“Remembering Our Heroes”

By Maj Gen (R) Syed Ali Hamid, 39 PMA

Maj Gen Syed Ali HamidEditor’s Note: Maj Gen (R) Syed Ali Hamid is from Armoured Corps. After the retirement, he has settled in Rawalpindi.

It happened today 49 years ago. 8th Sep 1965………the day that the youngest tank regiment of the Pakistan Army stopped the Indian 1st Armoured Division.

'Kaka' Nisar of 25 Cavalry Pakistan ArmyAfter a wild and fruitless ride of 65 kms through the night to Narowal and back, 25th Cavalry was refueling at Pasrur. At about 0630 hours the commanding officer, ‘Kaka’ Nisar came up to Maj Ahmad ‘B’ Squadron and said ‘Enemy has attacked through Charwa. You have to stop him.’

That was all the information available. Ahmad called in his troop leaders. The squadron was to advance in extended order. Whichever troop saw the enemy was to form a base of fire, around which the other troops would manoeuvre. Nisar went with the squadron up till Phillaurah and as they passed through, the left hand troop reported. “Tanks in front. Whose?”

Ahmad replied, “Enemy, You engage.”

The youngest tank regiment of the Pakistan Army was engaging one of the oldest regiments of the Indian cavalry. 16th Light Cavalry had been raised prior to 1776 as the 3rd Regiment of Native Cavalry in the service of the Nawab of Arcot. What happened in the next few hours is what legends are made of and the defence of Phillaurah on 8th Sep 1965 by 25th Cavalry is a shining star in the history of the Pakistan Army and the armoured corps.

Ahmad hastened forward. He saw an Indian tank bogged down near Gadgor. Two Indian tanks were trying to recover it and he ordered the gunner to engage. The round went wild and the officer cursed the gunner. The man said casually. “Saab this gun has not been zeroed.” (The M48 had just returned from the workshop).

 Ahmad changed his tank but was again unlucky. The gun misfired twice. The firing pin was broken. In the meantime two Indian Centurions with 105 mm guns cautiously approached Ahmad’s tanks. There was nothing that the officer could do, except charge. Ahmad’s luck turned, and the Indian tanks hastily withdrew. The tank was driven into a depression where the broken firing pin was replaced. Once again in the open, Ahmad saw six Centurions congregating in a Mango plantation. He could not resist the shoot and took over from the gunner. He indexed 600 yards on the range finder, checked from the loader if an HVAP round was loaded, and fired. The nearest Indian tank blew up. Three more were shot destroyed in quick succession.

The loader got so excited that he started clapping and his asbestos glove fell and stuck in between the breech ring and the recoil cylinder. The gun could not fire and the driver pushed the gun against a tree and inched the tank forward until the glove fell out. Ahmed then ordered the driver to move towards the burning Indian tanks. A shot ricocheted off the turret of his tank jamming the turret ring. A third shot set the tank on fire forcing Ahmad into yet another tank. While maneuvering towards Gadgor with his squadron, Ahmad encountered two Indian tanks directly in his path and shot one but his M48 was hit by the other and the ammunition started exploding. Ahmad was badly burnt and evacuated. His gallantry was rewarded with Sitara-e-Jurat but was modest about his action. He later acknowledged that he should have been more concerned about controlling the squadron battle than in a personal shoot out.

M48s of 25th Cavalry in action in the Battle of Chawinda during the 1965 War:

A maneuver by a squadron of 16th Cavalry ran into ‘A’ Squadron commanded by Effendi which had been brought up by ‘Kaka’ Nisar and deployed to the right of Ahmad’s squadron. The maneuver encountered a troop that had been sent by Effendi to probe forward. In a sharp engagement, the troop destroyed four Centurions but lost a tank. An advance of the left forward regiment of the Indian division went smoothly till Poona Horse ran into an infantry company and lost a tank. Resuming a more cautious advance it was checked by ‘A’ Squadron at Tharoh and Dugri. In an attempt to maneuver for a breakthrough, the squadrons of the two Indian regiments ran into each other and a shoot-out occurred. ‘Kaka’ Nisar was with the forward squadrons all the time and he was not quite yet finished with 16th Cavalry. With the right flank of the armoured brigade still unprotected, he launched the Second World War vintage M36 B2s of ‘C’ Squadron under ‘Ginger’ Raza (Editor: from 3rd PMA) towards Gadgor.

Though the attack could not make much progress, it forced the Indian armoured division to deploy its only reserve, Hodson’s Horse to protect its flank. Against heavy odds the M 36 B2s could not make much progress but managed to destroy two more Centurions of 16th Cavalry before the regiment could disengage under cover of Hodson’s Horse. A second attack by the old M36 B2s of ‘C’ Squadron (with support of ‘A’ Squadron) and a company of infantry before dusk to capture Gadgor, struck the unfortunate 16th Cavalry probably just when it was contemplating going into leaguer for the night. In the resulting confusion, the Indians abandoned eight tanks, two with their engines running.

Captured Indian tank in 1965 Indo Pakistan War

‘Ginger’ Raza was injured in the head but remained with the squadron till relieved. His gallantry was also rewarded by a Sitara-e-Jurat. So also was the commanding officer ‘Kaka’ Nisar who had joined the armoured corps from the Patiala State Forces at Independence and was due to retire as a major but was promoted and raised 25th Cavalry the last of the regular tank units to be raised before the 1965 War.

An Indian Centurion tank knocked out during the Battle of Chawinda:

The total losses to 16th Cavalry in a single day of fighting were 16 tanks against only four of 25th Cavalry. As a consequence of this aggressive defence by one armoured regiment on 8th Sep 1965, a blow to its artillery from a flank by a small but to the Indians very significant actions by two recce and support platoons of 13 Frontier Force Regiment, and ambiguous orders that resulted in a clash between a withdrawing Poona Horse and 2nd Lancers which was leading the advance of the Indian lorried brigade, the offensive of their armoured division stalled.

Poona Horse InsigniaPakistan Air Force InsigniaThe Pakistan Air Force which had been very active the whole day and destroyed many vehicles caused a virtual breakdown of administrative support. The armoured division decided to take two days in reorganizing and replenishing which provided a critical respite to the defenders who even till now were still unaware that they were facing the might of the Indian armoured division and had stopped the cream of the Indian cavalry; Hodson’s Horse, Poona Horse and 16th Cavalry.

Hodson's Horse and 16th Light Cavalry of Indian Army

Extracted from History of the Indo-Pak War 1965 by Lt Gen Mahmud and The Pakistan Army-War 1965 by Maj Gen Shaukat Riza.

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  1. Allah helped Pakistan through Col Nisar Ahmad Khan, one part that is missing here is that Col Nisar fought a Psychological Operations war too, he ordered his tanks in two columns to advance on north and south creating a dust storm. The Indians were wondering whether an entire Armored Division had been thrust against them.

  2. Sameer Joshi says:

    Dear Sir,
    A well written article.
    25 Cavalry succeeded in blunting the attacks by 16 Cav and 17 Horse on that fateful day. Your boys did not panic, unlike the Indian Brigade Commander, Brig KK Singh, who with the fog of war (including imaginary flank threats due to friendly fire action of 62 Cav on Indian Arty as well as attacks by 13 FF R&S elements on 16 Cav) engulfing him (considering the Indian Intelligence had no clue what lay ahead), assumed he faced at least 2 enemy tank formations ahead of him and decided to play safe and retreat back towards a defensive harbour. My only correction will be that 25 Cav faced two active Indian Regiments, 16 Cav and 17 Horse. While 16 Cav Centurions were stopped in their tracks, 17 Horse, after its initial skirmish near the Tharoah cross roads, was pivoting its left flank to bypass the A Sqn 25 Cav’s M47s and managed to proceed a further two miles, when Brig KK recalled back the formation. Commandant 17 Horse protested, but was told he did not have the complete picture and hence was running into a trap. The Indians thus missed out a golden opportunity of making headway towards Pasrur from the left flank of the offensive. Col Nisar’s desperate and bold usage of his Pattons in broad frontage stopped the Indian juggernaut in its track and full credit to his brave tankers.

    However, what I will correct here is that the 25 Cav faced two tank regiments and NOT the full 1st Armoured Div. 4 Horse and 2L were not contacted by KK Singh in his advance and unimaginatively not used at all. While the regiment level forces fought with guts, the Brigade and the Div Commander let the Division down, not unlike the Pak Army 1st Armoured Div at Khem Karan let down by Brig Bashir of 5th Armd Bde and the non armour Div Commander who subjugated his forces under Gen Hamid of 11 Div. There also the regiments of the Pakistan Army consisted of brave tankers who like the Indian tankers, unflinchingly led the tanks towards unknown danger.

    Another word on the fighting, 25 Cavalry had the ‘advantage’ of the fog of war and was not aware that a full armoured division was rolling towards it……however what Col Nisar did that day, is what saved Pakistan from sure-shot doom and defeat in the 1965 War, because as we have seen in the coming days around Chawinda, it is very difficult to make headway with the enemy when it has established base. I will also like to complement the following units which showed grit and bravery in the coming days in Chawinda – 25 Cavalry, 11 Cavalry (whose desperate defensive action on 10/11 Sep put caution on attack by 4 & 17 Horse), Guides Cav and from the Indian side, 4 and 17 Horse, which in spite of the staunch Pakistan Army defence and killing fields, kept attempting to stabilize the Indian front and made some headway.

    And in the end, I will just say that, fighting on as a tanker, even when you see a fellow comrade burn with the steel, with the stench of cordite and human flesh hanging low, it takes guts and resolve from any side. And after analysing the armoured forces from both side, I can say with elan that the black berets from both sides have lived up to the esprit de corps of the Armoured Fists. And all this comes from an ex fighter pilot of the IAF, who has served in combat in the Kargil heights, safely in the cocoon of his fighter cockpit and disconnected from combat, when he fired rockets at the entrenched defenders.

    • Sikandar Pasha says:

      Some very interesting comments on the events of 8 Sept 1965 by Mr Sameer Joshi. However, 4 Horse which was in reserve that day, was actually deployed into action at Hasri Nalla. 

      The C.O 16 Cavalry had deployed B squadron north of Gadgore along the Hasri Nalla, while A squadron under Maj M.A.R Sheikh was deployed on the southern flank of Gadgore. Both these squadrons were being engaged by B Squadron 25 Cavalry under command of Maj Mohammad Ahmed. 

      It was the squadron of Maj Sheikh that received the most number of hits from accross the Hasri Nalla and it was at this stage that Col Sidhu ordered his third squadron to come up and join the battle. But to his surprise, C sqaudron was missing from the scene. It had apparently followed 62 Cavalry and was miles away from the Hasri Nalla. While the commotion to locate the missing C squadron was going on, Brig K.K Singh appeared on the scene and asked the C.O what was going on. Brig K.K was furious to find out the facts but promised to send a squadron from 4 Horse.

      It was the Squadron of Maj Billy Dhillon from 4 Horse which was ordered to tackle 25 Cavalry at Gadgore. Some 45 minutes later, Billy arrived from behind and started engaging 16 Cavalry tanks. Shots whistled past the tank of Col Sidhu Brar who had to stand up on the turret of his tank, holding his turbaan high up in the air, to show to Billy that he was a sikh! 

      On seeing that Maj Billy Dhillon ordered all his tanks to stop firing and 2 Lt Ashok Sodhi jumped down from his tank, who covered the 800 meters distance faster than any human being had ever run, and as he approached Col Sidhu, he was shouting, “Sorry Sir, we fired at you, we were told the enemy is in Gadgor”, to which the CO smilingly replied “Ashok please thank your gunner for having missed us”. 

      5 minutes later the Bde Cdr gave a message from his Rover group and asked for the CO 16 Cavalry to meet him at Chobara as soon as possible. The CO immediately asked for his jeep but was reminded that it had taken the grievously injured Lt Avtar Singh of 71 Med, the FOO with ‘B’ Sqn’ back for medical aid to save his life and that he would thus have to take his tank to meet the Bde Cdr at Chobara, a distance of some 3 kms. 

      At Chobara Col Brar Sidhu eagerly jumped down from his tank to meet his Bde Cdr who was under a ‘kikar’ tree while the RSO/IO manned the CO’s tank.  

      However when Col Sidhu Brar came back to his tank he was a different man. Something had transpired between the two, that made him pensive and sad. Frustrated from the events of the day, Brig K.K Singh was going to reccommend to the Chief to disband his very own 16 Cavalry!

      After the meeting Col Sidhu moved back to Gadgor and took up his earlier position just behind B’ Sqn. 10 minutes later they received an order that surprised all of them. They were asked to fall back to Maharajke, into a box being formed by all the Regts of the Bde. 

      The officers of 16 Cav were unable to comprehend the reasons for such an order as they had advanced some 16 kms deep into Pak territory along its axis of advance and had captured large swath of territory after having lost some very fine men in the process.

      As for Poona Horse, its two leading Troop Leaders, Lt Maan Singh and Lt Dhaliwal made contact with two troops of A Squadron of 25 Cavalry, at a range of 1200 yards, West of Tharoh. Lt Dhaliwal’s tank was hit and went up in flames.

      B Squadron Poona Horse commanded by Maj Narinjan Cheema was being engaged by the A Sqaudron tanks of Major Affandi. Both sides lost a couple of tanks in this engagement. It was noon by now and when the contact report was given to Brigadier K.K Singh, Poona Horse was ordered to withdraw to Pindi Bhago and guard the left flank

      This turned out to be an unfortunate choice of name as “Pind” in Punjabi means a village, and “Bhago” means to run, so many mistook the instruction :Pind (i) Bhago” to be a veiled order for a general withdrawal. This confusion was however sorted out after a while.

      When Poona Horse had hardly disengaged, they were hit by a platoon of 13 FF R&S battalion and was lucky to have lost just a couple of more tanks.

      On way to Pindi Bhago, Poona Horse, came across the gruesome sight of a shot up Indian Artillery battery. This had been knocked out again by the RRs of 13 FF R&S platoon, alleged to have melted away during the shelling by Indian artillery the previous night! 

      On coming close to Pindi Bhago and Sabzpir cross-roads the Regiment suddenly came under tank fire from tanks of 2nd Lancers, which were deployed in that area. A free for all developed, which the officers of both Regiments managed to stop only after a couple of tanks were shot up and Sikh crews were observed jumping out of the burning tanks!

      The trigger happiness of 2nd Lancers was understandable as only a few hours earlier, their Commandant’s tank had been shot up in same general area by one of their own tanks, mortally wounding the intelligence Officer.

      It appears that the above chaos in the Indian Armour Corps was a result of inept handling of 5 and a half tank regiments on part of Gen Sparrow and KK Singh, that were pressed into attack on 8 sept. Unfortunately, the same ineptness was exhibited at Khem Karan by Pakistani commanders the very same day.

      However, there is no doubt that men on both sides displayed extreme grit, determination and courage in carrying out whatever orders or objectives they were issued by their respective Higher Headquarters.

      Note: Above information is ectracted from the Regimental War Diaries of Poona Horse and 16 Cavalry.

      • Sameer Joshi says:

        Pasha Sir,
        Thanks for the enlightenment on events as reflected. Sir, can you shed more light on the fighting by the Guides from 11Sep onwards. While 11 Cav’s action is documented in an honest account by Effendi in his book, Do we have an account, more elaborate for 10 Cav also? Would be grateful for the same.
        And it is great to note that people here support honest and objective discussion to get to the bottom of the truth and arrive on real facts which can serve lessons for any one interested.

  3. Syed Ali Hamid says:

    Dear Sikarder Pasha……….thanks for your detailed clarifications

  4. Sikandar Pasha says:

    Gen Hamid,
    This is a pretty accurate account of the battle on 8 Sept. However, it needs a few corrections.
    On 7 Sept night, when 25 Cavalry was ordered to move to Jassar, the regiment was in its concentration area near Durgi, 6 miles west of Chawinda. The regiment moved via Chawinda – Pasrur to Narowal. Two squadrons were retained at Pasrur and only C squadron continued towards Jassar. Around 0300 hours 8 Sept, when C squadron was 3 miles short of Narowal, it was ordered to return to Pasrur, which it did before first light 8 Sept and harbored at Pasrur where the other two squadrons were leagured.
    Around 0700 hours, 8 sept, the entire regiment was ordered to move towards Chawinda, Philloura – Gadgore to enegage the enemy. After having reached Chawinda, the regiment was ordered to move on a broad front. A and B squadrons were equipped with M-47 Pattons while C squadron was equipped with the latest M-48 tanks.
    B squadron commanded by Major Mohammad Ahmed engaged enemy on the right of Phillora – Gadgore track.
    C sqaudron commanded by Major Raza deployed left of the track did not find enemy opposite itself.
    A squadron engaged Poona Horse. C squadron exchanged shots with enemy but could not directly engage enemy due to thick vegetation and crops and elephant grass in the area. Visibilty for C squadron was limited to 100 – 200 yards only.
    It was around 1700 hours 8 Sept, when C squadron was ordered to destroy enemy occupying Gadgore village. The Squadron succesfully occupied and cleared Gadgore by 1730 hours.
    This account is based on description of Maj (retd) Shamshad Ali Khan, of C Squadron 25 Cavalry.

    • Maj Gen (R) Syed Ali Hamid says:

      I am grateful to all who have appreciated this battle account and value the clarifications provided. I am in the process of completing the history of the Pakistan Armoured Corps and will incorporate the clarifications. Thank u again and God bless Pakistan and the Pakistan Armed Forces

      • Sikandar Pasha says:

        Since you are recording the armoured corps history, you might want to consult the day to day activity of C squadron 25 Cavalry written by Maj Shamshad who was a troop leader then. If you are interested, I will be happy to share that with you via email.

      • Sikandar Pasha says:

        Gen Hamid,
        I came across the 16 Cav Regiment Diary which I want to share with you. Kindly let me know your email address.

  5. I m happy I hve come across this write-up of Gen Ali Hamid. In view of the fact that he has talked mostly of the role of 25 Cavalry in that great FIRST BATTLE OF PHILLAURRAH on 08 Sep 1965. That was a great battle. I have written an article Aye Nigar-e-Watan and despite being an infantry officer I have enjoyed writing about the way Col Nisar and Maj Ahmad made their officers, the men and their tanks fight on that great day.
    Gen has written mostly about 25 Cavalry—and why not on that moment of despondency this great regiment blunted the advance of The Indian BLACK ELEPHANT DIVISION. The story cannot be enjoyed without looking at the overall scenario. On the night 7/8 Sep 65 the Indian 168 Brigade along with a squadron of 18 Cavalry had attacked eight men of B Company 13 FF at Bajragarrhhee. 69 Mountain Brigade and a squadron of 62 Cavalry had attacked B Company 3 FF at Mehrajke, 99 Brigade with a squadron of 62 Cavalry (with 35 Brigade following in as reserve behind) was attacking ten men of B Company 13 FF at Charwa. 116 Brigade was attacking area Nakhnal (with 58 Brigade following in as reserve).
    24 Brigade along with 25 Cavalry was moving away from Chawinda area to counter attack Indian 29 Brigade at Jassar. Only 3 FF and B Company 13 FF were facing such a huge Indian military juggernaut. At 2 pm the same night 25 Cavalry was ordered to return from Narowal and face the huge Indian attack as described above. When ‘Kaka’ Nisarwas ordered by Brig Ali to restore the situation, he and KAKA did not know that at that time the Indians were attacking with a huge force of twenty two infantry battalions and 266 tanks against our force which had only two infantry battalions, 2 Punjab and 3 FF, and 44 tanks of 25 Cavalry. 3 FF was withdrawing to Chawinda from Charwa area and 2 Punjab was racing back from Narowal area. When the great Maj Ahmad had begun engaging those tanks he had no idea of such a huge Indian military juggernaut attacking in his direction. Gen Hamid’s description is quite good here but once the full impact of the details of that huge Indian force is known, it may become more enjoyable. How 25 Cavalry contained 150 Centurian tanks. Brig ZA, an armour officer in his book, ‘THE WAY IT WAS’ has confused this battle by showing Maj Effendi as C Squadron commander and also that Maj Ahmad was engaging 17 Poona Horse instead of 16 Cavalry.
    Gen Hamid has only touched the role of the two R & S platoons whose role was much greater here. I request all of you gentlemen to please send your email addresses at my e mail familyspirits13@yahoo.com , I shall send my article about this battle. This is indeed the finest battle of the entire 1965 War. I want to write a great deal about this very fine battle fought by THE MEN OF STEEL(25 Cavalry). May be I am in a position to further amplify the write-up by Gen Hamid.

  6. Major (R) Munir Ahmed says:

    Dear Major General Syed Ali Hamid,
    Sir, such valiant operations by Pak Army in 1965 War inspired people like me to join armed forces. Thank you for sharing this daring operation. I am proud to be associated with an outfit which has so rich history. We need more to read such valorous operations by Pak Army.

  7. Brig (R) Sheikh Muhammad Tahir says:

    Well the first hand account is inspiring. I wish I should have been part of that spirited and highly motivated team.
    The gentleman who called it a Drama must understand that dramas have an effect which he has felt even after 49 years. All the dramas which they have been doing since 1948 will continue till they understand that fair and just order has to prevail and only in that lies the solution. I certainly appreciate the bravery of Indian Armour which constantly made effort to advance although they took high rate of causalities. However, the halting of the advance of an Armour Division with a Regiment is a History. One may see it from any angle and may make observations on the complete 1965 War but this action will stand high like North Star.

  8. Col (R) Jehan Zeb says:

    Expecting same in future also. May Allah bless you all.

  9. Maj (R) Mohammad Safdar (Pocatello, Idaho, USA) says:

    A very explicit narrative. Salute to all those who participated in this battle. We are proud of our armed forces and what all these men in uniform have done and have been doing since Independence. In addition to this I would submit that we should expect all sort of comments, in favor or against, on these narratives. Brave people always commend the bravery act of even their enemies. The only thing is we should be very rational and to the point with facts and figures to give reasonable response to people like U K Madan.

  10. Faisal Tirmizi (USA) says:

    Maj Gen (retd) Syed Ali Hamid has written a wonderful account of his parent regiment during the 1971 war in Chamb Jaurian Sector. It is a page turner and he has a natural a gift to write that he may have inherited from his late father Maj Gen Syed Shahid Hamid.

    As for the comment of my Indian friend, there is something called sportsman spirit which our eastern neighbour seem to lack.

  11. Maj (R) Khalid Saeed Shah (2nd SSC) says:

    Dear Gen Syed,
    Indebted sir a morale boosting piece of history. kindly share more.

  12. My compliments to the General for a precise account. As a young subaltern I joined my Signals Bn in 1967 at Sialkot and as a Bde Sigs Offr with both 10 & 14 Para Bde whose Ops areas were this sector, was fortunate to traverse the battle ground and see for myself some remnants of Indians destruction and talk to the people. A source of motivation for me and many others.
    I am grateful that we have MEN in uniform who have given so much to us what we are enjoying today. May Allah bless the Shaheeds and the Ghazi’s, not to forget scribes like the General and others who contribute their memoirs thereby adding value to this website (Native Pakistan).
    Wishing each contributor & reader a blessed 1436 Hijri Year and beyond………. Jazak Allah!!

  13. Maj (R) Rehmat Elahi says:

    This is an history which PAK Army established in 1965 War. We have all the praises for this gallantry act of bravery by our courageous & brave men & offrs. Salam & hail to PAK Army. Long live PAK Army.

  14. Capt (R) Shafquat ullah khan says:

    Gen Ali Hamid, Sir.
    I am Shafquat ullah Khan, your School mate, St. Michael’s House, Burn Hall, Abbottabad.
    A very well written account. The Men of Steel had no doubt done a great job.
    Sir, I wanted to know the address and whereabouts Col Nisar. Can you please provide his contact number, if available?

  15. The regimental action only has been highlighted in this write up. It would have been better for understanding of the complete picture of the sector if the formation under whom this regiment was operating was also mentioned.
    A very exhilarating write up anyway.

  16. Salutes to the valiant officers and men of 25 Cavalry; they did us proud. Excellent work by Gen Syed Ali Hamid; my sincere greetings and appreciations for compiling the battle account and paying richly deserved tributes to our heroes.

  17. That’s the reason which makes me proud of being a part of one of the best Armed Forces on earth, Pakistan Army. The great sons of soil have always defended their Motherland with every drop of their blood, be it 1948, 1965, 1971 or Siachin or Kargil, you would see Shaheeds and Ghazis with our flag high and the whole nation praying for them. Well done my friends and our heroes like Maj Raza, Ahmad and Col Nisar of 25th Cav.

  18. Sir,
    An authentic piece of history. Please keep sharing more.

  19. Mary Gilbert says:

    Very well written—- I almost felt I was there!

  20. Sir,
    Good article. Excellent task accomplished. I salute to all those who participated in 1965 War.

  21. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd) says:

    Good article. Excellent task accomplished. I salute to all those who participated in 1965 War.
    Col Cheema (Editor) Good Kita. Such like articles are jewel in your website.

  22. Almas Tirmizi says:

    So proud of our Armed forces! When the spirit of Jihad is alive, miracles do happen. Hope our Defence Forces would always take up their enemy with the same enthusiastic spirit.
    Long live Pakistan. Long Live Pakistan’s Defense Forces!

  23. This is all a drama. The end result of 1965 Indo Pak War is history.
    Pakistan still seems to be living in fool’s paradise.

    • This was not Drama… you are nonsense, dear.

      • Maj (R) Amjid Quamber, 13 Lancers says:

        U K Madan,
        One day after this battle, I joined my father Col Quamber DDEME 1 Corps at Chawinda to see the battle field (as a young boy) but more so to see my dad who had survived the battle field. Little did I know that just 7 years later I would join my own Regt 13 Lancers located at Chawinda on my first posting and in 8th Armd Bde commanded by that very Hero (now Brig) Ahmed.
        Its not Drama my young friend, you have to have smelt roasted flesh in the still burning tanks, and yet have the guts to join an Armd Regt on the eve of the next war.

        • Syed R. A. Shah, EME, Mississauga, Ont, Canada says:

          UK Madan,
          If it was up to India, it would have ploughed through Pakistan with such a mighty armoured force deployed in the battle field with intent to bisect Pakistan north- south. What a great tank commander Nisar Ahmed Khan was who stood up against all the odds. With just one tank regiment in hand but with pure courage he fought back. Bravo to Nisar and thanks to Allah.
          Madan, keep in mind next time around there would thousand Nisars, whom you will face.

          • Next time around, there will be no Pakistan, plain and simple. The decades of terrorism your Army and ISI have committed have ensured that this time around, if the Indian Army does go to war, it will go for the jugular. Your army is incapable of even waging war, and only relies on jihadis while your corps commanders scheme and plot on who owns how much land. In 1965, you took on a force which was still learning. This time around, hard lessons will be taught to the Pakistani Army.

            • Majid Yunus says:

              Dear Mr. AKS,
              You and your comments are foolish to that level that one should not comment. Keep living in dreams.

  24. Dr. M Tahir Sheikh, Cardiologist, Saudi Arabia says:

    Very good job but keep up as a practical Muslim, then ALLAH will help.

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