When I captured the man who would be Pakistan’s Air Chief

Let’s rewind to a great battle that the Indian army and armed forces won, with a bonus of a special POW

ByLt Gen H S Panag
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When I captured the man who would be Pakistan’s Air Chief
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August 1971 onwards, we were living in interesting times. Talk of war was in the air and for young officers like me, in their early twenties, those were heady days. I was the Adjutant of 4 Sikh, which as 36 Sikh in 1897 had fought the epic battle of Saragarhi on the the Samana Ridge, where 21 soldiers fought to the last man while defending a post.

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