Mukhtar Sahib! The Courteous Owner of Super’s Restaurant, Bank Road, Rawalpindi

Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa (6 OTS Course)

Zafar Mustafa, Lt Col

Lt Col Zafar Mustafa

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.”

Bank Road Rawalpindi on a Sunday

Bank Road. Super Cafe was on the left (Now a shoe shop ‘Multi Choice’ is there). Photo by Khanpride.

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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  1. Brig (R) Qaiser Viqar Naqvi says:

    It is a nice article. Heard from you after a long time. How s your health? Where do you live in Karachi? Presently I am in Australia and shall be back in October. Please send me your telephone no so that I I can contact you.

    • Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa says:

      Dear Qaiser
      So nice to hear from you. For an 80 year old, I am grateful to Allah SWT for a reasonably good health. My address is : 9/1/1 Saba Avenue, Phase V( EXTN), DHA Karachi. The house is on main Saba Ave between Khyaban-e- Mujahid and B Street.
      My cell # is 0300 827 0966. Land line # is 35854330.
      Affectionate regards to you and family. Do visit me on return from Australia.

  2. Brig (R) Farooq Maan says:

    Assalamo Alaikum, Sir. It’s nice to hear from you after a very long time. Last I met you was in last century when I came to your house. Best regards and wishes.

  3. Maj (R) Farooq Rana says:

    Sir, I agree with you that Rawalpindi Cantt used to be a nice captivating and serene location till early 70s with very little traffic. I have enjoyed reading your article. Keep a good health and keep us in your heart. Profound regards.

  4. This is the best article on Super Cafe. Congratulations Col Zafar Mustafa for the positive addition.

  5. Lt Col (R) Nisar Sarwar Khara says:

    Very nice article.

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