By: CAP – Editorial team
Defence of Pakistan Day
“Victory is reserved for those, who are willing to pay its price” – unknown
This quotation is the gist of the story, the folklore of Pakistani victory in the glorious battle of Chawinda september 6, 1965. It is yet conditioned with a live experience on the location, which echoes the verses of bravery till date in Lahore, where the air still smells blood and the clouds still rain love. Among the commissioned soldiers on duty serving the nation under the attack of an enemy with infantry five times larger than its own size, it was the men on street, the nameless fathers, brothers, and sons holding accessible weaponry with eyes glaring with fire of patriotism.
Interestingly, just a few days before the 50th defence day celebration several attempts have been made to distort the prevalent, established narrative, which makes up the ideological foundations of this existing nation. 50 years ahead, none of the nameless martyrs of the land resting among the cherished heroes of the war had known, the nation will be fighting the ungrateful snakes among its own rows. Sialkot lay bare with its sacrifices, while our media outlets find it much more essential to fight over the historical fact whether Pakistan won the war or Indian side of the story suits the bulletin. Misogyny is a bigger problem than national integrity, jingoism sounds cooler to be discussed than martyrs of Sialkot because half of the country dosenèt know what these intricately spelled words mean, thus it makes the one making mountain out of molehill out of these words.
BBC reported: 1965: Indian Army invades W Pakistan
It all started with Indian frustration over public uprising against its illegitimate occupation of the Indian held Kashmir, which it vented by attempting invasion of Pakistani side of the Rann of Kutch in Sindh province. However, they were beaten back and in return alleged that Punjab 18 regiment has attacked an Indian check post, which was later busted, when Pakistan and India had an agreement on 30th June, which reinstated the fact that the territory India had attacked was always de facto territory under Pakistani jurisdiction patrolled by Pakistani forces throughout.
Border skirmishes could not take back seat, as Kashmiri unrest remained a bone of contention, where Pakistan couldn’t keep blindfolded at Indian atrocities on held Kashmir, thus operation Gibraltar and Grand Slam were started on 25th August in order to get Kashmiri population a relief from consistent suppression at the hands of heavily militarized Indian control.
The Pakistani President Ayub Khan has made an emergency broadcast to the nation saying, “We are at war”.
Moving on, Indian resistance came at a much unexpected border area in Punjab on 6th September, where Indian Army moved forwards into Pakistan’s boundary at three different entries. They might have not expected what awaited them, yes, and not specifically, HOW! – It was a resistance that history might never witness again, where a man after man jumped into fire unconcerned with their own lives against the life of their homeland. The battle lasted from September 6-22 in and around Chawinda near Ravi-Chenab corridor connecting Jammu and Kashmir with the Indian mainland. The Indian army was hoping to cut off the Pakistani supply line by cutting off the city of Sialkot from Lahore. A massive tank battle took place on September 11 in the Phillora region. The largest tank battle of the century after WWII. The battle finally ended on September 21 when Indian forces had to withdraw facing historic defeat.
Residents of Sialkot and Chawinda battled shoulder-to-shoulder with the armed forces of Pakistan to repulse the biggest ever attack of Indian army with 600 tanks at Chawinda while laying down under these tanks after tying the bombs with their bodies.
The brave soldier of Pakistan Army and people of Sialkot and Chawinda made Chawinda and surrounding areas as the biggest graveyard of Indian tanks by saving the dear motherland from the invading enemy, as the Chawinda was echoed with the loud sounds of “Allah Hu Akbar”.
Not to forget, it was a collective effort, a team work as we hear leads to success, a war is not only fought by man power, or weaponry unless a nation doesn’t give everything it has to make the success approach near. Lahore was another planet during those 17 days, people gave away their belongings, food, shelter, anything that they could assist the soldiers with. People living up till today have stories to tell that will make anyone with heart well up with tears. Radio Pakistan Lahore center stands on a highest pedestal. where nation, motivational songs uplifted the spirits of fighters alongside the citizens. A historic war was indeed won.
The air around that area still reminds each person the memories, as if engraved on the hearts of the natives, who rejoice the bravery of its people, while strengthening the faith of the people if ever, ever a foot is stepped on that line, its the same people, the same blood, the same land, and the same bravehearts. Pakistan Zindabad.
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