“An Expedition to Amoni Top (Olding Sector) 1972″

By Maj (R) Munir Ahmed (2nd SSC)

Maj Munir Ahmed

Maj Munir

Editor’s Note: Maj Munir Ahmed was commissioned in18 FF Regt in July 1972. After the retirement, he has settled in Lahore.

In November, 1972 while my unit (18 FF) was still deployed at Wahga Sector, Lahore, it was allotted a vacancy for attachment with the Northern Area. I volunteered and I reached Rawalpindi after three days. I stayed there at rear HQ of Karakorum Scouts for a week as due to inclement weather conditions at Skardu, the Fokker flights got cancelled. Finally, I got the flight for Skardu and experienced air travel for the first time in my life (Thanks to Pak Army for provision of this opportunity).

From Skardu airport, I was taken to HQ Karakoram Scouts where after enjoying the traditional hospitality of Scouts, I was sent to Olding Wing. I had to travel in a jeep on a very narrow and dangerous road for about six hours. This journey was quite hectic and obviously, I was not at all tuned to this type of hardship. My Wing Comd at Olding was Major Mahboob (A Gunner officer). He was extraordinary nice man. He allowed me to stay in a very comfortable Mess for three days and then I proceeded to my actual assignment.

 2/Lt Munir Ahmed at a Top in Olding Sector in Northern Area, 1972I had to visit all the posts of the Wing with stay of five to six days at each post. Olding Sector was divided into two sub sectors with River Shingo bisecting them. In addition to the Wing of Karakoram Scouts, an Army unit (57 Punjab) had moved to this area, being the first Army unit in Northern Area. It was not deployed and was still in the process of acclimatization. I started off with my visits. Climbing for hours together in completely snow bound area was quite a rigorous experience to start with, but later, I started enjoying it thoroughly. For the first time in my life, it revealed to me, how difficult is to defend your motherland in such difficult areas. At the same time, you are overwhelmed with the feelings that you are undergoing this hardship for the comfort, safety and security of your people. This gives you a strange satisfaction which cannot be described in words. Within two to three weeks, I got myself completely acclimatized with the environment and started enjoying my stay with Scouts. Soon I was known all over the posts. The winter season was at its peak and the snowfall at its optimum.

I was on a post known as Ali Post, when I received a telephone call from my Wing Comd asking me to report to Wing HQ after two days, keeping in view the time and distance margin. When I reached Olding, I found that three of our men deployed at Amoni Top (The highest occupied peak in our Sector at that time) had died due to suffocation and lack of oxygen a few days back. Our Wing had completely lost the communication with the Post. The Post Comd, a JCO, managed to send down a team of three persons to report about the deaths, two out of them suffered from frostbite and were immediately evacuated to Skardu for necessary treatment. The major fear for the Wing Comd and the Bde Comd was that due to this happening, troops located at the top may abandon the Post which could have been a tactical loss to our side.

GHQ, through proper channel, was requested for necessary assistance. Two helicopters were sent to evacuate the dead bodies from the Post. Due to more height, these could neither land (due to no landing space) nor could hover. They went back without accomplishing the assigned task. Worries got multiplied. CO 57 Punjab (Lt Col Azad), Bde Comd, Brig Imtiaz (later Maj Gen and MS to Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto), 2IC Karakoram Scouts, Maj Jamal (elder brother of film actor Kamal) got together at Olding and started evolving the strategy to come out of this turmoil. I was asked if I could volunteer to take an expedition to the Top for morale boosting of the troops there and to bring back the dead bodies lying there in the same room where rest of the troops were living since so many days. Without any second thought, I volunteered for it. My quick response for the seniors was a complete surprise. My passion was hailed by all of them. Actually my name was proposed by my Wing Comd who was somehow sure that I was the right man for this task.

2/Lt Munir Ahmed with officers of Karakoram Scouts in Olding Sector in Northern Area, 1972

Amoni Top, being the highest occupied peak, had lot of strategic significance for us and from this peak, we could overlook Kargil Airport on Indian side and thus their all types of troops activities were being monitored by us.

I selected the best team consisting of one JCO and fifteen soldiers and next morning left the Wing HQ before first light under the umbrella of prayers of whole 57 Punjab, troops of Karakoram Scouts, Brig Imtiaz, Col Azad, Maj Jamal and Maj Mahboob. My first destination was an Adm Point by the name of Chashma. It was about ten hours uphill climb. After a very rigorous climb in snow we managed to reach Chashma just before the sunset. We stayed there for two days, took lot of rest to recharge ourselves for the final phase.

After two days, we bowed our heads before our Creator and left for the Top which was not visible due to long distance. The morale was sky high. The journey was not only long but was quite dangerous as well. My witty nature paid me a lot during this adventure and the troops would enjoy my jokes and my Balti language which I had learnt during my stay. After mid-day, we could see the mighty peak. During this marathon journey, we came across quite dangerous spots where some of my companions advised to go back but being in a minority, their advice was not conceded. We also came across a huge avalanche but we were lucky enough as we had already crossed that area in four small groups. By 4 PM, we could see the troops standing at the Top and waving us to acknowledge that we have been seen by them. It was unbelievable for them that in that hostile weather anybody could dare to come to the Top. They were waving flags and dancing with joy. We were still 50 minutes climb away when the Post Commander sent a team with hot cup of tea in flasks. This tea recharged us immensely. Finding the destination right in front, our morale got to its apex.

Just before last light, we managed to reach the peak. We got out of communication with our HQ after leaving Chashma Adm Point. So the senior lot sitting at Olding was not aware of our whereabouts after we left Chashma. We stayed at the peak for three days, said good bye to the troops who were full of jubilation with our presence with them. After two days journey, we brought the dead bodies back, by dragging them on stretchers with long ropes tied with their ends.

The entire tiredness vanished when on reaching Olding, a grand reception was waiting for us. All troops of 57 Punjab, Karakorum Scouts on both sides of the foot track welcomed us. Our achievement was highly hailed by Brig Imtiaz who ordered for initiation of my citation for some award. I did not get the award since I was just on attachment, plus never informed my unit (18 FF) about this event even on my return from attachment after five months. It was after three years that while we were in Azad Kashmir, an officer from Karakoram Scouts visited the unit and informed my CO about this. Then I came to know that the name of Amoni Top was changed after I left and was known as MUNIR TOP. My CO got annoyed for not informing the unit about all this. In fact this all was done for a good cause with great passion. When my CO called me from my Coy and asked me to confirm the happening, I had almost forgotten this.

Any reward for this was never in my mind but Allah compensated me in 1989 when I was blessed and honored with SITARA-I- BASALAT for my exemplary performance in anti-dacoit Operations in Sindh. I have the honour of killing the most notorious dacoit Ghulam Chandio, the government of Sindh had offered rupees one million for his head money. PAK ARMY- ZINDABAD.

Major Munir Ahmed receiving SBt from COAS, General Mirza Aslam Beg

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  1. Zahida Jamil says:

    My dearest brother Munir,
    I always pray for your long life with the best of health and Emaan. Wish you all the best in both worlds.
    Your eldest sister,

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Zahida Aapa,
      Such nice compliment from you is my life time achievement. May Allah bless you with perfect health (Aameen).

  2. Muneeb Hassan says:

    Dear Munir Mamoo,
    It is very motivating to read about this adventure that depicts the love and care shared by all Pakistan Army officers and soldiers for Pakistan and it’s people. Thanks for sharing such and important event as many people do not know how the Pakistani soldiers endanger their lives on a daily basis for their country and fellow Pakistanis.
    Being the son of a soldier as well, I am feeling very proud to be associated with you. Thank you for putting your life in danger for our security and well being. May Allah reward you with the best in both worlds. Amen!!
    Muneeb Hassan s/o
    Brig (R) Jamil Hassan

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Muneeb,
      Thank you so much for your supportive comments. My warmest regards to your family.

  3. Dr. Sajjad H. Sheikh says:

    Dear Munir Mamoo,
    I have gone through the article. It was very interesting and inspiring too. Sincerity with one’s job is the most important thing. Taking a lead role in precarious situations requires courage and commitment. Undertaking an expedition where chances of returning alive are remote needs a big heart.
    It would be interesting if you also share your anti-dacoit encounter with Chandio. We are waiting for it.

  4. Major (R) Jamil (55 PMA) says:

    Great job Major Munir sir. I have served in Northern Areas from 1979 to 81 as OC Ord Platoon located at Gamba, Skardu. I being a young Lieut have been all around forward areas.
    I had also climbed the Aziz Post on Sept 7, 1980, it was really the toughest climb I had ever attempted, but Almighty Allah has been kind.
    I can fully understand what you might have gone through, its the test of your physical fitness, mental alertness, strong nerves, character, faith in your mission and will power.
    May Allah bless you.

  5. Shabbir Ahmed says:

    I can just say that I am highly proud of my brother. He has never disclosed all this to me until I read it today. God bless him and his family. Aameen.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Shabbir Bhai,
      Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for such a nice compliment. Stay blessed. My warmest regards to your family.

  6. Lt Col (R) Qadeer A Chaudhry, 24 /29 Punjab says:

    An excellent narration of an adventurous expedition to retrieve the bodies of shaheed brothers. Well done Munir. May Allah bless you. Regards

    • Major Munir Ahmed ( 2nd SSC ) says:

      Dear Col Qadeer,
      Such nice comments from an old colleague is an honour to me. Thank you so much for your buck up.

  7. Lt Col (R) Muhammad Shahbaz Thuthaal says:

    Dear Munir and all officers,
    I commanded 2 NLI from April 1978 to Dec 1980.

    History/Background: The scouts were reorganized into Northern Light Infantry in 1975, Gilgit Scouts 1 NLI & 2 NLI; Northern Scouts 3,4 and 5 NLI and Karakoram Scouts into 6, 7 and 8 NLI. I took 2 NLI to relieve 6 NLI, which the Karakoram Scouts wing at Olding being referred in the Narrative. 6 NLI troops had been in the area ever since 1947/48 after the liberation of Northern Area in one form or the other. When we took over the Area, the posts were almost the same as in 1972, after the 1971 war. The AMONI Top was the highest point of the same ridge, part of which was lost in 1971 War. An off shoot of this Ridge (ATIQUE RIDGE) had very tactical importance as it over looked the Kargil Cantt and was almost 200 to 300 meters short of the road from Srinagar to Kargil and Leh. Gen Attique as GOC 12 Div had come to visit this area after the 1965 War after he took over from Gen Malik. The Indians captured the off shoot of this ridge in both the Wars 1965 and 1971. in 1965 War they returned after cease fire but in 1971 War they retained it at the cost of Chamb sector. UNFORTUNATLY our planners in 1971/72 did not recognize its importance and like they gave away Siachin by making a vague statement, “point 4779 due North” without realizing that due NORTH meant leaving the Siachin Glacier to the No Man’s Land instead making it clear to due north east to Karakoram Pass.

    Major Munir has therefore correctly brought out that this area remained snowbound throughout the year. It must have been a very difficult going to AMONI TOP in the winters. Right from our Coy HQ known as K-2 HQ over 14,000 feet remained under 5 to 6 feet of snow rising to thick snow to the TOP going through the Pass near ISMAIL Post to AZIZ Post near the AMONI TOP. AMONI TOP was shifted to AZIZ Post on the same ridge est by Major AZIZ of 57 Punjab after. This was then the highest post in 1978/79 when we took over this Post was also over 17,000 feet. Two more posts, Farook and Najoom were established on the east of the Ridge overlooking the KIRIKITCHU NULLAH. This was the route we adopted to establish our link with SHAQMA post of Gultari unit Ex Astore Bde. Inter Bde link Patrolling was possible during Apr to Sep every year. Patrolling after Sep/ Oct up to Apr was considered too risky as the SHAQMA Sector got much more snow as compared to our side of the Ridge.

    We established a new post in 1979 at the Pass which had a BIG GAP between AZIZ Post. It took almost two Summers to prepare the Bunkers and perhaps another two to three to make them fully operational. I myself visited this area number of times in order to site the new Bunkers at the Pass. At the AZIZ POST (around 17,100 ft), if my memory serves me right, on a clear day one could clearly see KARGIL CANTT. In May 1979, when I first visited the pass (approx 16,500 ft) there was snow all around. AZIZ Post was fully covered with melting snow. There was an abandoned Sangar at the AMONI Top in 1979, our unit MO got himself photographed in front of it on his return from the link patrolling to SHAQMA and back.

    IN VIEW OF THE ABOVE ONE CAN WELL IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE SITUATION IN 1972, what our friend Munir would have encountered an almost an impossible task. No wonder Bde Comd and CO 57 Punjab were waiting to receive him.

    THE SITUATION HAS NOW CHANGED AFTER THE KARGIL OPERATIONS OF 1999. New posts have been created and enforced by more troops. May be officers who commanded units after 1999 can put us wise about the latest situation.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Shahbaz,
      I am grateful to you for digging out the history of the area where I have the honour of carrying out this operation. Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for this update & appreciation.

  8. Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa (6 OTS Course) says:

    Dear Munir
    It is after a few weeks of partial recovery from a minor surgery that I made a serious effort to sit at my laptop and what a coincidence that I got to read your amazing article, so very well written and abounding in soldierly pride in doing one’s duty with honour and regardless of personal safety. Few words can adequately express appreciation of your and so many other soldiers of PAK ARMY who have performed and continue to set examples of true soldierly spirit of sacrifice.
    It is indeed a matter of abiding pleasure to read such narrations from my old colleagues. Well done, Munir.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Zafar Mustafa,
      Sir, lot many thanks for your appreciation. If anything good has been done, it is due to training, guidance & grooming of all our instructors & Sir, you stand on top of the list. Well done from an old veteran of your stature is more than any reward to me. May Allah bless you with perfect health & you enjoy your life to its optimum surrounded by your grandchildren (Aameen).
      Once again thank you sir for your very inspiring & supportive comments.

  9. Maj (R) Sajjad Khan (39 PMA) says:

    Dear Munir,
    It was wonderful reading about your great feat at such a young age. And your narrative is so well written and is very absorbing too. Stay Blessed.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Major Sajjad Khan,
      Sir, Thank you so much for your appreciation. You will be pleased to know, I am younger brother of Shabbir (Your course Mate).

  10. Lt Col Muhammad Naseem Akhtar (Retd) says:

    Salute to you Sir,
    Indeed a very daring / heroic action by you and your team. I am sure your article will serve as a great ‘Motivator” to officers looking for an opportunity to guard their motherland like a True Hero.
    May Allah Pak bless you with health, wealth, prosperity & long happy life. Pak Army Zindabad, Pakistan Paindabad.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Naseem Akhtar,
      I feel honoured for your very generous comments. May Allah be pleased with you (Aameen).

  11. Maj Munir,
    Indeed heroic. Besides the self esteem to take a leadership role in difficult situations, your expedition set an even bigger example for others. This, I guess, is motivation at its best. Such examples continue to stimulate the spirit of Shahadat down the generations of Pakistan Army Officers. I know of some wounded young officers leaving their beds and voluntarily joining their units in Operation in North Waziristan.
    Munir, you set a tradition which will continue to guide young officers, long after you left Chashma and Olding. BRAVO COMRADE.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Brig Zafar Chaudry,
      I am at loss of words to express my gratitude for your very supportive comments. May Allah be pleased with you (Aameen).

  12. Maj (R) Khalid Saeed Shah says:

    Dear Munir,
    Excellent narration of a very courageous operation. We are proud of you and it is indeed an honor to be associated with you. Stay blessed, we are waiting form your narration of events during your stay in interior SIND as well. I add on comments given by Editor (Col. Cheema) ONLY TOBIAN CAN DO IT.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Khalid Saeed,
      As ever, thank you so much for your supportive comments. You have always been very generous in giving your very inspiring comments & I am really grateful to you for your generosity.

  13. Maj (R) Badar Islam Butt says:

    What an article and the way it has been presented, it made me touchy. Though rewards here in the world are necessary to jot down the history and set the example for later custodians of Pakistan but the real award is waiting for you up there in Heaven. I have prayed to Allah subhan wa Talla to reserve one spot for you in Defence sector of Junnah, that too of corner and in commercial sector. Salute to those precious hands, you were raised in. Regards

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Major Badar Islam,
      I am really obliged for your beautiful wishes & prayers for me. Your wishes indicate that you are in property business. Anyway, I am left with no other option but to say a big Aameen to it. Once again thank you so much for bringing your heart out. There can be no better wish than you have suggested.

  14. Maj (R) Shahid Hameed says:

    It is a very nicely narrated event. In those days I was IO 57 Punjab Regt and distinctly remember this episode specially when everybody welcomed 2/Lt Munir back from Amoni Top which stands 17345 ft ASL and was a real tough climb, the final hop specially which stayed snowy year round, was actually captured by our D Coy, commanded by Maj Jeeja who had come to us from Sherdil’s (5 Punjab). The other officerr from Sherdil’s with us was Akhter Ayub who commanded C Coy deployed at Siari in Peuon Sector.

    A similar tragedy occurred months later when an avalanche submerged a bunker of 90 Mor Bty with 5 people lost ahead of Gangani. Bodies were recovered after some weeks as the whole reverse slope where this troop was deployed was under huge mass of snow and we would not know where to start the digging. Maj (Later Brig) Rashid Ali Malik (ex 19 Punjab), our A Coy Cmd, was the In Charge and I remember hundreds of scouts, our troops and 90 Mor Bty personnel would start the digging daily in the morning and then one day luckily standing across the nullah about 300 yards away Maj Rashid Malik pointed the spot where the bunker should have been and the guessing how much it would have been dragged by the huge snow. The troops started the digging from downhill to find the remnants in next three days.

    The sight brought every one to tears when those bodies were tied on stretchers and dragged over snow to Olthingthong (Olding’s actual name). Maj Bahder Nawaz BC 90 Mor Bty, Lt Col Azad (my CO) and Brig Imtiaz (Comd 62 Bde) all from 5th PMA, were clinging to each other and crying aloud. The Shaheed Post Comd was approved to become a N/Sub and before the eventful night he had sent the local porter to fetch a chicken to celebrate the promotion. The porter survived.

    The pulley that Col Tariq Masood has referred in his comment was Marole Top Garrari termed as ‘Flying Fox’. What a sight was it to pull across Col Awan, CO 123 Fd Amb, with his eyes closed for fear of roaring Indus beneath and we would enjoy his yelling at the top of his voice “Khuda kay wastay jaldi kheencho, mein idher he merr jaown ga”.

    I also remember that one successful and one failed relief over Kusting Top (17650 ft ASL), a newly found disused lateral link between Danser and Peoun. For the failed attempt, the Comd 62 Bde had used the words “your Coy chickened”. I was sent to lead that Coy from Siari to Bn HQ but too much snow for continuous three days and the final approach of about 300 yards was a climb on a cliff with the help of a rope left there permanently for the purpose by the descending troops which was comparatively easier, took all the light hours and a non-avoidable jump across two cliffs with a gorge in between right at the top in pitch dark forced me to send the Coy back to avoid a possible loss of life after me, the CHM Mian and the civilian barber Ishaq had crossed. I then drove next day to Peoun in order to bring the Coy by road, a minimum 10 days march.

    Till today that failing haunts me but I feel it was wise else any exhausted individual with full load and weapon in that pitch dark night may not have found the farther cliff and………Anyway it is all down the memory lane and Munir’s beautiful narration has lit the memory. I love you Rashid Cheema (Editor) for creating this forum.

    • Maj Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Major Shahid Hameed,
      It is heartening to read your comments. Oh God, You have reminded me the most tough but beautiful days of my life. I was very much there when the avalanche completely wiped out a Post of 90 Mor Bty. If my memory is serving me right, Hav Yousuf was the commander of the Post while Capt Mushtaq was the BK (Bty Capt). Just three days prior to this incident, I had visited this location. I spent the whole day with the troops of Pak Army & fully enjoyed their traditional hospitality. The incident took place at night & being very close to that place, we could hear the roar of that mighty avalanche.

      At first light, we came to know that the avalanche had completely wiped out the Bty position. I along with a contingent of KK scouts was the first to arrive at the scene of accident. I stayed there for three days & nights and despite our very hectic digging of the snow, failed to find out any sign of bunkers, guns & troops. It is then; the task was assigned to 57 Punjab (Undoubtedly a Tiger Bn).

      Thank you so much for reminding the good old days. Shahid dear, do not throw your beautiful memories down the lane. Share it with all of us. At this stage of our lives, these are our treasure. Do write about the operation, you under took. We would love to read that. Once again thanks for taking me the era when I was a young subaltern, full of energy & vigor. Stay blessed.

      • Maj (R) Shahid Hameeed says:

        Yes, the initial search of bodies was a reflex kind of action, so disorganized that everybody was digging in snow everywhere desperately with no output. It was then that the Bde Comd came into play and the search started in an organized manner which ultimately bore result. Capt Mushtaq was the Troop Comd of the ill fated Troop of 90 Mor Bty while Maj Bahader Nawaz Khan was the BC.
        Tahir Qureshi should be able to give a narration of those two Indian Choppers which had mistakenly landed at a marked helipad where everyone was waiting for the Comd FCNA on Eid Day and at another occasion the fate of the Indian Chopper at the hands of none else but the MO present at the helipad for “Tibbi Dhakna” (Medical cover) then the second one which came to recover the first and was tackled by our Gorillas (SSG).

  15. Maj (R) Mushtaq Ur Rehman says:

    Dear Munir,
    A daring operation, I appreciate it. Well done keep writing.

  16. Maj (R) Shabbir Ahmed, USA says:

    Great ,Munir Mian ZINDA BAD!!!

  17. Salim Gul says:

    Great story. Well told.

  18. Maj Gen (Retd) Parvez Akmal (42nd PMA) says:

    Dear Maj Munnir,
    A daring operation, well described. My prayers and best wishes for you and your great unit.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Sir,
      Your compliment is a great honour for me. please accept my thanks.

  19. Brig (R) Khawaja Alam Zeb says:

    Well done Maj Munir.

  20. Brig (R) Yasub Dogar says:

    Beautiful narration as an ex Commander of Siachin Sector I can quite realize what you went through at that time. Kindly put it on Veteran’s Own also.

  21. Maj (R) Syed Ale Haider Zaidi (10th Graduate Course) says:

    Dear Maj Munir,

    I really enjoyed the article. So nice and precise write up. I felt as if I am with you in the entire story although I had never served in that area on ground but only to fly over some of the Baltoro Sector on Puma helicopter intermittently between 1990-1994.

    My best regards to you for the heroic action and would like to read some more as requested by brother officers.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Major Zaidi,
      Lot many thanks for your appreciation. I feel honoured with your very gracious comments. Stay blessed.

  22. Lt Gen (R) Tahir Mahmud Qazi, Air Defence says:

    Dear Major Munir,
    A very captivating article and thanks for taking me back in time. It was April 1972 that I, a Lt then, was posted to 90 Mor Bty, which was moving to Northern Areas along with 57 Punjab and two companies of SSG under then Major TM. The Mor Bty(-) moved to Skurdu and one troop to Minimarg. I joined the one in Minimarg. I remember a lot of officers used to come on attachment and stay there for about five months. Pak Army at that time knew little of the Snow Warfare. Now they are well equipped and trained.
    You should be a very satisfied person as the biggest reward is the Post, which has been named after your name. Not a small thing. It’s a great honour. May Allah bless you with happiness, health and high spirits as ever. Regards

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Sir,
      Your comments are very inspiring. Please accept my heart felt gratitude for this nice gesture.

  23. Lt Col Amir Afzal Khan (Retd), 40 PMA says:

    Maj Munir,
    Well done, we are proud of you. I also salute your parents who have such a brave and a courageous son.

    • Major Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Amir Afzal Khan,
      I do not find appropriate words & phrases to thank you. May Allah be pleased with you (Aameen).

  24. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd) says:

    Dear Munir,
    A very motivational and patriotic write up. Your action required gallantry award, but I know those who do such like feats do not care for awards. They do out of sincerity and love for their beloved country. This article should be read by young lot also so that they are motivated and patriotism is aroused in them. I am deeply impressed by your writing skill and narration of event.
    Please also write about the anti decoit operation in which you took part. Waiting for your next write up. Regards.

    • Major (R) Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Masood,
      I am so grateful for your very encouraging comments. I will certainly write about anti dacoit operation. Your long absence from the Writers’ Forum is being felt badly. Since long your pen has not moved. Eagerly waiting for your next write up.

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

    Good article. Keep contributing. May Allah also reward you, Aameen!!

  26. Brig (R) Khalid Hassan says:

    Nice account and pictures. :)

  27. Dear Munir,
    What a time to get back to each other. Thanks to Lt Col Rashid Cheema (Editor of this website). May Allh give him more motivation and strength to continue his efforts. I am Lt Tariq Masood from 43 Punjab who was on Pulkanjri Post and later on Tariq Post on the Wagah Border. I remember you. What a coincidence, I was in Danser Sector and climbed Shangrooti Top, the first officer ever to go on those tops. Established a new Tariq Post towards the Olding Sector, the right most post. If you remember there was a wooden pully which we used to cross over River Indus to go to Danser Sector.

    I knew all officers of then 57 Punjab. Col Azad has settled in Rawalpindi. Later I commanded 57 Punjab in Kharian for more than 2 years and named that unit as CHEETA BATTALION with its history being the first ever unit which was placed in Skardu Sector. I am proud of commanding that unit. Please pay my regards to all 18 FF officers you are in contact with.

    I also commanded 25 Punjab Regt for more than 2 years and took the same unit to Siachen in Siala and Gayari Sectors and Alahamdolillah came back after extended tenure as punishment in Siachen with NO CASUALITY. I am very thankful to Allah Almighty and cherish my commands even today.

    More Later.

    • Major (R) Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Col Tariq,
      It is really heartening to receive your comments. I vividly remember you when you were part of 43 Punjab. Your comments have taken me 42 years back. What a wonderful time it was. Please write about your Shangrooti expedition. we will eagerly wait for it. Your regards to all 18 FF officers, I am in contact with, will be conveyed. Hats off to your memory. May Allah bless you with all His blessings one can desire.
      Once again thank you so much for your very generous comments.

    • Brig (R) Majid Azim (3rd SSC) says:

      Dear Col Tariq,
      Nice to see your comment. Regards to family. I know the area well since commanded I NLI in that area in 1991/92. Still remember good old place Olding, Munir Top and Danser area.

  28. Lt (R) Azam Gill, France says:

    My dear Munir,
    Sincerity oozes out of your thrilling personal narrative. During this holy month of Ramzan, think of me when you have hot samosas and kachoris at aftari – I miss Ramzan for all the wrong reasons!

    • Major (R) Munir Ahmed says:

      My Dear Gill,
      It has always been an honour to receive literary comments from a very genius friend. I am really obliged for this. We too are missing you at the time of our iftari. We must meet when you visit Pakistan.

  29. Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema says:

    Dear Munir,
    A very daring action, only a 2/Lt can do that. :)
    By the way, did your unit get the head money Rs. 1 million for killing Ghulam Chandio, the notorious dacoit?

    • Major (R) Munir Ahmed says:

      Dear Rashid Cheema,
      Thank you so much for placing my article on the website. We did get the Head Money. Initially the whole amount was credited to our unit fund. Later, a substantial amount was sent to the families of our Shaheeds of 1971 War.
      You are doing a great job of maintaining this website for the retired officers. May Allah be pleased with you (Aameen).

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