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Garam Chashma Diary: Army officer given warm send-off — 5 Comments

  1. We the inhabitants of Garam Chashma present our heartily tribute to Col Nazir, and we are thankful to him for his services for our area. I am also thankful to Mr Islamuddin to highlight such people who are sincere to our area.
    I believe that the cooperation of locals will always be with the army personals, as they are rendering their services. They are ready to sacrifice their lives for the sake of the people.

  2. We pay heartiest gratitude to those who are working for upliftment of Garam Chashma. Armed forces should always be appreciated for their good work especially in infrastructural development in addition to their core role of defense. We are craving when Garam Chashma Road will be handed over to FWO instead of the contractors as it seems that its budget will not properly be utilized by these fraudulent people as usual. Secondly, we do appreciate the role of the media and freelance writers who are highlighting the issues of the area.

  3. Mr Islamuddin, an excellent retired bureaucrat and a man of his own might, always lived a life in his own great style. He, however, surprised me today after he left no stone unturned in highlighting a tiny job of a union council nazim level done by a military colonel.
    It becomes obvious from his article that Lotkohi must have decorated the colonel with the highest award if there could have been any, but unfortunately there was none. They appreciated his efforts at a degree of 21-gun salute.
    The colonel must be getting bored as for a new guy spending his time in an area surrounded by the tall mountains, it becomes really difficult to sit idle. In Garam Chashma, a colonel has nothing else to do except launching a cleanliness drive, beautifying the dusty bazar etc.
    These military men are trained like that who can adjust themselves even they are sent to Siachen glacier. They have to engage themselves and their jawans in such activities to keep them busy and active and this case is no different because there is no social activity particularly in winter. You have to confine yourself in a room or go for swimming at a swimming pool built by channelling down the hot spring water of Garam Chashma at a local hotel owned by a prince.
    During my visit to the area last year, a local told me that most of the outsiders posted in the area usually get bored. They have nothing to do except visiting some retired bureaucrats or Shahzadas to have a cup of tea in the afternoon to kill their time.
    There also lives a lady, who does wonders. She is known as Lotkuho Naan. Mr Islamuddin can better inform us about such people as many prominent names in Chitral usually visit her [the list of the persons including names will be disclosed later].
    I also had the opportunity to meet her. My first question to her was whether I’ll marry my dream girl or not. She politely addressed me, saying: “Look you will get her after a long wait because she is a woman with two destiny.”
    Her answer hit me straight at the heart. I promptly said, “I will never let it happen.” I was not ready to trust her unless the doomsday occurred when the angel was married off with a boy despite stiff resistance from my side.
    I am still waiting and her prediction is yet to be materialized, so let’s see what cat comes out from the bag. We would love to hear from Mr Islamuddin about these interesting people, who may lead some people in the wrong direction if went unnoticed.

  4. @Afzal:
    A headline on “The Telegraph UK” on 26 Mar 2012 read like this: “Pakistan deputy attorney-general to clean shoes at Amritsar Golden Temple.”
    Sometimes “big” people do “tiny” job. It would be better to think what is being done and why, than who is doing it. If a colonel after fulfilling his basic job “security of the people” instead of enjoying dinners with a prince or a bureaucrat, helps the people in beautifying a remote area; for me he is actually beautifying Pakistan and truly deserves 21-gun salute. You must know “Sindh ki Khidmat Pakistan ki khidmat.”
    By the way “visiting some retired bureaucrats or Shahzadas to have a cup of tea” is not even a bad idea. Ronald Reagen – the 40th president of America, once said: “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.”
    Lotkuho-Nan: A friend from GB told me a story when he had a chance to visit Nan with a foreigner. In his case too ‘Nan’s prediction’ was true as yours. One of my favorite writers Irfan Husain wrote about somehow a relevant topic but not about Nan. http://dawn.com/2012/11/05/pollsters-pundits-and-astrologers/
    Your story regarding ‘beautiful angel’ was really touching. A Chitrali poet would say in such a situation:
    “Deti hulaaye poreitam awa tan betab arzuaan,
    Na khio afas ma boyan na khyote arman hanese
    Zindagee pong peseru ta waslo armana box hot,
    Ishmar kori anguman behcheru lamhan hanese.
    Ta hostar cherdu awa weshetur patango missal,
    Alar ma kuye ke awaaye nasibo tez gaan hanese.
    Mayon chulli ta luwan deko chucho shipnashepya,
    Ma ta posheko gurum no boi bedarman hanese.”

    I hope for any omission or addition the poet will pardon me!