By Maj (R) Zuha Saeed (12 OTS)
We shall remain faujis even DECADES after we are OUT OF UNIFORM. Our training and the army imprint deep on our roots shall FORTUNATELY never leave us. I want to share an episode that is hardly 24 hours old, but I shall never be able to forget it till I am alive.
I left my unit (28 Cavalry) for staff in 1987 and then, somehow, never went back. When I left the unit, in those days our Sig NCO was Daffedar Shakoor. Years passed, I moved on, trotted all over the globe and finally settled in Islamabad.
Yesterday I received a call on my mobile phone, an old man spoke in English, with crisp voice, “Sir, As’salamo Alaikum. Abdul Shakoor this side, Sir”.
I obviously did not place him, so I said, “W’alaikum Assalam. Bhai, kahan say bole rahay hain?”
“Yes, it is Maj Zuha”, I replied.
He continued, “Sir, Chakwal say Daffedar retired Abdul Shakoor speaking. I was senior ‘KABOOTAR’ of 28 Cavalry jub aap Kharian may ‘Markhore’ thay”.
What we talked later may be of no importance to you all, but this old man who now approaching 75th year of his life, nearly blind in both eyes and badly beaten by time, FOLLOWED AN IMPROVISED VOICE PROCEDURE on the mobile phone that he followed on old GRC-9 wireless sets that he was trained on in late 60s. His mannerism, respect and BONDAGE, reflected in his talk, was the same that was there when he was in uniform. MY GOD!!
How can one ever be more proud of our parent institution and its COMPLETE GRASP on all of us?
RISALA ZINDA BAAD, PAK FAUJ PAINDA BAAD.
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