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MYTH OF ONE VERSUS TEN

Indian aggression on Pakistan in 1965 was dealt
with iron hand by Pakistani Army. Pak Army with support of the Air force
and Navy battled bravely not only to compel the Indian Army to retreat
from the occupied areas but it also entered deep into the Indian
Territory, occupying its land too.

People of Pakistan stood shoulder to shoulder with their forces and the
kind of support they gave to their forces was written in golden words in
the history of Pakistan. Indian Army was much superior to its adversary
during the 1965 war, but it fought with a little heart and was
retreated from the war despondently. Although many defence experts and
war historians believed that the 1965 war was a no-win no-lost, and it
was actually terminated later on. Nevertheless, during the war the
Indian Army was the main assailant and Pakistan was actually defending
against the powerful aggressor. Before and after the 1965 war, a myth
one versus ten came to fore, which means one Pakistani soldier can fight
singly handedly against ten Indian soldiers in any kind of war. I don’t
know what was the reason behind the myth, and how did it crop up in
Pakistan? The war was terminated after the Tashkent Accord between Field
Marshall Ayub Khan and Indian Prime Minister Shastri. After singing the
accord, Pakistani Army was ordered to leave all the occupied land as
well as the Indian Army followed the suit. The moments after the
Tashkent Accord was signed, at night Indian Prime Minister Shastri was
found dead in his room and as well as a top cabinet minister ZA Bhutto
also left Ayub’s Government over the acceptance of humiliating terms in
Tashkent Accord.

If we make a comparison between the Indian Army and Pakistani Army
during 1965 war, it is clear that Indian Army outnumbered Pakistani
Army. It is believed that the Operation Gibraltar was the main reason
behind Indian aggression on Pakistan. Indian civilian and military
leadership was skeptical about the movement of Pak Army along the
borders of occupied Kashmir. They were having a view that Pak Army was
giving arms to the Kahsmiris in order to initial an armed movement
against the Indian rule in the occupied Kashmir. As a result, they
wasted no time on waging an all-out war against Pakistan. But the Indian
military planners failed to contemplate the modern weaponry of Pak
Army. Many defence analysts still having a viewpoint that during the
1965 war it was the modern weapons which favored Pak Army. Although Pak
Army was not even comparable to the Indian army when it comes to the
size but what more important was the Indian civil and military planners
failure to understand the type of sophisticated and modern weapons and
ammunition possessed by the Pak Army, which later on helped par Army to
solidify Pakistan’s defence against the Indian Army. In fact, the
advance military equipment possessed by Pak Army played an important
role in Indian 1965 war retreat. The myth of one soldier versus ten
Indian soldiers did became a reality when Pak Army fought with much
superior weapons against the inferior and outdated Indian Army weapons.
Despite having a conventional military superiority, the Indian Army
unable to sustain against the larger barrels of Pakistani cannons. This
is what I can understand about the myth of one versus ten.

We celebrate 6 September as our Defence Day, which was the first day of
1965 war. Forty Seven years has been passed, but today still Pakistan is
facing troubles on its Eastern borders. Its adversary is building arms
creating a security dilemma for it. Today, it adversary is modernizing
its nuclear and missile programs in order to shift to balance of power
in favor. Today, we are still not equal to Indian military might as
Indian defence budget is ten times bigger than us creating one ratio
ten. Today, the issue of Kashmir is still unresolved and India as
status-quo power is still resisting ending the resolvable issue of
Kashmir. Today, India is still enjoying a conventional military
superiority over Pakistan. But after the overt nuclearization of South
Asia, the convectional asymmetrical gap is not helping India anymore.

These are nuclear weapons which are the anchor sheet of peace and
stability in south Asia. Today, Pakistan is a responsible nuclear weapon
state. Nuclear weapons are the jewel of the crown of its defence.
Pakistan firmly believes on its credible minimum deterrence against its
adversary. Pakistan wants peace and stability in the south Asia and we
must understand that Pakistan is the sole enabler of peace and stability
in the region, but when it come to tango for tango it adds more
vulnerability to the fragile peace of South Asia. A day before the
Defence Day, a very significant meeting of National Command Authority
was chaired by the Prime minister. NCA meeting reiterated Pakistan’s
long stand in bringing peace and stability but without any compromise on
its nuclear program. Today, scores of myths are being created against
the nuclear program, but it must be understand that Pakistan do have a
robust command and control structure. The ignorant world media is
creating myths regarding the safety and security of Pakistan’s nuclear
weapons deliberately creating myths, but they are unable to separate
myths from realities.

In 1965 Pakistan able to defend because of modern convectional weapons,
today we have nuclear weapons, despite conventional asymmetry, which
makes Pakistan unconquerable to any power in the world.

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