By Maj (R) Nazir Farooq Cheema, ASC (8th War Course)
Editor’s Note: Maj Nazir Farooq Cheema was commissioned in ASC in March 1967. After retirement, he has settled in DHA Phase 2, Islamabad.
In 1975, I was serving in 70 AT (Animal Transport) Regt at Jhelum. One day I drew my pay from the bank and came back to the unit, put some money in an envelop and asked my office runner to go to my house and hand it over to my wife.
The office runner (I am forgetting his name) was a simpleton belonging to some village in Sargodha District. My house was located just adjacent to the unit. He returned within 10 minutes and told me:
To ensure that he had delivered the money to my wife and not to some one else, I asked him, “To whom did you give the envelop?”
In those days, the jawans even called an officer’s wife as ‘Sir’. Some of them called “Begum Sahib” and a few called “Baji”. My simple office runner thought for a moment and then quickly said,
I laughed aloud at this new terminology.
Later, whenever the bell of our house rang and I went out to find some Working Party (then called ‘Fatigue’) or the DR (Dispatch Rider) with some urgent circular/mail, on my return my wife always used to ask as to who had come. Invariably my answer would be:
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