ISPR book “Indo- Pakistan War 1965 – A flashback”

ISPR book Indo- Pakistan War 1965 – A flashback

ISPR book Indo- Pakistan War 1965 – A flashback

Indo- Pakistan War1965 is not just a war for Pakistanis—rather a source of inspiration for generations to come and a message to our enemies that how could we and how would we– respond to any aggression. I strongly believe that the process of Dhaka Fall started just after ruthless defeat of India in 1965 war and Indians who could not defeat us at borders engineered a “defeat” within our lands. We lost 1971 war but that defeat was not an armed defeat rather a defeat of arrogance of certain political as well as military personalities— a defeat that was brought by error of judgments and of course a defeat of those who were not ready to accept realities.

I shall never forget that my late father kept weeping for days after Dhaka Fall though he had no financial, social or personal linkages with former East Pakistan. He was a simple businessman having no military background but he was weeping for days because his country lost one of its part and because thousands of Pakistanis (Bangladesh was part of Pakistan till the last second it announced its independence) were killed, women were raped and children were massacred. I remembered my elders could not eat dinner that night when they got news from BBC Radio about massacre in Dhaka University —-much before actual Fall of Dhaka.

I was born on August 16, 1965 —almost the same week when India was trying to encircling us. I was raised with feeling of honour that my armed forces, my country and my city of Lahore ruined and crushed Indian arrogance “Ruthlessly”.

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I am a proud Pakistani — A Pakistani who is always ready to sacrifice his life for his country. I was raised with resolve of Patriotism by a society that truly believed in “Patriotism” instead of “Universality of Religion”. I am breed of 1965 not a generation that was raised after 1979 —an era that injected a new Narrative of “International Jihad” instead of protecting own homeland.

I am sharing with you a wonderful book produced by Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR) of Pakistan Army titled “Indo- Pakistan War 1965 – A flashback”. This book was first produced a year after 1965 war and its first Edition came out in September 1966. Second Edition was presented in September 2002. This book having rear historical photos and articles related to Indo-Pakistan 1965 war is now reprinted. I appreciate Hilal publication and its team for reproducing this rear work.

You can read or download this book to click this link  

I am a proud plain cloth soldier of my motherland but not a solider of “Ummah” or religions narrative. Pakistan Zinda Baad

Agha Iqrar Haroon




  1. Indian claims of victory in 1965 war could be taken as nothing more than a good fiction to please themselves. It is nothing but natural what a timid enemy should do. At the same time it is very unfortunate that few Pakistani writers simply term GIBRALTAR Operation as a failure without carrying out in depth study of the failures and achievements of GIBRALTAR Operation. No doubt nine out of ten forces of GIBRALTAR Operation miserably failed to accomplish their mission but GHAZNAVI Force commanded by Major Munawar Khan SJ successfully won the support of local mountainous eagles in Rajouri-Budil Region and they taught unforgettable lessons to the Indian security forces (My hats off to the true Muslim warriors of Rajouri and Budil Region). GHAZNAVI Force over ran Rajouri Garrison, beside other losses of men and material, wiped off three Indian Infantry Battalions (3 Kamaon Regiment, 9 Kamaon Regiment and 7 Madras Regiment), Jatha of 600 Jain Singh and two Artillery Batteries in Rajouri, Budil, Thana Mandi Naushera and Mehndor. Maj Munawar also formed Revolutionary Councel for Rajouri-Budil Region under the chairmanship of Ex President Muslim Conference Sardar Jalal Deen. Major Munawar Khan SJ controlled area measuring 500 sq miles (750 sq KM) in Rajouri-Budil Region and established his own government, had his own civil administration till the implementation of UN mandated Cease Fire. He was a hero amongst the war heroes of Indo-Pak Armies in 1965 war. He became a symbol of terror for the Indian security forces. There is none except Major Munawar Khan SJ, in Indo-Pak Armies who had secured and controlled this much of area in one theatre of war during 1965. Had the paper tiger Gen Yahya Khan not involved himself in the rapidly progressing Operation Grand Slam brilliantly planed by Gen Akhtar Malik, Pakistan Army would have conveniently carried out link up with Rajouri already under the administrator control of Major Munawar Khan SJ. The Map of Kashmir would have changed. A large number of Indian security forces in IOK would have surrendered and India would not have dared to open a front on International Border. But alas……….. Another sad and strange part of the story is that despite the fact Major Munawar Khan controlled and administered 750 sq km area in IOK, he was awarded with just a Sitara-e-Jurat by the govt of Pakistan. According to the memoirs of few senior AK officials and other reliable sources, Gen Akhtar Malik had recommended and discussed Major Munawar’s case with Gen Ayub, Gen Musa and AK president Abdul Hamid Khan for award of both Nishan-e-Haidar and Hilal-e-Kashmir to the officer for his extra ordinary gallantry and miraculous achievements. But Gen Akhtar Malik was told by Gen Ayub that he was proud of Major Munawar Khan and he was King of Rajouri but Nishan-e-Haidar could only be awarded to a martyred and AK president regretted on the pretext that since the area of Rajouri-Budil Region captured by Major Munawar had been vacated and returned to the India after UN mandated Cease Fire, therefore AK legislative assembly was not going to sanction this award (What a logic). Whereas on the other hand Major Ranjeet Singh Dayal captured Haji Pir Pass just 8 km inside AK, without any resistance by the Pakistani Troops and he was awarded Mahavir Chakar. Both the places Rajouri-Budil Region and Haji Pir Pass had strategic importance but are there any comparison between the achievements of both the officers? Control of Rajouri-Budil Region placed Pakistan in a strong bargaining position. Hence it is suggested that we must include the chapters regarding GIBRALTAR Operation and Operation GRAND SLAM where we committed a great blunder of change of command during a successfully progressing operation.


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