By Maham Shah

“There is no power on earth that can undo Pakistan” said Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. Indeed the war of 1965 is a great example of what quoted above.

This year we are celebrating the 70th glorious day in the history of Pakistan when our forces successfully defended their beloved homeland from the brutal attack of the enemy. This day celebrated on September 6 every year reminds us of the sacrifices of our heroes who without giving a second thought laid down their lives for the state. There were so many army officials and men who laid their lives in the defense of their beloved homeland but didn’t let Indian army get success in their dirty intentions of conquering Lahore and Punjab. The army officers like Captain Sarwar Shaheed, Major Tufail Shaheed and Hawaldar Lalak Jan Shaheed gave sacrifices of their life for Pakistan and were awarded Nishan-e-Haider for their acts of exceptional bravery. Nishan-e-Haider is a highest military award given to brave martyrs of Pakistan army those who left remarkable examples of bravery and sacrifice for nation and country.

Not to forget M.M Alam who shot down five Indian planes in 30 seconds and made world record. The incidents and miracles in the war are signs of strong help and assistance by Allah Almighty. One of the very beautiful and heart-rending memory of September 6 is that during the war when through radio a Pakistani army officer heard that an Indian general is telling his team that soon they are going to capture Lahore which is approximately 3 to 4 miles away though it was 14 miles away in reality. The wounded army officer dragged himself to where it was written 14 miles and added “.2” with his blood and made the slogan read “14.2 bloody miles”. Such was the patriotism and bravery of our heroes who even at the toughest times did not compromise and defended their land successfully.

A particular debate which is always held on this day between many of us is whether Pakistan won or lost in the war of 1965. Recently an economist political historian commented on defense day saying “we lost terribly in the war of 1965”. Neither is the case. Technically speaking, we were not in a state of war, it was basically a defensive attack on our side. In the midst of the night, when everyone was sleeping and no one had even the slightest idea that India will attack, it attacked and in return our army responded in order to defend the homeland. This day we celebrate as defending ourselves successfully. None of the side won or lose, we just managed to save our country and failed their plans of conquering different regions.

Successful are the nations who remember their heroes and learn the lessons they taught us through their remarkable achievements.

Published in Young Nation magazine on September 10, 2016