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Tributes paid to Brigadier Usman

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NEW DELHI, JULY 4. The Union Defence Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, on Saturday described Brigadier Mohammad Usman as a great hero who saved Jammu and Kashmir from being invaded by the Pakistan army.

As Brigade Commander of the 50 Para Brigade, Brigadier Usman laid down his life while fighting the Pakistan Army and the tribal raiders on July 3, 1948. He succeeded in saving Naushera and Jhangar, two highly sensitive locations in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking at a function held to commemorate Brigadier Usman's martyrdom day, Mr. Mukherjee said: "It was his love for the motherland that prompted this great son of our country to keep his head high and remain committed to its cause and ideals." On the occasion a 50-minute film directed and produced by Upender Sood on the life of Brigadier Usman -- who was honoured with the Mahavir Chakra posthumously -- was also shown.

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