By Dr. Shaukat Chandna (56th PMA Long Course)
Editor’s Note: Dr. Shaukat Chandna is from 36 and 32 Baluch Regts. He resigned his commission as a Capt in 1984. After leaving the Army, he did his PhD and currently running his business in Qatar.
In 1982-83, I was a Capt and serving in 32 Baluch Regt in Northern Areas. Maj Javed Alam Khan (Later Lt Gen) from 24 Cavalry was BM of the Brigade located at Gilgit. My unit was also in the same Brigade.
On two occasions that I visited the Brigade HQ for some work/issue, I was invited to his office for a general chat. Since I had traveled in an open jeep from way outside of Gilgit, I needed to use the Men’s Facility first. Noticing that he had an attached toilet, I asked him, ” Sir, May I use the toilet?”
“Sure, go ahead”, he very graciously granted the permission.
On the third occasion, during another visit to the Bde HQ, when as usual I asked the permission to use the toilet, the BM got up from his chair leaned forward, and scowled: “You got something against the Brigade HQ – every time you come here, you bloody fool, you piss on us!”
For a brief second I actually thought he was upset, but then he gave a wry smile and waved me on in the general direction of the “Loo”.
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