Remembering September 6: Some Rare Photographs

Posted on September 5, 2008
Filed Under >Darwaish, Foreign Relations, History, Photo of the Day
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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 responses to “Remembering September 6: Some Rare Photographs”

  1. awahid says:

    very nice port and lovely photographs

  2. Harris Siddiqui says:

    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

  3. D_a_n says:

    @ 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….

  4. Sj says:

    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.

  5. Sj says:


    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.

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