“Sarkari Haj”, a Poem by PA Lala

By Maj Gen Parvez Akmal (R), 42nd PMA Long Course

Editor’s Note: Maj Gen (R) Parvez Akmal is from Engineers. He lives in Rawalpindi after retirement. He writes Urdu and Punjabi poetry with his pen-name “PA Lala”.
A 30 member entourage accompanied the President of Pakistan during Haj in October 2013. It is still not clear whether it was a ‘Sarkari Haj’ or paid by the President. PA Lala has selected this ‘incident’ for his poem.

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  1. Mr.Pervaiz akmal your poetry is really good and you define the reality.

  2. Tariq Askari says:

    The bad customs go on and on. Very sad.

  3. Dear! This is a great poem and true.

  4. Lt Col (R) Ikram Ullah Khan, Arty (3rd SSC) says:

    Sir, how unfortunate. On one hand people are dying of hunger and on the other public money is being looted to clear the slates and get ready for the next round. We are MUSLIMS OF THE BIGGEST ISLAMIC COUNTRY OF THE WORLD. What a joke?

  5. I like it Pervez Akmal. I didn’t know of this hidden talent of yours. Keep at it. My lots of regards.

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

    Fabulous!!! Simply awesome, sir. Allah karey zore qalam aur ziayda, Aameen.

  7. Brig (R) Jalal Hameed Bhatti says:

    I wish those for whom it is meant for could READ and UNDERSTAND the hidden message.

  8. Rafique Ahmed Khan, Dubai says:

    The unfortunate period of the Dictators has become an irritant to remember. The poem by a Soldier of such a high rank proves the injuries inflicted to the country by them.

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

    Whoever occupies the “Palaces” in Islamabad considers govt funds as “inherited money”.
    Only faces change, mentality remains the same. Very meaningful verses.

  10. Muhammad Hamza says:

    Very funny and very critical for our ministers!!

  11. Mehmud Ahmed, Canada says:

    This is what in Urdu is called “Hasb-e-Hall”. What a tragedy. When they come back they get receptions from relatives and officials. Like the Hudood and Blashphemy there should be a Haj Ordinance also that should classify Hajis as “Aslee” and “Sarkari” and those performing Haj on people’s taxes should be placed in the second category. The defaulters should be prosecuted under the Haj Ordinance, like the one from Multan who sold Haj quotas.

  12. Sir, the words in this poem are as sharp as a surgeon’s knife and as cutting as a soldier’s bayonet. Please share more poems in Rawalpindi Blog.

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