The story of a braveheart – Captain Dr. Bilal Khalil Shaheed – who embraced martyrdom while fighting the terrorists in Nushki, Balochistan.
Nushki, February 2, 2022: Under the cover of darkness, the enemy had been equipped with night vision goggles, while Captain Dr. Bilal Khalil was being guided by the insight of his spiritual light. Hearing the blast, he left his room and dashed to the medical inspection (MI) room to provide medical assistance to the injured. Along with him, two other young officers rushed to the control room. Terrorists usually flee after the explosions, however, this time, they had a different plan. They wanted to make it to the ward and residential area and take people hostage there, heating up the carnage. Since the MI room was near this gate, they came face to face with Captain Bilal. As he was rushing towards the MI room, he saw that most of the patients in the COVID ward were trying to get out in order to figure out what caused the explosion. He ordered them to immediately go inside, lock the doors and take shelter.
On the way between the MI room and the ward, he came across a group of terrorists. Captain Dr. Bilal who was an excellent shooter as well as a very alert soldier immediately attacked them, severely wounding one of them; he was completely incapacitated. Hearing the screams of the injured terrorist, two of them who were heading towards the ward and the rest who were heading towards the residential area, turned and moved towards Bilal. He kept them engaged for seven minutes and kept firing at them. Some of the terrorists' bullets hit Bilal, but he did not give up and kept on attacking. At the same time, it became clear in the control room that this wasn’t just an explosion and that the sounds of gunfire indicated the terrorists had entered the compound. In those precious seven minutes provided by Bilal, the entire headquarters was alerted and moved the quick reaction force (QRF) and other military forces towards the exact location of the targets. Bilal, who was severely wounded by then, continually fired at the terrorists without caring for his injuries and life, but it was difficult to hold them back for long. Two terrorists managed to reach close to him. Bilal fired his last burst but it missed them. They shot Bilal in the chest from point-blank range and he embraced martyrdom, meanwhile, Frontier Corps (FC) troops also reached the location and sent terrorists to hell.
Terrorists usually flee after the explosions, however, this time, they had a different plan. They wanted to make it to the ward and residential area and take people hostage there, heating up the carnage.
Bilal's action not only saved patients who could have been easy targets at the time, but also thwarted the terrorists' attempts to reach the residential area, leaving the families unaffected. His fire signaled an immediate alert to the forces and also set the direction for the QRF. Because of this brave doctor, a great catastrophe was averted. If the terrorists had reached the ward, some patients could have been martyred and the rest of them taken hostage. When the terrorists reached there, the doors were closed due to which they could not reach the patients. However, at the same time, hell was inflicted on them by the soldiers of Pakistan Army. Three more young men were martyred in the operation. Eight terrorists were killed and the area was immediately secured. According to the commander of the force, Bilal's 7-minute battle not only prevented a huge loss of lives, but also paved the way for the victory of the force.
Bilal was the lifeblood of this camp at Noshki. He was also declared the best shooter of this camp, equestrian and mess secretary. His comrades called him the soul of their camp. Every patient became his disciple. He looked after his patients as if they were his own relatives. They are now mourning his loss. Whoever mentioned Bilal, cried and missed him dearly. He was also talked about in the entire city as a great hero. Even at the Civil Hospital, doctors could not stay unmoved by his passion and the footprints he left behind. It is said that if there were more patients, Bilal would also go to the Civil Hospital and provide his services.
At such a young age, he did something extraordinary. Even his family was amazed to learn of his extremely brave two years of military career. He was a fearless soldier and an excellent doctor. Bravehearts like him are born to extremely lucky parents. He used to tell his mother that after becoming a soldier, he would salute her first, but a month before he joined the army, his mother went to paradise.
Bilal's action not only saved patients who could have been easy targets at the time, but also thwarted the terrorists' attempts to reach the residential areas, leaving the families unaffected. His fire signaled an immediate alert to the forces and also set the direction for the QRF. Because of this brave doctor, a great catastrophe was averted.
Captain Bilal, who was born in Faisalabad on November 4, 1995, was a very promising student of his school, Faisalabad Divisional Public College and School. He was dearly loved by his parents, two brothers, and a sister. He got admission in Ghazi Khan Medical College on merit for medical studies. With O and A level done with straight As, he completed MBBS and then in fulfillment of his long-held wish, he was selected as a Captain doctor in the Army. After basic training, he was posted to CMH Lahore and served there for one year. All the doctors serving with him used to call him commando from day one because his style was different. Maybe Allah had already painted the color of a martyr on him. A year later, Bilal was posted as the Medical Officer at FC Headquarters Noshki, Balochistan. He seemed very happy with this posting. His friends say that he felt as if he had found his destination. Even before he left, he made himself look like a Baloch. He had also put a twist on his mustache. He was infected twice by COVID-19, but still volunteered to perform his duty in the Coronavirus isolation ward.
His bold commando style was very popular in Noshki. He liked to carry a gun on his shoulder more than his stethoscope. He was also learning Pashto from the FC troops, so that he could understand the patients more clearly. The commander and the rest of the troops also adored him. He had been at the headquarters for only five months, but he was already friends with everyone around him. He loved to go out with the parties on patrols. He always said that the day they encountered the enemy would be thrilling for him and he would kill the enemy in such a way that their descendants will remember him. His face used to turn red while chanting the slogan of Pakistan.
The twenty-six-year-old Captain Dr. Bilal while receiving bullets on his chest, had a triumphant smile on his face, and an expression of determination that he got what he desired – martyrdom. When the funeral of Captain Dr. Bilal Khalil shaheed took place in Faisalabad, the whole area was resounding with the slogans of takbir, Allah-o-Akbar, Pakistan Army zindabad and Pakistan paindabad.
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