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The Battle of Hussainiwala and Qaiser-i-Hind

The 1971 War
Lt Col. (Retd) Habib Ahmed
This book narrates a fascinating firsthand account of a battle fought in 1971 at Hussainiwala in former West Pakistan. The author, as a Commanding Officer at the time, led his newly formed battalion against heavy odds to greatly contribute to the victory of the 106th Brigade against Indian forces. He describes the unfolding chain of events that led up to the battle at Hussainiwala and provides intricate details of the confrontation, along with its plans. What makes this battle particularly noteworthy is that it was fought against the backdrop of the larger military debacle and break-up of East Pakistan. Determined not to fail, the tenacious troops of the 106th Brigade under Brig. M. Mumtaz Khan HJ, SJ of the Frontier Force Regiment fought courageously in Hussainiwala prevailing against the very strong opposition of the Indian forces and finally defeated them. This well-crafted book takes us behind the scenes, leaving us wiser and more appreciative of how unyielding troops could help defend a nation and protect its future. The author, now in his late seventies, was inspired to write this book to uncover factual details of the event and help both the armed forces and the civil society understand the intricacies of how this difficult battle was fought and won. The book also pays homage to the officers and men who laid down their lives in the line of duty.
Author Description
Lt Col. (Retd) Habib Ahmed SJ was commissioned as an infantry officer in the Baluch Regiment in 1954 from 9th PMA Long Course at Kakul. He is also a graduate of Command and Staff College, Quetta and the National Defence College, Rawalpindi. He was posted at various locations, including former East Pakistan, in both line and staff positions. He had the rare opportunity of raising a new battalion which he trained and then subsequently commanded during the 1971 war. He was decorated with the Sitara-i-Jurat for displaying the highest levels of gallantry and leadership resulting in the capture of Hussainiwala Salient, which also included the strongly defended fortress tower of Qaiser-i-Hind, the fall of which allowed our forces to shatter the pride of a very strong Indian defence. Lt Col. Habib Ahmed SJ belongs to a notable Sayed family from Delhi descended from one of the three Sayed scholars who were invited by Emperor Shahjahan to come to Delhi from Bukhara in the mid-16th century. His paternal grandmother was a niece of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. After migration in 1947, he completed his college education before joining the Army in 1951. Dr A. Q. Khan was a few years his junior in D. J. College at Karachi. Lt Col. Habib Ahmed is now enjoying a semi-retired life in Karachi. He spends his time reading and takes a keen interest in cricket. He often travels to North America to visit his three sons living there, and to spend time with his grandchildren.
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ISBN 9780199064724
Weight in kg 0.690
Rights World
Year of Publication 2014
Binding Hardback
Pages 348 pages