999. In late 1999, his post came under attack from the Indian Army but he drove back a number of attacks. He was killed on 7 July 1999 after he sustained serious injuries from the heavy mortar pounding of his positions by the Indian Army.
According to the official statement :
He was serving in Northern Light Infantry Regiment when skirmishes broke out in Kargil in 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan of the Northern Light Infantry Regiment fought from the forefront to thwart heavy Indian attacks. He volunteered himself to be deployed on the front positions located at the jagged peak in May 1999. Havildar Lalak Jan repulsed back many aggressive ventures by the enemy and imposed colossal losses on them. On 7 July 1999, Havildar Lalak Jan sustained serious injuries as enemies pounded the area with heavy mortar shells. But despite being injured, he retained his position and frustrated the Indian assault. Due to severe injuries he embraced martyrdom and was graciously awarded The Nishan-e-Haider for his bravery and his will to attack and defeat the enemy at all costs
Awards and Decorations
The Government of Pakistan awarded him Nishan-e-Haider, the country’s highest award for extraordinary gallantry.