Kashmir soldier gets Kirti Chakra

14 August 2009
The Daily Excelsior

SRINAGAR: Paratrooper Shabir Ahmad Malik who attained martyrdom on March 21 this year, was awarded Kirti Chakra, equivalent to Maha-Vir-Chakra, by President of India on the eve of Independence Day. A brave soul and a resident of district Ganderbal, Paratrooper Shabir Ahmad Malik joined the Army on March 15, 2007 in J&K Light Infantry. An alumnus of the prestigious Sainik School Manasbal, he was a fierce patriot since childhood and thus volunteered for Special Forces. Out of two hundred odd probationers he got selected to become part of the elite First Para (SF) on March 15, 2008. As a young paratrooper, he proved to be a very motivated and hardworking soul. Always ready to volunteer for any task not considering the risks involved, he volunteered as a scout to lead his troops in operations. On March 21, 2009, while tracking an infiltrating column of terrorists he observed suspicious movement and alerted his commandoes. While fighting militants, he sustained severe gunshot wounds but kept on directing his troop mates. He succumbed to injuries but not before he eliminated two hardcore terrorists. This act of valour and selfless sacrifice has made him a youth icon in Kashmir valley.