“Tribute To Gen Ehtasham Zamir, A Son Of Rawalpindi”

Mosquito typesEditor’s Note: Brig Hashim Khan was commissioned in 19 Lancers in 1971. He later joined Avn in 1975. After his retirement, he has settled in DHA Phase 1, Islamabad.


Maj Gen Syed Ehtasham Zamir expired early morning on 4th May 2015 in Army Burn Centre CMH Kharian and was buried in Bahria Graveyard Rawalpindi in the identical night.

Four days earlier than his demise some repairs have been stepping into his home. The gasoline lever was unintentionally turned on by a employee. At the identical time Gen’s servant had sprayed mosquito repellent and the Gen couldn’t differentiate gasoline from mosquito spray. After coming back from a recreation of tennis, the second he lit his cigarette there was an explosion and the Gen’s garments caught hearth.

Ehtasham Zamir was son of a well-known poet of Pakistan, Maj Syed Zamir Jafri. I had identified him from our faculty days. Although he was from Gordon College, Rawalpindi and I used to be in Sir Syed College, and forward of me in years, however we used to satisfy very often throughout pupil agitation/strikes towards Ayub Khan. Later we ended up as course mates in PMA.

He was additionally Chairman of an NGO, “Syed Zamir Jafri Foundation“, which was fashioned in 2008. It is a non-profit basis with the intention of selling useful resource materials for individuals desirous about doing analysis work on Syed Zamir Jafri along with offering a discussion board to check the legend poet.

He had a really refined humorousness and after the retirement he used to put in writing a column in some Urdu newspaper. He additionally printed a e-book ” Matta-e-Zamir ” which was a compilation of his articles. He was variety sufficient to current a duplicate of that e-book to me in Dec 2013.

We used to satisfy very often on varied weddings and funerals, and we often used to peel off type the gang to take pleasure in a cigarette and gup-shup and some newest jokes. He might convert regular day-to-day dialog into humor.

Last yr when his son died, he was actually damaged. It was very tragic certainly. His son was touring to China together with his mom. After checking in for the flight, his son advised the mom to take a seat within the ready space and went out to in all probability have a smoke. When quite a lot of time elapsed and the boarding time was nearing, she went out to search for him. There she noticed lots of people gathered round one thing, and there she discovered her son mendacity useless. You can properly think about what the poor girl should have gone by way of at the moment, and all the method of preparations to carry the physique again to Pakistan.

He knew that my son, Fawad Jalal Khan, had died on 17 August 2001 in an accident at Lahore. He was simply 21 years outdated then. When we met on the funeral of Ehtasham’s son, he requested me, “Hashmay, yaar toun vi iss ichon guzarya aen, kisi din toun te bhabi aao te sanoon dasso ke iss ichon kevaen langiye?” after that me and my spouse went overseas to Europe and USA and stayed out for nearly 4 months. After our return varied pulls and pushes of occasions stored us occupied and we couldn’t go to his home.

Last time we met was on his second son’s marriage ceremony in January 2015. He got here to my desk and after regular hellos and hi-s he stated, “Chuhd o yaar, toun uss day baad nazar e nahi aayaa“.

I advised him, “Let this marriage ceremony season move and we will certainly name on”. His spouse additionally advised my spouse that that they had been ready for us to return.

Little did I do know that subsequent time we go to his house, it might be to condole his demise. I really feel so small for permitting my day-to-day commitments are available in the best way of assembly a pal when he was ready for me. Guys, life is probably the most unsure factor. One by no means is aware of when it’ll come to an finish. Be there when somebody whom you realize wants you.

Just a day earlier than his demise a standard pal met him in CMH Kharian and tweeted that he was in good spirits and the medical doctors have been hopeful of his restoration and the subsequent day he was gone. Our departure from this world could be roughly on the identical traces. All deaths are sudden. No one is aware of the second when Malik-ul-Maut will take away our final breath and after that it will likely be how individuals keep in mind us. So My Dear Friends, make an endeavor to go away behind good recollections.

May Allah grant Gen Ehtasham Zamir the choicest place in Jannat-ul-Firdous, Aameen.

Editor: The following poem was written by Gen Ehtasham Zamir’s father, Maj Syed Zamir Jafri, after his son’s Passing out Parade. The spirit of the daddy with which he had despatched his son to the military is abundantly seen on this poem.

Related Pages:
Remembering Our Comrades
Pakistan Army Blog (Retired Officers)

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