By Lt Col Sajid Majeed Bhatti (R), AC (47th PMA)
Back in 1967, my parent unit, 22 Cavalry, was located in Multan. Lt Col (Later Gen and President of Pakistan) Zia-ul-Haq was CO and his Adjt was Lt Zia Mehmood (2nd War Course). One day a girl friend of Lt Zia rang up in the regiment and unfortunately the phone was picked up by the CO, who said, “Assalamo Alaikum! Col Zia speaking.”
The girl thought that Lt Zia Mehmood was speaking with a changed voice. She started making fun of the CO and said, ” Yes, yes, till yesterday you were Lt Zia and today you have become Col Zia. I am pretty sure that tomorrow you will say, I am General Zia.”
Col Zia told the girl, “I have recognized you and will talk to your father in the evening.”
On hearing this, the girl hurriedly hung up.
Editor: Photo contributed by Maj Agha Farrukh S Khan (57 PMA). In the above photo the rank of Adjt be read as Lt (instead of Capt).
The CO asked for the Adjt and was told that he had gone to the garages. After sometimes, Col Zia went to the garages to get hold of Lt Zia. Since, in the meanwhile, Lt Zia had also come to know as to what had happened, therefore, he ran to the unit lines. It was after quite some time that when the CO cooled down that Lt Zia picked up the courage to face him.
Those were the good old days of my great regiment, 22 Cavalry.
Post Script: Maj Zia Mehmood retired on 29 December 1989. He has now settled at Rawalpindi.
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