When India had a Pratfall
By: Muhammad Naveed Azhar S/0 Ghazi Wali Muhammad
In the war of September 1965, the armed forces of Pakistan fought with such a passion and enthusiasm, the example of which cannot be found in the pages of history. Indian army inflicted thirteen attacks in seventeen days but remained unsuccessful in entering Lahore. The army completely withdrew the enemy’s troops after fighting in the sectors of Kasur and Wagah, and the Indian army also left many warships including guns, vehicles and ammunition. On Chawinda sector, there was a great battle of tanks; Pakistan faced shortage of ammunition and our young people bombed their breasts and went under the Indian tanks to destroy the enemy’s attack. That area is known by the name of graveyard of tanks. After the defeat in Lahore, the enemy broadened his strategy and attacked Rawalpindi, Karachi, Sargodha, Dhaka, Chittagong, and Rangpur by air force. In this attack along with army the civilians also get affected.
In the history of nations, a time comes which demand huge sacrifice from its residents. It demand the young children of their parents, the last hope of the old ones. The unforgettable movements of sacrifice become part of history. With death in hands some sacrifice for their country while others become ghazi. This is the time when nations become successful in securing their independence and sovereignty. Civilians also play a crucial role along with the army. I am proud of my family that I’m the son of a civilian ghazi. My father Ch. Wali Muhammad sometimes used to tell us the stories of 1965 war. Some of them are worth listening to know about the character of this brave nation.
As he was a small transporter and owned small vehicles and a truck in the 1960’s, so along with other nationalists he moved to Wagah border Lahore to assist the army. There he was given the responsibility of transporting ammunitions from Sargodha to Wagah border. Chacha Meeda was the driver of truck and I was sitting beside him. When our truck entered Lahore the people were lined to give us the food packets and other edible things for our brave soldiers.
He tells the story of streets in Lahore where the children, young and the old alike shouted on Indian planes to teach them a lesson-and sometimes with sticks. The enthusiasm of the nation was all-time high and everybody was ready to defeat India at any cost. The passion and the nationalism with which the nation fought is beyond explanation.
Uncle Hameed points out that one day during war, Chaudhary was sleeping comfortable on the roof of a Bedford truck full of ammunitions at the Wagah border when a sudden airstrike triggered the bombing, so when I woke him up, he said, ‘’we are on the mission of Jihad so if martyrdom is in our fate we will not survive in either case, so let me sleep and you should do the same.’’ During the war, when the army asked the father of any help he said that I needed a rifle that could drop a plane because he had a 22 bore rifle in the truck the bullet of which could not reach to a plane. Then the army officer allowed him on a plain paper to keep 7MM rifle on the bonnet of the truck.
He continued to spend most of his expenses from his own pocket including the fuel. He was honoured after the victory in the war. Similarly, when many people wounded and martyred in the war, the donation of blood was appealed. The people gathered in hospitals to give their blood to the wounded. He told that the soldiers who were martyred and brought to hospitals were remained calm and only prayed for the country. During the war, the age of Pakistan television was nearly one year old and TV sets were also rare in houses. So, most of the people got information about war through radio.
Despite the bombing of enemy planes and in the situation of emergency people along with their trucks remained on the roads. On the radio, Madam Noor Jahan and other actors aroused the sentiments of the people by their songs. This is the passion the world saw. And I think the Independence Day is celebrated to alive the spirit of that nationalism.
Our strength lies not in numerical superiority but in the maturity of faith. Since 1965 we have spent more than half a century, our defence is unbreakable after acquiring nuclear weapons. So, rather than fighting a war, our enemy is inflicting cyber warfare among our institutions and people by social media information revolution. However, the coming of whole political leadership at GHQ on defence day is slap on the face such separatist activities of our enemy. In the future, we have to respond with more effort to such propaganda. Let’s promise that we will remain one, and together we will respond to every enemy’s propaganda.