GARAM CHASHMA, July 30: A condolence reference was held at the Pamir Degree College (SOLAS) Hall to pay tributes to late Zafar Ahmad, ex-MPA, who passed away last week after a heart attack. He was born in 1949. Among five brothers he was the youngest. He remained MPA from 1985-88 and was highly popular among the people. This is the fourth reference by the Pamir system to recognize services of the true sons of Chitral who promoted good causes and served the people selflessly.
Speakers at the reference recalled his services for Chitral, especially his hometown Garam Chashma. In his key note speech, Principal of Pamir College, Islamuddin, said carpeting of Chitral-Garam Chashma road was a mega project carried out during the tenure of Zafar Ahmad, which was the only project of its kind after the first PPP government which completed many mega projects in Garam Chashma. He also credited Zafar Ahmad with patronizing private initiative to promote quality English medium education in Garam Chashma for which he announced donation of Rs.75000. However, the project could not take off due to dismissal of the government by General Ziaul Haq.
In his presidential address, leading local figure retired Subedar Shahbaz eulogized the high level of honesty of the ex-MPA by saying that he did not benefit his family during his tenure. In fact, he ran into debt and had to work as a labourer in UK for 10 year to repay the debt. Unlike his contemporary politicians, he did not misuse his position to make money and earned respect of his people and became role model for them…
Mr Sikandar, the elder brother of the late MPA, who was the chief guest at the function, recalled his role as a family member who taught his children about the sanctity of public money and never allowed them to take undue advantage of his position.
In the May 11 elections, Zafar Ahmed chose to join ANP just to attract the attention of the ANP provincial government towards the pressing problems of Chitral otherwise he fully knew that it would be difficult for Chitralis to vote for Pakhtoon nationalists,” Mr Sikandar,” the elder brother of the deceased.
Thus even in his dying moments, development of Chitral was his top agenda.
The condolence reference concluded with collective prayers for the departed soul and with the pledge that his legacy of selfless public service and love for Chitral and Pakistan would be kept aloft by burying petty prejudices on the basis of regionalism, ethnicity and sectarianism.–Islamuddin