GARAM CHASHMA, Dec 1: Lt.Colonel Nazir Hussain, Commanding Officer of the Garam Chashma wing of Chitral Scouts, was accorded warm and emotional send-off by the force and local notables on his transfer to GHQ Rawalpindi . The entire route to the venue was tastefully decorated.
Despite his short stint as CO, Col Nazir became immensely popular with locals for his deep interest in the welfare of the people and active participation in uplift projects to make Garam Chashma as ultimate tourist destination. His intercession in local issues involving welfare of the dependents of shuhada and compensation matters saved families from breaking up and costs of needless litigations. President Aga Khan Council Fazal Hamid and development activists led by Shahzada Amanur Rehman who holds most property in Garam Chashma town, extended full cooperation to him in his efforts to beautify the market area, improve its physical ambiance, solid waste management and facelift to safety measures in the sensitive border area having a mosaic of sects and races, who have lived together in exemplary peace for centuries.
In his farewell address, Col Nazir thanked the people for their cooperation and hoped that this would continue with his successor, Col Sarfaraz Malik who brings varied and useful experience to handle contemporary problems threatening peace in our beloved country. He said that peace was the greatest asset of Garam Chashma and it must be preserved at all costs. He said that he will never forget the hospitality and the memories of his stay in Garam Chahma and would do whatever he could for the betterment of the area.
Speaking on behalf of the local community, Amanur Rehman and Council President Fazal Hamid thanked Col Nazir for his services and assured full cooperation to his successor.
Amanur Rehman gave update on the steps he was taking to develop the market area which included the much needed and long delayed link road for Cheerwill, shifting of bus stand to a better and safer place, construction of economical hotel for low income groups, construction of ladies shopping mall, sports stadium, public toilets, sewerage system and infrastructure for new banks like NBP and Soneri Bank who have decided to open branches here provided they get required accommodation. He urged locals to invest in their home town for fast track development.
Col Sarfaraz, the new CO made it clear that he would continue the good work started by his predecessor and would show zero tolerance to those who would try to disturb peace in the valley.
After the formal ceremony, the participants were entertained with traditional music and local farewell dance number which was participated by all quests and was led by Col Nazir which showed his love and ownership of Chitrali culture.