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Capt Ahsaan Malik Sitara-e-Jurat 31 Baloch Battle Of Kamalpur,1971

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  1. OverLoad

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    Capt Ahsaan Malik
    Sitara-e-Jurat
    31 Baloch
    Battle Of Kamalpur,1971

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    The Defence of Kamalpur refers to the battle fought at Kamalpur near the border in the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971 . The Defence of Kamalpur, a hamlet on the border, by Captain Ahsaan Malik and his 140 men would be an epic in any army's history. He had seventy soldiers of 31 Baloch and the same number of para-military troops; all fought magnificently against great odds.

    Attacks against Pakistani border outposts in the north had begun in July. These were mounted by Mukti Bahini, mainly former members of East Pakistan's regular forces, but failed to make any impression. Further attacks on Kamalpur, a kilometre from the border, came on 22 October and 14 November, the latter being made by Indian 13 Guards Battalion, which established blocking positions to the south. Malik was cut off and his CO, Lt. Col. Sultan Mahmood tried to relive him and the other two outposts (Naqshi and Baromari, to the east) without success. On 29 November (all this before 'war' broke out) Major Ayub of 31 Baloch tried to resupply Malik's tiny garrison but he was totally outnumbered,Indians had a massive force deployed in the sector.

    Indian commander of the area Brigadier Kler tried to take Kamalpur on the run, using Mukti Bahini troops, but failed.The 140 men under command of Capt Maalik proved to be men of steel and stood firm against all odds...... Indians then mounted a battalion attack by 1 Maratha Light Infantry. Capt Maalik repulsed every attack despite having a very few men on his side...Capt Maalik and his men (butchered) all, who so ever tried to advance towards their position,may it be an indian soldier or one of the mukti bahinis.
    Brig Kler then 'decided to lay siege to Kamalpur and break down its will to resist'....
    General Sukhwant Singh wrote in his book ( 'The Liberation of Bangladesh),Getting wary because of casualties, successive failures and demoralisation among the attacking troops, Indian commander decided to starve out the garrison by a prolonged siege. ' A brigade is demoralised by a company? Sukhwant Singh knew that there was no Pakistani Artillery in this sector, only two troops of mortars, but states that Kler was '...further handicapped in as much as one of his battalions had just been reorganised from (a unit) raised initially for counterinsurgency with no support elements. In tackling a weak platoon post, another battalion brought out some weaknesses of leadership under fire. The battalion reached its objective with relatively few casualties. As expected, the enemy turned mortar fire on the objective. A mortar bomb landed on the trench occupied by four men close to the commanding officer (Colonel). He saw limbs fly and lost his nerve.'
    On the other hand Captain Ahsaan Malik did not lose his nerve when much worse was happening in his area and he was fighting an unwinnable battle against overwhelming odds.

    Capt Maalik and his 140 odd men demoralized the Indian troops and commanders who had a massive force on their side,by repulsing every attack and not giving in.

    At about 0930 on 4 December, 'after withdrawing his troops from close siege,The Indian Commander Kler, 'hammered the post with seven sorties of MiG 21s firing rockets and cannon and this was repeated twice later in the day'.
    Maj. General Gurbux Singh (commander of the north region) had to interfere when (Kler) completely failed. He sent Captain Malik a note by a Mukti Bahini courier:'...whatever you decide to do we have every intention of eliminating Kamalpur post. It is to save you and our side casualties this message is being sent to you...'.But Capt Malik did not give it any attention.
    The General then sent another note after a further air strike and this was met, as had been the other messages, by increased firing by Malik's men....causing more casualities to the indian side...... But it could not go on, as one by one Malik's men were embracing shahadat.......Malik received the order by radio to surrender........
    Finally when Captain Ahsaan Malik's small leftover force was taken in, it was found that his company was nearly out of ammunition, barring a few hand grenades and a few bullets each. They were ready to fling themselves on the enemy with daggers and bayonets if it came to that, until they realized that the piece of territory they were defending was already a different country......... Nothing remained there to die for.........

    General Sukhwant Singh later on was very much impressed by Capt Ahsaan Malik and said,',,, Malik did put up a courageous stand....and held the Indian brigade for 21 days depite having such a small company of just 140 Men....
    The Indian Army Chief Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw also ,even after the war, could not forget the bravery shown by Capt Malik and sent a personal congratulatory message to Malik commending his defiant stand.' and wrote 'Militarily his performance was excellent'....and recommended him for a gallantry award.
    Maj. Gen. Gurbux Singh decided to meet Malik personally but, while being driven towards Kamalpur by Kler to meet the brave Captain, their jeep went over a mine and he was badly wounded.

    When Capt Ahsaan Malik returned to Pakistan, he was decorated with a Sitara-e-Jurrat which is the third highest military award in Pakistan. Later on, Field Marshal Manekshaw acknowledged the bravery of Capt Ahsaan Malik and his men, in a letter written to his Pakistani counterpart.
     
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    Can you show me one instance wherein Pak Army ever lauded its enemies for bravery? Only Indian Army does that. Only a Brave man can understand Bravery, cold blooded murderers can't?
     
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    No need of such blatant sarcasm.

    May be our enemy doesn't qualify to be praised.
     
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    yes, you may say so after murdering Capt Kalia and his men.
     
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    And yes we do acknowledge cowards who left GOC's jeep in middle of war and ran on foot and the one who landed perfect shaped fighter jet in confusion on Pakistan air field.
     
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    Not proven just one sided version that is why Indian army didn't persuaded that case against Pakistan Army.
     
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    and we show respect to a handful who showed bravery in an otherwise coward army who fights only to get defeated every time.
     
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    Check history or Modi already rewrite it?
    35% Kashmir with us 15% with China, And Cowards we? Our army chief spent a full night inside Indian border.............Remember Kargil
     
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    Indian Army went in Kashmir when you had nearly 100% of Kashmir with you and what we have is what we snatched from you. You are those cowards who violated the stand still agreement with Maharaja of Kashmir just the way you did with Baluchis. 15% with China is Ladakh and not Kashmir. Who went begging for a ceasefire to USA that too on their national day- 4th July? Walking in, backstabbing and occupying empty bunkers is an act which only Pak Army can call bravery.
     
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    What a blatant lie Kashmir was under control of a Hindu Raja.

    Who went begging to UN in 1948?

    Jawahar Lal Nehru.

    Military strategy..........

    Brave born with brains.
     
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    so what? Your govt signed that stand still agreement and broke it? Who was the Head of Balochistan? A Hindu?
    No, That was brokered by Lord Mountbaton who was the GG of both the nations and what did you get? A wrap on the knuckles with orders to vacate whole of Kashmir.

    The comparison was between different cities of pilgrimage of each religion.

    Oh yes.
    BJP has been quiet on Geelani's grandson's government job issue too. :/
     
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    and these brave go begging for mercy when their brains are blown up by Indian bullets. Shame on an army which could not defend itself even after having occupied the most suitable defensive ground.
     
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    not agreed

    Mr. Nehru went to UN

    and for your info Mountbaton was not awarded any rank in Pakistan.
     
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    Just read the history. but what will it teach you? That Pakistan was created in 712AD and that earth is flat and earthquakes are caused by women driving cars?
     
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    No one went to beg but US intervene and Politically weak P.M agrees with US not the army and because of that army punished him by overthrowing him.

    I believe you don't read history.
     

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