Captain Karnal Sher Khan Shaheed (Nishan-i-Haider) was enlisted in 1990 as Second Lt and joined those eight legendary heroes who received the highest military award of Nishan-i-Haider for laying down their lives in defence of the beloved motherland. Capt. Karnal Sher Khan emerged as the symbol of mettle and courage during the Kargil conflict on the Line of Control (LoC).
He set personal examples of bravery and inflicted heavy losses on the enemy. He defended the five strategic posts, which he established with his jawans at the height of some 17,000 feet at Gultary, and repulsed many Indian attacks.
After many abortive attempts, the enemy on July 5 ringed the post of Capt. Sher Khan with the help of two battalion and unleashed heavy mortar firing and managed to capture some part of the post. Despite facing all odds, he lead an counter-attack and re-captured the lost parts.
But during the course he was hit by the machine-gun fire and embraced Shahadat at the same post. He is the first officer from the KPKH province to be awarded with Nishan-i-Haider.