During the war in the second week of September, Indian Army while expanding the circle of war crossed from Barmer sector of Rajasthan and occupied Gadra post inside Pakistan. India was mistaken that by increasing the dimensions of war, Pakistan Army's attention will be diverted to different sectors and its defence will become weak.
In response to the capture of Gadra Post, Pakistan Army executed a counterattack plan and recaptured the post with the support of Rangers and Hurs. Munabao railway station was also captured and while advancing, the imposing Kishangarh Fort bowed down in front of Pak troops, Rangers and Hurs as Pakistan advanced 1000 miles into Indian territory. In addition, Pakistan Army made two hundred POWs including three officers and seven junior commissioned officers, fifteen posts were also captured. Apart from this, Indian Army used three tanks from Third Independent Squadron of Allahabad which were all were captured in loaded condition.
Pak Army's 18th Punjab Regiment emerged victorious for inflicting serious casualties. Indian Army suffered heavily and was not willing to fight further. Its officers were requesting to halt fire and wait for two more days as the ceasefire was to take effect on 22 September. Maj. Rafiq was awarded Sitara-e-Jurat for his indomitable bravery in this battle theater.