6 September – Defence Day Pakistan

The history of Pakistan is marked with golden chapters one of them being the 6th of September when its armed forces defended the country in 1965.

The day is still observe after a passage of 52 years since India thrust another war upon Pakistan with disastrous results and dismemberment of the country.

People strongly feel that it is now more important to remember the 6th September, 1965, as it was Pakistan’s finest hour.

The 6th of September is important because the war between Pakistan and India that followed was fought by Pakistan as a nation united in its determination and resolve to stop and repel the attacks by India.

While a number of decisions made by the army high command during the four wars fought by the country have been the subject of controversy, what has remained unquestioned is the valour displayed by thousands of jawans and young officers in all these conflicts.

There are those of the mindset who feel that 6th September should be renamed “memorial day”.

Background of 1965 war:
Fifty two years ago on September 6, the Indian army crossed the Wagah border at 4 am and moved towards Lahore. The infiltration triggered off the second India-Pakistan war. Following considerbale research and finalised by the defence ministry in 1992, the Times of India acquired a copy of the official history of the 1965 war, which has never been made public. However, the press of the time saw the war as a victory. But no official historian can hide the truth. The words of one of its most distinguished commanders, Lt. Gen. Harbakhsh Singh, have gone down in history when he said the war was “a catalogue of lost victories”.

The Al-Khalid Tank:
July 20th, 2001, marks the day when the first batch of 15 Al-Khalid main battle tanks were handed over to the 31st Cavalry Regiment of Pakistan’s Armoured Corps at Taxila. Over $20 million was spent on the indigenous development of the Al-Khalid over eight years. In comparison India has invested over $500 million on its Arjun tank which is still not in production. The Al-Khalid features mobility, firepower, protection, high agility and obstacle crossing capability.

The Pakistan Air Force (PAF):
On 13 April 1948, the Father of the Nation, while addressing the nation’s then Air Force Flying School, delivered the following historic message: “A country without a strong Airforce is at the mercy of any aggressor; Pakistan must build up her Airforce as quickly as possible. It must be an efficient airforce, second to none.” Forty nine years later, Air Marshall (Retd.) Asghar Khan who spoke as the chief guest at the Golden Jubilee Parade of the PAF Academy, Risalpur, said: “It goes to the credit of the Pakistan Airforce that it took the Quaid’s words with a heroic spirit, and has since lived up to its expectations. The PAF is known today, as it was then, for its discipline and professional competence. It has acquired itself with credit in both the wars in which it was called upon to participate. Remember the present conditions require you not only to be ‘second to none’ as the Quaid commanded you…..”