This battalion was a part of 12 Division (102 Brigade) . It
was regarded as one of the finest battalions of the
Pakistan Army and was assigned the division’s principal
task of capturing Chhamb.1
As the map above indicates Pakistan’s 12 Division in this
sector enjoyed very significant overall superiority over
the weak Indian screen type positions , by virtue of
massive superiority in tanks and artillery.
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While 9 Punjab performed outstandingly on the first and
second day of Operation Grand Slam , Pakistan’s 12
Division’s performance on the first day of the war was
operationally pathetic in failing to cross Tawi despite
massive superiority in tanks and artillery and encircling
and destroying the very weak Indian 191 Brigade.
A bridgehead across Tawi was formed by 10 Brigade ,
against no Indian opposition as map below indicates:--
9 Punjab’s operations across Tawi river commencing
September 1965 till ceasefire are indicated by
two maps below and are exhaustively self explanatory.
The battalion suffered 15 killed 31 wounded and 3
missing casualties in whole of 1965 war .2
casualties are not very high for an infantry battalion
keeping in view its total strength which is over 800 . My
own regiment 11 Cavalry (FF) (tank regiment strength
is about half of infantry battalion) which fought
alongside 9 Punjab in 1965 war suffered 19 killed in a
single day of fighting.
The battalion’s low casualties may be ascribed to the
fact that Pakistan Army enjoyed considerably
overwhelming superiority in tanks and artillery in this
The battalion won the following awards :--3
Sitara I Jurrat -TWO
Tamgha I Jurrat -FOUR
IMTIAZI SANAD -THREE
The Sitara e Jurrats were won by the commanding
officer lieutenant colonel Hanif and Major Musarrat
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The battalion lost no officer in the war.
The battalion performed outstandingly in the war and
was universally praised in the Pakistan Army both in
published accounts and by general word of mouth.
The battalions outstanding performance apart ,
Operation Grand Slam was a strategic and operational
failure , hence the battalion’s net strategic impact on
war was NIL.
9 Punjab was one of finest battalions of Pakistan Army
as fondly remembered by my regiment who fought
alongside this great battalion in Operation Grand Slam.