Troopers are the delight of a nation. They’re disciplined, brave and selfless. Their life is filled with challenges and so they face each problem with a smile on their faces. The troopers are skilled for years earlier than being despatched on the battle entrance. The coaching interval is extraordinarily troublesome which brings the very best qualities in them and prepares for the battlefield.
“We’ve got the privilege of staying in a peaceable surroundings and specializing in our private life solely as a result of the troopers are guarding the nation around the clock. I had the privileged honor to serve in one of many prestigious organizations, Punjab Rangers from Nov 2011- Could 2015 as Public Relations Officer. I used to be instructed by the then DG Punjab Rangers – Lt Gen Mian Muhammad Hilal Hussain to formulate historical past of Punjab Rangers. Throughout my tenure in Rangers, I spotted the struggles and hardships these unsung heroes of the nation undergo on a regular basis. Their struggles are at least another individual within the forces able to serve the nation. Rangers have all the time been upfront at any time of bedlam and work with dedication and integrity in the direction of the prosperity and security of the nation. But, it’s miserable that Rangers didn’t get sufficient credit score nor sufficient encouragement. This text is only a tiny instance of how Rangers has all the time defended the nation, and can proceed to take action sooner or later. In 1955 with the creation of ‘One Unit’ in West Pakistan, the Punjab Border Police and the Sind Police Rangers had been merged into one Power. In 1958 a re-organisation committee was arrange below the chairmanship of Mr Aziz Ahmed then Minister of State for Defence and Overseas Affairs. On account of the choice on this committee’s report, the Power was re-named as West Pakistan Rangers, which was additional divided into Punjab and Sind Rangers. After 1965 Struggle the Power was once more reconstituted and fourth specifically Chenab Rangers was added to it. In distinction to the common Armed Forces the Rangers personnel stay operationally deployed all alongside the border all year long and all through their profession in probably the most telling circumstances.
Little recognized and little praised a ‘ranger’ is on a continuing vigil alongside the japanese borders of Pakistan to guard the life and property of the populace of this sacred soil, and that’s how the motto, Daim`n Sahir`n which implies ‘Ever Ready!’
To formulate Rangers’ historical past I met many elderly Rangers veterans to gather its daring battle actions. One of many veterans, Sub Inspector Mirza Muhammad Sheraz received sentimental many instances whereas narrating Wagah battle account. He narrated how bravely they fought at Wagah. On 6 September 1965, the Indian deceitfully attacked Pakistan with out declaration of battle. The battle lasted 17 days and the Rangers’ valiant Jawans bore the worst brunt in Desert, Sialkot and Lahore Sectors.
In Lahore Sector at Wagah, the Indians launched assault by way of Amritsar – Lahore street with tanks. Indian assault was sudden and swift. Their troops had been lifted on tanks and introduced as much as the border after which hurled down. The rangers’ Jawans on the Joint verify Put up Wagah gave robust resistance with no matter weapons they’d and exhibited nice braveness. The courageous Ranger troopers below command Wing commander Main Ilam Ud Din and Deputy Superintendent Rangers Abdul Shakoor put their lives at stake for Wagah and saved on main their troops from the entrance with exceptional willpower.
Main Ilam Ud Din obtained the orders from his Command echelon to withdraw together with his manpower however he refused to take action fairly determined to struggle with Indian troopers. An Indian Military Captain with heavy power of troops encircled joint verify put up Wagah and requested the Wing Commander to give up. Earlier than Wing Commander might have stated something to Indian Captain, Naik Car Mechanic, Zulfiqar pseudonym Billu intervened and requested Indian Captain to speak to him as an alternative of Main Sahib. On this, Indian officer abused Billu and in vengeance he opened fireplace on Indian Captain and killed him on the spot. Indian troopers additionally opened fireplace on Main Ilam Ud Din and Billu. Each courageous sons of soil embraced Shahadat. The quantity of braveness displayed by Deputy Superintendent Punjab Rangers Abdul Shakoor is yet one more instance of bravery which a real chief and courageous commander can exhibit. After martyrdom of Wing Commander he continued combating and didn’t let Indian troopers to seize Wagah Put up. It was Rangers alone who resisted Indian assaults for consecutive three days at Joint Examine Put up Wagah. Sub Inspector Mirza Muhammad Sheraz was a put up commander at Wagah, obtained fireplace from completely different instructions by the Indian troopers. In retaliation, he fired again and hit one Indian Sikh Soldier on his proper arm and shoulder. The valiant Sub Inspector Mirza Muhammad Sheraz alongside together with his companions repulsed Indian assault and assaulted on them. He captured 5 Indian troopers of 12 Punjab together with one injured Sikh soldier whereas remaining Indian troopers turned again and ran away. Later the turban of Sikh soldier was used as bandage on his accidents. They had been first prisoners of battle captured by Punjab Rangers at Wagah. Sepoy Muhammad Adalat Khan was the primary Rangers` Jawan who obtained enemy bullet on his chest whereas distributing grenades at completely different firing positions round Joint Examine Put up Wagah and embraced Shahadat.
Different Jawans at Wagah additionally gave a troublesome struggle to Indian troopers. After three days of Indian assaults, Rangers troops who had been scattered at completely different posts, had been re-organized and joined the Pakistan Military the place fought shoulder to shoulder with them. Throughout 65 and 71 wars, the Rangers fought many battles, some alone and a few in keeping with Pakistan Military. The Rangers distinguished themselves in each wars and gave an exemplary account of their combating capacity particularly within the desert space the place their exploits had been extra daring and conspicuous.
In 1965 Indo-Pak Struggle Punjab Rangers was the main and dominant drive which confronted the primary blow of battle by the Indian Military on a number of fronts. “I’m positive there are literally thousands of related battle tales which we have to dig out as actual heroism doesn’t simply exist in dusty tomes. There are heroes, many unknown or unacknowledged and so they stroll amongst us. We salute such nice souls for his or her heroic acts and look in the direction of them for inspiration. It’s hoped that the contribution of the widespread soldier of Rangers is not going to be forgotten. He’s the one who’s maintaining Pakistan secure, quietly and confidently.
Main (r) Ijaz Sandhu
(The author is former spokesperson of the Punjab Rangers)