News From LAHORE
Wedding of Daughter of Arshad Khokhar: The wedding of daughter of Arshad Javed Khokhar on 14 Feb 09 was well attended by a large number of our local as well as visiting colleagues. They joined to express their good wishes for the bride and groom. A photograph taken with the newly weds is attached. Those who are missing from the picture were Hashim and Noor Shinwari from Karachi and Tahir Khan, Kalyar, Khalid Alizai and Abid Qadri.
Vincent Leaves for Canada: Vincent Samuel after spending about a month in Pakistan left for Canada via Karachi. During his stay in Pakistan, he has been the centre of social activities in Lahore and then Rawalpindi. On his way to Karachi before leaving for Toronto, he had a brief stay in Lahore on 13/14 Feb. He was seen off at the airport by Tahir & Zahir Khans. Before his departure, he is seen with the duo and Master Muhammad Ali Khan.
A recent visit by two of our stalwarts provided the Lahore Chapter a reason to
get together at the usual venue over a cup of tea. Ghazanfar Ali was in Lahore
for couple of days during first week of Feb. Other than playing golf with Zahir
and Shaffi, he was joined by about a dozen colleagues on 6th. He was closely
followed by Muhammad Asif, the Course Secretary, who also enjoyed the company of
some of the friends on 10 Feb 09. On both the occasions, the plan for the year's
mega event at Abbottabad was discussed with lot of interest. Two other course
mates who visited Lahore recently but didn't have time for a party include Syed
Hamid Naqvi (FS Tony) and Sheikh Tahir.
So finally Lahore rocked after a spell of more than two months: The month of Oct and beginning of Nov saw some activities picking up in Lahore. Immediately after Eid, Zuhr Khan was here along with his entire family for Nikah ceremony of his son with daughter of Khalid Alizai. They are the second set of course mates who have tied their children into nuptial knot. The first ones were Dr Mukhtar and Rasheed who entered into second generation relationship last year. End Oct, it was Wasif again in Lahore to get his newly established security business going. A sumptuous BBQ dinner was arranged for his family which was attended by a dozen colleagues along with their lady wives.
Earlier the same day, about a dozen course mates were invited for tea with Naeem Anwar Butt in Zahir Khan's office. Naeem is contemplating to help extending Wasif's security services in Islamabad. He was closely followed by Sardar Shoaib Mumtaz who on account of his politico-governmental commitments could only spare one odd hour for meeting his old friends over a cup of tea at the usual venue. Beginning Nov, it was Ashraf Tabassum who on his way to Rawalpindi spent some time at Lahore. The Course Coordinator was quick to grab this opportunity and organized a dinner at the local mess for the couple which was joined by about a dozen colleagues and their better halves. Some of the photographs taken on these occasions are attached for sharing these with other friends. You might notice some new faces in these pictures; Abdul Rehman on his retirement from Sialkot has permanently moved to Lahore and Ahmad Najeeb Khan is permanently back from his overseas job. ( The third pic sent by ZK could not be displayed since it was too dark and blurred. )
The Men At Their Best (55 PMA) and their families from Lahore got together Aug 30, 2008. Getting together is always the best of times for all of us. In addition to bringing back good old memories of 1975, it allows us to update about each other. What is happening to comrades in life and work. ZK (thanks to ZK for being the living spirit of 55PMA) gave an overview of what has happened since we last met. Presence of Sujah Ulla Tarar made the evening lovelier. Personal thanks to Athar for reminding me of that Story (Athar, somehow or the other you know what I mean). S A J Shirazi (Thanks Shirazi for sending the report instead of ZK, who probabaly got tired of his hectic routine and got away from Lahore for a while - Jalal HB). Shirazi also published the news on his blog at: http://sajshirazi.blogspot.com/2008/08/men-at-their-best.html
The beginning of Aug saw some activities picking up in the social circle of the 55 Group. First one to visit was Tariq Sher who on account of his commitments, could only spare some time for a game of golf with Zahir. He was closely followed by Wasif Ali Mahmud who is in the process of extending his business to Lahore. A good number of colleagues joined him for a tea break on 6 Aug at the usual venue. A group photo taken on the occasion is attached for viewing by all. Wasif in the centre is flanked by Azhar Butt and Ateeq H Shah on his right and Zahir and Sikander Munem on his left. Waqar, Mamood Tariq, Sher Zaman, Alizai and Abdul Rauf are standing in the rear.
15 August: Malik Zuhr Khan was in Lahore coinciding with the Independence Day. He took some time out to join some of the colleagues over a cup of tea in Zahir Khan's office on 15 Aug. Going with the tradition, a group photo taken on the occasion is attached. Sitting from right to left are Mahmood, Zahir ( the smart guy in town ) , Zuhr, Ashraf and Sultan. Standing from left to right are Maan, Abbass, Sher Zaman ( nice to see Sher Zaman attending tea breaks lately ), Iqbal and Tariq Fazal. (seen you after a long time Zuhr Khan). Thanks God Zahir has decided to wear T-Shirts - makes my job easier.
Recently webmaster of the site visited Lahore on 22 July and as usual there was a get together arranged by Zahir in his office. The occasion provided an opportunity to meet some of the retired course mates besides Zahir and Nadir Mir still with boots on ( forgive me for the hurriedly applied cosmetics ). Sir Samad and Athar took me off guard and let out their grievances against me using the word "original" which they considered offensive as it did not cater for the relegees of 53/54 Long courses. Apologizing for my mistake, I promised to make amends, but wherever have I used the term "original" it means the fresh intake in May 1975 and the relegees. But a few cadets joined us in 2nd term which leaves out their mention. I will try to get details of those relegated in the final term of 54 Long Course and make a special mention of them as soon as possible. We had a good tea and gossip - after which the gathering disappeared in the noisy Lahore.
The Evening of 9th Jun saw another small assembly of the Course over a dinner at Defence Officers Mess. This time it was done in the honour of Mumtaz Bajwa who was on a visit to Lahore. After a relaxing golfing game in the evening with Zahir Khan, Bajwa joined some of the course mates to recall the three decade old friendship while all enjoyed the sizzling Chinese cuisine. Those present included Iqbal, Noman Siddiqi, Shahid Aslam, Akram, Waqar, Maqsood and of course the organizer of the event, Zahir Khan. A group photo at the occasion was taken preserving the history.
The Lahore chapter members got together for the second time during the week on 31 May 08 to share an evening with three of their ʽshining stars. It was a fantastic setting in the flood-lit lawns of the Garrison Golf and Country Club where a sizzling BBQ dinner was enjoyed by twenty stags. It was organized in the honour of visiting colleagues from Bahawalpur, Pano Aqil and Karachi namely Ashraf Tabassum, Rashad Javeed and Abdul Qadir Shahid in the same order. Those who took time out to re-wind their clocks included Shahid Aslam, Mehmood Tariq, Athar, Javed Iqbal, Sultan Khan, Tariq Fazal, Khalid Javed, Asghar J Shirazi, Azhar Butt, Ijaz, Mustafa Maan, Haider Raza, Waqar Aslam, Tassawar Rana (Gwadar fame), Tariq Mahmood, Maqsood (MinTin fame) and of course, the local coordinator Zahir Khan. To keep the history, a group photo was taken in the lovely setting of the golf course which is attached to demonstrate the united spirit of the course.
15 May 08: After a brief pause, the Lahore Chapter got another reason for getting together. On 14 May, it was a dinner in the honour of Ali Raza Qazilbash, who was on a visit to for couple of days. About a dozen colleagues came over at Defence Services Officers Mess to enjoy a sumptuous meal. Those attended included Tahir Khan, Noman Siddiqui, Khalid Javed, Maqsood, Sher Zaman, Iqbal Badar (new entry), Ateeq Hussain Shah, Azhar Butt, Tariq Fazal and of course the local organizer Zahir Khan.
A surprise of the evening was a
somewhat forgotten colleague Mr Saeed ud Din (sitting in the centre in photo
on the right) ex Tariq 4 who migrated to
USA and got settled in Dallas, Texas. He is currently visiting Pakistan and
joined the occasion with the kind courtesy of Noman Siddiqui.
6 May 08 : After his retirement, Iqbal Badar has taken a job in Lahore and moved here last week. He is still in the settling down phase and has moved singly along with his golf bag. To welcome him and to enjoy the company of another visiting golfer, Zahir ul Islam, a golf match was played along with some local club members on Sunday (4th May) morning. As usual, it was followed by a sumptuous brunch with plenty of Lassi. It was a great fun to enjoy the early morning warming sunshine in the green environment of the Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club. Zahir Khan
After a hearty participation of
the members of Lahore chapter in Abbottabad grand assembly, they again got
together on 18 Apr 08 along with their families to celebrate 31st
anniversary of the passing out. A good number turned out to enjoy the cool
and serene environment of the lawn of a local Mess. It was very fascinating
to share the Abbottabad episode with all those who could not make it to
there in the BBQ filled air. The esthetically illuminated environ with live
background music added a romantic tone to the setting. The dinner was also
joined by Mumtaz Bajwa and Ashraf Tabassam who happened to be in the town at
the time. Asghar Kalyar especially came over from Sargodha and broke his
self imposed ʽisolationʼ since his defeat in the general election.
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