Maqbool Hussain was the symbol of resilience, patriotism and bravery. Maqbool Hussain was a sepoy for the Pakistan Army and he took part in the 1965 Pak-India war against India. This brave soldier was taken as a prisoner by Indian Army in the year 1965. He was never given the status of a Prisoner of War which provided certain benefit and rights. He was declared missing on August 20th, 1965.
The Indian army tried to extract information from him but they were not ready to face the bravery of a Pakistani soldier. Maqbool Hussain went through mental and physical torture and the Indian Army tried all sorts of torture on him. The torture tactics were so abusive that they cut off Maqbool Hussain’s tongue rendering him unable to speak for the rest of his life.
Maqbool Hussain spent 40 years in jail and didn’t reveal any secret. He faced the torture tactics but refused to utter a single word against Pakistan. Sepoy Maqbool Hussain breathed his last at Combined Military Hospital (CMH), Attock. He was admitted in CMH for past few months.
The Inter-service Public Relations (ISPR) reported in the statement that Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa expressed his grief over the Maqbool Hussain’s death. According to military’s media wing, he will be buried with full military honor.
— Radio Pakistan (@RadioPakistan) August 29, 2018
His bravery is unmatched, his resilience is an example for those who curse their own motherland! The nation is mourning this huge loss and paying tribute to a the soldier who faced abuse for 40 years and didn’t utter a single word against Pakistan!
#MaqboolHussain this 6th September along with other heros of war Maqbool Hussain should be paid an unforgettable tribute by all of us media, civil society and forces. We are alive and safe just become our heroes. My SALUTE! pic.twitter.com/TQcYKkfk7w
— Bilawal Liaqat (@Bilawal_Liaqat) August 29, 2018
Sipahi #MaqboolHussain of #PakArmy passes away. Hero of 1965 war who was taken as prisoner by #India for 40 yrs. Faced torture but never uttered a word against Pak. They cut his tongue, he wrote #PakistanZindabad with his blood on jail wall. Released in 2005. Belonged to #Kashmir pic.twitter.com/Aa3Boy1Pkq
— Usman Ahmed Khan Buzdar (@usmanbuzdarAK) August 29, 2018
28th August, 2018 marked the day when Pakistan lost a brave son and a courageous soldier. Maqbool Hussain will remain the epitome of bravery, patriotism and courage! We SALUTE you!