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Brig Zaka Ullah Bhangoo | Pakistan Army Aviation

By Lt Col (R) Adil Akhtar
Photo of Brig Bhangoo, Pakistan Army AviationEditor’ Note: Lt Col Adil Akhtar is from Air Def. After  retirement, he settled in Rawalpindi.
This article is about Brig Zaka Ullah Bhangoo (ex 38 PMA Long Course, a legendary Aviator, who died in an air crash in Turkey on 13 May 2007. Lt Col Adil was a POW in India with then Capt Bhangoo and this article is about the selfless conduct of Bhangoo in the POW Camp.
Brig Zaka Ullah Bhangoo was commissioned in 23 FF Regt. He was a gem of a person who left a vacuum in every life he has touched. May Allah give him eternal peace, and keep his blessed memory alive, Aameen.

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National Anthem of Pakistan

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National Anthem of Pakistan | Qaumi Taranah |  (قومی ترانہ)

National Anthem of Pakistan

By Rashid Zia Cheema

Brief History

A. R. Ghani was a Muslim from Transvaal (South Africa). In early 1948, he offered two prizes of Rs. 5,000 each for the poet and composer of a national anthem for the newly independent state of Pakistan. He published an advertisement in the newspapers for prizes in June 1948. So, the Government established National Anthem Committee in December 1948. It selected Ahmed G. Chagla’s tune (80-second duration) and the Government of Pakistan adopted it on 21 August 1949.

First Performance of National Anthem of Pakistan

Pakistan Navy band performed the national anthem, without lyrics, for the first time on the state visit of the Shah of Iran to Pakistan in Karachi on 1 March 1950. Later, a band of the United States played it for Prime Minister Liaquat Ali Khan during his official visit to USA on 3 May 1950.

Final Approval

In 1952, the lyrics written by Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari, were selected from among 723 entries. Radio Pakistan broadcasted the new anthem for the first time, sung by Hafeez Jalandhari himself, on 13 August 1954. The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting officially approved it on 16 August 1954. However, the composer, Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla, had already died in 1953, before it was officially adopted.

The lyrics are written in Urdu, but use a heavy Persian poetic vocabulary. The word کا (kā) in the second stanza is the only word which is exclusively Urdu and not borrowed from Persian.

National anthem of Pakistan - Ahmed Ghulamali Chagla

Lyrics in Persian and Urdu

Urdu and Persian Lyrics of National anthem of Pakistan

National Anthem of Pakistan in the Hand Writing of Hafeez Jalandhari. On 25 May 1968, Abu Al-Asar Hafeez Jalandhari, the writer of Pakistan’s national anthem, wrote the national anthem in his own handwriting. He wrote it for one of his acquaintances, Muhammad Aslam Malik.

in the Hand Writing of Hafeez Jalandhari, National anthem of Pakistan

Commemorative Postage Stamp Honoring Hafeez Jalandhari 

Postage Stamp Honoring Hafeez Jalandhari - National anthem of Pakistan

National Anthem on YouTube

English Translation  

page 1, English Translation of Qaumi Taranah of Pakistan

page 2, English Translation of Qaumi Taranah of Pakistan

page 3, English Translation of National anthem of Pakistan

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Lieutenant General Mohsin Kamal: A Eulogy 

By Brig Kamran Shariff, 2nd SSC

The year was 1976 as I was deputed to attend Officers Basic Intelligence Course in School of Military Intelligence in Murree. It was early winters and Murree was much colder and living in the student’s quarters was a logistical nightmare. The

Lt Gen Mohsin Kamal
Lieutenant General Mohsin Kamal

Course was short and intense. Captain Mohsin Kamal was among the 40 odd students. While most of us grudged and complained, Mohsin seemed unperturbed, always alert with a friendly smile, and addressed the harsh living environment with his proverbial wit.

He was my classmate of Cadet College Hasanabdal where he excelled in academics and qiraat besides leading the mass physical training display on the Parent’s Day. Yes, he won the coveted C in C Cane of our Course to set the pace for a brilliant career. On qiraat, the 50th Anniversary proceedings of our Entry in the College in 2016 began with Mohsin reciting from the Holy Quran. Now back to 1976 and Murree.

After a hectic day, I saw Mohsin leaving for Murree which was a couple of kilometres away. ‘Kya karne ja rahe ho’, I asked. ‘Kuch nahein bus sair’ he responded with a smile and invited me also. How is it possible with so much work to attend, I thought? He was accompanied by a couple of course mates. This was his way of managing an intense assignment. He spent many evenings on the Murree Mall, would return fresh to attend the Course assignments and be at his usual best next morning.

The much-awaited last day of the Course arrived. Our Chief Instructor asked who, in our view, had topped the Course. The near unanimous response was Mohsin Kamal. He inquired about the most popular student and got the same response. Mohsin did very well to secure the second position. Having served with him twice in the latter years, these very attributes contributed to his professional success, and for being admired and respected.

Fast forward. He was the FCNA Commander in Gilgit and I by then had left the Army. I planned a family vacation in Skardu and got in touch with Mohisn for his support and queried on some aspects. His short response was ‘Aap wahan puhanchain aur in baton par pareshan na hon’. Typical Mohsin, to the point and succinct. We were well received and lodged in the FCNA’s VIP accommodation on the scenic Kachura Lake. The high point was a short heli-ride across upper Desoai and Skardu Valley with Mohsin on one of his official trips to Skardu. My mother and the family excitedly recount the experience and of course the memorable Skardu trip. Thanks, Mohsin.

Mohsin Kamal was reachable by anyone requiring assistance. He remained

connected with his Army course mates, class fellows, friends, and acquaintances. He was helpful, down to earth and an utter pragmatist. Post retirement he contributed towards the capacity building of civil services in AJK, where his roots lay. These valuable bonds will surely transcend his sudden demise. “Indeed, We belong to Allah and indeed we will return to Him.” (Surah Al-Baqarah 2:156.)
Rest in peace Mohsin.

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Directing Staff with 2nd SSC

2nd SSC started at Tobe Camp, Pakistan Military Academy, Kakul, Abbotabad ,in late November 1971 and the Course passed out on 22 July 1972 (the date of commission was granted on 23 July 1972). This is a list of Directing Staff with 2nd SSC.

Bn HQ

Shakoor Jan, Lt Col, FF (Bn Comd)
Anwer Munir-ud-Din, Maj, Punjab (GSO-2 (Coord)
Sarosh Ghani, Maj, Arty (Adjt)
Akbar, Maj Punjab (WTO)
Muhammad Din, Capt (or Maj??), Arm??? (PTSO)
Asad Mahmud, Capt, Baluch (GSO-3)
Afsar Khan, SM, FF (Drill Instructor)

Abdali Coy

Zafar Mustafa, Maj, Arty (Coy Comd)
Sadiq Ch,, Maj, Engrs (ABD-1)
Muhammad Aslam Cheema, Maj, Baluch (ABD-2)
Amir Afsar,Arty (ABD-3)
Nisar Sarwar Khara, Capt, FF (ABD-4)
Pervaiz Paretu, Capt (or Maj?), FF (ABD-5)

Ghori Coy

Shahid Atta Ullah Jan,Maj, Engrs (Coy Comd)
(Before him Maj Ali Ahmed, a Bengali officer was Coy Comd)
Amin Ullah Khan, Maj, FF (GHR-1)
Mehboob Sultan, Maj, Arty (GHR-2)
Muhammad Younus, Maj, Arty (GHR-3)
Risalat Khan, Maj, Sigs(GHR-4)
Imran Lodhi, Maj, Arm??? (GHR-5)

Haider Coy

Nazar Hussain, Maj, Arty (Coy Comd)
Muhammad Irfan Maj,Ord (HDR-1)
Hafeez Ullah, Maj, FF (HDR-2)
Ikhlaq Ahmed, Maj, Baluch, (HDR-3)
Mujahid Khan, Capt, Engrs (HDR-4)
Tallat Saeed, Maj, AC (HDR-5)

Sher Shah Coy

Zafar Habib, Maj AC (Coy Comd)
Saeed-uz-Zafar, Maj, Arty (SSH-1)
Muhammad Zaheer Malik,Maj Baluch (SSH-2)
Saleem-ur-Rehman,Maj, Sigs (SSH-3)
Tariq Bangash, Maj ASC (SSH-4)
Waqar Ahmed Malik, Maj, Arty (SSH-5)
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