"As we mark the 50th anniversary of 1965 war, I bow to all brave soldiers who fought for our motherland in the war," he tweeted.

"The courage & bravery of our Armed Forces is very inspiring. They triumphed over every obstacle & protected India's unity & integrity," Modi said in another tweet.

He also recalled the dynamic leadership of former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and said that in the 1965 war, he led from the front and was a key source of strength for the nation.

Marking the day, Congress president Sonia Gandhi paid homage to the martyrs of the 1965 Indo-Pak war on its 50th anniversary.

"Under the leadership of the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri and Defence Minister YB Chavan, the Indian forces displayed exemplary courage and wrote yet another chapter in the history of India," Gandhi said in a statement.

"The nation will forever remain indebted to the soliders who fought valiantly and upheld the tradition of country's armed forces," she added.

This day marks the victory of the Indian forces in the battle in the strategic Haji Pir Pass in Jammu and Kashmir. Nearly 3,000 soldiers, sailors and airmen were martyred in the war, which lasted 17 days.

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