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The war entered the third day. In many sectors in Bangladesh, Pakistani soldiers fought blindly not knowing where they were going as no instructions were reaching them from Dhaka Cantonment. There was no air support for them by the PAF. Getting reinforcement and rations for soldiers was getting extremely difficult as most connecting roads have been dug up with bridges blown off.
The war also raged on in the West Pakistan theatre. In the night of 5 December, the Indian Navy’s Western Naval Command under the Vice Admiral S.N. Kohli, successfully launched a surprise attack on Karachi port and sank some Navy ships. In retaliation, the Pakistan Navy submarines, Hangor, Mangro, and Shushuk, began their operations to seek out the major Indian warships. Pakistani naval sources reported that 720 Pakistani sailors were killed or wounded, and Pakistan lost reserve fuel and many commercial ships, thus crippling the Pakistan Navy’s further involvement in the conflict.
In a bloody battle on 5 December, Indian army defeated Pakistanis and took over Pakistani territory opposite Jammu. This battle came to be known as the Battle of Basantar.
Again in the sky of Dhaka appeared two shining Indian MIG jet fighters to strafe some enemy positions. Pakistanis had only a couple of Saber jets left to meet the challenge. But once again they proved to be too slow and outdated. The Indian MIGs flew back to their base facing no threat. In the 11 sectors, Mukti Bahinis began to gain lot of ground fighting alongside the Indian regular army. In most places they showed the way through the villages to the Indian army. The progress of the war used to be broadcast with details
Over the Swadhin Bangla Betar (Radio) to boost up the morale of the freedom fighters and the 7 crore people trapped inside Bangladesh.