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 there are news - real news as Vincent Samuel was in Pakistan (presently settled in Canada for the last 20 years) - it was really a treat seeing him after a long time. I met him in Rawalpindi when he had come to attend Tariq Sher's mother-in-law's funeral. Later he went to Lahore, where the all time hospitable MZK hosted a dinner in his honour. (From here onwards by SAJ Shirazi) - Meeting Samuel was a personal treat on my account. He was my side roommate. He was decent and he was a good company. He still is. In Canada he has completed his studied before doing business. Now he is a successful entrepreneur there (and he has promised to give the nuskha of his success to us). He updated us on all about how life has been dealing with him. The highlight of the evening was his found mention of his family. He loves them very much. Personally, I could read much more on his face than what he said during the lovely evening.  This also gives me an opportunity to talk about on one of issues we are going to face on the retirement of Muhammad Zahir Khan – the moving spirit behind the Lahore Chapter. Despite being very busy in his job assignment, he has wonderfully managed the coordination of the Chapter. No one could do this way. I, on my own behalf, and on behalf of all those to whom I have talked about the responsibilities of course coordination, suggest that he continues doing course coordination even after retirement. Yes, he will need help. We can create a small organization of our own to assist him. (http://sajshirazi.blogspot.com/2009/01/men-at-their-best-with-vincent-samuel.html )
 
Well there is nothing new from Lahore since November 18 2008 - So No News is Good News ....
 
Last evening (Nov 18, 2008), once again, Men At Their Best got together in DeSOM. Malik Itbar Kahn, member Provincial Assembly Punjab, was here in the city and that created an occasion; yes, we always look for occasions to get together to relive those days once we were together. Thanks to MZK, who as usual managed the evening in a way that everyone could feel the past. Images for this are coming. Stay tuned…  ( Shared by SAJ Shirazi )

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.
Zahir Khan

 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.
As the gentlemen from the Southern Punjab and Upper Sind were still around over the weekend, they were also joined by Rashad Javeed for Sunday golf cum brunch at the Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club. A picture taken at the start of the fiercely contested match is attached. Zahir Khan 



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30 March 08: Taking advantage of the presence of some of our colleagues at the station, Lahore Chapter organized golf cum brunch at Lahore Garrison Golf and Country Club. The golf game was participated by Mumtaz Bajwa, Ashraf Tabassum, Tariq Sher, Khalid Alizai and Zahir Khan. Tariq+Zahir team gave tough time to Bajwa+Ashraf team all along but finally the game’s heavy weights put all their skill, 'authority' and ‘command’ to neutralize the lead. It was an honorable draw and happy ending for all.
As the golf game culminated, Agha Farooq and Shahid Maqbool had also joined the waiting members of the local cadre which included Numan Siddiqi, Saeed Akram, Hafiz Shafiq, Ateeq Hussain Shah, Sultan Khan, Haider Nadeem Qadri, Abid Qadri, Iqbal, Ashraf, Khalid Javed, Tariq Mahmood, Mustafa Maan, Ghulam Shabbir, (Sir)Tariq Mahmood, Sher Zaman and Tahir Khan. It was a great fun once again to enjoy the company of a good number of friends.


After a brief pause, the activities of Lahore chapter showed some life during last week of Mar. Firestly, it was Rauf Khan's brief visit on 25th Mar which only allowed a golf game and evening tea. Jamal Zia also joined for the latter part. Due to short notice and limited time available, no other friend could be invited to join.

17 March 08: Zahir's  office was once again the venue of a hurriedly called get-together for JalalHB who was in Lahore to attend a funeral of a relative. Despite no reaction time at all, MZK arranged accommodation for Jalal and his family (through courtesy Jamal Zia). A group photo  taken on the occasion is as under. I met everyone almost after decades - thanks courtesy of MZK


Tariq Sher’s presence in Lahore provided a reason to the old colleagues to flock together on 3 Mar 08. The event was organized at Zahir Khan’s office which was joined by Akram, Maan, Iqbal, Maqsood, Azhar Butt,Hafiz Shafiq, Mehmood Tariq, Khalid Masood, AbdulRauf, Javed Iqbal and Tariq Mehmud. It was a great fun to revive the decades’ old associations. The history was preserved for the sake of reference and sharing.

Top provincial NADRA man from Karachi, Ali Raza Qizilbash was in Lahore during the week for couple of days. Having known his schedule, Shahid Aslam got him and few others on a dinner table in a local restaurant on 6 Mar 08. It was a pleasant gathering where host of professional as well as other matters of national concern came under discussion. Those who took time out included Jamal Zia, Abid Qadri, Tahir Khan, Zahir Khan and of course the host Shahid Aslam. Submitted By: Zahir Khan


The social circle of 55 at Lahore was dominated by the ‘Men from Pano Aqil’ during the last week. Though the two top men of the upper Sind were following each other closely, the Lahore coordinator failed to get them together at any one time. Disregarding the principle of ‘economy of effort’, two different occasions had to be created for getting the ‘pleasure of the company’ of the visiting colleagues.

Firstly, we got together with Rashad Javeed over dinner on 26 Feb at Defence Services Officers Mess which was attended by Iqbal, Athar, Shabbir, Azhar Butt, Ijaz and Sabtain. A sense of sympathy is offered to Sardar Shoaib Mumtaz and Asghar Hayat Kalyar for not making it this time. It was revealed that there has been a surprise winner as well. Mr Itbar Khan has been elected provincial legislator from his native Attock constituency.


The next event was a Tea Break with Mumtaz Bajwa on 28 Feb organized in Zahir Khan’s office. It was graced by Jaml Zia, Numan Siddiqi, Ateeq H Shah, Sultan Khan, Ali Akbar, Nadeem Qadri, Iqbal, Abdul Samad, Tariq Mehmood, Mustafa Maan, and Waqar Asif. Do you believe that some of them had not met the visiting gentleman since PMA days! It was a very rejoicing reunion for them in particular. The others too had not been in communication with the ‘men from Pano Aqil’ for quite some time. See enlarged photo in "Gray Hair".

Some of the pictures taken on the occasions are att. You will have to do a ‘dressing’ exercise again. Hopefully, you will get me some better outfit this time. Zahir Khan


22 February 2008: The Lahore chapter took advantage of Ashraf Tabassum's presence in the town and flocked together to join him at a dinner at Defence Services Mess on 22 Feb. The colour was added by the presence of the lady wives who also enjoyed some relaxing moments. The hosts included Tahir Khan, Abid Qadri, Akram, Mustafa Maan, Khalid Alizai, Khalid Javed, Abbas Malik and the local coordinator Zahir Khan. The discussion often touched our hearts to remember the no more alive colleagues. Some light moments of the Academy fall ins and description of some Police encounters were also shared.


4 February 2008: A special get-together was arranged by MZK for webmaster of the site. In all 15 officers attended and were served with hefty "tea-break". MJK also shared his PMA photos which have been included in various sections of the site. It also provided an opportunity to have a group photos, besides individual photo session.

  We all sincerely thank MZK for getting us together.  See more photos

 Obituary

 


 Weddings

Asghar Javed Sherazi's daughter wedded on 27th Mar followed by wedding of daughter of Rashad Javeed on 29th. The photographs of the occasion will be sent shortly. Mahmood Tariq's daughter's wedding is scheduled for the weekend 4/5 Apr. All these occasions besides bringing joy to the family, provide an opportunity to large number of the family of the 55th to get together.


 Births
 None reported so far

 New Jobs / Assignments
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