By Maj Siraj Syed, Retired (17 PMA)
During 1965 Indo-Pak War, I was attached with 11 Div HQ at Khem Karan Sector and flew the GOC, Maj Gen Abdul Hamid Khan, in OH-13S helicopter all over the operational area.
Gen Hamid mostly used to sit out of his bunker and also asked me to sit with him. One day as usual both of us were sitting outside his bunker. Suddenly there was a siren indicating that some enemy aircraft were flying in our area. I immediately jumped into a trench but Gen Hamid kept sitting out calmly and said to me, “Siraj, if it is time for you to die, your name would have been written on a bullet and jumping in the trench will never save you.”
His remark reminded me of an old joke and I said to the Gen,”Sir, what about that bullet on which it is written ‘To Whom it May Concern’?”
My remark made him laugh so loudly that his staff came running out of the Command Post to check if everything was OK.
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