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Story of Pakistani Hindu soldier who died fighting goes viral

The story of Lance Naik Lal Chand Rabari, a Hindu soldier in the Pakistan Army who died in the line of duty, has gone viral on social media.

world Updated: May 29, 2017 22:44 IST
Imtiaz Ahmad
Imtiaz Ahmad
Hindustan Times, Islamabad
Pakistan Army,Pakistani Hindu soldier,Lal Chand Rabari
File photo of Pakistan Army soldier Lance Naik Lalchand Rabari, whose story has gone viral on social media after he was killed on duty.(Facebook)

The story of a young Hindu man who joined the Pakistan Army and was killed in the line of duty earlier this month has gone viral on social media.

Lance Naik Lal Chand Rabari, 27, was an emotional young man who breathed his last while serving on the Mangla front near Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. While he died on active duty, the exact circumstances of his death could not immediately be ascertained.

Lal Chand, a resident of Ismail Khan Nautkani village in Badin district of Sindh province, was the fifth of 11 children of a poor shepherd father and a farmer mother. Bhemon Rabari, his elder brother, said Lal Chand earlier served in the Waziristan tribal region, where he desired to crush militants who had caused damage and inflicted losses on the country.

“I would take revenge for every drop of blood from those who have inflicted loss to the children and people of our country,” Lal Chand said when he returned from his posting in Waziristan.

After passing the matriculation examination in 2009, Lal Chand went to Badin from his village without informing his family and applied to join the army. He graduated while serving in the army.

Lal Chand used to encourage his two younger brothers, currently studying in class 11 and class 7, to join the army. “The country we are living in is like our home and whosoever would attack it would have to face serious retaliation till the last breath in my body,” he had reportedly said.

Referring to the family’s lineage, Bhemon said members of his clan are always ready to fight the enemy, whosoever they may be, until the last drop of blood as they are Rajputs.

“Our mother is all set to sacrifice her sons and grandsons in defending the country and has no remorse for losing her son while defending its boundaries,” Bhemon said, quoting his elderly mother.

First Published: May 29, 2017 16:09 IST