“Lahore, 14.2 bloody miles” and the true story of bravery behind it

  • Pakistani soldier after having intercepted Indian communication modified a milestone with a daring word

LAHORE _ Although there are countless stories of how valiant soldiers of Pak Army cast an impression of bravery on Indian counterparts during the 1965 war but there’s one interesting story of milestone modification that would leave you awe struck.

During the 1965 war, which was single-handedly triggered by India, Pakistan gave a tough time to its traditional rival and after having received a blow back of aggression, Indian commander told the troops on the wireless communication that Lahore was only two to three miles away.

At that time, the communications were not encrypted and both forces could intercept each others’ communication so one of the Pakistani soldiers also heard this conversation and got out from the bunker.

There was a sign near the bunker which read ‘Lahore – 14 Miles’. He uprooted the milestone, moved towards the advancing Indian troops for some yards and posted a modified sign there.

It now read ‘Lahore – 14.2 Bloody Miles’ in a bid to tell the Indian commanders that it was not a ‘run of the mill’ job to move such close to Lahore, Punjab’s provincial capital.

It bears mentioning that the 1965 war was won by Pakistan as India failed to execute its plans of conquering Lahore.

Another one liner that was widely derided by historians was one spoken by an Indian official that ‘We would do breakfast in Lahore’.

Every year, Pakistan celebrates September 6th as ‘Defence Day’ as a reminder of country’s impregnable defense capabilities.