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Fallacy of Indian Victory in 1965 war

Archives of the Indian media  show that grossly exaggerated claims of military success were made by the Indian military; some of the headlines were:-
  • “Our valiant forces have set up a civil administration in Lahore after capturing the railway station, airport, Mughalpura, an ordinance factory ….”
  • Civilised attitude of our solders wins hearts of Lahoris,”
  • “Lahore captured: Our forces are moving into Kasur”.

Indian forces never entered the city of Lahore, closest they came was 14.2 “Bloody miles”.  BBC also carried the story of Indians capturing Lahore!

The war ended on September 22; later  the Tashkent accord was facilitated by the erstwhile USSR, signed by President Ayub Khan and then Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shashtri. Indian Prime Minster could not sustain the stress and suffered a fatal heart attack in Tashkent.  With Pakistan’s prior permission, his dead body was flown through Pakistan airspace, for its early recovery to New Delhi.

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My mother was forced to leave behind the city of her birth, Rawalpindi, when she was just 18 because of the tumultuous ruptures of Partition. She had never returned. When she was to turn 75, I thought the best gift I could give her was to take her, if it was at all possible, to the city and to the home in which she was born. I emailed my friends in Pakistan tentatively with my plan. They were immediately very welcoming. "Just get her a visa, leave the rest to us," they said. I applied for visas. It seemed then a small miracle that we got these easily. I booked our flight tickets, and before long we were on our way. Every night we would set out looking for a wayside shop to buy fruit juice. Each night we found a new shop, and each night without exception, the shopkeeper refused to accept any money for the fruit juice. “We will not charge money from our guests from India,” they would say each time. This happened for a full week. I have travelled to many countries around the world in the 60 years of my life. I have never encountered a people as gracious as those in Pakistan. This declaration is my latest act of sedition.

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