“A Fun in Having the Same Name”

By (R) Brig Tariq Saeed (2nd SSC)

Brig Tariq Saeed (SS-2)

Tariq Saeed

Editor’s Note: Brig (R) Tariq Saeed is from Arty. After the retirement, he served as principal of Garrison Cadet College Kohat for 11 long years. He has now settled in Rawalpindi.

In 1980, I was in 32 Medium Regt Arty and we were three Capts in the unit having the same name as Tariq. Once we were attending a Study Period, being conducted by a Brig from some Armour Brigade. During the course of conduct, he started asking questions. There came a question for Capt Tariq. We all started discussing, who to get up and answer the question. In the mean time Brig repeated the name 2-3 times.

The other two Tariqs told me, “We are not getting up. You have to get up and answer the question”.

Having no other option left, I got up and the moment I was up, the Brig got furious and said, “Tariq, why did you take so long to stand?”

I said, “Sir, there are other Capt Tariqs also in the hall.”

He said, “But I specifically called Capt Tariq from 32 Medium.”

I innocently replied,” Sir, we are three Capt Tariqs in 32 Medium as well.”

With this there was a big laughter in the hall and with that fury of Brig was also gone. He smiled and said, “OK, you become escape goat for all Tariqs and answer the question.”

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  1. Amama says:

    A nice one ……keep posting such nice anecdotes.

  2. Logically all the three should have spontaneously got up and jointly tried to answer the Brig. That would have been more amusing.
    Nice one.

  3. Maj Shahid Khan says:

    Indeed a funny situation and all must have enjoyed it a lot. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Lt Col (R) Saeed A Azad (39 PMA) says:

    Rejoicing, entertaining nostalgia, this link is a commendable introduction by Lt Col Cheema and team. It always takes me back to PMA and beautiful Army life. I love Pakistan and Pak Army.

  5. Brig (r) Ashraf Mahmood, 37 PMA says:

    Dear Principal,
    I am from Kohat, can well imagine how hard it must have been to secure our kids from the scourge of terrorists at the premises during long 11 years. There must have been number of nerve wrecking security related occasions, we must read a few, if you will !!!

  6. Brig Ahmed Salim (R), 34 PMA says:

    If I were one of the three, I would have looked into the eyes of the junior most and asked him to volunteer .
    Good one.

  7. Good one, You only enjoy when you put yourself in the same environments.

  8. Funny. Thanks…keep posting such nice anecdotes.

  9. Major (R) Anwar Faridi says:

    Thank you for sharing, beautiful days.

  10. Lt Col (R) Muhammad Arshad Meer says:

    Good one. Keep contributing.
    Stay blessed.

  11. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd), Air Def says:

    Dear Tariq,
    Really a nice anecdote. One can enjoy more if you close your eyes and just think that you are also part of that presentation and the Brig is calling Tariq again and again but no one is getting up. Pretty funny situation. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Lt Col (R) Qadeer Ahmad Ch, Punjab says:

    Dear Tariq,
    Nice to see your pic and read your ‘aap beeti’ in Humour in Uniform segment. Well done, keep it up. Where have you settled? Can you contact me on 0333-5146888 or send me your mobile No. for contact?
    Thanks and regards.

  13. Brig (R) Tariq Saeed says:

    AOA Cheema,
    Thank you very much. It is all because of your efforts to keep all Course mates and other Army officers well knitted. I was principal of Garrison Cadet College Kohat for 11 years. I am grateful to all for their encouraging comments.

  14. Brig (R) Riaz Toor, Arty says:

    Good to see your photo, it’s quite nice and self assuring.
    The response from so many friends will encourage you to keep making the contributions.
    Regards and best wishes.

  15. Maj (R) Rehmat Elahi says:

    Nice to see the same smiling face of old unit mate after a long long time. God bless you with happiness & prosperity in your life. I just recalled that we were also having two Capt Tariqs during our stay in 46 Fd Regt at Sialkot; Tariq Masood & your worthy personality.

  16. Maj (R) Rauf Shad, Arty says:

    Long live Tariq Saeed. Keep smiling. Keep making others smile. Stay blessed. Why have you ended the innings? My friend Cheema is exaggerating just for nothing. What are 11 years between friends?

  17. Rana M. Sadiq says:

    I really enjoyed it. Never knew you still enjoy the same old sense of humour. Boss, we shall like to read more.

  18. Azam Gill, France says:

    Thank you for a nice read Tariq. As Cheema says, would be nice to have more, especially in view of your academic experience.

  19. Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema (Editor) says:

    Dear Tariq,
    We never knew about your writing talents. Now that you are free after playing a long innings as Principal of Garrison Cadet College Kohat, we will expect more anecdotes from you.

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