Sitara-e-Jurat is the third highest military award of Pakistan
Pakistan , officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan is a sovereign state in South Asia. It has a coastline along the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by Afghanistan and Iran in the west, India in the east and China in the far northeast. In the north, Tajikistan...

. It was established in 1957 after Pakistan became a Republic; however, it was instituted retrospectively back to 1947. It is awarded for gallantry or distinguished service in combat
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; and can be bestowed upon officers
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, junior commissioned officers
Junior Commissioned Officer
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 and warrant officers and their equivalents in the Pakistan Army
Pakistan Army
The Pakistan Army is the branch of the Pakistani Armed Forces responsible for land-based military operations. The Pakistan Army came into existence after the Partition of India and the resulting independence of Pakistan in 1947. It is currently headed by General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani. The Pakistan...

, Navy
Pakistan Navy
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, Air Force
Pakistan Air Force
The Pakistan Air Force is the leading air arm of the Pakistan Armed Forces and is primarily tasked with the aerial defence of Pakistan with a secondary role of providing air support to the Pakistan Army and the Pakistan Navy. The PAF also has a tertiary role of providing strategic air transport...

, and various paramilitary forces under federal control such as the Frontier Corps
Frontier Corps
The Frontier Corps is a federally-controlled paramilitary force of Pakistan, recruited mostly from the tribal areas along the western borders and led by officers from the Pakistan Army...

, the Frontier Constabulary
Frontier Constabulary
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 and the Pakistan Rangers
Pakistan Rangers
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. It may be considered to be roughly equivalent to the Military Cross
Military Cross
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 and the Silver Star
Silver Star
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List of recipients

Pakistan Army
  • PA - Captain Mujeeb Faqrullah Khan 25th FFR (Chamb-Jorian Sector 1971, for taking Picket 707 with the 1 Masud Battalion and defending it to death on December 4, 1971)
  • PA-136 Brigadier/Colonel Sher Muhammad Khan SJ (First Sitara.e.Jurat-Kashmir Operation 1948) as Sector Commander
  • PA- Capt Sher Badshah Mahsud SJ (Kashmir Operation 1948)
  • Lt. Col. Ihsan Ali Khan SJ,FK (War of liberation of Gilgit & Baltistan)1948-49 as Area Commander Kargil-
  • PA4117 Major Malik Aftab Ahmed Khan S.J.(Corps of Engineer) 1965(For blowing "BATAPUR BRIDGE") Author of "Persian Pipeline" Year 1955.
  • PA 5954 Brig. Syed Hazur Hasnain, SJ & Bar (1965 & 1971)
  • PA3611 Brig. Jamal Mohammad S.J. S(IM). SBt. (18 Baloch Fazilka - Sulaimanki Sector 1971)
  • PA - Lt. Col. Abdur Rehman (Shaheed) SJ, (The First (SP) Med Regt Arty (FF)), Battle of Phillaurah, 1965
  • PA - Major Khadim Hussain Bangash (1 Armoured, 5 Brigade) destroyed three enemy tanks with an abandoned recoilless rifle at Khem

  • PA - Maj M.Zia Ud Din Uppal SJ (30 SP ARTY Reg-War of 1965)
  • PA - Lt. Col. Rasheed Kayani, SJ, (The First (SP) Med Regt Arty (FF))Battle of Phillaurah and Chawindah, 1965
  • PA - Lt. Col. Sahibzad Gul (Shaheed) SJ, 6 Lancers, Khem Karan, 1965-
  • PA - Lt. Col. Haq Nawaz Kayani (Shaheed) SJ & Bar, (Kashmir, 1965) 9th Bn Azad Kashmir Regular Forces , (Leepa Valley, 1972)-
  • PA - Brig Pervez hassan khan niazi, Sitare Jurat, Sitare Imtiaz, 1971
  • PA - Brig K Parvez Nasir, Sitare Jurat, 13 Lancers, 1971
  • PA - Capt. Israr Haider (Shaheed) SJ, Kargil 1999
  • PA - Capt. Kashif Khaleel,SJ 12 NLI, Kargil 1999
  • Sep. Bakhmal Jan (Shaheed) SJ, 12 NLI Kargil, 1999
  • PA - Lt. Col Ghulam Rasul Raja MC, SJ (16th Punjab - 1948 -> capture of territory in Indian kashmir)
  • PA - Maj. Abdul Jalil Orakzai Shaheed (3rd Punjab - Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
    Indo-Pakistani War of 1965
    The Indo-Pakistani War of 1965 was a culmination of skirmishes that took place between April 1965 and September 1965 between Pakistan and India. This conflict became known as the Second Kashmir War fought by India and Pakistan over the disputed region of Kashmir, the first having been fought in 1947...

  • PA - 7415 Colonel Sher ur Rehman SJ (29 Cavalry - 1971 War East Pakistan) (Called by the name of "the Desert Fox" at that time) (A P.O.W. at Agra jail in India for a year facing several death sentences at that time, but he came to Pakistan during the P.O.W. exchange treaty b/w the two countries and later served in the Army)
  • PA - 1986 Major General Amir Hamza Khan HJ , SJ (10-Punjab, Commander 105 Independent Brigade 1971 War)
  • PA Brigadier Mohammad Akhlaq Abbasi, SJ ( 4 FF-1971 War East Pakistan)
  • PA - Maj Abdul Ghani SJ (9 Heavy Regiment Artillery)
  • PA - ? Maj M.Zia Ud Din Uppal SJ (30 SP ARTY Reg-War of 1965)
  • PA – 882. Maj Gen Muhammad Jamshed MC, SJ
  • PA - Brigadier Liaqat Asrar Bokhari
  • PA - Brigadier Muzaffar Khan Zahid (11th PAVO Cavalry FF) R/o Jatli
    Jatli is a town in Gujar Khan Tehsil, Punjab, Pakistan. Jatli is also chief town of Union Council Jatli which is an administrative subdivision of the Tehsil.-History:...

     Tehsil Gujarkhan District Rawalpindi
    Rawalpindi , locally known as Pindi, is a city in the Pothohar region of Pakistan near Pakistan's capital city of Islamabad, in the province of Punjab. Rawalpindi is the fourth largest city in Pakistan after Karachi, Lahore and Faisalabad...

  • PA – 959. Brig Nisar Ahmed Khan SJ
  • PA – Brig Tanvir Ahmed Khan SJ, SI(M), FF, (Commanding Officer 5 NLI, Kargil)
  • PA - ? Maj Malik Munawar Khan Awan SJ (21 Azad Kashmir Regiment)
  • PA – 3682 Maj. Saiyed Naseem Haider Rizvi (Shaheed) SJ (14 Baloch)
  • PA – 4865. Capt Agha Abdul Rehman Ahmedzai Baloch SJ
  • PA – 5274. General
    A general officer is an officer of high military rank, usually in the army, and in some nations, the air force. The term is widely used by many nations of the world, and when a country uses a different term, there is an equivalent title given....

     Shamim Alam Khan
    Shamim Alam Khan
    General Shamim Alam Khan, NI, SJ, SBt, is a retired four-star rank general in the Pakistan Army was the Supreme Commandant of the Pakistan Defense Forces as Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from 1991 to 1994...

  • PA – 5505. Maj Saeed Tiwana SJ
  • PA – 5779. Maj Gen Hidayatullah Khan Niazi SJ
  • PA - ? . Lt. Gen. Shah Rafi Alam SJ, HI(M) SBt.
  • PA – 6487. Lt Gen Muhammad Tariq SJ
  • PA – 6726. Maj Raja Nadir Pervez
    Raja Nadir Pervez
    Major Raja Nadir Pervez Khan is a Pakistani politician, ex-MP of the Parliament, and former Pakistan Army officer. A former member of the Pakistan Army's 6 Punjab Regiment, Parvez was a minister in the Nawaz Sharif government during the 1990s. He is the brother-in-law of the former Corps Commander...

  • PA – 6910. Maj Farouk Adam Khan SJ
  • PA – 7280. Lt Gen Muhammad Afzal Janjua HI(M), SJ, SBt
  • PA – 31999. Capt Umair Iftikhar Ahmed Shaheed, SJ (1st Punjab) (Kargil Front 1999)
  • PA – 12855. Brig Arshad Zaman SJ
  • PA Major
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     later Brigadier
    Brigadier is a senior military rank, the meaning of which is somewhat different in different military services. The brigadier rank is generally superior to the rank of colonel, and subordinate to major general....

     Muhammad Aslam Janjua (Late), Indo-Pak War of 1965, R/o village Wagh
    Wagh (Village)
    Wagh or Waghh is an ancient village located about 10 kilometers towards north of the camp of Alexander the Great on the bank of Jhelum River near Jalalpur Sharif, in Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan of District Jhelum in Pakistan...

    , Tehsil Pind Dadan Khan, District Jhelum
    Jhelum District
    Jhelum District is in the Punjab province of Pakistan. According the 1998 census the district had a population of 936,957, of which 31.48% were urban. Jhelum is known for providing a large number of soldiers to the British and later to the Pakistan armed forces due to which it is also known as...

  • PA – ? Lt Gen Masood Aslam
    Masood Aslam
    Lieutenant General Muhammad Masood Aslam, HI, HI, SJ, afwc, psc, is a retired three-star general who served as the principal commander of Pakistan Army fighting the pro-Taliban forces in the North-West Pakistan from 2007 to 2010...

     SJ, HI
  • PA – ? Lieutenant Mohammad Qais Bangash SJ (A.M.C)
  • PA – ? Major Raza Shah SJ (Armored Corps)
  • PA – ? Capt Sagheer Hussain SJ
  • PA - ? Major Saeed Ullah Jung SJ (39 Baluch)
  • PA -335139 Sepoy Maqbool Hussain
  • Captain Zahoor Afridi Shaheed , SJ (Baluch) 1965
  • Major Sabir Kamal Meyer Shaheed, SJ and Bar ( FF) 1971
  • Honorary Captain Raja Sultan Sikandar SJ (2nd Punjab) 1965
  • PJO - ? Risaldar Riaz Ul Hassn (Risala)
  • PA - ? Major Shabbir Sharif Shaheed, NH, SJ (6 FF) SJ (1965) NH (1971)
  • PA - 3263. Lt. Col. Mazhar-ul-Qayyum Shaheed, SJ
  • PA - 6988. Capt. Farooq Nawaz Janjua. SJ (1965)

...this list is incomplete...

Pakistan/Bangladesh Army
  • PA - Capt. Abdur Rehman (Shaheed)Battle of Khem-Kharan, 1965

Pakistan Air Force

Gallantry 1948
  • Air Commodore Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar
    Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar
    Air Commodore Mukhtar Ahmad Dogar was the Pakistan Air Force bomber pilot and aerial warfare specialist who was the first military person to receive the Pakistani military award Sitara-e-Jurat. A World War II vetern, he is most known for his participation in Indo-Pakistani War of 1947 when he had...


Posthumous 1965
  • Squadron Leader Taqi Raza Rajani HJ, SJ
  • Squadron Leader Saad Ahmed Khan SJ
  • Squadron Leader Syed Hassaar Abbasi SJ
  • Squadron Leader Asaad Fazal Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Hammad Ahmed SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Bilal Zaidi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Arslan Fareed SJ
  • Squadron Leader Abdul Rafay Bangali SJ
  • Squadron Leader Serfaraz Ahmad Rafiqui HJ, SJ

Gallantry 1965
  • Group Captain Eric G Hall SJ
  • Wing Commander M. G. Tawab
    M. G. Tawab
    Air Vice Marshal Muhammad Ghulam Tawab was the second chief of the air staff of Bangladesh Air Force who also served as deputy chief martial law administrator of Bangladesh with Ziaur Rahman and M. H. Khan from 1975 to 1977...

  • Wing Commander Anwar Shamim SJ
  • Wing Commander M A Sikandar SJ
  • Wing Commander S Zahid Butt SJ
  • Wing Commander Nazir Latif SJ
  • Squadron Leader Syed Manzoor Ul Hassan SJ
  • Squadron Leader Mervyn Middlecoat
    Mervyn Middlecoat
    Wing Commander Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat was a Pakistan Air Force fighter pilot who was involved in a number of aerial battles during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistani wars, before being shot down on 12 December 1971. He was credited with several air-to-air kills and was one of a number of...

  • Squadron Leader Azim Daudpota
    Azim Daudpota
    Air Marshal Mohammed Azim Daudpota, commonly known as Azim Daudpota, was a three-star officer in the Pakistan Air Force who went on to briefly serve as Governor of Sindh.-Air force career:...

  • Squadron Leader Jamal A. Khan
    Jamal A. Khan
    Air Chief Marshal Jamal Ahmad Khan, NI, SJ, SBt, was the 11th Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force from 6 March 1985 to 9 March 1988. He was the first Vice Chief of the Air Staff in the history of PAF to have eventually been appointed its Chief. He is also the only PAF officer to have...

  • Squadron Leader Rais A Rafi SJ
  • Squadron Leader Syed Sajjad Haider SJ
  • Squadron Leader Muhammad Mahmood Alam
    Muhammad Mahmood Alam
    Air Commodore Muhammad Mahmood Alam is a retired Pakistani fighter pilot, North American F-86 Sabre Flying ace and one-star general who served with the Pakistan Air Force...

     SJ (and Bar)
  • Squadron Leader Shabbir H Syed SJ
  • Squadron Leader Najeeb A Khan SJ
  • Squadron Leader A Masood Khan SJ
  • Squadron Leader Mir Abdul Rashid SJ
  • Squadron Leader Shuaib Alam Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Cecil Chaudhry
    Cecil Chaudhry
    Group Captain Cecil Chaudhry is a Pakistani Christian, educationalist, human rights activist and veteran fighter pilot. As a Flight Lieutenant, he fought in the Indo-Pakistani war of 1965 and later, as a Squadron Leader, in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971...

  • Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Ali Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Amanullah Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Amjad H Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant S S A Hatmi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Sikander M Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant S Shamsuddin Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Yousaf Hasan Alvi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Arshad Sami Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Dilawar Hussain SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant M Akbar SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Ghani Akbar SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Imtiaz A Bhatti SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant M Tariq Habib Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant William D Harney SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant I A K Ghori SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Saadat M Akhtar Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant S V A Abidi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Rizwan Ahmed SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant S K H Wasti SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant S M H Hashmi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Saiful Azam SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant N A Khan SJ
  • Flying Officer Ziauddin Hassan SJ

Posthumous 1971
  • Wing Commander Mervyn Middlecoat
    Mervyn Middlecoat
    Wing Commander Mervyn Leslie Middlecoat was a Pakistan Air Force fighter pilot who was involved in a number of aerial battles during the 1965 and 1971 Indo-Pakistani wars, before being shot down on 12 December 1971. He was credited with several air-to-air kills and was one of a number of...

     SJ (and Bar)
  • Wing Commander Syed Muhammad Ahmad SJ
  • Squadron Leader Khusro SJ
  • Squadron Leader Ishfaq Hameed Qureshi SJ
  • Squadron Leader Muhammad Aslam Choudhry SJ
  • Squadron Leader Peter Christy SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Fazal Elahi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Samad Ali Changazi SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Syed Safi Mustafa SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Saeed Afzal Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Zulfiqar Ahmad SJ
  • Lt. Col. Mazhar-ul-Qayyum Shaheed, SJ

Gallantry 1971
  • Wing Commander Syed Manzoor Ul Hassan SJ
  • Wing Commander Hakimullah
    Air Chief Marshal Hakimullah, NI, SJ, SBt, was the Chief of Air Staff of Pakistan Air Force from 9 March 1988 to 8 March 1991....

  • Wing Commander M Afzal Choudhry SJ
  • Squadron Leader G A Khan SJ
  • Squadron Leader Farooq Umer SJ
  • Squadron Leader Abdul Basit SJ
  • Squadron Leader Javed Afzaal Ahmed SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Mir Alam Khan SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant A Wajid Saleem SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Israr Ahmad SJ
  • Flight Lieutenant Javed Ahmed SJ
  • Flying Officer Riffat Jamil SJ
  • Flying Officer M Shamsul Haq SJ
  • Flying Officer S Shamshad Ahmad SJ

...this list is incomplete...

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