By Maj Gen Parvez Akmal, Retd (42nd PMA L/C)

Major General (Retired) Parvez AkmalEditor’s Note: Maj Gen Parvez Akmal retired as Deputy Engineer-in-Chief in 2005; he lives in DHA Phase 1, Islamabad. Following his retirement, besides editing two volumes of ‘The History of Karakurram Highway’, authored by Brig Mumtaz Khalid (R), he has been a free-lance writer for some Urdu and English dailies until 2009. He also writes Urdu and Punjabi poetry. Here is his Urdu poem “Shohada-e-Gayari” in the memory of 129 soldiers and 11 civilian contractors who got shahadt when trapped in an avalanche at Gayari in Siachin area on 7 April 2012.

"Shohada-e-Gayari", Poem by Maj Gen Parvez Akmal (Retd) ex 42nd PMA, page 1
"Shohada-e-Gayari", Poem by Maj Gen Parvez Akmal (Retd) ex 42nd PMA, page 2


Martyrs of Gayari, Siachin, 7 April 2012

Rescue work at avalanche site at Gayari, April 2012

COAS, Gen Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, offers Dua after laying floral wreath at Gayari Shuhada Monument

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Pakistan Army Poets (Urdu Poetry)

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  1. Wing Cdr Khawar Ikram (R) says:

    Excellent poem sir….great tribute……..this poem and the incident should be talked about on our TV and media often….at least on every 07 April, as this was no small event. ISPR should make sure that this great sacrifice is highlighted again and again.

  2. Asslamu Alaikum.
    First, my sincere thanks to Col Rashid Cheema for adding beautiful pictures to make my modest effort presentable. Am extremely grateful to all readers for their encouragement and kind compliments. Allah willing, I’ll continue contributing to our favourite ‘Native Pakistan’.
    Profound regards.

  3. Maj Tariq Jehangir (R), Engrs says:

    Morale Raiser. Control of language is excellent. Really liked it.

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

    My salute to shuhadas.

  5. Rafique Ahmed Khan, Dubai says:

    Truly a beautiful, impressive and heart touching poem resembling a necklace studded with precious diamonds worthy of being presented with true homage to the loved ones who sacrificed their lives in honour of defending their motherland.

    • Dear Rafique A. Khan Sb,
      Sir, you are always so kind and generous in your encouragement. In fact you are a great source of inspiration for every one of us. My prayers for your good health and happiness, with sincere thanks and profound regards.

  6. Maj Muhammad Javaid-ul-Hussan (R), Ord says:

    A beautifully voiced words for the Shaheeds. No match to it. Thanks a lot, Sir.

  7. Col Shah Alam, Retd (34 PMA) Canada says:

    True heartfelt sentiments and great wordings compiled in to a beautiful rhythm & rhyme. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Gen Parvez Akmal,
    Sir, a wonderful poem!!! Please share more.

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