The Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 was a military confrontation between India and Pakistan that occurred during the liberation war in East Pakistan from 3 December 1971 to the fall of Dacca (Dhaka) on 16 December 1971.

On this day 48 years ago, Pakistan launched air strikes on Indian airbases in North & West India.

India quickly responded to Pakistan Army’s movements., It was 13 days war, one of the shortest wars in history. Pakistan lost half its country, its forces in the East, and had to publicly surrender to India. It was also the largest military surrender after World War II.

The Chief of the Pakistan forces, General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi surrendered to the joint forces of India along with 93,000 troops to the joint forces of Indian Army and Bangladesh’s Mukti Bahini.

General AAK Niazi signed the instrument of Surrender on 16 December 1971 in Dhaka, under the gaze of Lt Gen J S Arora. He signed the formation of East Pakistan as the new nation of Bangladesh. Pakistan Lost half of its territory with birth of Bangladesh.

Over 3,800 soldiers of India & Pakistan lost their life in this war.It was the end of genocide which was being conducted by Pakistan against Bangali Population of East Pakistan.

Indo-Pakistan War of 1971