“Bhai Dee Pant” (Class of 1965), Muslim High Scool, Saidpur Road, Rawalpindi

By Col Tariq Masood, Retd (44th PMA Long Course), USA

Editor’s Note: Col Tariq Masood is from a Punjab Regt. He is also a Homeopathic doctor. He has settled in USA since 2001.

Tariq Masood, Col (44 PMA), USA

Tariq Masood

In my older golden times in Rawalpindi, during late 1950s and early 1960s, there were two different cultures which were far apart from each other. There was an English medium school culture, if I remember correctly, there were only three schools where the elite of the city used to be educated. These were; St. Mary’s School on Murree Road, Denny’s High School near Mareer Chowk. One girls school, Presentation Convent, in cantonment in Lal Kurti, close to CMH Rawalpindi.

There were other ‘Taat’ schools, like Muslim High School Saidpur Road near Asghar Mall Chowk having two branches; one near Kali Tanki and one in Bunni area. There were other big schools like Islamia High School having a few branches in different parts of the city. Mission High School near Raja Bazar, Faiz-ul-Islam High School near Moti Bazar, Simla High School in Namak Mandi and Allama Iqbal Primary School near Mohallah Shah Chan Chiragh, which happened to be my ‘Katchi’ and ‘Pukki’ class school.

The two cultures were vividly so different, which could be observed very clearly and so were the two social societies miles away from each other. Apart from many other factors the most prominent was the uniform. There were elegant uniforms with Blazer cloth coats, pants and ties in English medium schools, while the ‘Taat’ schools had dress as pyjamas not even shalwar. The pyjamas which rich people used to wear as sleeping suits.These were with the different colour of lines known as ‘dhari-daar pajama’. The little better middle class families would give militia shalwar-qameez to their children. We were in Matric (10th Class) when one of our class fellows whose brother had gone to England, sent a pant for him. His name was Sultan Ahmed and he used to live near Petrol Pump Chwok (This Chowk is near General Hospital on Murree Road immediately towards the Saddar direction, from where a Road leads towards Chaklala Air Base).

Trouser, Bhai Dee Pant

“Bhai Dee Pant”

Shomi-e-qismat (Unfortunately), one day Sultan came to the school wearing the pant and proudly told everybody, “Aye pant bhai nay England toun behji aye.

He wore the same pant every day, being the only one in Muslim High School (Saidpur Road) who wore a trouser. The whole class was fed up of listening to the same story that how the pant was sent by his brother from England. Finally to keep him shut, I gave him the nickname of “Bhai Dee Pant“. That nickname, stayed with  him for the whole life.

Later on “Bhai Dee Pant” also went to England for higher studies. He became one of the top scientists in UK and got the national level recognition. He has permanently settled in England. If “Bhai Dee Pant” (Sultan Ahmed Class of 1965) reads this article, he should try to reach us.

The class of 1965 was of about 350 students from all walks of life. The class made a commendable contribution in the development of the Nation.

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  1. Col Tariq Masood(R) says:

    Col Cheema. I m back and will start writing soon Inshallah TM

  2. Syed Sabir Jamil says:

    Nice read! I was schooled in CGMS, Chandni Chowk, Rawalpindi. Was an excellent institution of the time. I have good memories of that.

  3. Brig (R) Khalid Hassan, USA says:

    Nice to read such frank and accurate accounts about Pindi.

  4. Major (R) Muhammad Javaid-ul-Hussan (2nd SSC), Australia says:

    I also had my education in Taat schools, started from Shimla Islamia Primary School, Arya Mohallah,Rawalpindi. Passed my Middle class from CB High School, Chaklala (There is another CB School in Gawalmondi, Darya Khan) I passed Matric from Islamia High School No 4, Liaqat Road. There used to be four Islamia High Schools in Pindi, 1,2,3 & 4.

    In CB School Chaklala it was very strict atmosphere. We have to put on the uniform of Militia Colour, Shalwar Kameez. May be anybody, poor or rich, there was no discrimination. Mr. Shareef, the Headmaster, used to be very strict in all the fields. At Zuhar time every Muslim student had to pray Ba-Jamaat after taking attendance by the duty teacher. All teachers were fine and hard workers, they were not worried about money, they were concerned about the position of their School in the District, we used to have extra classes. And during those days the competitive exams used to be arranged by the Education Directorate, all papers in one day. I remember I took part in 5th class and 8th class. I think the Mission High School is no more there in Raja Bazar.

    Sir, those were the golden days which will never come back and our kids will be just listening about these stories from us.

  5. Really interesting. It reminds me of my school days in Pindi. I passed my Matric from Cantt Public Secy School (now FG Public School) in Saddar. Sometimes I shall also write a few anecdotes relating to that golden period.

    • Dear Akhtar Malik, please write it soon. Regards.

    • Shahid Ihsan Ullah says:

      I also studied at Cantt Public Secondary School in 1971 when my late father was posted to Sialkot Border and family was shifted to Pindi. I think I was in Class 3 and I remember the model Geographical Features eg mountains, lakes, valleys, etc made in one corner of the school.
      During 1971 War, two large L Shaped trenches were dug in school as a preventative measure.

  6. Dear Tariq, I believe you have all the pics of 1965. If you don’t have let me know I can send you. I think there were few more people who were wearing pant. You can recollect after seeing the pics. Well done!! Good to know that you still remember the old days, your memory is on the top. There are few who use Email. Regards.

    PS: Don’t start writing the old nicknames of Class of 1965.

  7. Maj (R) Arshed Ahmed Butt, Sigs (1st SSC) says:

    Thanks for sharing old memories of 60s. C.B. Technical High School,Lalkurti was very prominent Urdu medium school having a galaxy of able and seasoned teachers.

    I joined this prestigious institution in 1964 (9th Class). Attended classes even during 65 War days. Ansari Sb was our Headmaster. Raja Nasrullah Khan, Kazmi Sb,Nazir Sb and Munir Sb were the prominent teachers.

    Lt Col (R) Najmul Arfeen (from Avn) was my class fellow and then Course mate as well. Its girls’ branch was also located in Lalkurti. The known English medium schools were St. Mary’s, Lalazar and Sir Syed School, Mall Road.

    Yes, very true English and Urdu medium culture was very distinct. But Urdu medium schools produced really bright students who contributed significantly in national development in various capacities.

    • Syed Abid Salam says:

      A clarification to Major Arshad’s comment is appropriate here. English medium schools also produced the brightest and the best who contributed in all the reputed professions of those days e.g engineering, medicine, science, armed forces, civil services, gaining recognition within country and abroad.

      Its not possible to enlist all the names here but the examples of Gen. Asif Nawaz, Dr.Shaukat Hameed a nuclear scientist from St. Mary’s School, Murree Road are worthy to quote here.

  8. Brig (R) Asad Hakeem ( 2nd SSC) says:

    Its nice going through articles about our Pindi of 60s. Sir, you may please add Central Govt Model School 37-C Chandni Chowk Senior Section with its Junior Section located in A Block to the list of English Medium Schools of that time. It fathered all such Schools mushrooming in Islamabad these days. I joined it in 1963 and my class fellows had started schooling from junior section at least five years prior to that.

  9. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd), Air Def (2nd SSC) says:

    Nice to read and also remember own and friends nick names which stick through out with one’s life. Every nick name has a story behind it as Col Tariq has nicely penned down. Tanks sir for sharing. Regards.

  10. Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema, Air Def/Avn (2nd SSC) says:

    Sir Jee, it is a wonderful nostalgic article. Please write more about the amazing class of 1965 as promised by you.

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