Maj Hasan Jawaid (1st SSC), USA
Editor’s Note: Maj Hasan Jawaid is from a Baluch Regt. He has settled in USA since 1992.
We all have some great memories and associations with Lahore.How is it possible to be in the Army and not get to see Lahore. Well, may be it’s a bit strong statement but majority, if not all, have been stationed there for short or long duration, or shall we say have visited the city one way or another. I am not sure where to begin because I have fond memories pretty much in every city and Lahore by no means was less than Pindi.
I was in Lahore because my unit (28 Baluch) was there in early 1970s, in the vicinity of Fortress Stadium. Our bachelors accommodation was just a couple of blocks away from Afshan cinema and a strip mall, also known as Afshan Mall, was right next to it. Almost every other day, if not daily, we would visit Rahat Bakery and get minced pie which would cost us four rupees, back then it wasn’t expensive but wasn’t considered inexpensive either.
Although the days and nights would be hot but nothing would deter us from exploring every nook on a frequent basis. Our favorite places which were also nice hangouts for bachelors were – Liberty Market for ice cream, Kababish (close to Home Economics College on Main Boulevard, Gulberg) for nice food, McLeod Road near Lakshmi Chowk for murgh cholay and kulcha (not a romantic place but served us good food), Anarkali for juice – to name a few.
There were two other places that we enjoyed very much but they were little bit expensive – Fortress Stadium shops (kabab and sandwiches) and club sandwich in Shezan at The Mall.
By the way, this was the period when I attended national hockey trials and camp in Aitchison College and had the opportunity to practice with many national players. There were some impressive players – Islah Uddin, Zahid, Munawwar Uzzaman, Hanif, Mudassar (from Army), Saleem Sherwani and many others. There were three senior Army players that I feel are worth mentioning that I had the opportunity to play with, one of them was an ex-national player, Col Fatmi (Baluchi) and Maj Tauqir Shah and Maj Sufi (Capt Mussarrat’s Unit), both from Baluch, were good players but for some reasons couldn’t represent at the higher level.
I hope and wish these food places are still there and flourishing. God willing, I shall visit them someday (Both Lahore & Pindi) and recap those moments, however momentary they may be.
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