India Army celebrates ‘Hajipir Day’ at Kupwara

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    Srinagar, August 27 (Scoop News)- ‘Hajipir Day’ marks the successful endeavor of the Army to provide secured environment to the people of Kupwara District through capture of famous ‘Hajipir Pass’ in 1965. As a mark of respect for the locals who participated and contributed towards the success of operations, the Hajipir Brigade at Trehgam celebrates this historical day by organising series of people friendly activities, the benefits of which reached the awaam of the area.

    To commemorate the capture of famous ‘Hajipir Pass’ by the Indian Army while traditional fervor and gaiety was so very visible at Trehgam garrison, to commemorate the Day. On this day, 8600 ft high Hajipir Pass was successfully captured in a swift outflanking move by the troops of the Brigade. It was a bold day light attack from two directions thereby, overwhelming Pakistani troops before enemy reinforcement could reach them. This gallant act prevented Pakistani raiders from entering Kashmir from Poonch side. Since then 28 Aug is celebrated as “Hajipir Day”.

    Army never tires thanking the awaam for local support during the operations. A fortnightly programme on healthcare, awareness drive and skill enhancement measure are some of the ways adopted by Army to honour the People. Awaam too makes immense contributions towards making these initiatives successful. A number of people came forward to help in executing these initiatives of Army.

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    Heroism of our men of 1 Para batallation in this famous Hajipir pass battle. Leadership of Major Ranjit Singh Dayal was impeccable while fighting against the nature as well as enemy.

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    Our Lovely tirangaa was flying with proud at Haji Pir Pass in 1965 indo-pak war


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    Sabhi Ek Saath Salute :salute:
     
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    Return of Haji Pir Pass in 1965 – Myth and the Reality

    In 1965 war, Indian Army had captured the strategic Haji Pir Pass. During the Tashkent talks between Indian and Pakistan, held through the good offices of Soviet Union, India agreed to return Haji Pir Pass, Pt 13620 which dominated Kargil town and many other tactically important areas. To add mystery to the whole process, Prime Minister Shastri died on 10th January, 1966 after signing the Tashkent Declaration with President Ayub Khan of Pakistan. He was denounced by all and sundry for caving in to the Russian pressure and made to return Haji Pir Pass to Pakistan, resulted in two grave disadvantages to us: One- had the pass been held by us, the distance from Jammu to Srinagar through Poonch and Uri would have been reduced by over 200 Kms. Two – later on Pak commenced its infiltration into J & K in 1965, through the Uri – Poonch Bulge which continues even today. They why did we commit this error of judgement?


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    Following failure of Operation Grand Slam, the infiltration attempt in J & K in August, 1965, Pakistan decided to launch its offensive operation in Chhamb in order to capture Akhnoor, thus cutting off lines of communication to Poonch Sector. Subsequently operations were to be progressed to Jammu to cut off the Valley from the rest of the country. Selection of Chhamb – Jauriyan Sector conferred many advantages on Pakistan. The area is bound in the west by the Ceasefir Line, which is the South and Kalidhar Range in the North.
    thrust in this area was launched by Pakistan on 1st September, 1965. After crossing Munnawar Tawi which is fordable in winters by tanks, Pakistan forces started moving eastwards and were halted at Fatwal Ridge, only 4 Km. from Akhnoor when Indian offensive in Lahore sector forced Pakistan to thin out Chhamb Sector and thus its momentum was halted.

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    When negotiations commenced in January, 1966 between India and Pakistan under the aegis of Soviet Union, India had to view the threat posed by Pak dagger into Indian heart in Chhamb Sector. Since Pakistani forces had already reached Fatwal ridge only four Kms. from Akhnoor, it could always resume operations for capture of Akhnoor. The author understood this implication better in 1987 when he was commanding his unit near Jauriyan, a few kilometers west of Fatwal Ridge. The Indian policy makers at that time did not visualize infiltration threat through Uni-Poonch bulge and hence it was decided to return Haji Pir Pass to Pakistan and ask them to withdraw from Chhamb Sector since it would not have been advisable to let Pakistan point a dagger at Akhnoor and thereafter at Jammu. It was too high a risk to take. So Prime Minister Shastri was left with no option. Whether he died due to a feeling of guilt will remain a mystery. But in hindsight, India was remiss in not capturing Haji Pir Pass in 1971 war. It was the only worthwhile objective on the Western Front. Thus ends the myth and reality of return of Haji Pir Pass by India after 1965 war. May Shahstri’s soul rest in peace.
     
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    Major R.S dayal and Later Lt gen. Man who lead the assault at haji pir


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    Indian army troops at Haji Pir Pass


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    Field Guns firing at enemy in this haji pir pass area during war


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    Soliders carry our tiranga at haji pir pass.-


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    Col Devinder Singh Served in the Corps of E&M Engineers.Actions at Haji Pir Pass 1965

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    can you pls shed more info about this.

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    Hajipir pass is part of Pir panjal range. Pir Panjal range is like a group of mountain. This hajipir pass lies on the western side of this pir panjal range and which cuts into Indian-held territory by severing the Poonch-Uri route.

    The haipir pass is one of the important strategic objectives for our Northern command during previous war and even today due to its location as (1) it provide access to much of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (2) Nowadays, it is route most infiltrators use to cross into India. (3) The pass, if in Indian hands, would have reduced the route between Poonch and Uri to 15km, instead of several hundred kilometres across the Jawahar tunnel.

    In 1965 war, we capture this pass due to the gallant action by 1 Para battalion under Major R S Dayal. Under Tashkent agreement, we have given them back this area and asking Pakistanis to withdraw from Chaamb sector since it would not have been prudent to let Pakistan point a dagger at Akhnoor and thereafter at Jammu.
    That is why in 2002, R.S dayal has termed it as Himalayan blunder to give haji pir pass back due to it’s strategic important location wise.

    For more information - please have look at this article published in Indian express.
     
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