Friday 6th Sept'19
It marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 war that took place between Pakistan and India. A war that was bravely fought by our men who laid their lives for their country, an achievement that we proudly celebrate to this day. Let me take you back the old memory lane. After partition, India was in desperately planning on how to occupy Pakistan so when the opportunity presented itself, India was not hesitant. The war began when Pakistan sent an army of theirs to Kashmir Valley in hopes of removing the Indian armed forces. On September 1st, they launched a tank attack towards the Akhnoor Bridge located in the Jammu area, the Pakistani general intended to capture the bridge and bring it in the Jammu, cutting off all ties from the Indian territory. This was however not liked by India and warned Pakistan of retaliation which was ignored. So off Indian army went on the 6th September marching on the international border in Punjab with the aim of taking control of the Grand Trunk Road. The Pakistan Army was caught by surprise and did everything in their will from stopping the opposite side from entering our land. Pakistan at that time was militarily weak as they had just parted ways from the subcontinent and was given less artillery. On the second day of the war, Pakistan had run out of ammunition, resulting in heavy losses when the UN interfered forcing a cease-fire. When you look in retrospect, it was the determination of these young soldiers that made it a possibility that we can defend our country and fight whatever comes in the way. It is today that we commemorate these men for their outstanding gallantry.