Service No : 13781071L

Date of Birth: 10 Mar 1996

Place of Birth : Vadodara, Gujarat

Service: Army

Last Rank : Rifleman

Unit : 18 JAK Rifles

Arm/Regt : Jammu & Kashmir Rifles

Operation : CI & IS Ops

Date of Martyrdom : 22 Jul 2019

Rfn Md Arif Shafi Alam Khan Pathan

Rifleman Md Arif Shafi Alam Khan Pathan hailed from Navayard village of Vadodara district in Gujarat and was born on 10th Mar 1996. Son of Shri Shafi Alam Khan Pathan and Smt Habiban Banu, Rfn Mohd Arif joined the Army in 2015 at the age of 19 years. He was recruited into 18 JAK Rif of the J&K Rifles Regiment, an infantry Regiment well known for its gallant soldiers.


LOC Firing (Rajouri) : 22 July 2019


During 2019, Rfn Md Arif’s unit 18 JAK Rif was deployed in Rajouri district of J&K. The unit troops were manning the forward posts in Rajouri district along the LOC.  The LOC remained highly active and volatile with ceasefire violations occurring very often and without any warning. Pakistan continued to violate the 2003 ceasefire agreement with India despite repeated calls for restraint and adherence to the pact during flag meetings between the two sides. In yet another case of ceasefire violation, Pakistani troops opened unprovoked fire in Rajouri along the LOC on 22 July 2019.


On 22 July 2019 , in the wee hours Pakistan Army troops initiated unprovoked firing on Indian posts from across the border in Rajouri. During that period, Rfn Md Arif was manning one of the forward posts along the Line of Control. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire and resorted to heavy cross border shelling of various Indian Army posts and civilian areas. Indian army responded in a befitting manner to the Pakistani aggression and consequently, a heavy exchange of fire ensued thereafter, which continued intermittently for several hours. However, during this cross border shelling, Rfn Md Arif got severely injured and was evacuated to the Army Base hospital. But he later succumbed to his injuries and was martyred. Rfn Md Arif was a valiant and committed soldier who laid down his life at the age of 23 years in the line of his duty.


Rfn Md Arif Shafi Alam Khan Pathan is survived by his father Shri Shafi Alam Khan Pathan and  mother Smt Habiban Banu.

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  • Aourabindo Rout

    2021 at 10:33 pm Reply

    RIP Rfn Md Arif sir. The nation will remain indebted for your service.

  • Vinay Pandey

    2022 at 12:51 pm Reply

    Sir, the country will never forget you.
    Jai Hind

  • Prashant Deshmukh

    2023 at 12:06 pm Reply

    We are proud that a brave soldier of our city got martyrdom for his motherland while doing duty on the border, we will never forget Rifleman Arif Pathan sir. And heartily salute him Jai Hind.

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