Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa (6 OTS Course)
Editor’s Note: Lt Col Zafar Mustafa is from Artillery. He is an old Ravian and has settled in Karachi since last 26 years. He was my Company Commander in PMA in 1971-72. He has very generously contributed this article for Rawalpindi Blog and Army Blog.
In 1961, I was attending All Arms Signals Course at Army School of Signals in Rawalpindi. Being a Lahori, I am very fond of food rich in masala but was not familiar with the eating places of Pindi though I had visited the city many times before. One evening, a Lieutenant friend of mine took me to Super’s Restaurant at Bank Road and introduced me to Mukhtar saying, “Meet Mukhtar Sahib, he is the owner of this restaurant and also happens to be my brother-in-law.”
Mukhtar entertained us, not to mention that it was on the house (gratis). He was extremely courteous and came to our table to enquire whether we were satisfied with the quality of food. At the end we had the yummy ice cream. After a lapse of 52 years, I don’t remember the exact flavour of ice cream. I think it was either mango or vanilla.
Thereafter whenever I visited Super’s during the next two months, Mukhtar would welcome me saying, “Kuptaan Saab! Tussi aanday ee naheen. Tuhaada apna restaurant aey.”
I never found out about his propensity for Punjabi abuses as mentioned by some writers on this Blog (Rawalpindi Blog). Though I observed that he had very few hair on his head but he still looked graceful.
In those days Rawalpindi Cantt was a wonderful area, always clean and without rush of traffic. In 1976 when I got posted to CGS Secretariat at GHQ, I found Pindi populated and congested. Better not comment about Karachi where I have been stranded for last 26 years.
During my posting at Pindi in 1976, I used to visit Super’s and met Mukhtar many times. My children were also very fond of ice cream served by the restaurant. I left Rawalpindi in 1978 and never met Mukhtar again. I am very happy to learn that Mukhtar is Masha Allah hale and hearty and running Shalimar Restaurant in Saddar Rawalpindi. His specialty is chicken karahi. I have also been told that his son is now a Lt Col in the Army.
Mukhtar Sahib! I wish you best of luck at the new venue. Stay blessed and happy.
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