RAWALPINDI -10 Jul 2018
Pakistan’s Sikh community continues to make waves. We already have seen the news regarding a news reporter and a newscaster from the country’s Sikh community. But did you know that there is an army officer from the Sikh community as well? Hercharn Singh is ready to defend his country, and also serves as a good role model to youngsters throughout the country.
Hercharn Singh is the first ever Sikh to have been inducted into the Pakistan Amry as a commissioned officer. Having made his way up to the Major rank, Hercharn Singh was commissioned in 2007, having trained for 2 years from 2005-07 at Pakistan Military Academy (PMA), Abbottabad in the Pakistan Army’s 116th Long Course.
Born in Nankana Sahib in 1986, Hercharn expressed his feelings at his passing out parade at PMA saying:
It is a matter of great privilege and an honor for me that today I am standing in front of you in the khaki uniform. I have been given a great responsibility.
Hercharn has four more siblings, three sisters and a brother, who are proud of his contribution. Hercharn says that he and his brother continue to support the family.
Hercharn tied the knot last year at Gurdwara Panja Sahib, Hasanabdal. Back then, Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa extended his felicitations to the couple in a press release issued by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).
Congrats to Maj Harcharn Singh, Sikh officer of Pak Army on his wedding. COAS conveys message of felicitation to the couple. Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor .
Pak Army is symbol of national integration and Pakistanis respect rights of our religious minorities.
Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor While the Pakistan Army also boasts a sizalble amount of Christians in its ranks, this is the first reported instance of a member of the Sikh community getting inducted in the Pakistan army. ( Times of Islamabad )