Defence Column

50 ٍYears Ago in Lahore and Sialkot

  • Written By: Brian Cloughley Exactly fifty years ago Pakistan Army distinguished itself in the 1965 War with India. There are many accounts — and disagreements — about the causes of that conflict, and it is not my intention to go over well-worn country, but it is appropriate at this half-century anniversary to reflect on some […]

  • Lt Col Haroon Islam Shaheed

    Written Bt Lt Col Amer Islam The building of Ministry of Environment in Islamabad was set ablaze. This was July 2007. Terrorists had taken refuge in the religious seminary and were using hundreds of students as human shields. Lt Col Haroon Islam, the Commanding Officer of the Anti-Terrorist Unit was taking stock of the situation. […]

  • Zarb-e-Azb: A Tale of Valiant Army Against Terrorism

    Written By: Prof. Khurram Ali Khan After an initial reluctance, the Government of Pakistan decided to initiate an offensive operation in North Waziristan Agency (NWA) along Pakistan-Afghanistan border to eliminate terrorism. The operation in NWA has been code named as ‘Zarb-e-Azb’. The operation commenced on June 15, 2014 as a renewed effort against militancy in […]

  • Pakistan’s tool of war: Al-Khalid Main Battle Tank – the armoured fist

    If the tanks succeed, then victory follows -Heinz Guderian Armoured units are the primary force multipliers utilised by ground forces for offensive actions conducted using the fundamental elements of speed and firepower. Although tanks were introduced towards the tail-end of the Great War, the fundamentals of armoured warfare came in on their own during the […]

  • Rising Above the Ordinary

    Written By: Maria Khalid August 6, 2015, 1700 hours “I am going to Gilgit for a night for casualty evacuation. Will be back tomorrow Insha Allah.” Col (retd) Hashmat Ullah read the message, looked at his younger grandson and mumbled to himself that ‘he will have to babysit him again today’, not knowing that it […]