Remembering September 6: Some Rare Photographs

Posted on September 5, 2008
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Every year on 6th September, we remember the 17 days long Pak-India War of 1965. We often think and talk of wars in grand historic terms, but ultimately it is the lives of ordinary people that is touched in extraordinary ways in times of war. We sometimes fail to remember that soldiers are not just the pawns of history. They are people. Today we present a set of rare pictures of soldiers and people from the 1965 war.

Photo details (L to R): (1) An old villager appears to be quite amused as he is initiated into the mysteries of this AMX-13 tank left in Chamb area by the Indian Army. (2) Indian prisoners of war are cheering their favorites in the three-legged race in one of the camp’s sports meets. (3) Soldiers from Punjab Regiment at BRB Canal. (4) Pakistani soldier at Khem Karan marker. (5) Sailor on guard on the brow of submarine Ghazi. (6) No. 19 Squadron pilots.

After signing Tashkent Agreement (from L-R). Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, Pakistani Foreign Minister Z. A. Bhutto, President Ayub Khan and Soviet Union Prime Minister Kosygin. One interesting thing to note in this photograph is that everyone seems to be smiling and happy except Mr. Bhutto.

Note: All photographs used in this post, except for Tashkent Agreement, are from the website of Pakistan Defense Consortium. Click on each image for larger view.

25 Comments on “Remembering September 6: Some Rare Photographs”

  1. September 5th, 2008 10:53 pm

    God bless Pakistan : Happy Defense Day

  2. Ismail says:
    September 6th, 2008 12:44 am

    You do realize that Bhutto is not smiling because he realized that Ayub Khan had not only lost teh war (despite what our propaganda since then has been) but had signed off even more to Shastri in Tashkent. Bhutto opposed the Tashkent agreement and then immediately resigned after his return from there because Ayub had lost on the negotiating table even the small gains our soldiers had achieved. That was the end of Ayub and the rise of Bhutto because people saw Ayub for the hollow guy he was.

  3. Eidee Man says:
    September 6th, 2008 1:23 am

    Yes, why would the true patriot smile at a moment like this. He may have been crazy, but he was brilliant. I hope his party doesn’t die a sad death at the hands of Zardari.

  4. aydee says:
    September 6th, 2008 6:16 am


    Those were good days. Patriotism and unity were prevalent. PAkistani soldiers rose to the occasion.

    why doesn’t this blog do any article on the recent US aggression on Pakistan. is it too controversial for the US based authors?

  5. Salman says:
    September 6th, 2008 8:05 am

    Pakistan Zindabad. Insh’Allah, Pakistan will prosper and grow despite all odds.

    Zardari has been elected officially on Sep 6 too. I hope this day doesn’t become another one of those saddest days in our history. But it looks like Pakistan ka Allah hi hafiz hai ab.

  6. Aamir Ali says:
    September 6th, 2008 8:15 am

    How did Pakistan lose the war when it defeated an Indian offensive ?

  7. September 6th, 2008 8:19 am

    In first photograph, the soldier is wearing a Peshawari Chappal and seems like he is discussing situation in his Pind (village) with the old villager. Aur Chaacha, ghar me sab theek hai. Boota kaisa hai? haha.

    No wonder why we see Bhutto all serious and Shastri all smiles. Bhutto resigned immediately after reaching home. Shastri couldn’t bear the happiest moment of his life and poor fellow died in Tashkent just few hours after signing the agreement. I wonder why he was so happy.

  8. meengla says:
    September 6th, 2008 8:35 am

    Zardari becomes the president of Pakistan. Congrats to the Pakistani nation on the transition to full democracy!

    PS. Eidee Man: Zardari is trying to revive the post-BB shell-shocked PPP. Give him some time please.

  9. jk says:
    September 6th, 2008 11:05 am

    meengla > We have given him over a decade and a half. You don’t make a bum off the street the CEO of your company because well, maybe if we give him some time, he will do wonders.

    You look at people’s past performance and then give them positions of power.

    It’s like going to a university, and saying, “oh yes, I do have straight F grades in my entire school history, but please give me a chance and give me some time”.

  10. Ghaus Elahi says:
    September 6th, 2008 11:24 am

    jk, whether we like him or not, he is not a “bum” and Pakistan is a country not a company.

    The representatives who people voted for have overwhelmingly voted for him as President. You may not like the choice, but if you don’t then form your own party adn run in the elections the next time. Right now we all have to respect the will of teh people. If it turns out to be wrong, hopefully people will make a better choice next time.

  11. Sj says:
    September 6th, 2008 1:38 pm

    Zardari is the choice of people of Pakistan, our cherished leaders and Political parties. Let’s look at it positively and celebrate the revival of Democracy!

    whether it is the beginning of the end or end of the beginning, only time will tell.

    Overseas Pakistanis should realize the ground reality in Pakistan and try to help the nation overcome poverty, human rights and moral corruption at all levels of society.

    Lets keep our slogan as Pakistani Zindabad rather than Pakistani Zindabhaag!

  12. Hussain says:
    September 6th, 2008 3:02 pm

    SJ, how do you know threse messages are from overseas Pakistanis?

  13. Hussain says:
    September 6th, 2008 3:06 pm

    By the way SJ, where in Pakistan are you based?

  14. M. Azhar says:
    September 6th, 2008 3:24 pm

    Salute to all the people who sacrifised their lives for us. Pakistan Zindabad. Pak Army Zindabad!

  15. Rana says:
    September 6th, 2008 6:03 pm

    Some ifs and buts of 65 war by Commodore (R) Syed Sajjad Haider;

  16. Khuram Khan says:
    September 7th, 2008 2:17 am

    Most comments are not according to your policy mentioned above yet you post these.I don’t blame you this is how we operate as Pakistanis …… always.I cannot help but remember Shezad Roy’s latest number Lage Raho.

  17. D_a_n says:
    September 7th, 2008 3:16 am

    @ Ismail….

    pray tell good sir that just how did we ‘loose’ the war when the main Indian Offensive was not successful..?

    I might be woolly headed on this but military victory is usually associated with achieving war objectives….and the Indian response to Operation Gibralter (agree or dont agree is another question) was an all out invasion (sort of hard to miss that kind of thing)….which did not succeed…

    I truly never get this…that men…lots of good men fought and died gallantly..those men stood against us and possible occupation and and the end of current day Pakistan….yet people cannot see beyond their political agenda’s and simply say a quiet Thankyou to those that fought for us and our families…
    those men were not responsible for starting/not starting Operation Gibralter or the political shenanigans of Bhutto and Ayub….they had no hand in the rational for it…yet they did what they were supposed to do and did it gladly and for all practical pusposes did a good enough job … especially in the air..THAT….is no propoganda…

    a special word for the PAF in ’65 ( quite a few fliers from my own family at that time)…who literally flew the pants off the IAF at the time…truly…truly the stuff of swagger and legend…..It is in the same league as the battle of britain …and I’ll quote Winston Churchill on this:

    ‘Never have so many owed so much to so few’ ….

  18. Raza says:
    September 7th, 2008 6:36 am

    Such has been the volatile condition in our country that nobody cares about September 6th anymore. It used to be a day of great pride for the people of the country, and as a child, I would go to the Defence Day parades held somewhere in the city, and then the Air show on the next day. It was one of the most eagerly anticipated things of the year. Is it still happening with the same fervor?

    The country is going through some rough times I know, but it is important to realize that we’ve dealt with pretty bad situations in the past, and our wars are riddled with heroic stories of our soldiers and common men and women dying for the country. There’s an awful lot to be proud of, and IMO we need to remind everyone of that.

  19. Saira Amjad says:
    September 7th, 2008 9:03 am

    It is true that the warmth and excitement that 6th September once brought is no more. Sad to see that Shaheeds and Ghazis no longer get the respect they deserve. Comparatively, very people participate in 6th September activities.

    People look at the corruption of Generals (a mafia they have become) and unfortunately, they forget that junior officers and soldiers have nothing to do with it. They are just doing their duty to protect motherland in minimum wages and extremely harsh conditions. They are the ones who die in FATA, Swat and other cities and for what? We must not forget their sacrifise and courage.

    But I don’t blame people but it is the top military leadership in Pakistan who, thanks to their ugly role in politics, have destroyed every other institution in Pakistan and seriously hampered the reputation of Pak Army. A serious effort is needed on part of military leadership to improve the image of Pakistan Army.

    Long live Pakistan and long live Pak Army.

  20. Vekar Alee says:
    September 7th, 2008 4:30 pm

    I don’t think September 6 and such other dates are important to be remembered. Don’t we have other dates to be remembered? Why only War and militancy related history we need to remember? For God sake close this chapter. We don’t want to remember wars! Make South Asia a weapon free region. Really we don’t need weapons; we need food, education, development and progress!

  21. Sj says:
    September 7th, 2008 4:56 pm


    Just to make things clear. I do live abroad and understand these comments are from Pakistanis whether they are inlanders or overseas. The inlanders have the privilage to change things at home and they have given their verdict.

    Overseas Pakistanis can help nation in the socio-economic sector of Pakistan. Whatever happens in motherland affects every son of the soil. We need to understand our committment to the nation and not one single individual or party.

  22. Sj says:
    September 7th, 2008 5:11 pm

    I salute the men & women who fought galantly to save Pakistan in 1965 war. They sacrificed their lives for the rest of us.

    Rest is what the left overs did???? 60 years on, we are still growing up as a nation and till then looters will have their way.

  23. D_a_n says:
    September 8th, 2008 1:51 am

    @ Veekar alee…

    I kind of understand where your coming from….BUT…there is nothing wrong with remembering those that fought and died for the rest of us….and stood for us never to return…

    absolutely nothing wrong in that….

  24. Harris Siddiqui says:
    September 8th, 2008 2:14 am

    I salute the soldiers who fought gallantly to save the motherland. We owe the very existence of our nation to them. Alas, their lives were lost in vein.

    I hope that one day we shall rise as a nation under one flag and find our true national identity. In the words of Thomas Jefferson,
    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”

    God knows enough patriots have given their blood to the tree in our country, maybe it is the turn of the tyrants.
    One can only hope.
    Pakistan Zindabad

  25. awahid says:
    September 8th, 2008 11:37 am

    very nice port and lovely photographs

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