Weather: Dry season, clear
Air points: India 0, Pakistan 2
Air Superiority: Contested
D+28. With the capture of Pattoki, India regains the initiative by a hair's breadth. However, what little remains of India's air force is grounded once again for repairs. Pakistan fares only slightly better, with a handful of serviceable aircraft able to take to the sky.
East of Multan, the armored and mechanized units of I, X, and XXI Corps attack the 12/XII Armored Brigade and 26/XXXI Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Khanewal. Poor coordination among the attacking units and disruptive attacks by the Pakistani air force cause the attack to flounder.
A combined assault by XII and XXI Corps on the 33/XII Infantry Division defending Sahiwal fares worse. Several units are out of supply, and the attack results in casualties for the 36/XXI Mechanized Infantry Brigade and 11/XII Infantry Division.
The only good news for India's leadership is that elements of XII Corps captured the towns of Samundri and Gojra. Meanwhile, the 50th Paratrooper Brigade makes an airmobile assault on the city of Jhang.
East of Lahore, the newly arrived armored elements of II Corps help pound the defenders in the southeastern suburbs. The 40/II Infantry Division is destroyed in the attack, and with only the reduced 11/IV Infantry Division remaining, the suburbs are ripe for the plucking. A follow-up attack destroys the 11/I Armored Brigade, which had been rushed into the city to assist in the defense.
China deploys its forces to stem the Indian tide in the south. The 43rd Airborne Division moves by helicopter from Poonch to Faisalabad, and the 44th Airborne Division (minus the 132nd Airborne Brigade) moves by air transport from its China to Sargodha.
The 6/X Armored Brigade and 31/XXI Armored Division move unopposed into the city of Multan, and an attack by the 4/I Mechanized Infantry Brigade, 24/X Mechanized Infantry Brigade, and 33/I Armored Division on Khanewal destroys the 12/XII Armored Brigade and reduces the 26/XXXI Mechanized Infantry Division.
With no hope of receiving supplies, XII Corps abandons the attack on Sahiwal and moves to capture Nankana Sahib.
X and XI Corps surround the 98th and 106th Airborne Divisions at Sunderbani, but using the hilly terrain to their advantage, the paratroopers make a heroic stand.
Indian forces capture Nankana Sahib and Jhang but face stiff resistance from militia in Multan and Toba Tek Singh. The 12/XII Infantry Division suffers horrific casualties in the attempt to clear Toba Tek Singh.
Islamabad is stunned by the loss of nearly the entirety of southern Punjab. Some in the government wish to capitulate to India to prevent further loss of territory, but the military successfully presses for a continuation of the campaign.