Captain Bilal joined 108th Long Course in 2001 and was commissioned in the year 2003 in 42 Baloch (Al-Havi). Later, he joined elite Special Services Group (SSG) and was part of a SSG operation code named ‘Janbaz’ to clear heights occupied by militants in Peochar Valley. His Company was given the task of clearing Swat-Peochar Road and Capt Bilal’s team was assigned the task of clearing ‘Ghazano Sar’. During this operation Capt Bilal was hit by a rocket launcher and embraced Shahadat on 17 May, 2009. The height is now named after him and called ‘Bilal Top’.
Capt Bilal sent a text message from his cellular phone the night before his Shahadat to his colleague Captain Raheel which read, “In the roar of bullets and the thunder of bombs, there are few who just do not stop… knowing that they are surrounded by death… knowing that they have left their parents and family alone… But they just keep on moving… because in their hearts and flowing through their veins is … honour, devotion, love with motherland, death before disgrace, Pakistan Army Zindabad”.
Bilal was from a family credited with a hundred years of the service in the armed forces; his great grand father Subedar Lal Khan served in the First World War and won the George Cross. His grandfather Tajjamal Hussain retired as a Colonel and his father Zafar Tajammul Abbasi was a Captain in the Pakistan Army. Capt Bilal’s maternal grandfather was also in the army and his brother Captain Zarrar is also serving in the army. Rest in peace Capt Bilal with your family of soldiers.
The drama “Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay,” was aimed at depicting the bravery of Pakistani people and the armed forces which they displayed during the operations against terrorists and militants in the tribal area.