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Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir Bir Protik

Lt Col Quazi Sajjad Ali Zahir Bir Protik

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.) Quazi Sazzad Ali Zahir is a veteran of the Bangladesh Liberation war. The Bangladesh government awarded him the title of Bir Protik for his bravery in the war. He was awarded India’s fourth highest civilian award the Padma Shri in 2021.

Zahir joined the Pakistan Army at the end of 1969 as a cadet. In 1971, he was training as a senior cadet at the Kakul Military Academy in Pakistan.

Zahir was commissioned in the Artillery Corps of the Pakistan Army in August. Posting is in 6th Field Artillery Regiment Sialkot. When the Bangladesh Liberation war started, he fled from Pakistan at the end of August and came to India to join the war.

Zahir joined the Bangladesh Liberation war in September 1971. He organized the 2nd Artillery Force under Sector 4 in the Sylhet region. At that time the Indian government gave six 105 mm artillery to the Mukti Bahini and with that a field artillery battery was formed for the Mukti Bahini. It is named Raushan Ara Battery. He was the co-captain of this group. Since October, the battery had assisted the Mukti Bahini Z Force in the greater Sylhet region with artillery fire support in various battles.

In 2013, Zahir was awarded the Bangladesh Independence Day Award, the highest civilian award, for his contribution to the liberation war.

Zahir approached Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to provide award and recognition to Indian soldiers killed in the Bangladesh Liberation war. He is co-coordinating the project with the Government of Bangladesh to provide crests to Indian soldiers killed in the war. He founded Shuddhoi Muktijoddho to provide recognition to indigenous veterans of Bangladesh Liberation war.

He has been awarded Padma Shri for his contribution in the field of Public Affairs on 2021.

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Creation of Pakistan – Construction of Fault Lines: Pakistan – A Garrison State
VoW 2021 | Panellist | Plenary
October 9, 2021 1:05pm to 1:50pm at USI Stage

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