the War took place in the light of tensions and occasional battles in the Runn of Kuchh desert in Sindh area which was apparently wrapped up by early 1965 but right after that tensions erupted in the ever contentious, ever turbulent Kashmir areas. Both countries were in dialogue over the tense situation and both armed forces were almost ready for all out war. But still the whole world including leaders in both countries were against it and in-spite of fierce battles in various areas throughout the border particularly in Kashmir, ruled out all out war. but all out war nevertheless broke out!
At the time it seemed the country and countrymen were taken by surprise and the Indian army had been expecting a walk through in Lahore area, but it wasn't exactly so. the public indeed was surprised but the forces, not quite. inside sources confirm they were prepared but there were certain irregularities leaving loops in serious strategic planning at higher level. that remains beyond the scope of this thread. People confirm that in can't areas all houses had trenches dug out a month in advance, that means there was preparation.
Indian army had to face very strong resistance in the Lahore area during the firs few hours and today it seems if they had managed to cross over that day, the outcome of the war may have been much diff. So huge credit goes to the regiments, units, and above all men who were deployed in the Lahore areas of wahgah, Burki etc. among them all one name stands above the rest, that of Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, whose supernatural skills and devotion played a huge role in the outcome of the Lahore battles. he was martyred directing artillery fire. even if he hadn't been martyred he would have definitely received the Hilal-e-Jurat or Sitara-e-Jurat (bar).
throughout the country, during the ar lasted extraordinary tales of heroism were written. a great tank battle; the biggest after WWII was fought at Chawinda in Sialkot sector. the Navy took an offensive and silenced the Indian navy by an attack on their port at Dwarka. The PAF was exceptionally prompt and of exemplary help to the ground forces.
there was cease fire on 23 Sep,but our nation had had quite an experience by then. civilians were readyto head to borders armed with sticks and knives. would shout slogans to our aircraft chasing IAF planes.
The air was full of radio waves carrying patriotic tunes in Noor jehan's voice which prompted every soldier to fight harder.
there were a lot of heroes, most recognized, many unsung, we remember them always and particular in Sept, marking the defense day. they died so we may live, if it hadn't been for them, we may not have been here.
i would wish if i could pay tribute to each and every shaheed and ghazi here, but thats not possible. a few famous faces from the 1965 war whom we salute to symbolize our love for those men in uniform, along with their tales, are being posted here. I'd request everyone to post here names and tales, personal, heard from a friend, of a relative, acquainatnce, pictures memories etc whatever, to freshen up the blood drops of those brave men. thats what this thread is all about.
Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, Nishan-i-Haider
Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui Shaheed, Sitara-e-Jurat,Hilal-i-Jurat
Flt Lt Yunus Hussain Shaheed, Sitara-e-Jurat
Squadron Leader (Now Air Cdr. retd.) M. M. Alam, Sitara-e-Jurat (Bar)
Brigadier Ahsan Rashid Shami Hilal-i-Jurat
i'm also reminded of a few other heroes that i've heard of, while countless remain unknown.
Major Shabbir Sharif who was awarded the Nishan-i-Haider on martyrdom in the 1971 war near Sulemanki headworks was a Lieutenant in the 1965 war and was at he Wahgah area with his unit, the 6FF. One day during the war he he went forward into enemy area with just one soldier and saw an indian truck with an artillery gun standing behind it and thed river alking around nearby. he went up to him, there as little light so the Indian didnt see the uniform color. Shabbir in his usual style commanded the driver to attach the gun to the truck, the driver obeyed without hesitation, shabbir realized he had taken him for an Indian officer, so sat in the truck with him and told him to drive towards home ground, the driver said in Punjabi "o tey mussaley aan", and shabbir smiled and said "bas, oder hi jaanna aye, aapan wi mussaley aan!", by now the driver's hands had been tied by the soldier accompanying Shabbir. this way Shabbir captured a gun, a truck and an Indian soldier on own initiative without nay loss and was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat in the 1965 war, which was only months after he had passed ot from PMA, where he had won the sword of honor.
Another hero who had only passed out from PMA recently in1965 was Lieutenant Pervez Musharraf of the Artillery. He was initially stationed at Wahgah but his regiment was later moved to the Sialkot area and then to Cahwinda where he also took part in the great tank battle. He performed the highly risely and dangerous tasks of and artillery formations OP, which is the observer who stands at a vulnerable position in the enemy's sight and fire range and directs fire. he was also injured slightly and won commendations.
i just couldnt come to terms with the fact that i was meeting this legend, this Pakistan's greatest hero! For all i have ever known about manhood, heroism, chivalry, pride, patriotism, warriors, muslim fighters, ghaziz, shaheeds, this man symbolized them all for me. I am among those lucky few who would know what a hero is...
May Allah bless him with a long fruitful life so we may continue to draw inspiration from him.
He is an excellent character, a small stature man, and as many might know, isn't the way he was in 1965, like in the picture above, but has a short well trimmed beard.
I just cant find words to express my feelings right now...
i had a long talk with him. he was very friendly, very humble and simple. very learned and knowledgeable. this is what a hero is made of. the man who is worshiped in Pakistan is in reality a simple man, a God fearing Muslim, who spreads the message of peace, harmony and sincerity to religion and nation.
He has never been married and lives a single life. A loss for womankind, who let this amazing personality live a bachelor life.
One thing that i'd like to mention is, when i was about to leave, i shook his hand, it was a firm handshake from his side too. I realized i was holding the hand of Pakistan's greatest fighter pilot and war hero, one of the world's few ace pilots, and i held his hand in both my hands and said 'it feels great to hold the hand of Pakistan's greatest hero', he just looked down, lifted his left hand in the air and shaken it negating my remark and said; "I was no hero, I was just another man, trying to do my duty."
I didn't want to leave, but had to. i told him i'd love to see him again and he was very welcoming.
i Salute him, his glory, and personality!
May Allah bless him!
Written by Haris on www.paklinks.com and assembled by me...
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