Remembering Col Tajik

By Lt Gen (R) Tahir Mahmud Qazi, Air Def

Lt Col J J K Tajik

Lt Col J J K Tajik

Recently I received an Obituary written by an officer on the demise of Col Patrick C Tierney from Army Aviation. He praised the officer. There after, a few comments came and one officer had mentioned that he never got a chance to serve under or with a Christian officer. On that, I wrote the following note, which I am sharing with the readers of Native Pakistan.

I have the honour of serving under a Christian officer for about one and half-year (June 1970 – Nov 1971). Lt Col Jabbar Jahan Khan Tajik, known as J J K Tajik, was my first commanding officer (CO) in 35 Heavy Regiment Artillery, way back in 1970. He was a very hard task master and famous in Artillery for that. I did not find a more professional and committed officer than him, in my entire military career spread over 39 years. Just one example to narrate. He was our CO and the Regt was deployed in the operational area in Nov 1971. I was Forward Observation Officer, normally known as OP, with 2 Baluch in Bedian Sector, Lahore. On 27 or 28 Nov 1971, I received a call from our Adjutant (then Capt Masood, later retired as Col) that the CO had been posted out to a Mujahid Battalion in erstwhile East Pakistan, and all of us were required to report to Regiment Headquarters (RHQ) for his lunch out. No one believed this news. That day, in his post lunch speech, Col Tajik said that much that he would have loved to fight the impending war along with the Regt, which he had trained hard, but his posting signal said that the move was to be carried out ‘FORTHWITH’, which implied that  he had to move with in 48 hours. (Now-a-days even a clerk does not move so quickly).

He left for Lahore immediately after the lunch, handing over the Regiment to Maj Mushtaq Madni (an Avaitor), who subsequently got promoted. On 30 Nov 1971, Col Tajik moved to Karachi by train and reached there on 1 Dec and flew to East Pakistan on 2 Dec 1971, probably the second or third last flight. By the time he reached Dacca, his Mujahid Battalion had already surrendered to Indians. He was attached with the Eastern Command, remained PW and got settled in Quetta in later part of his life. I met him in 1999, for the first time after Nov 1971. During the meeting, I asked him as to how and why he moved so quickly when every one knew the situation in East Pakistan.

His reply is worth mentioning. He said that in those days, the posting of Artillery officers was managed by Artillery Directorate, rather than MS Branch. Col Tajik called the Director Artillery (would not like to name him, as I don’t want to initiate a controversy) and asked him as to why he (Col Tajik) had been posted out whereas he would have preferred to fight the war with the Regiment (dream of every officer).

The Director Artillery replied, “Tajik,you had been eating our ‘NAMAK’, and now when the time came, you are trying to avoid like a chicken”.

That was it. No further question was asked neither any discussion ensued and Col Tajik moved to Dacca, became PW and all that.

I met Col Tajik twice after my retirement. A man of perfect etiquette and protocol. Every time I felt belittled, when he would address me as “Sir”. I tried my best to stop him embarrassing me, but he would say, “God has bestowed this honour on you to rise to the senior rank and why should I not pay the respect.”

Col Tajik died in 2009 at Lahore. May his soul rest in peace. He was a great soldier and a Commanding Officer par Excellence.

Col Tajik at a Dinner.

Col Tajik at a dinner

Col Tajik during a visit of a senior officer

Col Tajik during a visit of a senior officer.

Col Tajik during Adm Inspection

Col Tajik during Adm Inspection.

Another Photo of Col Tajik during Adm Inspection

Another Photo of Col Tajik during Adm Inspection.

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  1. Kunwar Sharoon Jiwan Mall says:

    Few more names can be noted down from this page of contributions of Goans in Armed Forces of Pakistan:-

  2. Kunwar Sharoon Jiwan Mall says:

    Dear all my seniors,
    I would like to add that Capt Esmond D’Cunha (Retd) was commissioned in (then)1 Fd Regt Arty on 5 Oct 1957. He also served in Air OP (now Army Avn Corps) and had also won the Best Pilot’s Trophy.

    • Mr. Kunwar Sharoon Jiwan Mall,
      Esmond D’ Cunha is from 16 PMA Long Course (Passing Out Parade held on 05 Oct 1957). He also won Sword of Honour and the Norman Gold Medal in studies. He left the Army in 1963 and later migrated to Toronto, Canada.
      Please click the following link to see the photo of Esmond D’ Cunha receiving the coveted Sword of Honour. After clicking the link scroll down to 16 PMA:-
      Sword of Honour Winners, PMA

  3. Azam Mairaj says:

    Gen Sahib
    As I requested earlier please grant me permission that if your article about Col Tajik can be included in the next edition of my book “Sabz O Safaid Hilali Parcham kay Muhafiz”

  4. Azam Mairaj says:

    General Tahir Qazi Sahib,
    The article that you wrote about Col Tajik is beautiful and if you can allow I can add it in my book by translating it. And if you can help me to get further information like Col Tajik’s DOB, date of commission, death anniversary or any special information about him.

    • Gen (R) Tahir Qazi says:

      Dear Mairaj Sahib,
      Thank you so much for your encouraging remarks. It would be my privilege to provide you additional information about Col Tajik. But before that may I know the title and subject of your book. With Col Tajik, as I mentioned earlier, every day was an experience. One can write and write on him. Please let us communicate on email. My email is

  5. Maj Gen Muhammad Farooq Malik (Retd) says:

    Dear sir,
    Your comments about legendary Col Tajik are heart warming but how true is it that–” when you give flowers to others fragrance clings onto your hands also.”
    Sir, you may have become (which you have) an Ack Ack officer but no one can take gunners’spirit out of you. Like they say, you can take the tiger out of jungle but you can’t take jungle out of tiger. May you have success in all your pursuits. Wish you happy writing. Regards. PS: Col Water Field was another such officer who served in 9 Heavy and left a mark as an officer and a gentleman.

    • Tahir Qazi says:

      Dear General,
      Thank you for your comments. Your words mean a lot to me. Arty has been King’s pride all along. I feel my self lucky to have been commissioned in Arty, which made me very organized in my life. About Col Water Field, I agree with you. I think he commanded 9 Medium in 1970 or so. Stay blessed and once again thank you so much for your encouragement.

    • Azam Mairaj says:

      Dear General Farooq Malik,
      You have given beautiful comments about Christian Officers
      I have written a book on Christian War Heroes and Martyrs. These days I am working on my next book and I am looking for the professional profile of the nine Christian commanding officers who were defending the motherland on Kasur and Lahore sectors in 1971 war. I am sure Col Water Field was one of them. Hope you will give information about Water Field and other officers. It’ll be a great contribution .

  6. Gen. Qazi,
    My deepest appreciation for your kind eulogy of my father. You are in the thoughts of my family and we hold the utmost respect and love for you and your family. My father regretted never making it to your daughter’s wedding in Lahore due to his ill health. May God bless you and thanks once again.

    • Gen (R) Tahir Qazi says:

      Dear Perky,
      Nice to hear from you. I wonder if we ever met. Nonetheless, you are son of Col Tajik is enough of introduction for me. He was a great man. You carry his legacy, so live with head high and impeccable character. Stay blessed.

      • Gen. Qazi,
        We have never met in person, but my mother speaks highly of you. It is pretty selfless of you to remember my father after all these years, a rare quality indeed. I am in your debt and hope to return your favor in kind. May God bless you and watch over your family.

    • Azam Mairaj says:

      Dear Perky Tajik,
      I have written a book “Christian War Heroes and Martyrs”. Read article about your great late father by General Tahir Qazi. These days I am working on the 2nd edition of my book. If you can provide more details about your late father like date of birth, date of commission, etc, and any special appointment during his service. So I can include that in the 2nd addition of my book. My email address :


  7. Roland Austrup says:

    Gen. Tahir Qazi, thank you for writing this tribute to Lt Col Jabbar Jahan Khan Tajik, known to me as Uncle Jabbar through my mother. As his nephew in Canada, I only had the opportunity to get to know my uncle over a handful of visits he made. I saw him last sometime in the mid1980s when I was a University student, and remembered speaking with him about history and philosophy.

    Uncle Jabbar always impressed me as a strong, magnanimous man. Like my own father, he was a true role model. Whenever he visited, he would always dedicate time to teach me what is important in life and what it means for a man to have character and virtue. I regret not having had the opportunity to visit him in Pakistan when I had the chance.

    While I knew his history as an officer, I knew little about my uncle’s career as an officer. As such, I am grateful for the time you took to write this tribute. I now know more about my uncle, and it is also nice to know that his comrades saw him as I do.

    • Gen (R) Tahir Qazi says:

      Dear Roland,
      Thank you for your comments. I can write a book on Col Tajik as every day in the Unit, was full of lessons for us or anecdotes to write about. Shortly after my retirement from Army in Oct 2006, I was proceeding to Malaysia as the High Commissioner of Pakistan. A dinner was planned at Lahore Defence Club and officers from 35 Heavy Regt of Col Tajik era attended. He was made to sit on the head table and rest of us sat in the order as it used to be then (1970s). Obviously I was the junior most then and sat at the end of the table. We all enjoyed with nostalgia. That was the last I met Col Tajik. I was sitting in my office in KualaLumpur one day that an SMS came from a friend that Col Tajik died. I realized how cruel is the technology; as such a news with no emotions. With misty eyes, I packed up and left the office. But life goes on and that’s how the world is. Rather a long comment. Stay blessed.

  8. Col Jan Jehan Khan Tajik, one of very very few Pathan Christians in the world, remembered as JJK Tajik, sure can be summed up as a legend. Thanks Gen Tahir Qazi, for writing the summarised memoir of a gentleman and an officer.

    I have had the pleasure of Col Tajik’s company in the worst part of my life in the enemy’s captivity. A man of character, he never wavered in those trying times and left a lasting impression on all those who came across him under any circumstances. He sure was a great patriot and a dignified Pakistani, making us very proud of him.

  9. All I got to about him as Father of Gunnery. He was a great man.

  10. Lt Col (R) Amir Afzal Khan, Air Def (40 PMA) says:

    I heard a lot of good things about Col Tajik during long walks with Lt Gen Tahir Mahmood Qazi when we both were Capts in 95 LAA Regt in Jhelum Cannt. Thank you General for documenting a few memories.

  11. Major Naunnehal Shah says:

    Thank you General Qazi for sharing your tribute to Col Tajik. I wasn’t fortunate to have met Col Tajik during my service. But I trust every word that you have said for the great gunner. I appreciate your spirit and affection that you always show towards your colleagues – no matter what rank. God bless you sir!

  12. Faisal Tirmizi says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing away of Col Patrick who served in Army Aviation with my father Brig Syed Mustanir Ahmed Tirmizi. Col Patrick was very dear friend of Brig Sajjad Nazim who passed away last year.

  13. If I recollect correctly, Col JJK Tajik was with me in camp number 25 Ramgarh in India. PoW camp exposed the true worth of an officer. Col Tajik was among few honorable Lt Cols whom every one respected. He played his innings in the Army honorably.
    Maj Gen Julian Peter is my unit mate and we both fought the war as company commanders at Hilli in the 1971 war together. Later in life he was my CO and I his 2IC. Undoubtedly a very brave officer whose conduct both during war and peace was above board.
    Maj Derek Joseph was my class fellow in Cantt Public School Peshawar from 7th till 10th class and then in Edwards College. He was among my best friends.
    I complement Gen Tahir Qazir for paying rightly deserved tributes to Col Tajik.
    In order to learn the contributions of Christian officers in the armed forces, I recommend the recently published book in Urdu written by Azam Meraj, titled ‘Sabz Sufaid Hilali Parcham ke Muhafiz Shuhuda’.

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      Sir, thanks for endorsing your comments and highlighting a few more officers. The point to make here is that human beings should be judged by their character and other attributes, rather than condemning them on account of sect, ethnicity, belief or religion. There are a few officers from PAF like Cecil Chaudhry, who have left indelible marks in our history. Once again thanks for your remarks. These add to the credibility of my account. Stay blessed.

  14. Brig (R) Samson Sharafs says:

    Thanks for sharing.

  15. Brig (R) Akhtar Ali Baig says:

    A great soldier and I salute him. May God bless his soul .

  16. Maj (R) Rehmat Elahi (2nd SSC) says:

    All admire for this brother officer!!

  17. Brig (R) Farooq Maan (2nd SSC) says:

    Great tribute to a great soldier!!!!

  18. Gen Tahir M Qazi, thanks for writing about Col Tajik. Such breed of officers is almost non existent now.

  19. Lt Col Omer Khurshed (2nd Generation 35 SP), 90 Long Course says:

    Dear Guardians of 35 (SP),
    Job and contributions of all of you are tremendous and guiding light for all officer of ‘Sherni’. It was really nice to see views of all senior officers here. I wish we all can keep the traditions you had made. Definitely time has changed.
    May Allah give you strength and motivation to guide us all.
    May Allah bless us all and Pakistan!!

  20. Lt Col (R) Zafar Mustafa (6 OTS Course) says:

    I am grieved to learn that Col Tajik and Col Patrick C Tierny are no more. On a casual visit to School of Arty in 1966, I met some friends who were attending Gunnery Staff Course. During gupshup, I found all of them praising their instructor, Maj JJK Tajik.

    When I was commissioned in 1(SP) Fd Regt Arty in Sep 1958, Lt Esmond D’Cunha (winner of Sword of Honour and Norman Gold Medal ex 16 PMA Long Course) was the Senior Subaltern. His Course mate and close friend Lt Tierny was in 16(SP). The three of us became very good friends and would visit Lahore from Kharian on most week-ends.

    Both of them joined Air OP in 1960 which made me visit Rawalpindi every other week-end and enjoy dancing on Saturday nights in Catholic Club, courtesy these Christian friends. Suffice it to say that during 22 years in the Army, I did not find better friends than these two. Esmond resigned, moved to Karachi and eventually migrated to Canada after a couple of years. I got posted to a Composite Bty in AK. We lost contact and today I hear after many years that Tierny has passed away. Life is like that —-I can only pray that his soul may rest in peace.

    Another gentleman of an officer that I came across during service was Col SK Tressler. I was commanding a Mountain Regt in AK and he was the Col Staff. We obviously had no direct official contact, yet he always treated me with due courtesy and affection in the Div HQ whenever I was hauled-up by the GOC who hated my sight. I wonder how many Staff Officers would have the moral courage to treat a junior officer like an officer, knowing too well that they might invite the wrath of the Commander by doing so. May God always bless Col Tressler.

    I may also mention that I often met Maj Gardner in the company of Esmond D’Cunha when the former was serving in 19 Lancers during 1959 as a Capt. I fully endorse the remarks of Brig Aslam Khan about him.

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      Sir, that was definitely the special kind of breed of officers.

    • Dear Col Zafar Mustafa,

      I have been looking for an officer of 1(SP) and thanks to Col Cheema that found through his website your comment about Lt Esmond D’cunha. Do you know how I can get Esmond D’cunha’s picture of sword honour winners ceremony. . It will be a great contribution. Do you know the current CO of the 1(SP)? I have written a book about Christian War heroes and martyrs. Currently, I am working on second edition of the book. If you know any notable Christian War hero which can be included in the next edition so please tell.I am also working on the translation of the book with the name “Christian Defenders of Pakistan”.
      Your’s sincerely,
      Azam Mairaj.

      • Riaz Muhammad says:

        Please also do not forget the three great Christian Army officer brothers, the Tressler brothers: Raj Kumar, Sushil Kumar and Lalit Kumar Tresslers. All the three brothers have great contributions towards the betterment of the Army. They were wonderful souls. I had the privilege of serving with Raj Kumar Tressler. A perfect embodiment of an ideal commanding officer who was both passionate and perfect as a gunner officer.

  21. Capt (R) Azhar Sarfraz, Air Def, 2nd SSC (Canada) says:

    If I am not mistaken I have with then Capt Tahir Mehmud Qazi in one of the LAA units in Jhelum. Capt Tahir was very smart and brilliant officer, I love his tribute to his ex CO .

  22. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd), Air Def ( 2nd SSC) says:

    I request Dear Brig Toor and other friends to refrain from writing adverse comments for any one. Every individual has weakness, no one is perfect. It is better to highlight one’s good points or keep quiet. I believe in giving or talking on face when one is under his command or serving. I know many COs and officers who fall under the category of ‘Un-officer-like’, but I will never write about them.

    Gen Qazi as I know is a very witty and a person with good sense of humor. He has also has the courage to accept his mistakes. Once during Gunnery Staff Course in AA School, he as an IG was assessing my IP and in the end he graded me as “FAIRLY GOOD.” In the evening while I was watching TV in the Mess he came and took me out and said “Masood after hearing other students I thought you have been graded wrongly, you should have got ‘Good’ grading. But don’t worry I will compensate you in Employment Term”.

    That was not to be as he was posted out soon. but I have respect for the gentleman as he had the guts to accept his mistake. Regards.

  23. Maj Gen (R) Parvez Akmal, Engrs (42 Long Course) says:

    Thanks Gen Tahir, for writing this well deserved tribute to great Col Tajik. Whilst at Quetta in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s we often enjoyed his wonderful company at the Club. God bless his soul. Gen Julian Peter, of 4 FF fame, and many other excellent Christian comrades have always done us proud.

  24. Lt Col Masood Alam (retd), 2nd SSC says:

    when I was in Arty Center in 1979-80 during this period a one month refresher cadre was held for retired officers. It was more of a gup-shup course than any thing else. For one month daily we used to have tea break with the retired officers. They all came in uniform. We had good inter action with the old timers and shared their experience. There I met Col Tajik. His name was already known to most of the officers. I found him to be a very good officer with a pleasant personality and nice to talk to. It was a very good experience to have shared the stories of old timers. Regards.

  25. Brig (R) Majid Azim (3rd SSC) says:

    Good tribute by Gen Qazi to his CO.

  26. Lt Col (R) Tahir Pervaiz Dar (53 Long Course) says:

    Pakistanis, Pakistan Army Officers and above all, “The Soldiers”, from where the religious ethnicity is creeping in? Pakistan has to grow, united under diversity!!

  27. Col (R) Ayaz H . Malik, Avn says:

    I appreciate Gen Qazi for honouring Col Tajik. Somewhere in the discussion the word Christian Officer has been mentioned. In my humble view it leaves a bitter taste. The officers of Pakistan Army are bound together in the relationship of Brotherhood, irrespective of their arms, Service, religious beliefs, ethnic background or sectarian leanings, etc. That has been the hallmark of Pak Army. Let us try to keep those traditions alive.

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      The word Christian was used as the theme was to highlight the point, which you have mentioned in the last few lines. I agree with you that we all and particularly the armed forces should be above these parochial feelings.

  28. Brig (R) Aslam Khan (33 Long Course) says:

    Maj Arshed Ahmed Butt’s query is pertinent. It is of academic interest to know if Col JJK Tajik had anything to do with the Tajiks?

    A deserving account by Gen Qazi. I have had the good opportunity to serve with Christian officers, each one of whom stood tall in character, were zealous, professionally committed and highly patriotic.

    Being commissioned at the outbreak of 1965 War, I joined the deployed Charging 24 Cav (FF) with Maj Gardner as my 1st Squadron Commander. Since officers and men are so close to each other in warlike situations. the Squadron Commander is under a crystal gaze day and night. And, he quickly imprinted a life long impression on me with his honesty of purpose, detached soldierly compassion and bravery. He had requested the CO to allow his Squadron to lead the attack during the offensive. He was poor of pocket but rich of heart. Once he borrowed money from the Priest of a Church in Sialkot to help a soldier whose mother had suffered heart attack as in those days the parents were not allowed free medical treatment in military hospitals. He retired as a major. I was posted to 30 Cav after 10 months which also my professional association with Maj Gardner. I served in Pak Army for 32 years followed by another stint of 12 years in AWT which is again run by Army officers and todate I respect him the most as an officer.

    Later in 1980-81 as GSO-1 in the Armoured Division in Kharian, my Col Staff was Col (later Brig) Daniel. He had been the Captain of Pakistan Basketball Team. Again an extremely honest officer with considerable attention to details and an unparalleled example of patriotism. He knew each officer in the Division personally as well as his hometown/village and family background. This becomes amazing as he was the Senior Staff Officer in Div HQ and not a field commander. In the 2nd (and last) year as Col Staff, he took personal pains to ensure that the Armd Div (much lesser manpower) for the 1st time in its history clean swept the Inter Divs Athletics and Sports events. Since he was dead honest he would spend most fruglly from the enormous Div Funds. Nor would he ask Bdes/Units to contribute towards the expenses. The Div Basketball Team especially worshiped him. While training the Basketball players hard, he knew that they needed extra milk. He managed to borrow 3 good buffaloes from his village friends/family and had them transported from Sialkot to Kharian Cantt by HIRING a truck at his personal cost when as a Col Staff he could have sent any number of vehicles for this undertaking. What a contrast to misuse of transport at various levels by officers.

    Then in 1983-84 while I was Instructor in Tac Wing, Nowshera, Maj Derek Joseph, 13 Lancers came to attend Senior Tac Armour (STA) Course. In an exam he had access to the paper before-hand but refused to resort to such means. Otherwise too he was a model of a proper officer.

    Maj Gen Julian Peter (my class-fellow at school who joined Army later) was my student in NDC (now NDU). At that time, as before and subsequently to-date he is an example of uprightness, refinement and patience loaded tolerance. Oh, I could go on and on in praise of Christian officers. Bottom line is that they are the best of the best in values that matter intrinsically. Rising to higher ranks is NO measure. In fact better, upright officers have a much harder time to get elevated in ranks. Other abilities apart, throats-cutting and “tact” are essential ingredients of steep hierarchical advancement. Down to earth Christian officers maintain a high standard of self-integrity from which the rest can learn.

    Thank you my Christian mates. We are proud of you and your services to Pak Army.

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      Thank you sir for you wonderful note. Stay blessed.

    • Dear Brig Aslam,
      A wonderful piece……….. gave me excellent material for writing on the Christian officers who served in the Armoured Corps in “The History of the Armoured Corps” that I am compiling. Can you give me any more information on Gardner………. which course was he from, etc? You can eamil me on

  29. Maj (R) Khalid Saeed Shah (2nd SSC) says:

    Col Tajik was one of the finest officers the Corps of Artillery produced. We are really hurt by the comments of Director Arty. An excellent tributes to his CO by Gen Qazi. Sir, WELL DONE.

  30. An excellent eulogy!
    It mentions 35 Heavy Artillery Regiment (later 35 (Self Propelled) Heavy Regiment Artillery) where I served as a battery commander & second-in-command (1984-86). Commanding officers make or mar the units. Good unit commanders leave their legacies and traditions behind for others to follow.

    Since this eulogy was also circulated on Army Aviation net, it brought memories of my time spent in the Army Aviation School Dhamial (student pilot P-17 course) and 1 Army Aviation Squadron Mangla (1975-78).

  31. Col Anwar Ahmed, Canada says:

    It was very mean of “Artillary Directorate”-(who ever spoke to Col Tjik) to mention of “Eating Namak”- I am so hurt.

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      Well you know all kind of people live on this planet. We being no different. But then people like Col Tajik are also in plenty.

  32. CO remained an institution for a long time in British & Pak Army by itself who used to train & groom his young officers (particularly) as a role model. But I am afraid it has deteriorated now due to many reasons which needs special focus for senior commanders now before it is too late.

    General Qazi has given a befitting tribute to his great CO. I wish if such tributes are paid & presented in the life of such veteran heroes. Any how, well done, Sir!!!!

    P.S: Was he From Tajikistan? The initials of JJK stand for what? Asking just out of curiosity.

  33. Capt (R) Naveed Akbar (2nd SSC) says:

    Col. JJK Tajik was a “Perfect Gentleman”. I was close to his family during my stay in Lahore from 1972-1978. A very loving family indeed!

  34. Brig (R) Riaz Toor says:

    I have had an interview with the General in Dec 2003 when I was CEO LESCO . I found him considerably impolite, arrogant and unreasonable .

    • Gen Tahir Qazi says:

      Dear Brig Riaz Toor, you have every right to form your opinion about any one including me and I should respect that. I leave it here as the main idea to come on this Blog was to post a tribute to my CO, which I had written earlier and passed it on to my friends. Since the Editor has served with me and that’s how I was here. Stay blessed.

      • Brig Aamir Mirza, Air Def says:

        I served under Lt Col Tahir Qazi in the unit and consider myself suitable to comment on his style of command. I have been prompted to write by Brig Riaz Toor’s comments rather than Brig Asad’s……
        “Souda jo tera haal hai aisa tou nahin wo
        Kya janian tu nay use kis aan mine dekha”

        Gen Qazi was my CO in 5 Lt Air Def Regt (Fakhr-e-Quaid) in Quetta for two years around 1990. To say the least we all loved, respected and adored him for many reasons. He demanded discipline and was self disciplined himself. Around 5-6 officers in the unit were regular smokers but we all even today can not smoke in front of him due respect he earned. I regretfully admit that I personally could not give similar respect to anyone in life except my father. At times he seemed to be more communicative without saying a word. His subtle and sometimes brutal sense of humour never let anyone escape a loose ball, yet his wisdom in choosing appropriate words would hit the right person at the intended spot while keeping the others guessing.

        His biggest attribute was his sincerity with the profession of arms and one may comment on various decisions taken by him during his career but no one can doubt his character. He was ruthless in dealing with those who created mischief and magnanimous with others committing mistakes; and I say it for a reason.

        Overall, he was a tough and demanding CO. Is there another way of grooming officers and men in uniform?

  35. Col Arshad Nazir Faridi Chishty (28 Long Course) says:

    It is very heartening to know officers remembering their Commanding Officers. It is particularly special to see juniors who get to very senior positions and yet they go beyond themselves giving respect to their seniors of yore. These are unwritten traditions of our soldiering profession. It is my good luck to come across such officers.

  36. Azam Gill, France says:

    Remembrance is a virtue: well done, General.

  37. Brig (R) Asad Hakeem (2nd SSC) says:

    Gen Tahir Qazi’s tribute means a lot to me since I know the officers he worked under in Gujranwala. However, I wonder if he was tougher than him as well. Someone from Air Def to comment about his style of command please.

    • Lt Col Rashid Zia Cheema, Air Def (2nd SSC) says:

      Dear Asad,
      It is a very apt tribute to his ex CO by Gen Tahir Qazi. I have served under Gen Qazi, he was not a hard task master in the classical sense but knew how to get the work done from his juniors.

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