Remembering Shaheed Major Aziz Bhatti on Defense Day


Syed Tahir Rashdi
Defence Day or Youm-e-Difa is celebrated on the 6th of September every year to honour and remember the sacrifices of our armed forces over the years to protect us against our enemies and ensure our independence. Being a federal holiday until the end of the 1990s, the day is no longer an official holiday. However, the spirit behind the day remains. Events are hosted by the armed forces to celebrate the Defence Day of Pakistan with passion and zeal in every major city. The term Defence Day Celebrations is synonymous to the resolve of Pakistani Nation to defend the territorial integrity of its motherland from external and internal aggression while preserving the Ideology of Pakistan. Commonly celebrated on 6th
September to commemorate the great sacrifices rendered by Pakistan Armed Forces against the Indian display of its military might, the Defence Day actually denotes each and every occasion when Pakistani Armed Forces supported by all segments of the society defeated both covert and overt attempts by our adversary to inflict damage to the core interests of Pakistan. Since the creation of Pakistan, India has always been conspiring to weaken the newly born state by employing all available means at its disposal.
On 6th September 1965, the people of Pakistan stood united to meet the onslaught of an enemy. India that claims to be the largest democracy of the world violated the international charter of the United Nations and all norms of civilized behavior among the states, chose the cover of darkness to achieve its heinous ends of occupying our motherland. Our military not only defended the areas attacked successfully but also protected the lives of thousands of civilians and their homes. This battle lasted till September 22, 1965, when both sides accepted the United Nations-administered ceasefire. In this battle, Major Raja Aziz Bhatti Shaheed was awarded “Nishan-e-Haider”. Flight Lieutenant Imtiaz Ahmad
Bhatti and Squadron Leader Sarfaraz Ahmad Rafiqui also dealt a strong blow to the enemy in the air. Moreover, the Pak-Indo war of 1965 also reminds us of M.M Alam who got popular for downing five Indian aircraft in less than a minute. Later, he was awarded Sitara-i-Jurat. Commodore S.M Anwar led the Dwarka operation which proved to be a nightmare for the Indians. The nation mobilized at every level, where every child, man, or woman worked towards the war effort, be it to raise funds, train as civilian guards, or as nurses in hospitals. Madam Noor Jahan and Mehdi Hassan took the airwaves to sing
their inspirational war songs in praise of the defenders and instilled a new zeal in them to defend their homeland. Each year, 6th September is celebrated to pay homage to the martyrs who laid down their lives while defending the country during 1965-war. “It is the cause, not the death, that makes the
martyr.” –Napoleon Bonaparte 6th September marks Defense day and the remembrance of martyrs across the nation. Amid the countless that sacrificed their lives, devoutly honored is the name of Major Aziz Bhatti , who attained martyrdom in September, 1965. Real heroes are heroes of every one. They are not controversial. Nations love them more than anything. Major Aziz Bhatti Shaheed is among those real-time heroes of 1965 War, who not only stood firm to face the enemy aggression but also repulsed it with his unprecedented courage. He gave his life while defending the frontiers of motherland but never
let the enemy succeed in its nefarious designs. The proud nation awarded him with ‘Nishan-i-Haider’, the biggest gallantry award of the country. Now that more than 54 years have passed, since he embraced Shahadat, he continues to live in the hearts of each and every Pakistani. Aziz Bhatti is remembered with love and affection. Nation observes his Yaum-e-Shahadat on 12th of September in a befitting manner. e was born in Hong Kong in 1928. He moved to Pakistan before it became independent in 1947 and lived in the village of Ladian, in the district of Gujrat. There he enlisted with the newly formed Pakistani Army and was commissioned to the Punjab Regiment in 1950. On 6 September 1965 after India attacked Pakistan with the largest ever number of tanks, Major Bhatti as Company
Commander in the Burki area of the Lahore sector chose to move with his forward platoon under incessant artillery and tank attacks for five days and nights in the defence of the strategic BRB canal. Throughout, undaunted by constant fire from enemies’ tanks and artillery, he organized the defence of the canal, directing his men to answer the fire until he was hit by an enemy tank shell which killed him on 12 September 1965. He was 37 years old. Raja Aziz Bhatti was rewarded with the prestigious Nishan- e Haidar for his services to Pakistan.

(-The writer is a Freelance Writer, Reviewer and Journalist based in
Shahdadpur. He’s Pursuing BS (Pakistan Studies) at University of Sindh.)



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