Hugger-Mugger (Lacking in order)

Lt Col (R) Muhammad Arshad Meer (2nd SSC)

Lt Col Muhammad Arshad Meer, Ak (2nd SSC)Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Chief Justice, Supreme Court of PakistanEditor’s Note: Lt Col Muhammad Arshad Meer was commissioned in 7 Baluch Regt in July 1972 and during his early service was transferred to 34 AK. He was born in Quetta and after the retirement, he chose to stay in Quetta but later shifted to Islamabad in 2011. This article, shared by him in a closed group of his Course mates in Nov 2011, is being reproduced in Native Pakistan.

Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry was my class fellow right from class 1 to 10 in Islamia High School, Quetta. Back in 1971, we travelled together from Quetta to Kohat for appearing before ISSB. Luckily, I was selected but he could not qualify. Having felt embarrassed and humiliated, he did not take me along while coming back to Quetta against the instructions of our parents. We both came back to Quetta separately at our own.

The extremely dejected individual of 1971 is today the honourable Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan. In a  recent survey, he enjoyed No.1 popularity in entire Pakistan amongst other prominent personalities. Whereas, the exceedingly proud candidate of that era remained “kohlu ka baile” (an oilman’s ox) and literally kept on circling round the well with covered eyes throughout his course of life having no definite objective. While taking account of one’s successes and failures in life, it dawns that His criteria for dividend yield is far beyond anyone’s reverie.

While rewinding the events of lives, we all must have observed the various improbabilities. WHERE the Donkey Derby entertains the Carsick spectators more than Formula 1 Race……. WHERE people with extremely poor vision overtake the ones having 6×6 extraordinary vision…… WHERE healthier expire and terminally sick survive……. WHERE Thanatology (the study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them) and Praxeology (the study of human action and conduct) get lost in infinity.

This disorderly confusion, muddled up with secrecy and further concealed in garb of predestined fates, tempted many pseudo scholars to peruse further about Theology & Universe, but concluded to ZERO result at the end of the day.

Prima facie, this hugger-mugger (lacking in order) put the mankind in a state of anxiety, peevishness and helplessness. However, he could not bring any equalizer to share His “Utmost Un-shared Final Authority”. Thereby, the confused human being cried out,

Jo assal baat hai woh batatay nahi ho tum,
Ho bhee nahi aur her ja ho,
Tum ek Gorakh Dhanda ho.

(Naaz Khiaalvi’s verse sung by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan)

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Tum ek Gorakh Dhanda Ho

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  1. +The army guy made him the CJ of the poor people of the Land of the Pure. “Her Shakh pey ulloo betha hai anjam-e-gulistan kia hoga”

  2. Maj (R) Hasan Jawaid (1st SSC) USA says:

    Editor, Col Arshad, & Masood Chaudhary Sahib,
    Please forgive my parting comments on this article. You have all made good points and my observation/views on most political appointments are no different than many who have loyalty to Pakistan than any individual or any political party. It is highly unfortunate that those who support IMC (Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry) ignore the fact many appointments, obviously not all, regardless of judiciary, executive, foreign affairs or for that matter civil services are based on who knows who and it’s worthless denying it, just see their performance. However, there have been those who are commendable for leaving behind respectable and impressive memories. A man with such a pristine background in judiciary was Bhagnawandas; one who displayed integrity and audacity in his professional career and IMC and IMC likes are no match to him. Mr. IMC’s loyalties to Sharif brothers were as evident as daylight, it wouldn’t take rocket science for someone to figure this out whether he delivered justice during his tenure or was he busy paying off Sharif brothers in kind. It’s unfortunate that Mr. Ex ambassador did not get the point.

  3. Maqsood Choudary says:

    Dear Col. Cheema (Editor),
    May I say something and with utmost respect to both gentlemen (Col. Meer and Ambassador Azizuddin. Please! act like grown-ups, and may I also quote a family elder who use to say “Life is like a train, you never know when and where people embark or disembark.”
    It is said that Dr. Abdulsalam (Physics Nobel Laureate) took the CSS and did not pass it. Did not he prove his genius in some other ways? My point is clearing ISSB or passing Superior Services Exam should not be yardstick to measure someone’s caliber. Military and civil service are very large institutions and every large institution has people with enormous qualities and some Bhai sahibs also. Same is, perhaps, also true of judiciary.
    There are also those who tried their luck at both ISSB/CSS but no luck because they were “nalaiq nakamy thay. ” Your sincerely is one of them, but I have no regrets. Those who were selected were certainly better than me, though I have questions about a few others. But again institutions are like oceans and borrowing from Sultan Bahu “hearts are deeper than oceans and hide everthing inside.” I think I am quite successful in my professional life. Applying the metaphor of our proverbial train: some dropped off at Lahore, Rawalpindi and may be Lalamusa Junctions (members of civil-military service) while other are still on the train thinking one day it will reach its final destination, Chak Amru (the last rail station on the line that goes to my ancestral neck of woods. Yes! I am older than CJ given his birth date that you quoted from Wikipedia. I and Pakistan were born the same day, and we both had been on a very rough train journey. Believe me it was a pathichar train that we embarked on, but we both have survived, and happy in our own little way. I am still working as the final destination named Chak Amru is about three more stations away, and the train is still moving. One day, will get there and hang my hat. sadly! I heard that Narowal-Chak Amru line is no longer functional. So may be my destination as well.

    • Editor says:

      Dear Maqsood Choudary,
      Sir, Cool down. Please see the URL of this article, it mentions “Pakistan Army Blog”. This article was actually menat for Army personnel. As you are following this website, you got its notification.
      Lt Col Arshad Meer and Capt Tariq Azizuddin (Pakistan’s ex Ambassador to Afghanistan) have their own view point and so you. No hard feeling. Let’s see what do these two gentlemen say in their replies (And that is my worry :( ).
      Stay blessed.

      • Maqsood Choudary says:

        My sincere most apologies. You may take down my comment. Again apologize for jumping in before looking at the context.

        • Maqsood Chaudhry Sahib,
          Your comment stays here. It has depth and one can learn a lesson too. There is no harm in healthy and decent discussion. :)

          • Muhammad Arshad Meer says:

            Dear Editor,
            Thanks a lot for rescuing me.
            Boss, with regard to your comments of Allah’s gradation, I being a Muslim can’t dare to deny.
            But on first day of each month when we both receive pension, I am promulgated a belief from the system/infinity that CJ is more closer to……… than a Lt Col.
            Hahaha. :)

  4. Ambassador (R) Tariq Azizuddin, Capt (R) 45 PMA L/C says:

    Iftikhar Chaudhry’s rejection at ISSB made him a psychopath and he couldn’t conceal his hatred for the Army. However, what is curious is that the ex CJ retired at the age of 67. I wonder what age is Arshad Meer and how come they were class fellows. Was it that IMC was a dull head right from childhood?
    I am from 45th PMA and am 64. This is the average age of the 45ers. Arshad Meer, how old are you? I am just trying to figure out the maths of this equation!!

    • Lt Col (R) Muhammad Arshad Meer says:

      hahaha. Good question asked.
      My DOB is 1Jan 1950. I joined PMA quite late (Chacha age). I was rejected twice by ISSB. Now you may ask that nobody gets three chances. Yes, I got three chances because first time I was screened out, second time rejected and finally they got rid of me by selecting. Don’t be astonished to know that prior to this I was rejected twice in preliminary interviews right from Quetta.
      So imagine how much intelligent I am. But also imagine the calibre of the one who was even worst than me.
      At the time of appearing before ISSB, we both were final year student of Law Colleges. I studied in SM Law College, Karachi whereas he studied in Hyderabad Law College.

      • Capt Tariq Azizuddin,
        Ex CJP Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s DOB, as per Wikipedia, is 12 Dec 1948 (, and Lt Col Arshad Meer’s DOB is 1 Jan 1950 (Being our Course IT, I have the MS Branch List with DOB). It makes CJP 1 year and 20 days elder to Arshad Meer.
        As mentioned by Arshad Meer that both were Chacha type and studying in different law colleges in 1971, the discussion should be closed now. :)

  5. Lt Col (R) Masood Alam, Air Def says:

    Col Arshad,
    Thanks for writing and disclosing the secret which you had kept for such a long period. It proved that our ISSB system is pretty good and fair. By his actions the ex CJ has proved that he was not fit/worthy for Pakistan Army. Other wise he would have disgraced Pakistan Army as he and his son have brought black spot on judiciary. Leaving you against his parents’ instructions also proves that he is a selfish man, and couldn’t care for his friends.

  6. Maj (R) Hasan Jawaid (1st SSC) USA says:

    Col Arshad Meer,
    Thanks for sharing this information with us. Isn’t it irony of the fate that the helm of country’s judicial affairs circles around individuals such as Iftikhar Chaudhary, Ramday, Fakhroo Bhai, and likes who supported debauced politicians such as Sharif brothers and Zardari allowing them to run for the most coveted executive positions in Pakistan. No wonder Satan might have gone ecstatic over the birth of these justices.

  7. Maj (R) Muhammad Javaid-ul-Hussan, Ord, Australia says:

    Dear Meer,
    It is Allah Pak’s decision, nobody can interfere. Had he joined Army, he might have done more crimes, no one knows it. Izzat aur zillat is in the hands of Allah Pak, now you can judge yourself.

  8. Brig (R) Aslam Khan, Armour (33 PMA) says:

    Dear Col Arshad Meer,
    Its infinitely better to be a respected retired Army officer rather than a despised and abused retired Chief Justice. Allah has His ways.

  9. Lt Col (R) Zubair Ahmed (2nd SS), Canada says:

    Dear Arshad Meer
    uote by Hazrat Ali, “I have recognized the presence of Almighty Allah, “Utmost Un-shared Final Authority” when all the indicators point in one direction yet the outcome emerges in absolutely opposite.
    I think whoever Almighty blesses with Qana’at (Contentment) irrespective of what social or economic stature, is the WINNER.
    I wonder!

  10. Dear Arshad Meer,
    Brother, Only Allah knows who is closer to him; a retired Lt Col or a retired Chief Justice? Every one is successful if he is doing his best in his own capacity.
    Stay happy & blessed.

    • Lt Col Muhammad Arshad Meer says:

      Dear Editor,
      I have tried to clarify my age issue which was raised by Capt Tariq Azizuddin. Please see my comments above.
      Who is more closer to Allah ? I reserve my comments. Hahaha. :)

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