By Ansa Razzaq

Pakistan has titled 6th September as “Defence day of Pakistan”. In 1965, Indian forces attacked on Pakistan without any warning or declaration of war. They started the war by crossing international border of Pakistan early morning. This is a day for our great martyred who successfully defend Lahore and other important areas of Pakistan. This has become the most important day for history of Pakistan. Pakistan will celebrate 51thDefence day this year 2017.

This was the most bitter day for Indian army because Pakistani army defeated them and entitled the day by the name “Defence day of Pakistan”. It is very hard for India to forget this bitter defeat. India will never forget this loss and will always feel embarrassment on their wrong decision.

After Fajar prayers special prayers were offered for prosperity of the nation. Thirty one - gun salutes at Federal capital and 21-gun salutes at provincial capital. Army personnel perform parade on that day. Tanks, aircraft machine guns, helicopters and few other things are placed in exhibition. Guards changing ceremony took place on Mizar-e-Quaid.Many songs are sung in the memory of bravery of Pakistani nation and soldiers.

The day of 6th September 1965 was the great day for all the Pakistanis because they found out what great potential our armed forces had. So credit goes to regiments and all the men who stand by their nation, they sacrificed their lives for our bright future. Only one name stands above the list that was Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed, whose untiring efforts and devotion laid a vital role in the outcome of Lahore battles.

Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed

He was born in 1928 in Hong Kong. He was commissioned into the Punjab regiment in 1950. Due to his working he was awarded with “the sword of Honor” in 300 officers’ batch. He was also awarded with Norman Medal from 1st prime minister of Pakistan.

On 6th September he was posted in Burki area during the Indo-Pak war. He was working as a company commander; he chose to stay with his platoon under incessant artillery and tanks attacks from Indians. He was there for five days and nights for the defence of BRB canal. He went without rest for more than four days. He was unafraid from the constant fires and tank attacks. He organized the points and directed their gunners to destroy enemies positions. He moved forward to watch every single step taken by our enemies. Although he managed to destroy couple of Indian tanks but was badly hit by another tank. A day before his death, he was forced by a commanding officer to take some rest but he refused by saying that he don’t want to go back until the last drop of his blood. He wanted to defend his motherland. He embraced shahdat on 10th of September 1965. He was 37 years old. He was buried in his native village, and awarded with another prestigious medal “Nishan-e-Haider” for his bravery. He is also known as “Muhafiz-e-Lahore”.

“Niashan-e-Haider was given to the brave martyred who set an example for their country.

Army officers like Captain Sarwar Shaheed, Major Shabir Shareef, Officer Rashid Minhas Shaheed, Captain Karnal Sheer Shaheed, Sarfaraz Ahmed Rafiqui Shaheed, Yunus Hussain Shaheed, M. M. Alam and many other officers forgo their lives and were awarded with “Nishan-e-Haider”.

Published in Young Nation Magazine on September 2, 2017