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Khushal Khan Khattak
07-01-2010, 01:55 PM
Khyber Khan - The Conqueror of Skardu


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The next milestone in Khyber Khan’s life as a Air warrior came in the shape of the unforgettable and daring exploit of transporting a mortar gun in the rear seat of a T-6 Harvard aircraft to Gilgit, which was instrumental in the capture of Skardu.

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Soon after independence on October 26th, 1947 the Hindu Maharaja of Kashmir declared accession of the Muslim majority state to India, in complete disregard of the principle enunciate in the document concerning partition. He invited Indian Military help and on October 27, Indian forces moved into the state, Thus exposing a pre-conceived plan for the occupation of Kashmir. No sooner did the news of the Maharaja’s accession spread that the people of Poonch and Mirpure district formed the Azad Kashmir Government at Muzaffarabad.



During the first Indo-Pak was of 1948, forward elements of Azad Kashmir forces had by-passed Skardu in pursuit of the Indian units fleeing south towards Kashmir. However a Dogra battalion entrenched within kharphocho Fort posed a serious threat in the rear of the advancing column and had to be removed in order to secure the lines of communication. Due to the location of the fort, a direst frontal assault was deemed extremely hazardous and the Azad Kashmir forces did not posses any suitable weapon with which to engage the entrenched Dogras. There as no artillery support and air strike was not advisable. Lest it led to an all-out war against the numerically far superior RIAF. It was finally decided that a mortar gun capable of firing a high trajectory projectile could possibly be the only weapon that could effectively target the fort. Thus efforts were commenced to make one available to the Azad Kashmir forces.



Till the early 1950s, the only access to this part of the country was an unreliable mule track, which remained blocked for most of the year due to land slides and snow. The present runway at Gilgit and Skardu had not been built. The first 2 attempts to deliver a mortar gun having failed, It was decided to airlift one into Gilgit. The honor of being picked up for this vital mission went to Flt Lt Khyber Khan who was them commanding the Advanced Flying School at Risalpur. He was aware that the mission was very dangerous and hazardous because the enemy was on RED Alert and he had to be extra cautious. In order to accommodate the unwieldy barrel of the mortar cannon the rear canopy of the T-6G Harvard was removed and the weapon was strapped to the seat. The rear cockpit instrument panel was also removed to make more space and its barrel was placed in a tilted position in a manner that it lay only a few inches behind the head of the pilot.



Flight Lieutenant Khyber Khan took off from Risalpur in the Peshawar Valley in the afternoon of April 14th, 1948. Even at 12 thousand feet the flight was bumpy, and the farther he flew the higher the mountains rose, crowding him on both sides in this narrowing valley below. Halfway the sky was getting darker and T-6 could not climb over such a mountains, suddenly the aircraft jolted severely causing the pilot some alarm, Survival was at stake in case of engine failure or an intensive downdraft at this low height. And what id the barrel got loose? Instinctively Khyber silently prayed and by the Grace of God thing started to look better the weather got good, but this relief was short lived because moments later he saw 2 objects high above Chilas ahead of him. These had to be Indian Tempest fighting patrolling west of Nanga Parbat. The T-6G swooped down to water level till a turn in the river shielded it from enemy’s view. Still keeping low and watchful for any lurking intruders above, He turned west towards the Gilgit as he approached the destination, Clouds began to gather again and he realized it would be soon too dark and better land soon. The Gilgit scouts had fire as a signal for him and a rugged runway was made which was sandy and a 3 pointer landing was made the plane just stopped close to the mountain base.



The Militia and the Scouts has been waiting anxiously for this special mission. They received the aircraft with jubilation and loud cheers of Allah – o- Akbar under the pilot’s supervision the mortar was quickly taken out and placed near a waiting camel. The men them gathered large stones and made a wall around the plane and camouflaged it from the top. While Khyber Khan was provided the Scouts commandant’s own Charger Horse to take him to the camp, a full platoon was decided to mount guard for the night at the field. Occasionally a sentry would stand looking intently at the T-6G and then smile affectionately patting its wings.



Indian fighter came the next morning to strafe the side, but the pilot was by then speeding home in hid T-6G. And in the mounted column a Bactrian camel plodded along the bank of the Indus river carring the heavy mortar cannon over a rocky track towards distant Sakdu, to the vicinity of the enemy help Kharphocho Fort. 3 days later the mortar fired thrice and the Dogras hastily raised the white flag of surrender over the rampart of Kharphocho, Skardu had fallen. Flt Lt Khyber khan got the message from the commandant of the liberation forces telling him that they conquered Skardu.


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khyaal
07-01-2010, 05:08 PM
Do you think he fought for a noble cause?

MazloomyarMaseed
07-01-2010, 05:26 PM
IF he fought the British Army then it would be a different thing but Jinnah was well known as being very attracted to British Girls and drinking Whisky with them.

Kind Regards

Khushal Khan Khattak
07-01-2010, 06:12 PM
IF he fought the British Army then it would be a different thing but Jinnah was well known as being very attracted to British Girls and drinking Whisky with them.

Kind Regards

Once again you have ruined a thread with un necessary hate speech.

Did anyone ask you for your kind regards?? Is this thread about any of the things you blabber about?

You even derailed and derided an Afghan(Pushtun) hero in the process of your hate speech. Congratulations.

Saeed Khan
07-01-2010, 08:47 PM
Yea, Whatever achieved by our Pakhtoon tropar, should be praised not shuld be seen with hatred....

Regards

Saeed Khan
07-01-2010, 09:06 PM
What is a tropar?

Oh c'mmon you dont know tropar

Afride pakhto ke tro zawee ta wayee

And i think khyber khan was Afridi , and Afridi people use it in general as respect to other :blushes:

Saeed Khan
07-01-2010, 09:24 PM
I still don't get it.


za da Kandahar yama wrora, sta pa khabara his na poyezham. oh dilta wala der Afridan sta. Feroz Afridi, Afridi, der afridi members jhi pa Pashtunforums ki.

Ok, but i have explained it in Pashto. Anywayz i am new here n hope will fimiliar soon with other in this great forum.

Thanks for welcoming me :tongue:

Khushal Khan Khattak
07-02-2010, 11:10 AM
Oh c'mmon you dont know tropar

Afride pakhto ke tro zawee ta wayee

And i think khyber khan was Afridi , and Afridi people use it in general as respect to other :blushes:

Aao, Khyber Khan Apreeday wo! Ao Saeed Khana!! sta dera meyrabanee chi ta mata yao naway takey (word) ukho! i.e. Tropar.

Nice words. :)

Thanx.

Son of Mountains
07-02-2010, 12:35 PM
Once again you have ruined a thread with un necessary hate speech.

Did anyone ask you for your kind regards?? Is this thread about any of the things you blabber about?

You even derailed and derided an Afghan(Pushtun) hero in the process of your hate speech. Congratulations.
He has nothing else to utter from his mouth.
Actually he is an attension seeker....He is doing masters in ruining gooooood threads from da pirangiyan mulk.
What is Kind Regards....Its an effort to become sophisticated

muhsina
07-02-2010, 01:24 PM
Khyber Khan - The Conqueror of Skardu




Though it was not a big deal to be part of an imperiast expedition,however the more shameful fact for Pakhtuns is that SKARDU which was "conquered" by Khyber Khan is neither a part of KHYBER nor ruled by a KHAN.

How shamelessly our Pakhtun men are glorifying their slavery in the occupied Pakhtunkhwa under Pakistan instead of fighting against it. Beghairato.

Da halakano na onashwa
Khoga watana jenakay ba day gateena

khyaal
07-02-2010, 03:54 PM
Though it was not a big deal to be part of an imperiast expedition,however the more shameful fact for Pakhtuns is that SKARDU which was "conquered" by Khyber Khan is neither a part of KHYBER nor ruled by a KHAN.

How shamelessly our Pakhtun men are glorifying their slavery in the occupied Pakhtunkhwa under Pakistan instead of fighting against it. Beghairato.

Da halakano na onashwa
Khoga watana jenakay ba day gateena


Though Hawaldar Ali Haidar of Hangu Kohat was the greatest military award, Victoria Cross winner under the British, but this couldn't change the fact the he was a mere slave who was fighting for his masters.

We can understand how the poor and needy could be exploited, but the shameful thing is when a disgraced person eulogizes his services for his colonialist masters like Punjabis.



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Ali Haidar, VC (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Victoria_Cross) (21 August 1913[1] (http://www.pashtunforums.com/#cite_note-victoriacross.org.uk-0) - 15 July 1999[1] (http://www.pashtunforums.com/#cite_note-victoriacross.org.uk-0)) was an ethnic Pashtun (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Pashtun) recipient of the Victoria Cross (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Victoria_Cross), the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/United_Kingdom) and Commonwealth (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Commonwealth_of_Nations) forces.




He was 31 years old, and a Sepoy (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Sepoy) in the 6th battalion 13th Frontier Force Rifles (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/13th_Frontier_Force_Rifles), in the Indian Army during World War II (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Indian_Army_during_World_War_II) when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 9 April 1945 near Fusignano (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Fusignano), Italy (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Italy), at the start of the Allied spring 1945 offensive (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Spring_1945_offensive_in_Italy) Haidar's battalion was tasked with a difficult assault crossing of the Senio River. Only Sepoy Ali Haidar and the two other men of his section managed to get across under heavy machine-gun fire. Then, while the other two covered him, the sepoy attacked the nearest strong point and, in spite of being wounded, put it out of action. In attacking a second strong-point he was again severely wounded but managed to crawl closer, throw a grenade and charge the post; two of the enemy were wounded, the remaining two surrendered. The rest of the company were than able to cross the river and establish a bridgehead.[2] (http://www.pashtunforums.com/#cite_note-1)


He was born in Kohat (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Kohat) to Pashtun (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Pashtun) parents, in what is now N.W.F.P, Pakistan. He later achieved the rank of Havildar (http://www.pashtunforums.com/wiki/Havildar). His VC is now in the Lord Ashcroft VC Collection