History of Super’s Restaurant, Bank Road Rawalpindi and Mukhtar, its Bald Owner

By Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema, Retd (2nd SSC)

Editor’s Note: The comments of Pindiites at the end of this article contain many interesting  information and facts about Mukhtar Sahib and Super’s, which were missed by the author. Please do read these comments.

Rashid Zia Cheema, pic for articles

Rashid Zia Cheema


Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad Awan

The famous Super’s Restaurant, located on Bank Road, Rawalpindi, had closed its business since long and its ‘legendary’ bald owner Mukhtar Sahib had shifted elsewhere. Many friends wanted to know about the whereabouts of Mr. Muhktar. They were also interested in the history of Super’s and the story of Mr. Mukhtar.

Through the courtesy of Lt Gen (R) Kamal Akbar (a famous Eye Specialist) I came to know that Mukhtar Sahib has opened a new restaurant. If you go from the old location of Super’s towards the direction of Murree Road, you will find this small restaurant on the left side on the Bank Road just short of Malik Fabrics about 100-150 metres away from  Super’s.

I decided to meet him and visited him in his restaurant on a bright Sunday on 10 November 2013. Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad Awan was sitting behind the counter of Shalimar Restaurant. He was wearing a cap and looked quite younger, though he is 75 years old now. He greeted me with a smile and was visibly pleased to meet me. He told me that Gen Kamal Akbar has recently given him a photocopy of an article “The Battle of the Bald” in Super Cafe, Rawalpindi” written about him and Super’s by an old Aviator Maj Siraj Syed.

Mukhtar outside Shalimar Restaurant

Mukhtar in front of Shalimar Restaurant

I requested Mukhtar to briefly narrate the history of Super’s. Here are the details from the horse’s mouth:-

“My father, Ch. Ali Ahmad, belonged to Hoshiarpur (Now in Indian Punjab). He was from a very humble background. He shifted to Delhi in 1932 and started selling bakery items, which he carried in a big tin box, right at the bungalows of Gora Sahibs on his bicycle. In 1934, he opened Hasting Bakery & Dairy at Connaught Place, Delhi. Later its branch was opened at Shimla, the famous hill station.

Super’s was opened at Bank Road Rawalpindi in 1934-35 by Peshori Ram Lamba, a resident of Jhelum. He also owned a restaurant by the name of Quality Ice Cream in Delhi. He was a friend of my father. On 18 August 1947, Peshori Ram exchanged Super’s with my father’s Hasting Bakery & Dairy and signed a Judicial Stamp Paper of that deal in Delhi. He handed over the papers to my father and boarded him on a small Cessna plane which landed at Chaklala airport. The very next day my father met the British lady who was the manager of Super’s. On seeing the sale deed, she handed over the restaurant to him.

Old and rare photograph of Super's Restaurant, Bank Road Rawalpindi

Old Photo of Super’s Restaurant, Bank Road Rawalpindi (1966).

After passing Matriculation exam in 1956, I also joined my father at Super’s . I continued my studies too and passed FA from Gordon College. I am a proud Gordonian. Super’s used to serve the best hand-made quality ice cream in town. The recipe was a closely guarded secret with the family members. We had hired a godown in Sheikh Atta Ullah’s Ahaata (Compound) which was opposite Super’s. One can still see that Ahaata behind Softo Ice Cream Shop on Bank Road. We prepared ice cream in that godown during night. We had a lot of variety in ice cream (to name a few; Tutti Frutti, Pista, Mango, Pineapple, Vanilla, Strawberry, Kaiser Pista, Peach Melba, etc). In addition to ice cream, we also served delicious Pakistani food and tea/coffee with cake, pastries, cream rolls, samosa, shami kabas and patties.

An Old Photo showing inside view of Super's Restauranrt, Edwards Road (now Bank Road), Rawalpindi

An Old Photo showing inside view of Super’s.

Gentry of Pindi used to visit Super’s and enjoy the ice cream, Pakistani cuisine, tea, snacks, etc. From an old photo showing the inside view of Super’s, you may judge yourself about the type of people who visited our restaurant.

My father had three wives and had many children. In 1976, he asked me to open my independent business elsewhere. He didn’t give me a penny. I tried my luck in some contracts of supply of electric conduit pipes in Islamabad and finally in 1978 opened Shalimar Restaurant at the old site of Mall Plaza where money changers are located now. My restaurant was on the Kashmir Road side, opposite Habib Bank which is still located in a building portion of W. Wilson Chemists. Only Pakistani food was served in my new restaurant. After a few years, the Cantonment Board decided to build Mall Plaza and

Pics, images of Rawalpindi- Drug Store at the intersection of Kashmir Road and Haider Road Rawalpindi Saddar

Drug Store at Haider Road

gave me a place on rent on Haider Road in a corner opposite the famous Drug Store. I spent 3 to 4 lacs rupees and decorated the new venue of Shalimar Restaurant. In late 1981, Cantt Board demolished the restaurant at night declaring it an encroachment. I wasn’t given any compensation. In 1982, I bought the present site of Shalimar Restaurant on Bank Road near Malik Fabrics and running it successfully since the last 31 years.”

After patiently listening to this long story I asked Mukhtar Sahib, “Which famous personalities had visited Super’s?”

He proudly replied, “Super’s was equally popular among politicians and Army officers. A few names are; Afzal Jatoi, MNA (Father of Care Taker Prime Minister Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi), Hakim Ali Zardari (Father of ex President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari), Mustafa Khar, Justice Maulvi Mushtaq (Bhutto Case fame), Wali Khan, Miangul Aurangzeb (Wali-e-Swat and son-in law of Ayub Khan) and Gohar Ayub (son of Ayub Khan).

Politicians who visited Super's

Some Politicians who visited Super’s

The Army Chiefs who visited Super’s are Gen Yahya, Gen Tikka Khan, Gen Zia-ul-Haq and Gen Pervez Musharraf.

Army Chiefs who visited Super's

Army Chiefs who visited Super’s

Satish K Lamba, a former Indian ambassador to Pakistan, was a relative of Super’s original owner (Peshori Ram Lamba) and he also visited Super’s during his stint in Islamabad.”

“Did Ayub Khan and Zulfikar Ali Bhutto ever visit Super’s?” I asked.

Unique Bakers

Unique Bakers

“No, as per my memory they didn’t visit Super’s. President Ayub Khan once came to Imperial Hair Dresser, located a few shops away from Super’s. It is still there. Bhutto was a frequent visitor to London Book Company also located a few shops away from us. Now Unique Bakers is located there.”

My next and pretty obvious question was, “What happened to the Super’s?”

He was silent for a moment, the pain and sadness was evident from his face, he took a deep breath and said,” My father died in 1979 and then it was run by my step-brother Gulzar Awan.” I told him that Gulzar Awan was my Course mate in PMA back in 1971-72 but unfortunately was withdrawn.

Multi Choice Shoes

‘Multi Choice Shoes’ replaced Super’s

Mukhtar further told, “Gulzar ran Super’s successfully for many years and it was finally closed about ten years back. Then Gulzar opened  Multi Choice Shoes in that building. Gulzar died in 2010 and the shoe shop is now being run by his sons.”

I asked him, “Do you remember the exact year the Super’s was closed?”

He said, “No, I don’t know the exact year. I think it closed 10 years back.” Then he asked an old waiter, who had also served in Super’s, “Aziz, do you remember?”

Aziz replied, “Sir Jee, Super’s was closed in 2000 or 2001.”

I was so sad to hear the story about the ‘demise’ of Super’s which was opened by Peshori Ram Lamba in 1935 and was finally closed after 66/67 years. It was the most famous restaurant in Saddar and three generations of Pindiites had enjoyed its delicacies. People belonging to Rawalpindi and now living abroad still cherish the old memories of Super’s. They still remember the glory of Super’s of the bygone years and become pretty nostalgic.

To change the gloomy atmosphere, I jokingly asked Mukhtar, “Do youngsters still tease you due to your baldness? They used to tease you on telephone and you abused them profusely in Punjabi while ducking down under the counter in order to avoid the inconvenience to your customers.”

Mukhtar gave a big laugh and removed his cap and showed me his shiny bald head and said, “That was old-time. The atmosphere was quite different. That teasing was in Super’s which was a favourite hangout for the youngsters. With my departure from Super’s the teasing business also stopped. Now I also wear a cap and my customers hardly know about my baldness.”

Taking a bit liberty, I asked, “Mukhtar Sahib, why did you hurl abuses in Punjabi to the obnoxious callers?”

He kept his cool and replied, “What else can you expect from a person hailing from Hoshiarpur? Punjabi is my ‘Maadri zabaan’ and all over the world people use only their mother tongue when they are angry. Do you agree?”

I had to agree fearing he may transform into his old ‘Hoshiarpuri’ self of Super’s days if I didn’t agree.

It will not be out of context to quote from a Facebook post of my younger brother, Zahid Zia Cheema, a CSS officer, about ‘swearing in Punjabi’:-

“Panacea for extreme anger is to swear in Punjabi, extremely angrily. You will not only derive optimum satisfaction, your creativity would be a revelation and your innovation?- lips homage to the Punjabi swear book and of course, you will deliberately find excuses to get angry on regular basis!!!”

I ventured more and asked Mukhtar, “People say that you never repeated the same abuse during the entire episode in any telephonic ‘battle’. They were really impressed by your ‘vocabulary’. How did you invent so many ‘terminologies’?”

He gave a smile and said in Punjabi, “Aye apnay apnay zehn di gull aye!! Her ikk da apna apna zehni tawaazan hounda aye!!”

I gave an approving nod to his ‘original’ idea of the term ‘zehni tawaazan’ . By the way, I had no other choice but to agree.

I categorically asked him, ” Mukhtar Sahib, have you forgiven your ‘culprits’ who teased you?”

He grinned and retorted back,”Hadn’t I repaid by abusing them in Punjabi right then? I have no personal grudge and have forgiven all of them and hope that they would also forgive me for the abuses.”

Mukhtar’s son, who has recently retired as a Lt Col, also joined us. I asked him, “You are looking for a job, why don’t you start the ice cream business in Shalimar Restaurant and reintroduce the delicious variety of hand-made ice cream? You have already got the secret recipe in the family.”

He said, “I would give it a thought.”

Mukhtar without cap

Mukhtar without cap

Then I thanked Mukhtar and we had a photo session outside his restaurant. On my request he posed for a photo with his cap removed exposing his bald head which was a fun for the youngsters of the yesteryear who used to roam around in Saddar and enjoyed hell of a time. Now the new generation is glued to TVs, laptops and iPads and hardly have any time for the outdoor activities and pranks.

Advertisement of Super's Restaurant, 1962

Advertisement of Super’s, 1962

The main purpose of writing this lengthy article is that many of my friends who are now grandfathers (some seniors are also great grandfathers) repent that why did they tease Mukhtar a lot and made his life miserable. Now as responsible senior citizens they want to apologize to him and most of them even have the moral courage to do so by writing a comment to this effect at the end of this article.

Go ahead, my friends!! Do write your brief apology at the end of this page under the heading “Leave a Reply here”. A photocopy of this article will InshaAllah be given to Mukhtar.

Mukhtar’s son, Lt Col Rafiq Mukhtar, later sent  me two old photos; one showing the outside view of Super’s and the other showing the inside view of the restaurant. He also sent a scanned copy of an advertisement of Super’s which was published in 1962. In those days the Bank Road was known by its original name, Edwards Road. These photos and the ad have now been included in this article. Thank you, Col Rafiq Mukhtar.

That Sunday night, I was restless and couldn’t sleep properly. I was really sad on the closure of Super’s and more over in my dream I roamed around in Hoshiarpur and saw many Hoshiarpuri evil spirits and ghosts.

There is a good news for my friends living in Toronto, Canada that Mukhtar’s nephew Khawar Hussain, who is also his son-in-law, has opened Shalimar Restaurant in Mississauga 6 years back. Old Pindiites living in Toronto/Mississauga can coordinate and arrange a Reunion at this restaurant. This will rekindle the spirit of Super’s in the far land.

Post ScriptCh. Mukhtar sold his Shalimar Restaurant (Bank Road) in Dec 2013, soon after he was interviewed by the author for this article. Now Mukhtar’s name and Super’s memories will remain in the hearts of his fans.
Those who want to meet Mukhtar Sahib can find his contact number in the Comment written by his son Tahir Mukhtar on 16 January 2014.
Readers are requested to see the comments of Pindiites at the end of this article. Many interesting  information and facts about Mukhtar Sahib, which were missed by the writer, have been amply covered by them.

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  1. Maj Mohammad Qasim (Retd), Islamabad says:

    Going back to early 70’s and onwards, Bank Road was a favourite place frequented by us on weekends. More so, as Karakul House, down and across Super’s was owned by my brother-in-law.

    What a fine place Super’s Cafe was. It’s ice cream, pastries and sandwiches were great treats. Often we would notice Mukhtar sahib ducked down behind the counter, and it would take a little while before he would return to his good self.

    It’s so sad that this landmark hangout place is no more. We wish and pray for a good and healthy life for Mukhtar sahib.

    • Yes dear Qasim. It is so sad so many things which we loved are now only in our minds and though we go searching for them, they are there no more. The other day l went to the place where Super’s used to be. Now it is Multi Choice Shoes. I asked the person in the shop whether he knew there used to be Super’s here? He had never heard of it. Such are ravages of time. A little ahead even Unique Bakers had had been swept off and l was shocked to see a garments shop in place. Hope Krakul House is still there.

  2. Brig Farouk Ahmad Pasha (retd) EME says:

    I must say Cheema saheb has done a wonderful job. I was residing in Muzaffarabad, AK during those good old days but all our friends who used to visit Rawalpindi oft and on knew of Super’s. This was early Sixties. I must admit that we were a decent lot of friends and would never indulge in such pranks. Actually l never noticed all this was happening unless Tariq Raja, my dearest school chum told me the details. I did go to Super’s after that to see what would happen but fortunately or unfortunately no telephone call arrived during my visit and also during later visits. Mukhtar sahab was a decent man and never gave any hint of misbehavior. It never occurred to me that l should go and shake hand with him.
    The whole dialogue here is so interesting that l kept reading past 1 PM and only stopped when battery started screaming it was down to 4%. I started at 6 AM again and am still not finished but thought must send my comments to participate.
    When l was posted to Rawalpindi and was married, l’d visit Super’s with wife and kids. Even now when l go to Edward’s Road (Bank Road), l look at the place where Super’s used to be but am sad to see it ain’t there. Never knew cafe at the corner was his otherwise would sure have met him.
    Wish him and his doting children Sajid and Tahir and others all the best in life. Well played Mukhtar sahab. We all love you. I shall In Shaa Allah try to see him soon. Lots of Love.

  3. Dr. Shahid Shaikh, PhD, Houston (USA) says:

    Here I am again, Dr. Shahid Naseem Shaikh from Houston. I visited Pindi in March to May this year, the longest stay in Pakistan after retirement. I have started building a small kuttiya in Bahria Town, Phase-8 to move back and forth. Unfortunately, when I was there, I attended funeral of brother Khalid’s dad, who retired as Principal of Sir Syed College, Mall Road, Rawalpindi. His uncle, Chacha Latif and brother Late Major Hamid were my class fellows in CB Technical High School, Lal Kurti (Tariq abad); Old memories.
    I met there old friends of Tahli Mohri Chowk (Sir Khalid lives there) after 30 to 50 years. Some one called me other day from Houston area. I forgot to call back. Sorry, Please call again whoever is in US/Canada at my phone No. #8327298225.
    I met on Friday retired Brig Pervez Mahood Khan in a get together in a Gordonian’s home. He is visiting from Pakistan, and lives in DHA Phase 2 in Rawalpindi. Discussed a lot about Pindi, Saddar, Raja Bazaar, politician Shaikh Rashid (together in Gordon College 67-69), etc. until midnight when my wife said, “I am tired, let’s go home”.
    Tahir and Sajid of Super’s are still in NY or moved back to Pakistan? If anybody knows, please let me know. I will probably visit Pakistan in December. By that time, construction of my house will be complete, In Sha Allah.
    Anyway, enough for now. Allah Hafiz.

    • Tahir Mukhtar says:

      Dear Fellows,
      Asalam O Alykum.
      Thanks to everyone for writing the appreciation words for our loving Dad.
      I’m still here in New York running my business, Ma Sha Allah. I’m so thankful to Allah (SAW) and my parents. My older son Wahab is in Medical college in Pakistan, Alhumdolillah. By next year, In Sha Allah, my other son will also go to the same Medical college. That’s because of my parents’ prayers. And special thanks and prayers for my dear uncle Col. M. Asghar and his family, Dr. Hassan Asghar from Taxas and Dr. Umar Asghar from New Jersey. May Allah bless their families.
      Thanks to everyone again. Keep us in your prayers.

  4. Choudhry Sajid Mukhtar, New York (USA) says:

    Assalam-o-Alaikum Everyone,
    I really appreciate all love, care and old memories for my great father and grandfather.
    I am Choudhry Mukhtar’s son. My name is Sajid Mukhtar; living in New York, USA. I am here blessed because of my father’s prayers. He is an amazing human being. He is the best of the best father and friend to me. He raised me with good education and with great family values; always told me to work hard and be true with all. He always advises me to earn people’s respect, which is the most important thing to do in life. Money should never be a matter, only the people matter. He tells me to work hard with honesty, loyalty, passion and bravery.
    I am running a business in New York. And as I remember, I saw my Abu Jan working hard every day, respect his business, his customers and friends, and treat his employees well. He is a brave man, very straight forward and kind. I am also following his footsteps in US, doing retail business. And all his advice and guidance help me to succeed along with his prayers.
    I made my reputation in this foreign country as an honest, hard working, straight forward and kind person because of my great Abu Jan and my great mother (Allah bless her soul. R.I.P. in Heaven). You both made me a proud son. Love you.
    What a great soul and amazing person he is!!! I am blessed to have a great father like him. I love you Abu Jan. May Allah Tallah bless you with best of health and blessings in your life. Ameen sum Ameen.
    I love you Ammi Jan. Miss you everyday. I love all my family and also pray for blessings for all friends and people who know my great father and have written loving comments in this article.
    Allah Tallah bless you all. Allah Hafiz.

  5. Amjad Saeed Yazdanie says:

    Dear Col Cheema Sb,

    A superb & splendid research effort. You have dug out the past so nicely. While going through the narrative, I found myself in Super’s Restaurant sitting right in front of Mr. Mukhtar.

    I am son of Army officer who retired as Lt Col from Corps of Engineers, died two years back in August 2015, passed out from Kohat in 1948 in 2nd PSS under Army No. 3536. He was a frequent visitor to the Super’s restaurant and was very fond of ice cream especially Tutti Fruity. He was also very close friend of Ali Mukhtar. My father’s name is Saeed Ahmed Yazdanie, they used to have ghup-shup.

    In early sixties, we all five brothers used to go with our dad in the evening for ice cream. My elder brother and myself were studying in Saint Mary’s School, Murree Road, as our grandfather’s house was very near to school.

    Dear Col Cheema Sb, I think you are also from the same course or near to that. I am very thankful to you for such a memorable and refreshing old gold time article for all of us. My name is Amjad Saeed yazdanie and by profession a petroleum Engineer and working for OGDCL in Head Office Islamabad as General Manager (Joint Ventures-operations), cell 03000501765.

    We the three elder brothers used to call uncle as ‘Gan**’ and some times called on phone also and said the same word and hanged the phone. I am really sorry and apologize for the teasing uncle.

    Please keep on amusing all of us with more articles. Thanks for sharing this worth reading article.

    • Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema says:

      Dear Amjad Saeed Yazdanie,
      I have found your father’s photo in Veterans’ Own (a Facebook page for retired Army officers) and added it here.
      Please refer to paragraph 4 of your comment. My seniority is no where near your father’s; he Passed Out in 1948, whereas I Passed Out in 1972.


  6. Brig Noor ud din Ahmed (R) says:

    Thank you Col Cheema.
    On Bank Road where Barkat Plaza is now located, used to be a hotel called Grand Hotel. In the centre was the main building and around it were small MOQ type set up which were rented by married officers who could not get married accommodation. I am talking of mid to late 50s. My late father was in the Army and I remember staying at Grand Hotel. Needless to say that Super’s was literally next door. My father, who knew Mukhtar sahib, took me there. In 1962 I joined Cadet College and for next five years visit to Pindi was incomplete without a visit to Super’s. I loved Tutti Fruitti.

  7. Nisar Safdar Kiani says:

    Ch. Ali was good friend of my father late Safdar Hussain. We mainly went with family to eat ice cream on Super’s, I never forget the taste of ice cream up till now specially tuti fruity. I miss Super’s too much but up till now I visit Imperial Hair Dresser. My hair dresser is now Akram Ustad. Those were good golden days. I was student of Saint Mary’s, Murree Road. Now I am 70, living in Brooklyn, New York.

    • Shahid Shaikh, PhD (USA) says:

      I am Dr. Shahid Naseem Shaikh residing in Houston (Born and raised in Pindi. Matric 59-64, CB Tech, Lal Kurti; Inter, Govt Degree College 64-66; BS Gordon College 67-69; MS QAU 77-79; PhD 82-87, SUNY Albany, NY). Pl call me at 8327298225 if our brothers are here in US of those years. wr Sajid and Tahir. I retired from a Chemical Co in March this year at 69 after 30 (excl 12 yrs in Pakistan; IV & EE; DESTO Chaklala, 70-82) years as a Lead (Leed) Scientist.

      Col Cheema’s beautiful rendition of Super’s Cafe, it’s tutifruiti, Chacha Ali, friend of all of Pindi young and old, laughing stock of us Chacha’s baldness. I left Pakistan 35 yrs ago, brought all the memories with me, slowly faded away in my PhD studies, then wife and children, and finally hazy plastic curtain on our minds plastered with green bucks. Remembered when I visited Pakistan in 1990 after getting Green Card, it was different scene of Saddar. Some of us, sons of clerks, mostly, used to walk from Dheri Hassanabad, some from Lalkurti to roam around on Bank Road, eat samosas, cup of tea while sitting on stools in Kamran Cafe, once in a while tootifruiti if we had enough money. Those memories we should share. Kudos to Col Cheema and our lovely friends, Ch. Mukhtar’s sons, Sajid and Tahir, who are sharing their memories of their days of Super Ice cream.
      My father, Abdul Wajid Shaikh died in 2002 (GHQ, May Allah give him Jannat ul Firdaus) migrated from Darya Gunj, Dheli to Rawalpindi. He was in Vice Roy Lodge, summer in Shimla, where my grandfather is buried. He used to tell stories of Haji Sahib of Shimla Cloth, uncle Goodluck bakers and a perchoon trader of Gunj Mundi. My father was the customer of these buddies and used to take me there in my childhood and as young boy on his bicycle, and later on Vespa scooter in 60’s. Ch Ali was not his so closest friend but knew his elders. Once in a blue moon, my father used to take us to Super ice cream shop on our insistence. It was difficult for him to take five children on one scooter. We had turns when he used to get his salary.

      Here is the account of those memorable years reflections from my dear brother and friend Dr. Mazhar, Behrain of 64 years:
      “Very mesmerising account of “legendary” Super’s manager. Me and Rauf would frequently go to Kamran Cafe after our evening road-mastery for a cup of tea which was cheaper if you used their Bar stool and had to pay more for the same tea if chose to sit in the lounge. Super’s at Edwards Road (as it was then called), yes we did go but not often. They were really milk shake and Ice cream specialist. When we had relatives coming from other cities to stay with us, one of the treats would be to take them to Super’s. Its ice cream definitely had no match, even until today. No ice cream can match that “Tuti Fruti” taste. Mr. Mukhtar has mentioned various personalities but how he forgot Noor Jahan and Ijaz whom I myself saw coming out of Super’s in an evening and standing for a moment to decide which direction to go. I have seen Ayub Khan going to London Book Company and also Naseem Aurangzeb but on different times. I do remember Shalimar where I ate chicken Tikka from Mukhtar Sahib and took parcel pack home for my sister. But I don’t remember his other two shifted outlets, may be because I was not in the country then. In a way, it’s sad that London Book Company, a source of knowledge, changed to a bakery and great eatery changed into a boot shop.”

      Col Cheema, let’s put these memories with help of Mr. Mukhtar Awan and his family and make it the top story of Rawalpindi. I have read all those comments and love for Ch, Sahib (May Allah Un ko sahet aur khushian nasib karray, Aa’meen). A film was playing in my mind as if it happened yesterday.
      Pindi zindabad, Pakistan paa’indabad.

  8. Thank You Col. Cheema for for such a nice article and sweet memories of sheikh Sahib. His younger brother Gulzar and another younger to Gulzar ( name forgotten) were my class mates in Gordon college 1968-70 session.
    Thru the same article I came to know about sad demise of Gulzar , may his soul rest in peace ameen. I believe Gulzar wife was also our class fellow also forgetting her name ( rashida or Rasheeda or similar like that). Just had a chat with Gulzar’s son Zubair of Multi Choice shoes. In Sha Allah will visit Gulzar Son’s shop during my next visit to Pakistan.

    • Hamid Chatha says:

      Gulzar’s wife’s name was Khalida. We were very good friends. Though Gulzar was one class senior to me in Gordon College in 1971, we were still very good friends. His younger brother’s name is Riaz. Now Gulzar’s family lives in Bahria Town.

      • Thank you Mr. Hamid, yes her name was Khalida and on my very recent visit to Pakistan in september this year, I visited their Shop Multi Choice and met late Gulzar’s son Zubair. Shared some old memories with Zubair. If not mistaken his brother’s name was Irshad, he has also expired as informed by Zubair.

  9. Tanvir Hussain (1st SSC) says:

    When I was young my father used to take us at Super’s while he served in GHQ. Later while studying in MCJ I made a point to visit. While serving in Pindi I took my family to Super’s to find sadly it was not there! I wish his son had paid heed to your advice to rekindle his father’s/ Super’s legacy. Thanks for your nostalgic contribution.

  10. My father’s name is Agha Rehmat Din. he was a good friend of Mr. Mukhtar and he is dying to meet Mr. Mukhtar. Is it possible?
    Nasir Agha
    0300 5382755

  11. Shahid Ihsan Ullah says:

    My father used to take us kids to Super’s in 1970s to have the splendid Tuti Fruty ice cream.

  12. Ajmal M Shah says:

    Thanks brother Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema for sharing this great episode which will stay in our memories as part of history of past.

  13. Khawaja Tariq Askari says:

    Gone are the good old days. I enjoyed Awaarapun in Rawalpindi for many years. Roamed bt from Iran, Cirose, Kamran Cafe and for Ice Cream, yes, Super’s. I met and seen Mukhtar and love Tuti Fruiti. No ice cream in whole world is better than that, though Denmark is famous for this, but وہ بات کہاں مووی مدن کی .
    About abuses, this department was held beautifully by my younger brother and when I am in Pakistan he reminds me of this once or twice.
    I visit Pakistan and go around Cantt, but now it looks like Sabzi Mandi.
    Miss my beautiful city.

  14. Greg Turner says:

    Thanks for the beautiful memories of Super’s. I remember as a small kid in the late 1960’s my dad and mum used to take us for ice cream. I can never forget. I wish that could have lasted forever. Real good old days. God bless Mukhtar Sahib and his family.

  15. Mukhtar Sb is a family friend; So yeah we got to see a lot of ducking-episodes behind the counter as well as the name callings from the Road. No offense to anyone, I can assure you, it was a hilarious scene.

    I remember this one incident, when I was accompanied by some friends and we were just trolling around the city that one of the older guys decided to take on Chaudhry Sahib. I was of course scared shit-less as everybody there knew me, so I decided to duck. Well my friends did their business, and Mukhtar Chaudhry Sahib and his son and a waiter came out hurling shoes and “pleasantries”, as we drove away. What amazed me was that both father and son were using the same language…. I couldn’t believe they were so frank with one another and that the “Gunja Kukkar thing” was such a big deal for them.

    His son, I don’t remember his name, a short, dark fellow in his teens, actually ran after us; came all the way till Murree Road, running barefoot. I made the mistake of peeping through the window and he saw me…Even though I had not said anything, before I got home, my Dad had been notified.

    This actually ticked me off and for the next couple of years, I orchestrated the heckling on a regular basis, where I used to be a casual by-stander. If only we had cell phones with cameras in those days.

    But through this article I confess to have been addicted to this depraved and lecherous debauchery, which caused such torment to Chauhdry Sahib and his family and sincerely apologize for the heart burn caused.

    P.S. The news of Shalimar Restaurant not being there anymore is awful; that used to be one of our agenda points for the Get-togethers.

    • AOA.
      It’s shame and sad to hurt people feelings and harassing their business and employees and families and if they stand up for themselves you called them crazy …really dude…you lucky you did not get shot.
      If I come to YOUR home and attack YOUR family YOU will hurt me? RIGHT?
      Don’t HURT people, PLEASE.
      What goes around comes around. Don’t forget……KARMA..IS BAD.

      • In my defense all I can say is that, it was perversion, that afflicted the whole town, for a good 50 years…. I have ever since reconciled with my childhood fetishes…I am not sure about the rest of the city.

        • Tahir Mukhtar says:

          I don’t need your comments about my brother and my dad. If you don’t like anyone, then stay away, dear…as simple as that.
          There is a simple rule of life, ‘Give the respect, and get the respect’.

  16. Col (R) Asif Rathore (39 PMA) says:

    Cheema Sahib,
    Great effort. Takes me back to the wonderful crazy days of the 1960s. At this moment, MIXED FEELINGS and NOSTALGIC. Thanks indeed, Khuda Hafiz.

  17. Sajid Mukhtar Awan, USA says:

    AOA, all.
    I thank you all for writing great reviews and great old memories about Pindi, our home. And specially about my GREATEST ABBU JAN in the world. He is a loving legend of Rawalpindi. Allah Tallah give him the best of health and peace of mind so now he can relax. He served Rawalpindi his whole life and did his best.

    My Dad is Hall of Fame in the city of Rawalpindi. I am sad he sold his Restaurant…. Great old memories. I am his very lucky son. Dad we are proud of you!!! Best Dad!!! Best person!!! Best business person!! Very humble!! Very truthful!! Very straight forward!! Kind & humble to everyone.

    I can’t forget my Great Ammi Jan. My Dad became Great because of our Greatest Mother. God Bless her soul. She is in Heaven!!

    My special thanks to uncle Rashid Cheema. He posted this great article online about my Great Dad. I also thank all great people who wrote great comments. Allah Tallah be with you all, Ameen.

  18. Hasan Wasty says:

    Col Cheema, “Happy New Year” to you & to Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad Sahib.
    I wish I would have been in Pindi where I was raised up, but my late father, a teacher in St. Mary’s High School, moved to Canada so I had to move too.
    Canada is the most crook country after UK, USA and Saudi Arabia, no justice, no rule of law, lots of racial prejudices. That’s why I married a Polish woman so that my children do not suffer.

    • Maj (R) Qasim says:

      Ch. Mukhtar has recently also sold his Shalimar Restaurant (Bank Road). Now Mukhtar’s name and Super’s memories on Bank Road are finished forever after the departure of Mukhtar/Shalimar Restaurant from Bank Road.

      • Tahir Mukhtar, New York, USA says:

        Yes my father sold his place Shalimar Restaurant, I’m gonna miss a lot, but I’m so happy with his decision. Baad kay jhugroun say achaa hai, apni zindagi may he sold kar diya, or baad kay khandani tamashoun say yeh decision bohut achaa hai.

        Anybody who wants to keep in touch with my father, can contact his on his cell phone number 0333 543 4131. Anybody is welcome any time. I am his son, my email address is: tahirmukhtar2008@yahoo.com

        Thanks to all who have shown so much love to my father and to our family. My dad is so so so wonderful dad.

        Dad! before April 2014 a farewell party is due. After that enjoy your life as a retired person. You worked so much all your life. God Bless you, Dad.

      • Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema says:

        Dear Maj Qasim,
        Sorry to hear that the Shalimar Restaurant has also been sold. I met Ch. Mukhtar in his restaurant two months back when I interviewed him for this article.
        I wish Ch. Mukhtar best of luck in his Retired Life. Memories of Super’s Restaurant and Ch. Mukhtar will always remain fresh in our minds.

    • Ayaz Babar 61st GDP says:

      I believe that Mr. Wasti was one of my teachers at St. Mary’s Lalazar as this name jogs my earlier years memories. I was in that school when it was under Father Byrnes as Principal. Everyone was very saddened when he passed. The highest dignitaries from near and far came to pay their respects at the big Catholic church in Lalkurti area. I moved to Texas in the mid 1970s and really miss the nostalgic moments that I bring back such great memories from my childhood in Rawalpindi.
      Thank you Col Cheema for the great interview and reviving great memories of Super’s Restaurant. Their massive Tutti Fruiti ice cream cup with whipped cream and fruit on top was the greatest dessert of all time in those days…. (My opinion). It was a big meal all by itself even for a young man’s appetite.

      • Hasan Wasty says:

        Ayaz Sahib,
        Yes, my father Wasti was a teacher in St. Mary’s School on Murree Road. Fathers Grant Barnes Nailer were there too.
        Any clue where Shahid & Khalid are? They were living behind that huge tanki. My cousin Munim was Collector Customs at Pindi airport. My ther cousin late Iqbal Imam was Minister in Zia’s times. I want to know about other characters too.
        I have been in Canada for almost 42 years, its shitty like other Western countries. I hate Facebook. Canada’s Secret Services collect info like in Hitler times, that’s what Snowdon said.

        • Arif Alauddin says:

          Dear Hasan,
          I am a student of your father – was his student some 50 years ago. So glad to hear about him. I had a few favorites – and he was on the top, along with teacher Khalid.
          All my prayers for him. I always felt lucky to have a teacher like him. I wish there was a way to show him how much we loved him
          Best regards,

  19. Maj (R) Shahid Hameed says:

    Those who kept the contact intact from our youth (early 60’s0 till now know what an affectionate and cultured person Mr. Mukhtar is. Disregard the initial 10 years, rest all was a close friendly relationship with him. We a group of 4 to 5 simply love his company.

  20. Hasan Wasty says:

    Once again you have freshened the memories of my childhood fantastic days, there was ” Pak Carpet”, a big store on Bank Road. I think Hasan Bhai son of Yousuf is still the boss there. Now I live in Vancouver, Canada for the last 40 years, every day I had big surprises of these crooks. I have very small pension but good enough to live in Pindi but these crooks Saudis, USA Jews, Brits, India have almost finished Pakistan, too bad.

  21. Tahir Mukhtar Awan, USA says:

    Uncle Rashid Cheema, thanks for your all efforts to write this wonderful article about my father. God bless you and your family.

    I am thinking to move back to Pakistan soon, after a stay of 24 years. I am just waiting for my kids to finish their High School here and then get admission in Medical College in Pakistan. As a foreign national students’ seats are reserved in Army Medical College, Rawalpindi Medical College or King Edward Medical College. I’ll love to do my real estate business which is easier than a restaurant. Will buy some plots in DHA or G-15 Sector, Islamabad and build houses, sell these or put these on rent, that’s the same thing I am doing in New York too. Or I may just invest in plots and hold these for profit or hold it, but will stay away from Lahore, all frauds are there.

  22. Very interesting article. It has reminded me of my school days in Cantt Public Secondary School (opposite Metropole Hotel) when we often used to roam about on Bank Road and alsovisit Super’s!!

  23. Abdul Salam says:

    Thanks for a grand pic of Super’s…..I think we are heading for a book on Super’s….almost all the material is ready. 🙂

  24. Dear Col Cheema, excellent photographs of Super’s Restaurant inside and outside.

    Another photo of Drug store is excellent as well if I am not wrong the two gents use to live in Satellite Town B Block. We lived in B-709 near Chandni Chowk. One of these gents got married in Khurshid Jewelers family now Khurshid jewellers had a shop in old Pindi. Khurshid jewellers bungalow was in A Block, Satellite Town….. old memories. My father Late Mirza Anwar Beg was Program Organiser officer in Radio Pakistan in those days. Syed Ansar Nadri was Regional Director, their Bungalow was on Peshawar Road. Azhar Lodhi was Radio artist at that time. Myself and my two sisters used to go to children program for which we used to get Rs. 5 My father served in Pakistan High Commission in Birmingham, UK, where he passed away on 6 Dec 2006. May Allah give him a place in Jannat.

    Sir Cheema, you have revived some old memories. Keep up the good work. Today is my dad’s 7th death anniversary.

    • Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema says:

      Dear Sajid Baig,
      Thanks for your encouraging words.
      May Allah give the highest place in Jannat to your father, Ameen.

  25. Choudhry Sajid Mukhtar Awan says:

    I am a proud son of Choudhry Mukhtar Ahmad Awan. I consider myself very lucky to be born in AWAN FAMILY.

    My father is a great person. He is very professional, kindhearted and caring person. I am very thankful to my parents for raising me as a good person and a good business man. I have learnt from them; “Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t hurt anyone, stand up for your self, be humble and be fair!!”

    And that’s the exactly what I’ve been doing all my life and am successful…it was tough but I made it.

    I live in New York, USA and because of my parents prayers I am doing great. I never worked with my father while I was in Pakistan, but here I work a lot and all of that because my parents disciplined me with strict lessons and taught me religion and gave me good education.

    I am General Manager in Seven Eleven food franchise. Thanks Allah Tallah!! My all hard work is now paying off. I run $ 12 million food franchise business. It is all because of my father’s hard work on raising us as good human beings. He has been doing hard work himself and still doing it at the age of 75. Wow! Great dad, keep going. Same here, dad. I am working hard too. I think it’s in our blood!!

    When I was a child, on many ocassions I saw my father very sad because of a few people. It was tough for me to see him that way. He was not doing anything wrong, just working hard and raising his family humbly. But because of some people, he became many times very sad and furious. It was not nice at all. It wasn’t in good taste. Allah does not teach us to hurt other people and make their lives miserable for some fun game. Very sad!! Believe me, I saw my father how much he was hurt, emotionally and mentally when someone called him whatever on phone. Very sad indeed!!!!

    Here in New York I earn a lot of respect just being working hard and learning business. I have 30 employees and I also respect them because they work hard every day for my business. I love them. I still vividly remember that I learnt from my parents; “Don’t hurt anyone, be humble and kind”.

    My father Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad Awan and my grandfather Ch. Ali Ahmad Awan were great persons.

    Ya Allah! Bless my grandfather and give my father the best of health and happiness, Ameen!! He is the best father in the world.

    I thank you all for your kind comments and I personally thank Col Rashid Zia Cheema for writing history of Super’s Restaurant and about my Abbu Jan, Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad. Great story!!! Thanks and Allah be with us all, Ameen!!

    • Dear Sajid Mukhtar,
      It is sad to learn that the childishly pranks of the youth of yesteryear had hurt Mukhtar Sahib and his family emotionally. The purpose of writing this article was to give those naughty guys (who are now grandfathers) a chance to apologize with your father.

      Many of them have apologized here in their comments and Mukhtar Sahib has also forgiven them and asked his forgiveness for abusing them in Punjabi. I am happy that all has been settled amicably.

      May Allah bless Awan Family and the naughty old guys of the yesteryear.

      By the way, your lengthy comment was in upper case and I had to retype it in the lower case. There must be some easy way to do it but at this old age I am not aware of the same.

    • Arshad Ali says:

      Dear Sajid Mukhtar,
      Itni hardship Pakistan may kartay tub waldain ki dua roze laytay!!

  26. Tahir Mukhtar, New York, USA says:

    I am son of Ch. Mukhtar Ahmad Awan. My Dad is the best Dad in World. I am proud of my Dad and my Grandpa, Ch. Ahhmad Ali.

    Love you Dad.

  27. Ahmed Parvaiz Cheema, USA says:

    Dear Rashid, you have opened a window into the past. I lived in Rawalpindi from 1971 to 1982 working with Allied Bank. My office was located just opposite of the famous “GTS”(Government Transport Service) Bus Stand and lately was shifted to the upper storey of the newly constructed building which was raised on the site where at that time was situated London Book Company(London Book Company was relocated in the basement of the building). The location of my office was such an ideal spot to enjoy the wonderful mouthwatering ice creams of Super’s. The causal visits soon became an addiction and my frequencies to the eatery increased.

    My favourite ice cream was a squared sandwich which consisted of three straight rectangular lines of ice cream each one inch wide and three inches long and almost half inch thick bearing different colours green, pink and white representing pistachio, strawberry and vanilla flavours. These delicious delicacies were put together to form a colourful square-shaped ice cream sandwich called “Three-in-One”. I never had other dishes from the restaurant and always went after ice cream.

    I had not made acquaintance with Mukhtar Sahib and our relationship was confined to exchange of formal pleasantries. Super’s was a great ice cream parlour at that time and perhaps the only one in Pindi. It served the sweet tooth of everybody and in a very satisfying manner. The prices suited every pocket. Good old days. I remember knowing Sh Atta Ullah whose name was mentioned by Mukhtar Sahib. One of his son was a director in State Bank Of Pakistan.

    PS:- Is Lt Gen Kamal Akbar a tall fellow and a Ravian? I think I once met him when he was posted to PNS Shifa, Karachi.

    • Dear Uncle Ahmed,
      Yes, Lt Gen Kamal Akbar is a tall and handsome person, 75 years old, Masha Allah. He knows your elder brother and my uncle Late Dr. Khalid Cheema very well. I am not sure whether he was posted to PNS Shifa, Karachi as an Eye Specialist or not.

    • Lt Gen (R) M. K .Akbar says:

      Dear Col. Rashid Cheema and Ahmad Pervaiz Cheema,
      Yes, I was at PNS Shifa as an Eye Specialist (Surgeon Commodore) in the late 1980s.
      I was at Gordon College (1953-55) and KE Medical College (1955-60). Dr.Khalid Cheema was a year senior and a friend of the great Brig Aman Ullah Khan (ENT Specialist).
      Regarding Mukhtar’s comment about Quality restaurant at Delhi, it was actually Kwality, pronounced as KAYWALITY.

  28. Lt Col (R) Kamran Gul Abdullah, Engrs (2nd SSC) says:

    Wonderful article Cheema. We were introduced to “Super’s” in late 50’s. My parents used to visit Rawalpindi twice a year from Karachi and my Mamu used to take us to Super’s. That was a regular feature and Tutti-Frutti was our favourite. In the 60’s when we shifted to Rawalpindi most of my pocket money was spent on Tutti-Frutti. Later visited “Super’s” several times during my service and used to enjoy his sandwiches and tea. Tutti-Fruti is now available at many places in Karachi, but no comparison with “Super’s”.

  29. Brig (R) Arshad Abbasi (Cheema's Platoon mate) says:

    Dear Cheema,
    A good read about Super’s and B plus effort in research. You ignored to ask how many customer percentage was for privacy environment and delicacies of ice cream. This is on the lighter side but to be fair it was a treat to visit for taste and decent atmosphere.
    Keep it up!!

  30. Sajid Baig, UK says:

    Dear Col Cheema, it is an excellent article. I used to go to Super’s in my younger days (1967-69) when I was doing FSc at Gordon College Rawalpindi. I must congratulate you for the good work through this website. I have been in touch with my friends from my childhood especially Brig Asad Hakeem who informed me about so many other friends.

  31. Maj (R) Siraj Syed (17 PMA), USA says:

    Col Cheema, it is great pleasure reading your articles on Mukhtar and the wonderful comments by the people from Pindi who visited Super’s.

    Looks like we can publish a Dictionary on Mr. Mukhtar on “under the counter abuses”. It should be for FOR ADULTS ONLY.

    I remember that after 1965 War, my younger brother Flt Lt Shams, SJ was admitted in CMH Rawalpindi and his one kidney was removed as he sustained an injury during his bombing mission of Halwara, India. His room was right in front of the nursing station. Since I was staying with Shams, the nurses knew me well and at times invited me to the nursing station.

    When all the patients were put to sleep by 10 PM, the nurses would call up Mukhtar. They had a special plug into the phone with a speaker and there were about 7 nurses. One of the girls called Super’s and placed a big order for pick up. Then she asked who was on the other side.

    “I am Mukhtar, the owner”, was the reply.

    She then said, “Oye! Gunjay!”

    For nearly next 5 or 10 minutes, it was free entertainment of newly coined abuses. Mukhtar had a great imagination and a very fertile mind that produced those abuses extempore. He believed in gender equality and the females also had equal share of his ‘vocabulary’.

  32. Major (R) Munir Ahmed ( 2nd SSC) says:

    Dear Col Cheema, A superb & splendid research effort. You have dug out the past so nicely. While going through the narrative, I found myself in Super’s Resturant sitting right in front of Mr. Mukhtar.

    Cheema Jee, Please keep on amusing all of us with more articles. Thanks for sharing this worth reading article.

  33. Lt Col (R) Kamran Qadir, EME says:

    Sir Gee, It’s a wonderful article!!

    You should start full time as a free lance journalist. Your specialty should be investigative journalism.

  34. Maj (R) Arshad Ali, Engrs says:

    I have been fully involved in all the stories of Super’s and Mukhtar since day one. I really feel good to read about Pindi. Thanks for sharing.

  35. Dear Col Cheema,

    In the sixties, I was a regular at Super’s. The Ice Creams were indeed delicious. Never tasted anything like that ever again.

    In late sixties, while I was a College student, I had a girl friend who studied in the Girls College opposite St. Mary’s High School, Murree Road. It was very difficult to have a girl friend in those days, rare too. However, I was lucky to have one.

    Whenever I had Rs.2/= We planned a date. Since, it wasn’t safe to wander around with a young beautiful girl in those days, we had to find a place to whisper sweet nothings to each other.

    There ware stairs immediately to the right of the entrance of Super’s. Bang opposite Mukhtar’s ‘throne’ (counter).These stairs led to family cabins, about four in numbers. The partitions being hardwood.

    I used to hire a taxi from Liaquat Bagh Chowk and took my girl friend to Super’s, paid Paisa 50 to the taxi driver and headed straight for the family cabins in Super’s. A half set of tea was ordered and we had about an hour to neck and all.

    Mukhtar must have been in his late twenties then. He had punched holes in the partitions of the cabins and used to peep from the adjoining cabin. After a couple of visits I caught him red handed but could do nothing about it. So, we kept frequenting Super’s and allowed Mukhtar to watch the ‘live show’.

    The cost of the half set of tea was Paisa 50 and Paisa 25 was the usual tip. The return ride in the taxi Paisa 50 again. Hence the total cost of the entire one hour date was Rs.1.75. I simply loved Mukhtar, still do.

    I’m sorry I can’t give out my name or email address here. Most of the guys who have commented above are known to me and one of them is even related to me. I have grown kids and am a grandpa.

    • Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema (Editor) says:

      Dear Anonymous,

      You may not be afraid of your children and grandchildren but surely you don’t want your wife to know about your half century old activities.

      By the way, you are the only one who said that Mukhtar had made some holes in the family cabins, that disclosed your identity to me. Believe me I am not going to disclose your identity.

      • Dear Col Cheema,

        Trust me, there were peep holes in the paper thin partitions of the cabins, either made by Mukhtar or someone else but he was a Peeping Tom for sure. How can one say anything about them holes without hiding one’s identity?

        I joined Army in 68 and the girl got married to his cousin in Saudia. Never heard of her again. Never knew that Mukhtar had opened Shalimar but 4-5 years ago, we came across each other outside his new restaurant. He was standing there and I was walking past with my wife. We recognized each other immediately, smiled and nodded acknowledgement. But tell you what, we both were embarrassed.

        • Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema (Editor) says:

          Dear Sir,
          I fully trust you about the holes in the family cabins in Super’s. I was only saying that your mention of holes disclosed your identity to me. But now I am reconsidering my wild guess after you’ve said that you joined Army in 1968. The person in my mind went to Army in 1962 and he now lives abroad.
          Now basing on the clue of 1968, the next person in my mind is from Sigs.

          • Dear Col Cheema,

            It was a long time ago. I am an original Pindiite. In mid Sixties, Pindi was a small town. Every tenth person was known to each other. Only very rich people had cars, maybe twenty cars in the whole town. Upper middle class had Vespa Scooters. The price was like, Rs.2000/= which was a fortune. I was the proud owner of a “Hercules” bicycle.

            My friends used to tease Mr. Mukhtar but I never did for the simple reason that I didn’t have access to a telephone. Very few people had. It took years to get a telephone installed, a very long waiting list. And also, we were co-conspirators.

            Your guess is wrong again. I ain’t from Sigs. Mine was a fighting arm and first posting was East Pakistan. Fought 71 war and spent 2.5 years in prison.

            Guess again.

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

    Col Cheema,
    It is “Super” narrative. Would love to meet Mukhtar Sahib whenever I get an opportunity to travel to Pindi.

  37. Col (R) Qaisar Rashid Shaikh (2nd SSC) says:

    Rashid Cheema, nice job. You have a knack of searching “Lost” people. Thanks for finding great friends.

  38. Maj (R) Rauf Shad (2nd SSC) says:

    Dear Col Cheema, It’s so fascinating. Thanks.

    Since you have brought Mukhtar sahib to limelight, I only fear the old drama may not be replayed with him at this age. You have to safeguard. Rather our association/reunion should boost his business.

  39. I had visited the place even this year during Summer holidays (I normally visit Pakistan once a year) and had been asking people of that area about Super’s but they only could tell me that it had closed. I’m really grateful to the writer of this article who answered this query and all my further quires on the subject.

    I along with my Course mates used to visit and witness the “activity” of Mr. Mukhtar ducking down behind the counter many a times, but I never liked it nor ever enjoyed it in my heart (though we used to laugh it out with friends), rather I used to pity the gentleman who was carrying out his duty and used to think in the hearts of my heart as to why my friends would disturb him un-necessarily.

    Anyway another memorable character in late 60s, when we were junior Signal officers, was Mr. Abdul Waheed, tailor who used to come on an old bike to collect orders (new/repairs of clothes) from Signals Mess. Some of the officers whose clothes were not stitched according to their wish used to angrily call him “Waheed mochi”. Later, he opened a big Garments Shop (ready made clothes) in near vicinity of Super’s on Bank Road. Now I traced his shop and met his son who is successfully running it, he told me that Mr. Abdul Waheed is very old and remains at home. I’m sharing the link of this “touching” article on my “created page” as well, link to which is: https://www.facebook.com/NostalgiaYaadeMaaziBeeteyDinoKiYaadein

  40. Maj (R) Sajjad Khan, Avn (39 PMA) says:

    Thanks a lot, Cheema, for the nice write up on Super’s ..In the early 70s and later on too, it was a lovely place for all those mouth-watering goodies….nostalgic.

  41. Brig (R) Latif says:

    A wonderful nostalgic article about Rawalpindi and Super’s…….!

    I remember eating their ice cream during early seventies and then late seventies with my unit officers during short visits to Rawalpindi. Never knew or met Mukhtar sahib, but remember that Super’s was very popular among the youngsters. Also remember that in the evenings we had to wait quite a while for our turn to get ice cream.

    Mukhtar sahib should consider reopening Super’s.

  42. Lt Gen (R) Tahir Mahmud Qazi says:

    Thank you Cheema for the first hand knowledge about the super Super’s. It’s a valuable article.

    I still vividly remember when my elder brother took me to Super’s in 1962. We ate mango ice cream which was a square shaped. I could not imagine that ice cream could be so yummy and delicious. It had a ‘killing’ taste. Later I used to visit Super’s frequently. The ice cream cost one rupee and four annas and I always ensured to give a tip of 4 annas to the waiter.

  43. Lt Col Tahir Pervaiz Dar, Engrs (53 PMA) says:

    Great article and above all the research done by Col Cheema has brought many Pindi veterans on one page of loving bond. During my career I was posted to Rawalpindi for five times and now I regret that why did not I call Mukhtar Sahib and beccame part of the history. I think I shall do it now!!!.

    About pastries and small cakes in the tin box I do agree, WOW You just can not imagine the taste. As children, in early cold mornings of Murree, it was a treat worth heavens. Koi loutaa dey meray beetay huway din!!!

    Col Cheema, you are doing a great job. I am obliged and indebted.

    • Dear Dar, Oh My God, don’t try to tease Mukhtar Sahib now. He is 75 and you will also be 60 in a couple of years. That was the game of youth. I know that you are still younger at heart but spare the old man for my sake.

  44. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about Super’s owned by Mukhtar. I have some nice memories attached to that cafe. Well done. My regards.

  45. Brig (R) Muhammad Faruq Siddiqi, Sigs (13th PMA) says:

    Dear Cheema, AOA.
    My felicitations for taking pains to trace Mukhtar Sahib and giving out his whereabouts. It will be pleasure meeting him. You also traced the history of Super’s from its start till its quiet end, which is creditable. It was a wonderful place and was visited daily by young officers living in Signal Mess which was located at one end of Bank Road on which Super’s was also located. Likewise young officers from other Messes used to come and enjoy delicacies of Super’s. Bill used to be in Annas.

    Mukhtar Sahib was a picture of courtesy except when someone called him on phone and shouted “Ganjay”. Those sitting in the Restaurant will immediately know as Mukhtar Sahib will duck down behind the counter and let the caller have it well and proper in form of real good Punjabi abuses.

    Later, another Restaurant with the name Kamran two shops away from Super’s was opened. It could never get the popularity which was enjoyed by Super’s. It was due to high standard which Super’s maintained and also in a way presence of Mukhtar Sahib. I wish someone can also trace history of Silver Grill on Mall Road. I remember Mr. Sheikh used to manage it and was the owner. In its place came up BCCI. It now houses Alfalah Bank.

    • Yunus Ghaznavi says:

      Silver Grill’s owner’s son was with us in Gordon College.

      Mukhtar’s father’s started business selling bakery items in a tin box. It reminds me of Rahat Bakers, Lahore (they have now many bakeries in Rawalpindi/Islamabad). Their father had a small shop of Patties and Coke etc, opposite Globe Cinema, Lahore Cantt, next to my grandfather’s residence. We often used to go there, he too used to go around in a tin box tied to his bicycle, well see them now, how have they prospered, and they remembered it as I once told them the history and now they give me a special rebate. So persistence and hard work always pays off.

  46. Arshad Ali says:

    Maza aa gaya. I shall visit the Shalimar Restaurant soon.

  47. Tariq Masud says:

    Col Cheema! Three cheers for your hard work, which has brought many a smiles and giggles.

    I must now, at the earliest opportunity travel to Edwards Road (Now Bank Road), locate Shalimar Restaurant and introduce myself to Mukhtar Sahib. I think I will not hesitate to confess that I was one of his most active tormentors during 1960s. But I was only a front man constantly instigated & encouraged by three accomplices.

    Editor’s Note: Mr. Tariq Masud’s further comments are a full-fledged article. The comments have been with-held. Please wait for the wonderful article.

  48. Yunus Ghaznavi (43 Long Course) says:

    Great research and efforts taken. Please do some work on Drug Store too, it too was running a small snack bar inside with some great club sandwiches, Russian salad, and French fries. Its owner Mr Aftab was a good friend of our Gang, later opened a shop in PC Hotel, always smartly dressed and well perfumed, and his Fiat 124-S. Please trace him and do a write up on Drug Store too.

    Thanks and best wishes, God bless you and all real Pindiites.

  49. Lt Col (R) Abdul Waheed Bhatti, Air Def says:

    Sir, an excellent researched, patiently written to the finest of details. My favorite place to hit for ice cream from 1957 to 65 was Super’s. Mukhtar Sahib is a great man and history in himself. He has witnessed events and personalities of Pindi and his customers are world over.

    May I suggest two things here, one that can we help getting the old Super’s opened or can Mukhtar Sahib consider naming his present place as Super’s. Secondly can everyone reading this post spread this story and find his old customers. May be in some point in time we get together and host a dinner in his honor.

    Very lovely feed back from all, be blessed.

  50. Maj (R) Khalid Saeed Shah (2nd SSC) says:

    It’s a great tribute to Mr. Mukhtar and a very well deserved article on a Grand Place ” SUPER’S”. Yes, we teased Mr. Mukhtar many a times and exchanged abuses as well. Mr. Mukhtar is a great man who has forgiven us, we sincerely wish him good health and prosperity and do beg apology for our wrong doings.

  51. Brig (R) Syed Masud Ul Hassan (13 PMA) says:

    What a pleasant surprise to learn about whereabouts of Mukhtar. I am extremely grateful for this info. I am going to meet him today. As a trainee of Army Avn (Air OP) School Chaklala, we were lodged in 203, the Mall (Presently Armour Mess). One day I invited my younger brothers and sisters for a movie at Plaza Cinema. As we were just leaving, I asked, would they prefer to go to Super’s or cinema. They all shouted ‘SUPER’S’.

    Whenever we go for ice cream somewhere, I and my wife always talk of Super’s. We wish, it comes back soon.

    • Maj (R) Siraj Syed (17 PMA), USA says:

      Dear Brig Masud Ul Hassan,
      You did the Army Aviation Course (P-3) with me in 1960. Our batch had Ijaz Mustafa Syed (12 PMA), Askaree (18 PMA), Late Ikram (17 PMA) and probably 12 to 15 others. I enjoyed your sarcastic remarks on Akhtar SJ (7 PMA). I live in Colorado, USA, and constantly in touch with Zia Ur Rahman (13 PMA) who lives in California.
      Khuda Hafiz.

  52. Maj (R) Shahid Hameed (2nd SSC) says:

    Lovely Cheema, you must be appreciated for this excellent rejoice. Me and Tony (Sultan Fayyaz Kiani) kept contact with Mukhtar all along in both Shalimars after his departure from Super’s. The plus point in him is the interest he takes in producing and presenting only quality eatables to the clients. I found him many times standing on the butcher’s shop inside Kamran Market getting each piece of mutton cleanly dressed for his restaurant.

  53. Azam Gill , France says:

    Cheema Jee,
    What a fine, researched human interest piece that engenders pleasurable nostalgia. Thank you, my talented and dedicated friend.
    Master Khuda Bukhsh of Gown House is also worth researching. He either had a share in Super’s, or another ice cream parlour, and was a very well known personality of Rawalpindi.

  54. Salman Rashid says:

    Excellent piece of history. I remember the ice cream. Some years ago, I took my wife there, but Super Ice Cream was gone. This must be about two or three years ago. Though not a Pindi native, I did have ice cream at Super’s on many occasions. Great treats they served there.

    Thank you for putting old Mukhtar on the map.

    • Thanks sir. I am a fan of your travelogues and series of articles which used to be published in The News.

      Those who haven’t read your articles can read a few here:-
      Salman Rashid Travel writer, Fellow of Royal Geographical Society

      • Col Cheema, Many thanks for introducing your readers to Mr. Salman Rashid and his books. I remained out of Pakistan for a long time since my dismissal from the Pakistan Times (in ZAB’s reign) and then here in Canada since 2008, I did not know Mr. Salman Rashid or read his writings. It is good those are available on the Amazon and I will try to get some before those are sold out.

        One question: Is Mr Salman son of late Mr Rashid of Broadway Bakery of Pindi Saddar? Mr. Rashid was the illustrious gentleman to whom you have referred on many occasions in the past and Col Anwer here in Canada is writing an article about him which has got delayed due to his involvement in the cultural, social and literary life of Toronto.

        • Salman Rashid says:

          My father, a graduate of Thompson College of Civil Engineers, Roorkee (1942) started life as a North Western Railway engineer. He did not make cakes. I sometimes do!

          • Salman Sahib, So there is something common between us…at least the alma mater of our fathers…my father also went to Roorkee (district Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India) and on return went to work with the MES in Razmak, just like his father who worked on the network of roads in North Waziristan and breathed his last in Jindola at a time the tribal had blocked the roads between North Waziristan and rest of British India – a usual affair throughout the British presence in the area.

            I tried to learn cake making like one of my daughter and now the granddaughter but ….you can mix ingredients of a cake well but can’t do writing with baking as does the famous columnist, Humayun Gauhar….an exceptional feat.

  55. Maj (R) Amjid Quamber (2nd SSC) says:

    I suggest everyone visit Mukhtar at his new place. Our support now will give our friend the boost he deserves.

  56. Mehmud Ahmed, Canada says:

    Col Sahib, Thank you very much for meeting Mukhtar Sahib and writing about him, posting his latest pictures and also those of his visitors. This is a very detailed article and you have covered it very well. I was glad to see the pictures of Mukhtar Sahib. I will pass on a print of this to his nephew and son-in-law, Khawar who owns Shalimar Restaurant here on the Dundas Street in Mississauga, a district of Greater Toronto.

    My son recently met Khawar here and told me that Mukhtar recently had a fall and sustained some injuries. But from the pictures it seems that was a long time ago as he, in the words of Chief Justice Naseem Hassan Shah “fit wee aan thay faat wee aan”.

    Editor’s Note: Mr. Mehmud’s further comments are a full-fledged article. The comments have been with-held. Please wait for the article.

    • Dear Mehmud Sahib, it is an honour for me that a seasoned journalist of your calibre has liked this article.
      I have just rang up Mukhtar Sahib and asked about the injury. He fell down in a deep drain 8-9 months back and was badly injured, though there was no fracture. He is OK now.

  57. Shaban Malik says:

    Thank you. It was a very good article on Pindi. All this is before my time but I have many other pictures of Pindi that tell great stories of a once very great place. Truly there is no place on earth like Pakistan. People like me may leave Pakistan but our heart is always in Pakistan.

  58. Lt Col (R) Ajmal Mahmood (30 Long Course), Bahrain says:

    Dear Col Rashid Cheema, AOA.

    Thanks a lot for the very informative article on Super’s and Mukhtar ‘Gan…’ (Sorry, I should stop calling him by his famous nick name). Your article is so exhaustive that you should be given a PhD. I am in Bahrain. I will ensure to meet Mr. Mukhtar during my next leave Insha Allah. Thanks once again.

    Please clarify or you Rashad or Rasheed?

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

    Wonderful job done Cheema. I also owe an apology to Mukhtar Sahib and would also do so on behalf of my class fellow and friend Ali who died in an accident several years ago. For the past three days I was busy entertaining and attending parties held in honour of a visiting school fellow from Central Govt Model School from Bangla Desh along with her spouse. After the dinner by one of her class fellows, we drove through Murree Road late last night to show her how much our Pindi had changed. For ten years she had been commuting on a bus from Westridge to Sattelite Town changing buses. I wonder if those times can ever return.

  60. Ali Khan Marwat says:

    Super’s must be reopened, I am sure it will be immediate hit, a place having old pictures in large canvass. Will love to go there.

    Col Cheema Sahib, your efforts are really appreciable.

  61. Lt Col (R) Abdul Salam, Sigs says:

    Most telephone calls to Mukhtar Sahib were made from Signals Mess by the youngsters since most of them were very frequent visitors of Super’s. I joined the Mess in 1968 and getting into this activity in the evening, Super’s and Mukhtar was the most (At that time) interesting one. We enjoyed every moment while indulging very frequently.

    We appreciate the effort of Col Cheema to remind us of the past and present of Mukhtar Sahib. We really regret to have teased him so often and I am personally so sorry and apologize form him and The God.

    Somehow or the other we were so involved with Super’s that in 1972, on third day of my marriage, I could not resist visiting Super’s while I was on my way to Islamabad accompanied by my wife. We had a good lunch and I was glad to have seen him behind his ‘famous’ counter.

  62. Shaheda Rizvi says:

    I love your story, and ate at Super’s once or twice, just the ice cream. Wonder if Mukhtar is familiar with the Railway Houses on Westridge Road. That’s where I spent my childhood, and the unimaginably beautiful landscape that surrounded our house is buried quite deep in my Psyche….Stephen Cohen, an American scholar and researcher on Pakistan, has covered many aspects of Pakistan’s Garrison city, Pindi, circa 1940s through 1960s.

    The best Tutti Frutti ice cream that I ever ate in my entire life was at Super’s in 1958, as I recall. The best writing paper and note books for school were sold at the London Book Company, owned by Advani? I wonder if it’s still there and whether run by Advani family? Does any one know?

    And regarding selling pastries out of a tin-suitcase, house to house, I have a story to share. Those were the finest pastries ever made. I don’t think that the best bakeries in Paris or Montreal can even imagine the delicacy and beauty of those gorgeous pastries. It’s a very sad story and I shall post it soon.

    • Respected Madam, we will anxiously wait for the sad story about the person who sold pastries in a tin box.

    • Azam Gill, France says:

      Ms Rizvi,
      You are so right. In general, the cake pastry walas who went around with a tin trunk had superior quality cakes: they were artisans on a small capital base and knew that their survival depended on quality. Good will can only take you that far. In our school Baba pastry wala used to come in the long break, and boy were his pastries good!

      • Shaheda Rizvi, Canada says:

        Thank you Dear Azam Gill for your kind response, and what pleases me is that there are many who now recognize the immense labour in transporting those awesome pastries, door to door, and asking not a penny for transportation costs…..sad but true. My best childhood friend named Farida Qureshi lived a few houses away from us, and as I recall her brothers went to Gordon College and then to France….Maybe I might run into Farida on this panel? Who knows?

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