By Brig Muhammad Latif (R), Arty (20th War Course)
In 1983 my unit, 12 Medium Regt Arty, was at Malir Cantt. We went out for collective training in Gadap area. Unit MTO, Capt Sadiq Chaudhry (2nd SSC), had placed an order for some MT spares with one of the suppliers in Saddar, Karachi. As the supplier could not deliver the stuff before moving out of the unit, it was arranged that on a fixed day and time he will bring the package at Malir Halt and wait for the unit rep in front of so and so shop.
So Capt Sadiq deputed his MT JCO to go by bus from the exercise area to Malir Halt and meet the supplier in front of so and so shop and collect the package.
The MT JCO left in the morning and came back in the evening empty-handed. When asked, his reply was, “Sir I reached Malir Halt in time but did not find the man there. I waited for one hour and he didn’t turn up. So I thought (mae nay socha) that I should go to his shop in Saddar. So I took the bus and went to his shop but it was closed. So I thought (mae nay socha) I should wait for him and kept standing in front of his shop for two hours but he didn’t turn up. Then I thought (mae nay socha) that he might be waiting for me at Malir Halt, so I took the bus and came back to Malir Halt but he was not there. I waited for two hours and when he didn’t turn up, I thought (mae nay socha) that I will miss the last bus to the exercise area, so I came back.”
Capt Sadiq was very furious. His discourse to the JCO was something like this:-
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