By Col (Retd) Tariq Masood, 44 Long Course (USA)
Editor’s Note: Col Tariq Masood is from a Punjab Regt. He is also a Homeopathic doctor. He has settled in USA since 2001.
The Class of 1965 from Muslim High School, Said Pur Road, Rawalpindi consisted of about 350 students. I do not remember the exact figures. It had 5 different sections (A, B, C, D and AA). It was funny that the school administration never thought of going beyond D. It should have been Section E but they kept AA, because there was no emphasis on English. So even the teachers never wanted to put pressure on students’ minds for teaching English.They never realized that AA was a bigger pressure, because in no English book AA was written. I always wondered this AA must have been the exclusive discovery of Muslim High School.
MITHOO was a character in Section A, that was my section too. I am sure none of us remembers his full name now, not even at that time. Even the teachers used to call him MITHOO. His face was just like a parrot, cheeks pressed inside and prominent
nose jutting out which resembled the beak of a parrot. MITHOO’S eyes were also like a parrot which would look 180 degree and hair standing upward. I am sure when he was born, his parents must have been very happy seeing this handsome child and unanimously the whole family decided to give him the name of MITHOO. He was a limit in making fun of other people and taking Panga in the class and the whole class used to get punishment most of the time in Murgha position.
MITHOO used to make paper aeroplanes and hit the teachers while they were writing on the blackboard with their backs towards the class. He was so perfect shot that when it would hit the teacher, he would shudder for a while and after turning back would ask,” Who did it?”
The esprit de corps demanded not to reveal the culprit and the entire class used to be taken out in the ground and made Murgha and the whole school witnessed this scene. There are many stories about MITHOO that I can write a book, but here I will give you only one Shararat (mischief) of MITHOO.
Once Second Head Master Mr. Hadayat Ullah was relaxing on a chair after writing “Masla Fisaghores” (Pythagoras) on the blackboard. He was more than 75 years old at that time. He went to deep sleep and kept on sleeping while the period time was over and the bell was struck. When MITHOO saw this, he went out and shouted that Master Hadayat Ullah has died. He started ringing the school bell continuously and the whole school dispersed and everybody went home thinking that the Chutti (holiday) has been declared.
If you are familiar with the school bells, it would start with One Bell for first period and Two Bells for 2nd period and so on. The continuous ringing of bell means Chutti and there were not too many holidays, only the National holidays or if some teacher died.
When Master Hadayat Ullah heard this commotion, he also woke up from deep sleep. He was amazed as to why a Chutti was declared just after the second period and the whole school had been dispersed. He rushed out of the classroom to find out the details. When he reached the office of Principal (Mr. Tirmizy), he found that some student had done this prank. A discreet investigation was carried out which revealed that it was MITHOO who did it. The entire class got the collective punishment next day in the morning sermon and special punishment was awarded to MITHOO, but the whole school was so very happy that there is a chance for one more Holiday, because Master Hadayat Ullah can die any day. But he did not die as long as we were in the school. Later after his retirement he died at the age of 85 in Lahore.
Surprisingly, Muslim High School produced amazing people from Class of 1965. Some well-known personalities are Malik Riaz of Beharia Town (the only self made Billionaire), Khalid Siddique Tirmizy who is presently President Punjab Bank (He was previously the President of Faisal Bank in Pakistan), Gen Waheed Akhtar from Signals, Col Waheed ur Rehman, Maqbool Sheikh (Director NADRA), Dr. Amjad (Another millionaire of Eden Town Lahore), Behzad Mehmood (GM Pakistan Railways), Late Dr. Aftab (Medical Specialist), Dr. Anwar ul Haq, Dr. Muhammad Akram (Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore) and one senior Ameer of Tableeghi Jammat, Shahid Abbas (Director Finance in World Bank), Rehan Azhar (PTV actor who later went to Hollywood), Professor Tariq Bhatti, Achha “Qasai” (Butcher), Shamshad Barber, Anayati Driver, Chhanna Jaali Doctor and many more.
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