Nostalgic Memories of Rawalpindi

By Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema (R), 2nd SSC)

Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema

Rashid Cheema

The Mall, Rawalpindi

The Mall, Rawalpindi

I have some nostalgic memories of Rawalpindi. I first passed through ‘Pindi’ in 1963 while going to Murree where our family spent the whole summer vacations. Pindi was a sleepy town in those days and the only prominent roads were The Mall and Murree Road. Then I spent my summer vacations in Islamabad in 1966 when my father was constructing his house near Poly Clinic. I used to come to Saddar on Walji’s Volks Wagon micro bus. It was my first encounter with Pindi . The next short visits were between 1967 to 1971 staying with my uncle who was a surgeon in Holy Family Hospital.

In Nov 1971, I again passed through Pindi while going to ISSB Kohat and coming back. Later in the same month, I along with many cadets boarded on a Rail Car from Lahore and arrived at Rawalpindi railway station. We had lunch in a restaurant at Haathi Chowk, Saddar and then booked a wagon and reached PMA, Kakul.

I really got acquainted with Pindi when I landed in Army Aviation School Dhamial in 1975 for helicopter training.  Aviation Mess was near Charing Cross on Peshawar Road (It is still there). In the evening, all the student officers used to go to Saddar almost daily on a taxi or on foot to see a movie, eat out or just roam around on Bank Road and adjoining streets.

Going down the memory lane, I recall many more activities. Bank Road was a hub of activities in the evening for all Army officers. One could invariably find one’s Course mates and unit officers there who came to Pindi from all over Pakistan for an interview in GHQ or waiting for PIA flight and clear weather for onward move to Northern Areas. Some were attending course at Signals School and many were on their way to attend courses in Murree, Abbotabad, Nowshera, Risalpur, Cherat, Peshawar, etc.

We used to have cone ice cream from a machine located on Bank Road near its intersection with Kashmir Road (Called ‘Khurpa Chowk’. The assembly of many young officers with short hair (Khurpa) in the evening  gave the name ‘Khurpa’ to this chowk). We often ate Dahi Bhallay from a vendor in front of National Bank of Pakistan (behind Cirose Cinema) or at a shop in Chotta Bazaar, Saddar. A tikka-kebab shop in Bau (Baboo) Mohallah was frequently visited (Does it still exist?). After that, fresh lime with soda (Available in front of Cantonment Board Hospital), was a must for digesting the BBQ stuff. Occasionally had tikka-kebab from Rose Restaurant adjacent to Cirose cinema.

Also had ice cream from Super on Bank Road whose owner was a bald man (Does anyone remember his name?).

Some times we went to Lalkurti and had paan from a shop whose owner became famous after appearing in “Zia Mohy-ud-Din Show”. His paan varieties had very strange names. One such variety was called “Unn say na kehna“. Used to have Hunter Beef from Broadway Bakery. In those days Hunter Beef was readily available in ordinary bakeries in Saddar and even in Lalkurti. I don’t remember going to Flashman’s Hotel or Silver Grill. Very rarely, we visited Intercontinental Hotel (Now Pearl Continental) and that too to have only tea or coffee. We fuqras didn’t have enough money to have dinner there. On most of the occasions, we  went to the swimming pool, sat on pool side chairs for a while and came out without having anything. Reason?….. No  money.

We went to see classic English movies in Plaza, Odeon or Cirose cinemas, all located in Saddar area. On weekends, we always went for the last show (9 to 12). On other days we preferred 6 to 9 show.

I still remember the lush green lawn of Pindi Cub, as late as 1975, having cluster of pine trees. Its gates opened on The Mall and there were no Plazas facing The Mall (It is now engulfed by “concrete jungle” of plazas). I also remember the British era cane chairs spread in the sprawling lawn which was surrounded by tall whispering pines. We used to have crispy French Fries served with Tomato Ketchup and a steamy hot cup of tea/coffee. Some of the students (No names) used to enjoy Draft beer in antique silver Beer mugs and had roasted peanuts. Beer was not my forte but I used to play hell with peanuts and most of them were fed up of me. Who can forget the Tambola organised in the old Ball Room which had a wooden floor? The Snow Ball often carried hefty amount and everyone was eager to get the prize.

If you go to Pindi Club before lunch time even today, you will find a jolly group of old timers sitting in the lawn and having tea and gupp-shupp. They are still maintaining the old tradition, cane chairs or no cane chairs.

“Yeh mein nay koun say taar chairr diyye hain?” Sorry, I was just carried away. “Yaad-e-maazi aazaab hai ya Rab!” I am still haunted by old memories of Rawalpindi.

I remained in Pindi Cantt from 1975 to 1980. I again came back here in Aug 1993 and haven’t left the city since then. I have fully enjoyed each day of my stay in this city. How about you?

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  1. Anila Ghazanfar says:

    I need some urgent information regarding Holy Family Hospital. Can you please provide your contact information? I would be very grateful.

  2. Prof Shahid Farooq says:

    I am still looking for my nostalgic American Mission High School where I spent my childhood and teen age but alas, could not locate. My strong memories buried over there still cling to me and I can not get out of it. My birth place, Krishan Pura, near Bagh Sardaran where I opened my eyes, brought up there. I am looking for those nostalgic moments.

    • I still remember, in 1960s when our school bus went to Chaklala it was all full of green play grounds, no congestion, no pollution. What a nice time it was, my God!!

  3. Adeel Aziz says:

    Any one knows where the PIZZA KENT is now located? It was on The Mall Road, Saddar, Rawalpindi Cantt? Please inform me.

  4. Imran Azmat says:

    AoA to all my seniors, I am also ‘Pindian’, studied in Sir Syed School Rawalpindi.
    Can somebody tell me the history of Haathi Chowk and Baoo Mohalla?

    • Rafique Ahmed Khan says:

      There is nothing very special attached to the Haathi Chowk and Babu Mohallah except that these are old localities in the Saddar Area of Rawalpindi. It is said that there used to be a statue elephant in the Haathi Chowk, which was removed later but the Chowk remained to be called Haathi Chowk. It is the center of various roads leading towards Maasey Gate, Railway Station, General Hospital and the City Area. Babu Mohalla is an adjacent street turned into a Bazaar now. It is highly congested place now a days; whereas it was only a residential street about 60 years back with a very calm & quiet atmosphere. Now a days it houses M.T. Spare parts, Hardware and plastic Ware shops. In Haathi Chowk, there are private medical doctors’ clinics, Eatery Shops selling “Siri Paye, Halwa Purys, and Cold drinks, green grocery, Arms and Ammunition in addition to general merchandise.

      • Elizabeth Mary Owen. nee Sargent. says:

        I go back in time further than these, very interesting comments. I was a British soldier’s daughter, I went to school in Chaklala. I lived in Cambridge Barracks, in front of the arsenal, In the summer we would move to Upper Topa, not far from Murree, there was a little village nearby, called Jhika Gali.
        Wonder if there are any one else who remembers, like me they would be in their late 80s /90s. Does any one remember Topi Park?

        • Shahid Salam (Canada) says:

          One doesn’t have to be in their 80’s to remember Topi Park, before it was renamed Ayub Park in the 60’s. What was the name of your school? The only missionary school in Pindi was I believe St. Mary’s. I may be wrong.

          • Lt Col Khalid Masood Malik (Retd) 34th PMA says:

            If I am not wrong there were two other schools, Saint John’s and Denny’s High School which I believe were missionary schools.

        • Qamar Hissam says:

          Yes, I remember all these places.
          I was in Presentation Convent Rawalpindi from 1945 to 1948 and later in Murree Convent. I used to attend the school as a day scholar. I remember my father showed the last fee bill paid in Rawalpindi Convent to Mother principal at Murree Convent.
          My father had a printing press on The Mall Murree, namely ‘George Press’.
          I also remember about Hathi Chowk. I remember ‘Bohar Hotel’, I remember Sh. Maqbool of Pindi Electric in Hathi Chowk. ‘Frontier Exchange Press’ belonged to Seth Abbas. ‘Karachi Autos’ belonged to Jia Chacha, after his demise his son Iqbal mangaged the shop. He is also no more. I think, his son Shahid is now running the business.
          I had a printing press ( “George Press”) on Bank Road, Rawalpindi, which was established in 1918 by my father Sheikh Hissam-ud-Din.
          I have lot of memories about Rawalpindi. I now live in New York since the last 30 years. Any one from the period of 1960 to 1988 can contact me at the following email address:-

    • Qamar Hissam says:

      I am also from Rawalpindi. About Hathi Chowk. Lot of memories.
      Bohar Hotel, I remember Sh. Maqbool of Pindi Electric in Hathi Chowk
      Frontier Exchange Press belonged to Seth Abbas. Karachi Autos belonged to Jia Chacha
      after his demise his son Iqbal whose is also no more. His son Shahid is I think running the business.
      I had a printing press on bank road “George Press” established in 1918 by my father Sheikh Hissam uddin.
      Lot of memories. Any one from the period of 1960 to 1988 can contact me.

  5. Prof Shahid Farooq says:

    I still remember Mohallah Krishan Pura near Banni where I opened my eyes, still recalls me in my dreams. My childhood, youth combined with laughter and sorrows crept slowly in street 12. My beautiful city-the most memorable place in my life.

  6. Sana Ullah says:

    The beauty of Pindi included “Morris taxis” Red GTS Buses and double Decker Omni buses.
    One important segment of Pindi in good old days were ” Bhatti Photograper”. Can some one throw more light over this excellent photo shop of old days?

    • Lt Col Khalid Masood Malik (Retd), 34th PMA says:

      No doubt Bhatti was and still is a great photographer. In fact my wedding was covered by him. He is now located in the premises of Flashman’s on The Mall.

  7. Prof Shahid Farooq says:

    Who can forget the everlasting and nostalgic memories of my city where I opened my eyes in a middle class family, brought up in a house in Krishen Pura, studied in American Mission High School Raja Bazaar?
    Sab kahan kuch lala-o-gul mein numayan ho gayen, khak mein kia surtain hon gi ke pinhan ho gayen (Ghalib).

  8. I believe there are many old St. Marians here in this post. May be they can share the stories of their school days on this Facebook Page:

  9. Lt Col Khalid Masood Malik (Retd) says:

    The whole thing is like action replay. I loved Super’s ice cream specially tutty-frutty. Cafe Iran was another attraction in Saddar. In front of London Book Depot was a PAF information Board. I once heard some one remarked after looking at the pictures on the Notice Board ” Saray navain actor lagday nay”. I have studied in Gordon College from where I joined 34th PMA in 1964. After hanging my uniform in 1987 I have been living in Pindi close to Army Grave Yard. What memories?

  10. Shahid Salam says:

    Some very interesting stories on this site: Copy and paste in address bar;

    People with roots in pre-partition Punjab, digging into their ancestral history. Makes you sad, reading some of these stories. I guess that’s the history of mankind; moving through the ages, on foot, horseback, horse-drawn wagons, ships, cars, planes. All North and South Americans originated in Europe or Africa, except of course the indigenous people; they too it is believed came from Mongolia. So, I guess the earth is our home; although there is always a longing for, an attachment to what we regard as our hometowns. And you remember it with affection; because we lived in a peaceful country and enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.

  11. Tazkir uz Zaman, Bangla Desh says:

    Though I spent my very early days in Rawalpindi but I still have some nice memories. We used to stay at Grand Hotel. In those days due to shortage of accommodation Army officers used to stay in residential hotels & as my father was posted in Muzzafarabad so we stayed there & I used to study in Presentation Convent School (Girls School) allowing boys in primary classes in 1957.

    Then again my father was posted in Military Hospital in 1964 & we used to stay in Shores Hotel on Chaklala Road & I remember studying in St. John’s Boys School which was located in an old building under Mrs. Cummings as our first Principal. She really liked me & I have lots of sweet memories. Now the school must have grown quite big & famous but we were the pioneers. Unfortunately we had to leave Pindi for Comilla in East Pakistan because my grandfather was ill there. That was the last time we lived in Rawalpindi though we passed through it later on in 1967 while on way to Swat. Lots of sweet memories.

    • Shahid Salam says:

      Shores Hotel was just off the Mall, on Napier Road (now Iftikhar Janjua Road), the road leading to GHQ. Shores Hotel was at the intersection of Napier Road and Sale Road (named after British General Sale). Sale Road has been renamed as Firdousi Road. The EME Mess was opposite Shores Hotel just across the road.

      Our house was on Sale Road. At the end of Sale Road was the Sub-Area (now called Log Area) Commander’s house. Brig Atta lived there in my time. At the Shores Hotel end, the land between Magdalla Road (going towards the Presentation Convent) and Napier Road, about 5 acres was divided into two plots of 2.5 acres each. My father owned one of those and the other was Shores Hotel. The original owner was a Sikh landlord, Sultan Singh. My father, who served in GHQ, was allotted the property in exchange for property left behind in his ancestral home in Ajmer.

      What used to be our house in Rawalpindi Cantt. does have a bit of history attached to it. In the 50′s, my parents had rented out a portion of the house to Doxiadis, the Greek Architects/Planners of Islamabad and later in the early 60′s, the offices of Television Promoters, precursor to PTV, and it’s boss Mr Aslam Azhar had their offices in flats built by my parents at the same address.

      I too have fond memories of Pindi. Only recently, while Googling I discovered that Lalkurti was in colonial times known as British Infantry Bazaar and the RA in RA bazaar, stands for Royal Artillery.
      I live in Canada, but still have family back in Pakistan and lots of nostalgia for those days.
      My email address is
      PS; our house was on Sale Road. At the end of Sale Road was the Sub-Area Commander’s house ( Brig, Ata, in my time ). Sale Road is now Firdausi Road.
      Our neighbours were the Jan family, Col. Khushi Mohammad, the people living in the Glenview Estate, and the late Col. Alvi, who in the 70’s was Secretary of the Sind Club in Karachi. Other neighbours in the vicinity in the 50′s and later were General Nasir, Brig. Gul Mawaz, Gen. Shahid Hamid, Gen. Burki.

  12. Zeeni Zahid says:

    This article revived the memories of Pindi, I enjoyed reading every single line, in fact I felt strange as if I was roaming there instead of reading.

    I remember patties of old Broadway then new one in Gakhar Plaza. You missed Karim kay samosay next to Qaraqul House (may be it was more popular among girls), coffee at PM House, Sattar kay tikkay, Hamlet and Kentucky in Kamran Market and later Pizza Kent opposite to AFIC.
    Thanks for sharing old memories those were the most cherishable days indeed!!

    • Shahid Ahmad says:

      Zeeni Zahid Sahiba,
      My wife still remembers Karim’s samosay to this day and I believe you are right when you say it was more popoular amongst the girls, I loved the “Limoo soda” opposite the samosay wala! We both do not remember Hamlet nor Kentucky, so maybe we are from an older generation, but our affections for Pindi are the same.

  13. Maj (R) Hasan Jawaid (1st SSC) USA says:

    Keep up the good work, Cheema.

  14. Maj (R) Amjid Kamal Quamber (2nd SSC) says:

    The owners son of Broad way sold out and then opened Silver Grill on The Mall. It had a hotel too, now its become Al Falah Bank building. Near it was a old time motor workshop called Northern Motors. The owner had a 1936 model Mercedez (His late daughter was married to an ex DG Arty Gen Khalil). By the way the owner’s son (Broadway, I mean) was a couple of years behind me in St Mary’s! Their house was near the old Ministry of Defence.

    • Shahid Ahmad says:

      Major Amjid Sb, I am very interested in the story of the 1936 Mercedes you mentioned. Did you see the car yourself and what happened to it? I will be looking forward to any information on that car from your side.

      • Mehmud Ahmed, Canada says:

        I just returned to this page after long time and find a lot of water has passed through the streams of Margalla and the Lei Nullah and several Pindiites had recorded their memories. There is one from Mr Ajmil answering a question about an Old Mercedes and the fate of Broadway Bakery. As I have said elsewhere, I lived in Pindi first as a student of the Gordon College and then as a Correspondent of the Pakistan Times.

        Now coming to the remarks of Major Amjid Kamal Quamber about the ownership of Silver Grill Restaurant. The Silver Grill preceded out independence. When I used to visit it along with my classmates, an Englishman called Mr Holmes was its Manager and we used to tease him asking where Mr Sherlock Holmes had gone and he always grinned but never answered our question. Years later when I returned to Pindi (in 1963), I found it renovated and more comfortably furnished and decorated with a Mr Rashid of Lahore owning and managing it. He was a short statured and very active person and was said to be the husband of a one-time film actress whose name I now seem to forget. He was not Mr. Rashid, the owner of Broadway and a palmist-astrologist by hobby nor his son Mr Humayun Rashid.

        I had to leave Pindi in 1975 at the height of short-lived reign of our first and the last Socialist Emperor, Zulfi Bhutto but during my first return visit after three years, the place had become a branch of the BCCI (Pakistan) and the restaurant had been shifted
        to a new oblong structure next door by someone who had purchased it from the widow of late Mr Rashid. I returned to Islamabad in 1997, worked in a newspaper for nearly 8 years but never found enough time to come to Pindi to loiter or go to the Silver Grill and the Vogues, the haunt of tight fisted journalists, poets or stray intellectuals next to the Cirose Cinema. It was just recently that I read about Rawalpindi and that too courtesy of Col Rashid Cheema. Later I was told by Col Anwar Ahmed, one of the oldest Pakistani immigrants to Canada that Mr. Humayun Rashid was living in Canada and found it accidentally that nephew of Gunja Kukkur was running the Shalimar Restaurant on Dundad Street in Mississauga, Greater Toronto, Canada.

        • Shahid Ahmad says:

          Mehmud Sahib, you are right about the owner of Silver Grill Rashid Sahib, he was a good friend of my grandfather. Both his sons were in St. Mary’s academy, Lalazar with me in the early 70′s. The only coincidence is that the owner of Broadway was also named Rashid Sahib, and his sons were also in St. Mary’s!!

          Just as an aside you would be knowing anything about the old Mercedes car Major Amjid was talking about?

          • Mehmud Ahmed, Canada says:

            Shahid Saheb, I was a regular visitor to the Broadway Lane, not only because of the products of the Bakery but because there was a next door shop of motor electrician who use to service car batteries and also the nearby Service Station and the Lathe Workshop to keep my car “updated”. I remember the vintage Mercedes also.

            Pindi of 60’s had also a few other antique vehicles…someone, a British Embassy employee had dished out a British made junk of 1929 model from the Railways Colony and was lucky to get it restored in running condition by Ghulam Qadir & Son, agents of the Morris and Austins who had a lot of old parts stored with them. It was a huge monstrosity with a long engine that reminded the reviewer of the railway engine. It was repainted in green and fitted perfectly…the most amusing was the Trumpted-horn fixed on the right hand side of driver that he activated by squeaking on a rubber-baloon. In 1964/65 it had cost the Brit something like Rs. 29,000 and after a few months cruising in the streets of cantonment and showing off his discovery to people, he took it to London.

            As far as Mr. Rashid’s (Broadway) Mercedes, I remember it, saw it parked in the Broadway Lane, saw him drive to St. Mary’s Academy in Lalazar but as went into ‘self-chosen exile” I do not know what happened to it. His son Humayun Rashid would be able to throw some light on it provided you can interest or provoke him enough to recount his childhood memories.

            • Mehmud Ahmed, Canada says:

              After sending the above message I remembered that most of us have talked about Mukhtar Bhai, the Ganja Kukkur but no one has ever said where he is? Is he still kicking around and running his new restaurant or has kicked the bucket. His son-in-law is here in Canada and my son met him a year or so ago. Those of us who are still Pindiites should trace him and post his latest photo along with his new restaurant which is not away from the Super. I met him for a while on the termination of my “Bun-Bass” in 1997. I specially went to the Bank Road to look for him and was told at the old Super Cafe that he had sold the place and was organizing an eatery near about the place where Departmental Club used to be.
              That reminds me none has so far ever recalled the London Book Company or the Departmental Club…..probably because most of the contributors to this website are Veterans and they never were its members….I was also not but I have a few memories of it and will write about those later.

              • Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema says:

                Mukhtar Sahib is Masha Allah alive and running his Shalimar Restaurant on Bank Road. If you go from his old Super’s Cafe towards Murree Road direction on Bank Road, you will find this restaurant about 100-150 metres away from the Super’s.

                • Shahid Ahmad says:

                  Mehmud Sb, Thanks for your update, you are right about the Battery Shop. However, there was also a bookshop, probably Pak-American Book Store, in the same lane too. In 1968 in a corner of the bookshop was a record shop, you could choose a record and the attendant would play it out for you to hear. What a service! I remember I bought many LP records from this shop, I think the LP record was for Rs 12, which was a large sum of money in those lovely bygone days. Does any other person have any recollections of that bookshop?
                  Another of my favourite shops was Malik Radios as Malik Sb, would be having all kinds of latest Radios and record players and Tape recorders, I was really fascinated by his shop.

                • Mehmud Ahmed (Brampton- Canada) says:

                  Shahid Saheb: Let us request Col Cheema who has since a month or so returned to Pakistan, to take the trouble and visit Shalimar
                  Restaurant on Bank Road, convey our regards and good wishes to Mukhtar Saheb, take a photo of his in front of the Shalimar, resound the Bank Road with as powerful shout of “Gunja Kukkur” and then make for the safety of his car leaving behind stunned crowd and post the picture in this website. His nephew and son-in-law is running Shalimar in Mississauga (Canada). I used to have a picture of Mr. Holmes who managed the Silver Grill with a group of us from the Gordon College (1950) but it was destroyed when a cloudburst drowned my belongings in my R A Bazar House later in 1963 when I returned to Pindi to work for the Pakistan Times and the Voice of America (1963-75).
                  The Pak-American Bookshop came to Pindi with the shifting of the Capital. It came from Zeibunisa Street, Karachi. It was small but very classy. During late 1970s it shifted to Jinnah Avenue in Islamabad. I once bought the English version of the memoirs of Chaudhry Zafarullah Khan, published by Vanguard Lahore. But it sccumbed to the ill health of the owner, high rentals and Babu-culture of Islamabad.
                  Another classic book store on the Bank Road everyone remembers was London Book Company where one could see most of the residents or visiting book worms. Those I remember included Ayub Khan, A K Brohi, the Kashmiri politican, D P Dhar, then an Adviser to Indian Prime Minister who came in search of latest works of Faiz Saheb, Babu Abdur Rahman, Vice President of Tanzania to purchase a few copies of Friends Not Masters, Kamal Hossain, who later became first Foreign Minister of Bangla Desh, Mr A U Kalim, who retired as Military Accountant General waere among the regulars. The owner, Mr Mani sold the premises sometime in the 80’s to make way for some commercial shops and moved to the Kohisar Market in Islamad where he installed a Tea Bar for browsers. The Islamabad now abounds in good book outlets like the Saeed Book Bank, Mr. Books and Books Fair besides a couple of show rooms of publishers like Dost Publications and Vanguard. The Sangmeel Publishers, surprisingly have so far not opened a show room in Islamabad and may be it is because of the dominant highland culture the city reflects. The Quaid-e-Azam and other Universities are away from the centre of the city to have any influence on it.

                  • Shahid Salam, Canada says:

                    Ehsan Mani was a school mate of my younger brother in St. Mary’s. He was President of the ICC till recently. You are quite right Mr. A U Kalim being a regular at London Book Company. His son Zia was with us in Burn-Hall, Abbotabad. He passed away in 2012.
                    Super’s was famous for their Ice Cream and at the corner of Bank Road was Chauhan Sports.

                  • Muhammad Arif says:

                    Dear Mr. Mehmud Ahmed ! Being myself and old Rawalpindian It looks nice to share sentiments with old Rawalpindians even if one doesn’t know each other. You have mentioned the old Pak-American Book Shop. Like you, I happened to make frequent visits to Pak-American Book Shop since mid 60’s. A small and smart shop with good collection of prints from all over the english-speaking world press. Since Broadway Bakery was just adjacent to this book shop I usually purchased the items from both these shops in one go. Along with London Book Company you may probably remember the Variety Book Stall not very far from it at Bank Road. This was also a good collector of latest English/Urdu prints since 50’s and is still running (masha Allah).

            • The Electrician you referred to , Yusuf had shifted his workshop to Peshawar Road, in 1997 and has now shifted it to Satellite Town a few years ago.

  15. Ayaz Babar says:

    Does anyone have any info on what happened to Broadway Bakery which was owned by Rasheed Sahib and his family? He was the first to sell Broasted chicken. My father was in Attock Oil Company and I went to St Mary’s, Lalazar Colony with Mr Rasheed’s son Humayun in the late 1960s. Rawalpindi was a very beautiful city and I will always cherish my childhood memories there. Col Cheema, you are so right sir, that Supers restaurant in Saddar had the best Tutti Fruitti ice cream. They served it with some red jelly and cream as I recall. By the way, I remember when the Army Avn flew L-19 planes, as they looked unmistakable when flying so slow.

    • Lt Col (R) Rashid Zia Cheema says:

      Dear Ayaz Babar, Broadway was probably sold out in early 1980s. Its owner Rasheed Shah wanted to shift to Canada but the plan didn’t materialise. He was a palmist too. He died two years back. His son, Syed Haroon Rasheed, is teaching in NUST Business School. While your class fellow, Humayun Rasheed, probably lives in Spain. Contacts of Haroon can be provided. if you are interested.

      I liked the Hunter Beef of Broadway very much. Good old days.

      • Muhammad Arif says:

        Dear Mr. Cheema,
        The Broadway was sold out in mid 80’s just to shift the business to Gakhar Plaza. The business went on there for some years and then was closed. In those days I heard that the Bakery was sold by Mr. Rasheed for his intended immigration to Canada. This I am writing as an old customer of Broadway since mid 60’s when it was lying just adjacent to Pak-American Book Shop. I witnessed the top civil and military dignitories coming to Broadway as regular customers. What a golden period it was!!

        • Arif Qureshi MD .Dansville NY says:

          Muhammad Arif,
          We lived on 33 Lawrence Road (now Haider Road) from 1955 till 1962. Our house was just opposite to the little road to Broadway bakery. The aroma of freshly baked goods evokes many a sweet memories of days gone by. A pastry was about 3 annas, and Chocolate fudge a few Rs. a pound. Of course there were only few coins in our pockets at the most! So treats from bakery were rare but precious. About a decade or so ago –on walk down the memory lane, I attempted to visit Broadway but got the sad news of its demise, guess nothing good lasts forever.
          Bread from the bakery was part of our daily breakfast. We seldom in life really appreciate these amazing goodies but as time passes we value them so much. I hope in my next visit to Pakistan–InshaAllah in Sept/Oct 2015, I will visit my beautiful abode of old–Rawalpindi–and again roam aimlessly over the roads and streets as if it was old times again. This includes my old school (St. Mary’s Murree Road), college (Gordon) and more.
          My dilee duaaz and salaamz and endless love to all Pindiwals.

    • Humayun Rashid says:

      Hi Ayaz…..this is Humayun. I just saw your comment while surfing the net for old Rawalpindi memories. Col Cheema has written a great article…….this is the Rawalpindi I lived in. After having worked in more than 10 countries, I am now settled in Canada. Do drop me a line on

      all the best to all in dear old Pindi.

      • Shahid Salam, Canada says:

        How can anyone forget the almond cakes of Broadway. Once my parents bought it for my birthday and since there wasn’t room in the car, put it in the boot, and we took off for Lahore on the GT Road. Lo and behold, when we got to Lahore, even the ants were looking really healthy and happy.

    • Mehmud Ahmed (Brampton, Canada) says:

      Mr Ayaz Babar is very sentimental about the Menu of Super but he missed the most important fixture of the Restaurant – The Ganja Kukkar – sadly the ice cream parlour is gone and Ganja Kukkar has shifted to another place on the Bank Road. I returned to Pindi early this century and looked for Super and more so for the Ganja Kukkar and finally traced him to another spot along the Bank Road. He has opened a Dhaba there which was under renovation.

  16. I remember travelling in Waljis when my father was posted as head of Interpol in Islamabad – good old days

  17. Lt Col (R) Abdul Salam, Sigs says:

    Good to read. You are taking us back to good old days. Let me recollect and add later some memories of 50’s.

  18. Col (R) Ajmal Mahmood (30 Long Course) says:

    Editor’s Note: Col Ajmal Mahmood’s lengthy and interesting comments about Rawalpindi have been converted into an article: Rawalpindi Will Always Remain in Our Hearts

    • Aziz Abbas Zaidi says:

      It was good to see your name and comments here. Where are you and when are you returning to ‘Pindi’?
      It would be fantastic if we can meet.
      Aziz Zaidi (Iqbal Buland)

  19. Faruq Siddiqi says:

    Name of Ganja was Mukhtar. He. Was too conscious of his baldness. Once known it was exploited by seriously suggesting to him funny treatments to make his hairs regrow. Greatest fun was to ring him up late in the night start a serious talk and then shout in the telephone on top of the voice GANJAI. Those present in restaurant will be surprised why is he so agitated and abusing non stop.

  20. Good to see your website and an excellent attempt on recording your memories of Rawalpindi. City of Rawalpindi will always live in the shadow of Islamabad but will retain its own importance with respect to the GHQ. The greatest strength of Rawalpindi is in its location that gives access within couple of hours to Murree, Abbottabad, Peshawar and now Kallar Kahar.

    • Shahid Salam says:

      The whole area has a lot of history too. The Greeks, the Buddhists, the Mughals from Central Asians, the Afghans and finally the British. Taxila had the world’s oldest university, in the words of the American historian Will Durant ( 1885-1981 ), in his “The story of civilization'”.

  21. Saqib Malik says:

    Those were the happy times in Pakistan and not so long,but this time,every thing has been changed and you can not enjoy with peace of mind.there is always deep shadows of fearness and uncertainety.Army set up is totaly changed,they have been involved in endless war and those entertaiments are no more in Army.not only in the Army but the whole country is under ”Azab”

  22. Col Philip Utarid (30 Long Course) Canada says:

    Kahan gaye woh din?….wah bhi wah...ole memories brought back…The writer missed out on the famous chicken patties of Broadway Bakery and the Kashmiri pink tea on Bank Road. Of course the famous burfi of Baboo Mohallah which come to my mind….regards.

  23. Lt Col (R) Masood Alam says:

    Good memories are always remembered. So are your for Pindi. Yes, it is very important city of Pakistan. Even Islamabad could not decrease its importance. Yes, things change with the passage of time, some good and some bad. But old timers always remember their old time as outstanding and always crib for the changes.

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