Post India's humilation in 1962 war, Pakistan Military attempted to take Kashmir by Force: Former Indian General

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Post India's humilation in 1962 war, Pakistan Military attempted to take Kashmir by Force: Former Indian General

NEW DELHI - India's defeat in the 1962 China war followed by the delineation of the Kutch border "emboldened" Pakistan to try and take Kashmir by force and settle it by "military action", Lt Gen NS Brar (retd) has said.

In his latest book "Drummers Call", Brar writes that it was the 'Battle of Asal Uttar' that defined the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.

Fought in early September, the battle of Asal Uttar (meaning fitting reply) was one of the largest tank battles fought during the 1965 war.

"Post India's humilation in 1962 emboldened Pakistan to attempt to take Kashmir by force," Brar writes in his anthology published by 'The Browser'.

"The Pakistan Army, boosted by its qualitative and quantitative superiority in artillery and armour, and believing the post-1962 expanded Indian Army to be ill-trained and ill-equipped to stand against them, considered it a very opportune time to settle its political problems with India by military action," he notes.