Saadat Farooq, 275/Liaquat

 

Lieut. Saadat Farooq

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Lieut. Saadat Farooq - Shaheed, kit no. 275/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1962 and left the college in 1967 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 12 April 1949 at Kohat, and obtained his shahadat on 26 May 1971 at Chuadanga, East Pakistan during the operations against Mukti Bahini.


وَلا تَقُولُوا لِمَنْ يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ أَمْوَاتٌ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَكِنْ لا تَشْعُرُونَ
And say not of those who are slain in the way of Allah: "They are dead." Nay, they are living, though you perceive (it) not. [Al-Qur'an 2.154]

During his days at Petaro, Saadat Farooq was appointed the JUO of Liaquat House. He was also the College Captain for Shooting, and became a part of the Famous Forties in 1966. He excelled in sports at the college and represented his house in shooting, football, cricket and basketball. He was declared the best All Rounder in Sports during his final year at Petaro.

After leaving Petaro, Saadat Farooq joined Pakistan Army and excelled at PMA Kakul. He was commissioned in 1969 and was assigned to the 18th Punjab Battalion at Sialkot.

He was transferred to East Pakistan in August 1970.

During the East Pakistan operations starting in March 1971, Saadat Farooq was diligent in his duties and fought against the Indian forces who were in the garb of Mukti Bahini along the Indian border. He escaped death narrowly several times. Finally, on 26th May 1971, his party was ambushed by the Indian Border Force which was collaborating with the Mukti Bahini, and Lieut. Saadat Farooq was martyred at Chuadanga after fierce fighting along with the platoon Havaldar Khursheed Khan. He was buried in Jessore.

Lieut. Saadat Farooq shaheed was awarded the Sitara-e-Jurat for his gallantry.

May Allah accept his shahadat and grant him the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus.