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A strange assertion. Mr Jinnah's historic decision of creating two infantry battalions of Bengalis is also not all discussed by the author. It may be noted that Ayub Khan refused to expand the East Bengal Regiment till as a result of which the Bengalis were further alienated for not being given the due share in the armed forces.

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The authors analysis of origin of officer corps is also superficial. The most serious distortion of history committed by Mr Shuja Nawaz is on page when he gives the credit of 25 Cavalry's action of 8th September at Gadgor to Brigadier Abdul Ali Malik. It must be clarified that a good military historian or analyst's prime motivation in all writing has been to endeavour to write "what men did" rather than what "they ought ideally to have done" or what "someone later with the benefit of hindsight tried to portray , what they had done".

Thus the analysis of Chawinda Battle done with pure loyalty to service without any inter arm rivalry or nationalistic motivation. Pure and unadulterated military history filtered dispassionately separating fact from fiction and myth from reality. History as Frederick the Great once said can be well written only in a free country and ours has been continuously under civil or military dictators since I maintain as one great master of English prose said that "all history so far as it is not supported by contemporary evidence is romance"!

Battle of Chawinda was thus not romance! What many in this country wrote and was outwardly military history was essentially "Romance"!

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Chance plays a key role in battle and at Chawinda chance played a very important role! Nisar, when he deployed 25 Cavalry did not know what was in front of him!

Later heroes were created! I repeat "Heroes were created"! The hero had to be from the Salt Range however! At least Shuja Nawaz wants it this way! What were the key facts?

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Most important tangible fact was "casualties"! These were deliberately hidden since these would have let the cat out of the bag! Everyone would have discovered who really fought and who got gallantry awards on parochial,regimental or old boy links! How many were killed in the biggest military blunder "Operation Gibraltar"! This is Top Secret! Again no mention of any figures! The real motivation here is not national interest but to preserve or more important to "guard reputations". Now lets talk about the broad front deployment that Shuja Nawaz refers to.

There is no doubt that the "broad front deployment" was done by Nisar and Nisar alone and Brigadier Abdul Ali Malik had no role in it. It is another matter that Nisar also did not know what was in front of him.

It was like Jutland when both contending fleets were running towards each other at express train speed. Why Nisar behaved as he did and what actually happened even today is hard to understand, whatever anyone may claim now with the benefit of hindsight!

Shuja Nawaz here in his page book offers no tangible proof that the actions of 25 Cavalry had anything to do with what Brig A.

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A Malik told Nisar. Nisar was told to "do something" as clearly stated by an authority no less than Pakistan Army's official historian Major General Shaukat Riza,apparently not from Jhelum or from North of Chenab by a twist of fate. There is no doubt that Nisar did something without the least clue of what was in front of him.

The important thing is that Nisar did something rather than getting paralysed into inertia and inaction! The "Do Something" order by Brig A. A Malik to Lt Col Nisar CO 25 Cavalry should not have been glorified to something higher by Shuja Nawaz simply on authority of an article written by a person who was a company 2IC in an infantry battalion of 24 Brigade and that too only in This is a serious historical failing.

At least in a military historian but is the Oxford University Press Pakistan run by professionals. One may ask Colonel M. Y Effendi. The same words of Brig A. Perhaps Shuja Nawaz did not read all the accounts of direct participants. Perfectly excusable as he is based in USA. But not good military history certainly. The fact is that the 25 Cavalry on 8th September was functioning in a vacuum. Brig A. A Malik had no clue about armour warfare and Nisar had no higher armour headquarter to guide him..

The crucial action took place at Gadgor few miles north of Chawinda in which 25 Cavalry faced the entire Indian 1st Armoured Division. It is another thing that Nisar also did not know what was in front of him and acted boldly and unconventionally.

Had he known what was in front of him he may have been paralysed by inertia and inaction! But this is speculation and some part of history always remains unfathomed and hidden! Nisar acted through sheer reflex and deployed his unit in an impromptu manner. The fire fight which took place at Gadgor between hours and hours was a pure tank versus tank affair. Thus the Indian Armoured Corps historian stated "The Armoured Brigade had been blocked by two squadrons of Pattons and in the first encounter had lost more tanks than the enemy had It took them another 48 hours to contemplate the next move.

This interval gave Pakistanis time to deploy their 6th Armoured Division Thus the Indians acknowledged "This regiment's 25 Cavalry performance was certainly creditable because it alone stood between the 1st Indian Armoured division and its objective, the MRL canal". This is not the only source. Major Shamshad a direct participant has already stated on record that SJs were awarded to some officers for an attack in which not a single man was killed on both sides!

Here he refers to Major Farouk Adam. This reminds me of an incident in armour school Nowshera in I was an instructor in Tactical Wing. My lone reply was that no Sir , since Armour School gives Alpha to sons of generals only. This was a norm then. But that is how Pakistan Army is. The historical fact remains that 25 Cavalry was part of 24 Brigade but all that Nisar its CO did on the crucial 8th September at Gadgor was based on his own judgement.

On 9th and 10th September no fighting took place as Indians had withdrawn their armoured division to the crossroads. On 8th September there was a vacuum and Nisar acted in a sitaution which can be classified as one characterised by "absence of clear and precise orders"!

Shaukat Riza's book is basically a compilation of existing facts. It has historical value since Riza was allowed access to official records. Shaukat had no axe to grind. Shuja Nawaz by his own confession is a close relative of A. A Malik. Shuja also forgets Brig A. A Malik's request to withdraw when Indian tanks had crossed the railway line on 16th September and occupied Buttur Dograndi and Sodreke. M Arif , first more bluntly in Pakistan Army Green Book and again a little tactfully in his recently published book Khaki Shadows.

Thus no connection with 3 FF, an infantry unit which as far as I know suffered more casualties than any other infantry unit at Chawinda. Shamshad was the tank troop leader in support of 3 FF when it disastrously attacked Buttur Dograndi. In opinion of Shamshad, the attack had failed not due to any fault of 3 FF but because of poor planning by Commander 24 Brigade. Even at formation level Chawinda was not a big battle in terms of casualties since the Indian 1 Corps suffered less casualties than 11 Indian Corps in Ravi Sutlej Corridor.

A Maliks poorly planned counterattacks leading to bloody casualties for Pakistan Army were also discussed by Major General Fazal i Muqeem in his book on war. On page while discussing the main Pakistani offensive the author fails to point out that the Pakistanis had a 7 to 1 superiority in tanks and yet they failed. In the treatment of Chamb Operation of the most significant decision of Major General Eftikhar to switch from North to South is not discussed at all.

This was one of the most landmark operational decisions in history of Pakistan Army. The author also fails to highlight the cowardly action of then Brigadier Rahimuddin Khan in not joining Brigade on pretext of dealing with Shiekh Mujibs trial. This great warrior later rose to full general in Pakistan Army.

Shuja also gives no thought in his worthy analysis to Pakistan Army's launching a pre-emptive attack on India in September Refers-The Western Front -Candeth. In the chapter dealing with Z. This plan if implemented would have reduced the standing army in size and enabled the Pakistani government to spend more money on training. This plan was scrapped by Zia in On page he states that " Abbasi was the man who had been removed from his command in the Kargil area of Kashmirafter having undertaken an unauthorized and costly foray into Indian held territory in Now this comes straight from a man who repeatedly claims nearly total access to all direct participants.

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