Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Remembering Arshad Aziz

Arshad Aziz - a comrade that joined us in May 1975, was relegated to 56th PMA Long Course in the final term. We never knew why, but he was to embark upon a journey with the cadets of 56 PMA Long Course to Murree - a journey that was to take him away from us forever to his heavenly abode, along with more than a dozens other cadets when their bus plunged into a ravine.

For quite sometime, I had only two photos of Arshad Aziz: The thumbnail photo (above) and the following memorable photo shared by Asif:

(L to R) Javed Sultan and Arshad Aziz and Asif

Then one day, I received a mail from Dr Tanveer Ahmed Malik, brother of Arshad, who promised me to send more photos of Arshad. Please read the message from Dr Tanveer and see a number of photos sent by Dr Tanveer of Arshad's PMA days as well as that of his burial day. I on behalf of all course mates thank Dr Tanveer for this favour and sharing some of the memorable photos of Arshad.

Dear Jalal Bhai !! AOA
As promised in my last mail, Please find attached few pics of Arshad while he was in PMA and couple of them of his burial. I shall be thankful to you if you could label the names of his course mates in these pictures. I could only recognize General Zahir ul Islam with who happened to be his close friend.
Wasalam and regards - Dr Tanveer Ahmad Malik
The photos herein under (and the photos of accident above) are the once shared by Dr Malik of his brothers - never shared before (Some of the photos are with our course, while a few are with cadets of 56 Long Course after his relegation): 

 As pointed out by Dr Tanveer, General Zaheer figures out prominently in the photos - others who are also frequently seen are Asif Alvi, and Faheem Khawar

 In the photo on the left besides others, late Khurshid can also be seen (second from left)

 With cadets of 56 PMA Long Course

The farewell send off of bodies of the perished cadets from PMA in helicopters

Asif Alvi in his mail remembers Arshad: What a sweet person he was and being his side room mate i have vivid memories of him. I feel he was the most sophisticated prospective office, full of wit and equally mature. He was in deep love with one of his cousins and was planning a wonderful life but God has his own ways and directions of destiny for humans. When i reflect about his, barring his running capabilities, probably he should have ended amongst to cadets. Even in the hard days of PMA he was a veracious reader. He had intimate friendship with Gen Zahir, and you may fine more insights into his personality from him. God may bless his soul. Ameen 

Muhammad Asif remembers Arshad and says, "Arshad Aziz was in our platoon (Tariq-I) and relegated in 1st term on physical grounds as he was very week in PT (A CASUALTY CAUSED DUE TO ------ATTITUDE Of Gen G. M Malik, the then Bn Comd). After relegation he became part of 56 PMA L/C. A group of about 40 to 50 cadets went to Murree on excursion trip on one of the week end and on their way back they met an accident and in which many cadets were killed and Arshad was one of those. Arshad was very humble, quite by nature and through gentle man, in short span of 6 months which he spent with Tariq-I, he became friend of almost all platoon mates. ."