A Salute to The Brave!

By; Yasmeen Ali

The picture of Batapur Monument, built by Major General Tajammal Hussain Malik hangs proudly in my dining room. This monument is dedicated to the ever lasting memory of the men of the 3rd Battalion of the Baluch Regiment, who, fell, stopping the main Indian offensive on Lahore, along the G. T Road, on 6th September 1965, at Batapur Bridge, on the BRBL Canal,Wagha Sector.  

Gen Tajammal Hussain Malik, in 1965,  a Lt. Colonel , was CO (Commanding Officer), 3rd Baluch. The Battalion marched on foot to Batapur, from Lahore. He ordered recoilless rifle fire on the oncoming Indian tanks, blowing them up and thus halting the Indian onslaught-all with pouch ammunition! THUS mocking the Indian Commander General Chaudhry’s claim to have the “Chota peg” in Lahore Gymkhana before the day was over.

I share with you  General Tajammal’s excerpt of interview given to Defence Journal in September 2001 which says all:

QUESTION:Please tell us something about your experiences as CO 3rd Baluch in 1965?

On 17 July 1965, I took over the command of 3rd Baluch, the Battalion I had joined as a second lieutenant after repatriation from India where I was serving in the Rajput regiment since my commissioning on 16th February 1947. Immediately after assumption of command I started intensive training. In about a month and a half the battalion was fully trained for war. Chamb operation had started on the 1st of September 1965 but the troops at Lahore were carrying out normal peacetime training till 4th of September.

On 4th of September, I held my battalion ceremonial parade and in the afternoon there was a basketball competition. On 5th morning a TEWT (tactical exercise without troops) was to be held and instead of going to the exercise we were suddenly called to the Brigade Headquarters and ordered to move to our allotted defensive positions astride GT road on Wagha Sector.

We were specifically ordered not to leave the unit lines before midnight 5/6 September. From my unit lines to Batapur bridge was about 14 miles, which my Battalion had to cover on foot. At about 6 o’ clock on 6th September, my companies had reached their allocated position extended over a distance of about 5 miles astride the GT Road. My right forward company had just reached its position on both sides of the BRBL canal when the Indian Army attack started. I had hardly taken off my pack when I received a message from the Brigade Major 114 Brigade that India had attacked Pakistan and captured Wagha and Gawindi post on Burki Sector and was advancing towards Lahore.

It was my first experience of war and it is a fact that I felt highly thrilled. A little later, about half a dozen Indian planes flew past towards Lahore. The Indians had started their advance with 15th Indian Division consisting of 4 brigades on Wagha Sector and 7th Division less one Brigade on Burki Sector. Obviously Wagha sector was comparatively more important from the Indian point of view because the Grand Trunk passes through it and after reaching Shalimar gardens they could get on Mahmood Booti Road and capture Ravi bridge without going through the built up area of Lahore City. This would have sealed off Army reinforcements to the beleaguered troops in Lahore Cantonment who were, in any case, not yet ready to go into battle.

Most of the divisional artillery units and 22 Brigade, which was in reserve, were doing their normal PT parade on the morning of 6th September when the leading Indian troops had started their attack on our positions on BRBL canal. A major portion of Lahore garrison officers heard the news about the Indian attack when they were having their breakfast in the messes or in their houses. This was the state of preparedness of 10th Division, who were responsible for the defence of Lahore, on the morning of 6th September, I called up my depth companies to fill up the gaps in the defensive area.

We fought that battle without trenches, without defensive minefield and without barbed wire in the defensive positions when the Battalion was pitched against a division of 4 brigades. If I go into the details of the narrative of the battle of 6th September, it would become very lengthy. The area between the BRBL canal upto Ravi bridge was all empty. The two leading enemy tanks were destroyed by one of our anti-tank guns firing from behind a bullock cart. Both sides were surprised in this battle. We were not expecting enemy attack because we were moved only as a precautionary measure with only the pouch ammunition and not allowed to even dig our trenches till the time the positions were visited by the Brigade Commander or the GOC.

The Indians were surprised to find the BRBL occupied by Pakistani troops who had started firing on the Indian advancing troops. They were expecting that the canal would be empty, whereas on reaching there they were confronted by every type of fire. In those days, our defensive battle concept was in three layers; the first layer, the second layer and the resistance zone each 2000 yards apart. They perhaps thought that they had reached the first layer positions and they had yet to face the second layer and resistance zone.

Instead of pressing their attack to capture the bridges across the canal they decided to halt the advance with sporadic firing and carry out proper canal crossing operation at night. By the evening we had considerably strengthened our positions and were ready to face the challenge.Till today I call it a miracle. For, had the Indians succeeded in capturing the Batapur Bridge that morning, Lahore would have fallen latest by 11 o’clock that morning and General Chaudry, the then C-in-C Indian Army would have celebrated their victory in Gymkhana Club over a peg of whisky, as promised to his officers, on the eve of the battle.

The narrative of the battle for the next seventeen days is a long story. By 10th September, we were ready to resume the advance on the Indian soil, but because of the incompetence and cowardice of the higher command we could not do so and when the war ended the Indians were in occupation of about 240 square miles of our territory beyond the far bank of the BRBL canal.

Our armoured division offensive on Khem Karan sector had also got bogged down. Indian war correspondent Kuldip Nayar in his book “India’s Critical years” has described a very interesting account of Indo-Pak battle in Lahore-Khem Karan sector wherein he states that when our Armoured Division offensive started in Khem Karan sector, the Indian C-in-C General Chaudry ordered General Harbash Singh, Commander Western Command to withdraw his troops behind Bias river. General Harbash Singh refused to comply with the order saying he would not withdraw his troops but would instead fight the battle from his existing defensive positions. General Chaudry retorted, “You do not know the capabilities of Armour” implying that he could not comprehend the power of an Armoured Division. The Sikh General replied saying that “In war it is the courage that matters and not the technical knowledge”. By doing so, the Sikh General saved India.

Had our attack succeeded, the Indian Army would have suffered the same defeat as Arab Army had suffered at the hands of Israelis in 1967 war. Here again our higher leadership failed to carry the battle to a successful conclusion.After the end of the war, in order to hide their weaknesses and the public criticism, instructions were issued by the General Headquarters to destroy the war diaries so that, at some later stage, if any commission of inquiry was appointed to examine the conduct of war, no record of their incompetency could be produced as evidence.

I stand up and salute our brave soldiers!

I share here some pictures from the 6th September 2009 Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Batapur Monument:

Wreath being ceremonially carried to the Monument by the Jawans of 3rd Baluch. Salute!

Wreath being laid to pay homage to The Brave who laid down their lives for the Motherland!

The 3rd Generation: Left: Nausherwan Awan, grandson of Gen. Tajammal Hussain Malik, who was CO 3rd Baluch on 6th September 1965 war and to right is grandson of  Lt.Gen. Khalid Nawaz Malik who was a Lieutenant in the Battalion in 1965 war,and later, was CO of 3rd Baluch. Both youngsters were interviewed by national TV channels last year.

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  • Rashid Inam  On September 5, 2010 at 11:43 am

    Great recount. Thank you for sharing Gen.’s interview excerpt.

  • Abdul Rauf Hashmi  On September 5, 2010 at 11:46 am

    We all stand united and salute our brave soldiers!

  • Zubair Shahid  On September 5, 2010 at 11:58 am

    The battle for Batapur bridge witnessed various gallant acts. I remember reading gen shaukat riza’s account of the war a long time ago, and it contained various such accounts of the gallantry of our boys! It was here that one of the earliest ‘suicide bombings’ took place. However, this one was much different in nature and far superior in sanctity compared to those we see today.
    The indian tanks were all set to cross over the bridge and our troops had little resources to thwart that attempt. One jawan, whose name I can’t recollect, serving in a company headed by maj aftab ahmed khan loaded ammo and explosives in his jeep and drove it towards the center of the bridge. Upon reaching there he detonated the ammo resulting in the collapse of a part of the bridge thereby obstructing the passage of the enemy. Same example was followed in chawinda too.

    It is accounts like these that are enough to inspire us in these despondent times. I was a student of class 8th and the kargil war was going on, when I first read this book and many things didn’t make sense to me. I was crazy to the extent of fanaticism to join the army and do something similar one day. There were maps attached at the end of this book and I used to pull out those of the kashmir area and make elaborate plans of marshalling troops inside the occupied kashmir. Such is the innocence of childhood 🙂

  • Inam Khan  On September 5, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I believe traditions laid down by our seniors are still being followed by men and officers of Pak Army.
    The nation salutes them all ……………………..Inam Khan

  • Masud  On September 5, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    I join in salute to the brave soldiers of 3 Baluch.

    The first time I met Gen Tajammal was in 1955. He was a major and Platoon Commander of 11th PMA in Salahuddin Company. I am from 13th PMA. We were all impressed by his bearing and looked like a model officer of the days gone-by.

    Masud

  • Rizwan  On September 5, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    Great to see the 3rd generation.Best of Luck to them.
    Riz

  • Sqn Ldr S. Ausaf Husain (Retd)  On September 5, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Great recount indeed. 3rd Baluch is very famous battalion. I heard first time its bravery while I was attending Infantry Weapons Course (IW-31) in 1955 at School of Infantry and Tactics Quetta. Our one of the instructor was Jamedar( now Naib Subedar) Shafi Mohammad who was from 3rd Baluch. I was told that after the partition when bloodshed started and Muslims of India who were migrating by train were massacred by Sikhs and Hindus while crossing East Punjab this battalion was assigned escorting of special trains carrying Muslims from India. When soldiers of Baluch Regiment escorted these special trains no body could dare attacking those trains. Hpwever, General Tajammal may verify this fact now whether it was 3rd Baluch or some other battalion of Baluch Regiment.

    In 1960 I was attending Basic Commando Course at SSG Cherat( which was then 19th Baluch) commanded by first Pakistani Commanding Officer of SSG Battalion, Lt.Col A.O Mittha . There my buddies were Capt Sikandar and Subedar Aslam both from 3rd Baluch. During exercises in our hideout deep in the jungles they talked bravery of the soldiers of 3rd Baluch during World War II.

    In 1965 War I was in Badin on certain special duty. Our neighbouring army division was camped under the command of Major General Tikka Khan as the Division Commander. I still remember the bravery of the soldiers of Baluch Regiment in that sector also.

    • pakpotpourri2  On September 5, 2010 at 5:06 pm

      Dear Sir
      Thank you for the warm note. The massacred muslims,train fulls, are buried in mass graves at the Lahore Railway Station. New rail tracks have sprung up there. General Tajammal died a natural death, a few years ago, but I can certainly ask his son, also from 3rd Baluch & post a reply here .
      Warm Regards
      YAA

  • mian saleem  On September 5, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    AS A NATION OUR TOP LEADERSHIP HAS ALWAYS BEEN INCOMPETENT, SIMPLY BECAUSE OF NEPOTISM , CHAMCHA GREE ETC

    • Tariq  On September 6, 2010 at 6:21 am

      Saleem it looks like that, we will never get out of the ‘chamcha giree circle’.

  • pakpotpourri2  On September 5, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Dear Sir
    Thank you for the warm note. The massacred muslims,train fulls, are buried in mass graves at the Lahore Railway Station. New rail tracks have sprung up there. General Tajammal died a natural death, a few years ago, but I can certainly ask his son, also from 3rd Baluch & post a reply here . This may take a few days but will certainly do so.
    Warm Regards
    YAA

    • anwer sultan kadri  On September 5, 2010 at 5:26 pm

      Thank you very much Yasmeen, you took me to the memory lane with your 6th Sept story, I was in PAF college Sargodha that particular day, and i remember the declaration of war on the radio. I cannot but recall the vivid memories of Sqn.Ldr Sarfaraz Rafiqui, Sqn Ldr Middlecort, Sqn Ldr M M Alam….Flt. Lt Cecil Chowdury,… Fly.Off Siraj and a host of others the glow and the shine or bravery and brilliance is something which i wont ever forget till my dying day. Who can ever think of destroying a people who have such legacies….wake up West.

  • Anwer Kadri  On September 5, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Thank you very much Yasmeen, you took me to the memory lane with your 6th Sept story, I was in PAF college Sargodha that particular day, and i remember the declaration of war on the radio. I cannot but recall the vivid memories of Sqn.Ldr Sarfaraz Rafiqui, Sqn Ldr Middlecort, Sqn Ldr M M Alam….Flt. Lt Cecil Chowdury, Fly.Off Siraj and a host of others the glow and the shine or bravery and brilliance is something which i wont ever forget till my dying day.

  • Zee Shaan  On September 5, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    A EXCELLENT WRITE UP MS.ALI A PITY THEY HAVE STOPPED CELEBRATING THE DAY AS A NATIONAL DAY.NEVERTHELESS IT REMAINS A HALL MARK.
    OF COURAGE AND DEVOTION OF OUR VALIANT.AND THE MONUMENTS LIKE THIS TESTIFY THEIR DEEDS. A SALUTE TO THEM.

  • SHWEBO  On September 5, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    An excellent write up at the write time.It were troops of 3 Baloch under able command of Lt Col Tajammul Hussain Malik who withstood the might of Indian Armour on 6th Sep 1965 . when a crew of a Recoilless Rifle which was heading for its battle location spotted an Indian tank at the far bank of BRBL. This crew got hold of a cart full of cattle fodder and took position behind it at the home bank of BRBL and as the leading Indian tank reached in middle of the bridge it was hit by the recoilless rifle fire. Thus bridge was blocked and Indian advance to Shalimar Gardens came to halt and Gen Choudhry”s dream of having”Chotta”at Lahore Gymkhana was shattered. I must clarify that no suicide bomber destroyed the bridge but our Engineers under Maj Aftab with the valiant support of our company commander Major Anwar Hussain Shah,SJ managed to destroy the bridge on 11 September.
    Two jet fighters of PAF who were on Armed reccce mission on the morning of 6 September played equally important role in destroying Indian Armour on that morning.
    Last year at wreath laying ceremony the young officer, the Guard Commander Lt Ammar is again a third generation officer. On 6 September 2010 he along with his two brothers is again commanding the Guard and will lay the wreath at memorial of his grandfathers Battalion at 0900 hours. He will be available at the monument the whole day.

    • pakpotpourri2  On September 6, 2010 at 1:09 am

      Thank you Ajmal Bhai for clarifying the issue on the suicide bombing-also your support in this article.
      Warm Regards
      YAA

  • Yaqoot  On September 6, 2010 at 1:47 am

    I was 12 years old on that September day of 1965. The school got closed and we all rushed home to gather around the Transistors. The Regal voice of the President of Pakistan, General Mohammad Ayub Khan, probably still echoes in every Pakistani’s ear. He spoke at about mid-day to the country informing how a coward enemy of might has stealthily attacked and penetrated the Pakistani territory. In few lines he motivated the soldiers and instructed them to rip the enemy apart.

    Years latter I read a quote somewhere that read…”NEVER, INVITE A FIGHT, BUT IF IT COMES ITSELF, WELCOME IT.

    Indians should know that’s what Pakistan did in the war of 1965. They welcomed the un- invited aggressor and pushed him back to his quarters.

    The night of September 6th will be remembered by every Laborite. The thunder and shudder of the huge Cannons being fired was heard in Gulberg that is about 20 miles from Shalimar Gardens, Wagha border being another 10 miles further. As the guns fired, people raised slogans in unison. I am pretty sure this was being done all over Lahore and perhaps the consorted slogans were loud enough to reach the ear of those brave men who were fighting at the Wagha front pushing the Indians back.

    One can still recall the experience of hearing the modulated sirens that were blown at the onset of anticipated air-attacks. As the F-104 chased the Indians Mig-29s, the Laborites defied all civil defense instructions and would come out and look skyward with their jubilant faces, shouting ….Marooo Bhein…Ch…noo (well Lahorites never change). Laughter would resume as soon as the stable sirens were blown marking the end of an air attach. Everyone will then glue themselves to the transistor to hear about the anticipated shoot down of the Migs. People were keeping scores as if it was a cricket match. That was the zeal and courage that the Pakistanis fought with.

    Everyone came together with their respective inputs. Focus was shifted from personal goals to the combined welfare of the country. Each household was well prepared. Even women were strategizing how they would fight the Indians with bats, bricks and hockey sticks if they ever succeeded in getting into the streets of Lahore. That was the spirit to fight and defend the motherland by even shedding the last drop of blood…but not giving up. The unity that was displayed by Pakistani Nation in the 17 days of war is something to be reminisced and imparted to our present generations. People should sit down and pass on this historic experience of unity to their children’s children.

    The same spirit of unity needs to be rekindled again in our nation right now. Pakistanis should unite together to fight the enemy that has in fact now penetrated into the streets and corners of our cities. Wake up people and fight them with all your might. Take out your bats, bricks and hockey sticks to push the enemy back. Just as you all stood united against the Indians…unite and fight back to this conniving wolves in sheep’s clothes. Fight for your honor. Fight for your mother land. Unite and make a resolve to save your motherland. That would be the best way to commemorate the glorious historic day of accomplishment, the 6th of Septembe 1965. God help you all.

    A Lahorites who saw F-104s in dogfighst with the Mig-29s.

  • Asif Javed  On September 6, 2010 at 1:48 am

    Thanks dear for reminding me the event
    in my youth had spent this time in Kasur & Lahore
    Was in school at Kasur when it all started
    But
    Years later while doing defence studies
    came across books of authors like Noor Khan and Musa Khan where both mentioned that Pakistan started the event
    let us pray some day some one will write correct history of our home land

  • Aleem Afridi  On September 6, 2010 at 1:57 am

    Thank you, YAA ! Very nostalgic and touching .

  • Hamid Afridi  On September 6, 2010 at 2:10 am

    Dear Madam Yasmeen: AA

    Thank you for sharing this interesting and revealing episode.

    My father Col. R. Abdul Hameed Afridi from 2 FF Guides Infantry who has the honour to capture 32 miles of Indian territory in Chamb-Aknur Sector, AK in 1965, later was the first one to be asked to withdraw, and had defended Lipa Valley, AK in 1971, always says: ‘its the command that fails, the troops always follow their command and have never let us down.’

    A similar incident I heard from my uncle, Gen. R. Jehanzeb Afridi of Guides Cavalry that in 1971, serving in the 1st Armour Div deployed in Bahawalpur sector, that they kept waiting for the orders for the offensive towards the plains of Delhi, but these orders never came! While Gen. Yahya Khan stated to the Hammoud Ur Rehman Commission that he had ordered the Western Command to open up the offensive. Were his orders disobeyed? Was anyone charged for this disobedience? Its still an open question today!

    Today some say had we opened up the Western Front, history might have been different and we could have had some bargaining chip at the negotiating table too!

    Similar tactical & strategic failure we faced at Kargil! Highest number of young officers killed! First we called them mujahideen, later decorated them?! What did we achieve out of it? My father told Gen. Musharraf had we sustained for another month for the winter snowfall, today we would have achieved something! His response was: ‘we could’. Then what went wrong? How the Indians turned the table on us? Who’s responsible for the victory turned into a failure?

    The worst part is: ‘we never learn any lesson from our history and try to shrug the truth under the rug!’

    Salute to the ‘unsung’ heros & martyrs of our country. We are because of their sacrifices.

    Best wishes and regards

    Hamid Raza Afridi

  • Syed Imam  On September 6, 2010 at 4:01 am

    Thank you for stating the proper history of events of sept 6 and the 1965 War.

  • Sadia hameed  On September 6, 2010 at 6:06 am

    A very well drafted and to the point hard hitting article yasmeen,it is an eye opener for people like me who have been fed wrong sequence of events.Indians never leave a chance not to hit us.The floods being the latest action on their part.

  • Qaisar jalil  On September 6, 2010 at 6:17 am

    Today was the day when we repulsed the indian attack on 06 sept 1965, I really cannot understand why we have stopped celebrating it ? Musharaff the fool had decided to pass this order one fails to comprehend when all his other acts have been seen reverted back,why is our Government not taking back this order ?? if not the federal then Govt of Punjab should be wise enough !

  • Faisal Malik  On September 6, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    The bullies the war mongers need to be stopped.

    and they cannot be stopped just by saying so.

    it is good to use the pen MOST times.

    BUT,

    sometimes, it becomes necessary to use the SWORD against a sword.

    same thing happened in ’65.

    but then again,

    not taking any sides, i’d still want all the people of the world to realize that some of the governments are still occupying others territories, some still making plans to make yet another war, and some involved in proxy wars in other’s states. open or hidden.

    and i am against all of such governments/people/oppressors.
    so if they respect the might of the pen?? good. BUT if they dont, perhaps a more suitable answer in the form of “tit for tat” should be in order.
    and so, for the sake of a few heartless money makers, the whole mother earth gets punished.

  • Zee Shaan  On September 6, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Faisal Malik you ought to read naveed tajammals ,”Are international wars a racket’.

  • Zubair  On September 7, 2010 at 1:43 am

    YAA
    I thank you for the account; a very timely reminder to us Pakistanis who are fast losing their past. The leagcy left by the gallant men who led the troops from front must remain fresh in our minds and hearts– specially now when we seem to be showing the worst behaviior of any nation and specially of this beautiful land with a most glorious past. I was one of those fortunate ones who fought in that war. As we all know that our High comissioner in India had warned in writing that the Indian attack was imminent on 6th Sept. and yet our leadership didn”t take any measures to defend this land. Knowing the role played by ZAB to humiliate Pakistan in 1971, one can understand why he, as Foreign minister, insisted in not deploying. But I was shocked that none of the generals in GHQ even tried to deploy. The fact that 3rd batallion was ordered to move on 5th night, even with pouch ammo, shows that some one in GHQ believed that the attack was a possibilty—–where the hell was the MI etc? I thank you again to referesh our memory—nations who forget their history, become history.
    Zubair

    • anwer sultan kadri  On September 8, 2010 at 12:07 am

      Zubair sb, total agree with your opinion and to me anyone who participated in any capacity in the defense of our land is a hero and very respectable, I salute them a hundred times over…..seen some action in 1971 and i am privy to some shameful treachery of our seniors but thank god they no longer exist as they have been forgotten,i dont think even their families grieve for them,Zubair….people who live in the hearts of those they leave behind never die. God bless you

  • Jamil Zaidi  On September 8, 2010 at 1:39 am

    Bravo Pakistan Army fighting this battle in t5he absence of materil resourcesonly on the basis opf faith in God & self-confidence. They created new trations of love for their counmtry, valur, and self-sacirifice.This sacirifice has lEFT EXAMPLES FOR THE GENERATIOns to come.

    Jameel Zaidi

  • Syed Ataur Rahman  On October 8, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    Yasmeen this was thrilling reading. I read spell bound. Excellent example of depicting true heroism so humbly and yet we could make out what that battalion did to save our pride by saving Lahore. Extremely well written. Long live 3rd Baluch Regiment in the service of our Motherland.
    Regards
    Ata

  • Hasan  On September 6, 2011 at 2:52 am

    I regard General in high esteem.
    Hasan

  • khan saheb  On September 6, 2011 at 5:54 am

    I salute them as well!

  • Ishrat  On September 6, 2011 at 6:13 am

    let us salute . very daring
    wish we had many like him
    ik

  • Samson Simon Sharaf  On September 6, 2011 at 8:09 am

    I visited this historic monument in 1966 as a young school boy. Lt Gen Khalid Nawaz was then my classmate and his father at the Bata Factory and once #rd Balochi had arranged the trip. Much of the motivation I got to ultimately join 13 Baloch was this monument. Efcourse, 3rd Baloch was my first choice I never got.

  • FEL  On September 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

    YAA,Undoubtedly I salute the brave and am with you in this noble cause

    FEL

  • Zubair  On September 6, 2011 at 11:07 am

    Aiy puttar hatan tay nahin milday. I have read this interview of a great soldier—a true son of the soil all the way back to Porus. I thank you for reminding us about them.
    Zubair

  • ID  On September 6, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    This nation’s soldiers are brave and its low & mid level cadre of officers is also dynamic but its top level is only interspersed with some good and mostly of below average guts, poor competence, and vision. The skirmishes with India had started in early spring in the South in the Runn of Kutch and was evidently moving to North but the deployment of troops, physical & mentl preparation, and training for it was absent… so much so the trenches had not been dug and the correct ammunition was ont issued and most importantly defining the objective was lacking. What a shame and we burn diaries on top of that so that we do not learn correct lesson. This nation has been poorly led in all fields… When the ambulance of the Founder of Pakistan breaks down and alternate is not available, what do we expect from these guys and then they sing praises of the Shaheed-e-Millat etc. Just poor leadership from all sides.
    id

  • Zubair  On August 14, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    I thank you Yasmeen. We owe our existance to the gallant few who died defending this land.
    Zubair

  • Zafar Hilaly  On August 14, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Imagine, just imagine, we planned to bottle up several Indian Army divisions in Kashmir by launching Operation Gibraltar, crossing the Tavi and cutting off India’s access to Kashmir and it never entered our minds that the Indians would seek to relieve the pressure by attacking Lahore, so we left Lahore virtually undefended. For that alone Ayub and his advisers, military and civilian, should have been shot. Actually had they been shot Kargill probably would not have taken place. Mush would never have dreamt of marching soldiers up a hill without a plan as to how they would march down, remain supplied or for that matter would be the international consequences knowing that his life would be at stake if he failed.

    The problem is that our leaders seem inured to failure, because failure for them has no consequences. They just get up brush themselves off and start planning ( to fail) again.
    There must be consequences for failure. In school if you failed you did not get promoted to the next class. Here you can keep failing and keep getting re elected.

    As for those who defended Lahore in 1965 our eternal gratitude.

  • Adeel Kazi  On August 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    The few who have upheld the honour and existence of the many.
    Whatever is said, of those who fought and died, and fought and came back, cannot equal their contribution.

    Hope lies in the fact that we always have those few, when the time comes.

    Adeel

  • Kamil  On August 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Masha Allah, once again, Ramazan ki Taaq Raat aur 14 August… buhat mubarak. We must remember that:
    “Waqt-e-Fursat hai kahan, kaam abhi baqi hai…
    Noor-e-Touheed ka ihtmam abhi baqi hai”.
    May Allah bless Pakistan & the Ummah.. By Allah, we will live & die for this Pak Sarzameen!
    *** This Message Has Been Sent Using BlackBerry Internet Service from Mobilink ***

  • Omar Nasarullah  On August 14, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Many thanks indeed for sending this piece, Yasmeen. A nation which does not learn lessons from her history –would soon repeat its mistakes. You are indeed doing a great service by bringing this to us. “Not gold, but only men[and women ] can make a nation strong—–they build the NATION’s pillars deep–and lift them to the sky”

  • Taj Khattak  On August 14, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Thanks for the post. You may consider actually visiting the monument sometime. It is a very moving experience.
    Best wishes
    Khattak

  • Mueen  On August 14, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Dear Omar,
    Since this is Pakistan Day today I would like to say that we are not the only nation not to learn from history.Did the USA learn from Vietnam Nam? Did Britain learn from the first or even the second Afghan War? Did Hitler learn lessons from Waterloo? I think that we are sometimes too hard on ourselves.
    Regards,
    Mueen

  • Salty  On August 15, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    Very moving,pleasure reading it,regards

    Sent from my iPad

  • Freda Shah  On August 15, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Our real heroes and heroines have never been given the recognition and appreciation they deserve. They may get a medal or an honourable mention here or there but are soon relegated to oblivion. Our media, in particular, seldom projects them as role models or highlights their qualities of head and heart for others to emulate, preferring to give endless attention to petty crooks and blackguard, occupying all kinds of official positions, as the real achievers.

  • Hijab farrukh  On October 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Well done yasmeen..its really informative and we youngsters should know our bright and great past..thanks for playing ur role
    regards..

  • Mamnoon  On March 13, 2013 at 6:00 am

    You are being humble, Yasmeen. I would say one of the {many} masterpieces you penned. Salutes to the brave soldiers and their families.The land in which we are born, has a special charm and sanctity for us. Its very sight is cheering, its very dust is sacred.

    “Breathes there the man with soul so dead
    Who never to himself hath said.
    This is my own, my native land”. ( Sir W. Scott)

  • muhammad arif raza  On July 25, 2013 at 11:33 am

    i appreciated your post , you really did a great work to highlight the performance of our great heroes who gives every thing to defend this nation,when we were child we listen that stories from our elders who serve for our mother land, so u refresh that memories ,and its important for the upcoming generation
    thanks yasmeen

  • Major Shahid Rehman  On February 14, 2014 at 6:59 am

    Yasmeen,thanks.
    I was living with my parents in Lahore Cantt. Sep 06,1965,was my medical examination in CMH,Lahore,for PMA,37th long Course.
    I use to play squash and swim at the Services Club regularly,daily. Knew many young officers and seniors visiting the Club,as usual.
    On Sep 05,or,04,in the evening Capt Khurshid 11 FF, the R&S Bn,10 Div,a relation of ours,called on my parents and had tea.My father asked him,as to what was he doing in the Cantt,war has started in Kashmir since the last one month,aren’t you supposed to be deployed.He said that there was no such news of war coming towards Lahore.
    Brig Jamil (Jimmy) Aziz,Comd Div Arty,was very social with my parents,in fact,he was the one who endorsed my application for the Army. Even he used to say,don’t worry,there will be no war on this front !
    What I am trying to put across is,while four divisions of India were poised to hit Lahore,our senior commanders were comfortably asleep,and playing tennis,having their chotas. Similar was the case in Sialkot.My CO in 27C,Lt Col Raza,was a capt in 25C,stationed in Sialkot. He used to tell us that they could hear the shelling from Kashmir. His CO Lt Col Nisar,became Brig later,was concerned,the officers prodded him to ask the Bde Comd as to what was happening,which he did. The Bde Comd,was cool,said,nothing will happen !
    This was the state of our intelligence.Criminal,to say the least. And when the balloon went up,there was chaos and confusion.
    In 1965,Pakistan had the best armor,M47 and M48 Patton tanks,on this side of the Suez Canal.The Indians had no tank as versatile and modern as our Pattons.
    The launching of the Ist Armored Division acroos the Roohi Nuallah got delayed and screwed up,due to the move from Changa Manga-Raiwind to Roohi Nullah,Kasur.The engineer battalion had to build a bridge across the nullah,the idiot CO,sent the convoy of bridging equipment under a young officer,who lost his way ! As a result the bridge was not ready by first light Sep 07,when the tank column led by 6 lancers turned up near the bridge site. Nearly 300 tanks piled up with their echelons in a huge,long concentration area stretching for miles. The IAF came to take on these sitting ducks.However,they shied away,as each Patton tank had a .50 Browning AA MG would start firing at the approaching IAF aircraft.
    The offensive was delayed by a day. Bridge made 6L crossed fought a gallant battle against the Indian troops holding the other side,and advanced to Valtoha railway Station which was captured too.6 L lost their CO,Lt Col Sahbzad Gul,when he was shot by an Indian sniper,when his tank was parked outside the railway station. The tank crews at night couls see the lights of Indian convoys moving on the Frezpor-Amritsar Road. We were so close,when the offensive was called off by Gens Ayub and Musa.
    While in Khem Karan,4 C moved without infantry support through sugarcane fields,got surrounded ! Thereafter Indians broached their canals and flooded the area.The Pattons came to a grinding halt.
    We still had a chance. These incompetent generals,they should have held Khem Karan with the infantry.Pulled the tanks out and launched them through Kasur,Roohi Nullah across Valtoha,and rushed to cut-off the Ferozpur-Amritsar Road.
    We had achieved air-superiority too,within three days of the start of the war.
    The only mystery was,as to where was the Indian Armored Division known as the Elephant Division. It’s peace time location was Jhansi.
    It was only,when an Indian DR was intercepted by our commandos across the Sialkot Sector,that we found out theat the Indian armored division is moving towards Sialkot.He was carrying it’s operational oreders.
    Further confusion,on our side after this development. Tank units were pulled out from the Lahore Sector and rushed to Pasrur,Shakargarh,where they were milling around without clearcut orders, while 25 Cavalry took on the leading enemy tanks at Bara Pind-Chawinda. It was only our 155mm-Heavy and Medium artillery,which saved the day for us.Till the armor got organized and deployed to stop the enemy advance.
    Much has been written on the 1965 War by both sides. Interesting events. Shows,how unprepared the General Staff of both armies was to go into battle. As they say,”jang nahin zananiendi!”
    SR.

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