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SURVIVALS OF AUGUST 17 CRASH !

SURVIVALS OF AUGUST 17 CRASH !

By

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

 

Strange are the ways of Allah and Allah be praised.  While a galaxy of the Pakistan army senior officers died in a mysterious C-130 Hercules plane crash on 17 August 1988 at Bahawalpur that included President  Zia ul Haq,  the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee General Akhtar Abdur Rehman and the United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Arnold Lewis Raphel,  the following escaped the ultimate through the sheer pull of their luck :

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1.                 Lt Col. Arshad Hussain, AMC, (Retired as Maj Gen) –  personal physician of the President. He was at Chaklala airport with his usual Emergent & Life Saving medicine chest ready to board the C-130, when he was spotted by the President and told, “Hey Doc, what are you doing here? Go back, I shall be back by the evening.”  The Doc saluted and left, little knowing his life was saved and that he had saluted the President for the last time in his life!

 

2.                 Brig. Muhammad Younas Khan – MS (Military Secretary) to the President.  An essential Staff Officer who normally accompanies the President wherever he goes, was told by the president himself to stay back and perform certain other tasks by the time he returns. 

 

3.                 Gen. K. M. Arif, who had been by then promoted to 4 star General and appointed as the COS (Chief of Staff)  in the president’s secretariat while Gen. Aslam Baig Mirza had been appointed as the VCOAS in his place.  Well – well — something unbelievable happened in the annals of the military Staff Duties.  General Rafaqat – the PSO (Principal Staff Officer) to the President was in the President’s office and heard him talking to  the U.S. Ambassador Raphel  on the phone. The president was asking the ambassador to accompany him to Bahawalpur to witness the field trials of the American M-61 Tank there that Pakistan was evaluating to purchase.  As an added emphasis Zia told Raphel that Arif would also be there who had recently watched the tank’s maneuvers in the States on a visit there.  Gen. Rafaqat, while finalizing ! the list and tying up the details of all those who were to go to Bahawalpur, informed all except Gen Arif, whom he took it for granted that the President had already asked him to be there.  But in fact and to the good luck of Gen. Arif the President had not, and so he was not there on the fateful day.

 

4.                  Lt Gen. Rehm Dil Bhatti – IGTE (inspector General Training and Evaluation).  After the demonstration he was sitting in the fateful  C-130 waiting for the President to board, who was at the tarmac being seen off by many including Lt Gen. Mian Afzaal the then CGS (Chief of the General Staff). Gen Zia was discussing something important with the CGS so he asked him to accompany him to Pindi to continue the discussion in the plane.  Gen Mian Afzaal, who was to go to Multan to attend some function there, on entering the plane saw Gen R D Bhatti and asked him to go to Multan in his stead.  Little did Gen Bhatti or Gen Afzaal know that they were not only interchanging their destinations but their eternal destinies.

 

On the other hand a haughty Major General  (No names please) was informed by his Captain ADC that as there were many other senior generals attending the function at Multan there was no VIP No. 1 Room available for him  and that he had been booked in a VIP No.2  Room of a mess there.  The haughty general asked the ADC to cancel his visit to Multan and boarded the ill fated

C-130 to return to Pindi and thus became a ‘martyr’ to his ego.  

 

Jissay Allah Rakhey usy kon chhakhy aur jis ki ani hoay usy kon taley???

 

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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August 11, 2017 LETTER TO EDITOR PML (N) Rally

LETTER TO EDITOR

August 11, 2017

 

 

PML (N) Rally

 

On a serious note, the spectacle of the fiasco met by the PML-N rally in which neither they could stick to any timings, nor the announced schedule of halts enroute or the public addresses by MNS or the over night stays or attract the crowds visualized by the planners, makes one wonder if their entire leadership – big and small put together cannot plan and execute a simple event of a rally from Pindi to Lahore then how could they be entrusted with the governance of a country involving Planning and Execution of hundreds of National Projects of much more import and many times magnitude or for that matter with the vital and crucial defence of the country from both internal and external threats?!

Aren’t we taking too dire a risk by entrusting the country into the hands of such nincompoops?

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

 

 

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LETTER TO EDITOR: Honest Trading by Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

LETTER TO EDITOR

15 May 2017

Honest Trading

 

The renowned Islamic scholar Maulana Tariq Jameel in a TV programme today on Business Ethics in Islam said that Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf  R.A. of Ashra Mubashara and a trader, because of  his impeccably honest practices of trading made so much profits that he left a fortune of 2 arb, 10 crores, 20 lakh dinars after him. Maulana also explained that a Dinar was 4.5 masha of pure gold.  Now there are 12 mashas in a Tola and 80 Tolas make a Seer (kilo) and 1000 Kilos make a Tonne.  Thus Hazrat Abdur Rehman Bin Auf R.A. left 9853.125 tons of gold!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am just baffled as to where did he store that much of gold? And, he was not the only Meccan trader of his time.  There were other Ashaba e Karaam much richer than him, such as; Hazrat Usman e Ghani R.A., Hazrat Abu Sufian R.A.,  Hazrat Abbas R.A. (Holy Prophet’s uncle) just to name a few.

 

What kind of trading did they use to do that fetched them that huge profit (s)?

 

The largest trading caravan from Mecca used to be that of Abu Sufian R.A. comprising of  1000 camels and that too not all his own camels.  People used to send their commodities on their camels in his caravan for security reasons.  Now a very healthy camel can carry 7 to 8 maunds of a commodity. Apart from the commodity the camel(s) had to carry water and rations not only for the traders and sarbaans (camel drivers) going with the caravan but also for themselves (camels) too.  That means at the most 7000 to 8000 mounds of a commodity was carried for trading from one place to the other.  A caravan used to take two to three months to cover the distance and in one year at the most could make two round trips.  That means in all about 1500 to say 2000 maunds of commodities were traded.  Now coming to prices:  Gold was 60 rupees a Tola in 1960 and I purchased it MYSELF at that price.  It was 29 rupees a Tola in 1930, at the time of my parents’ wedding.  In 1941 and again I myself purchased wheat (and good wheat too) at 11 annas a mound.  A two mound wheat sack used to cost One rupee Six annas.  A kilo of Khalis Desi Ghee used to be for a Rupee and a quarter. Recorded history and no hearsay, tells us that at the time of  Emperor Alauddin Khilji the general commodities were around ONE Paisa a mound.  And that was about 500 years ago only.  By the same token, what would then be the average price of the commodities 1500 years ago?  Surely less than a paisa a mound.  But for argument sake let’s assume a caravan load of 8000 mounds of commodities would be worth, say, at the most 8000 paisas, that is Rs. 125/=  only  (64 paisas to a Rupee).  

 

For heaven’s sake what was their profit margin that according to  Maulana Tariq Jameel made them earn millions and billions of gold Dinars on the transactions involving a working capital of Rs. 125/- or so only!

 

Could someone more learned shed some light on such Trading, please?

 

CRJ

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Operation Cleanup

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

April 21st, 2016

 

Operation Cleanup

 

Bravo  Gen. Raheel Sharif for not only dismissing the corrupt generals, brigadiers, colonels and majors but also recovering the ill gotten wealth from them.  Sir, we have a large army and there could be quite a few more such corrupts around, especially among those who have had the opportunity of serving in or with the civil departments.  May I suggest that an Operation Cleanup be launched wherein all serving and retired military officers of the three services be asked to make confessional statements of any corruption done by them. Those who make honest confession and reimburse the ill gotten monies to the exchequer be treated leniently and only dismissed from the service.  But those officers who indulged in corruption and did not make the confessional statement, and are detected later, be court martialled and sentenced to imprisonment along with confiscation of their  moveable and immoveable properties.

 

May be the Provincial and the Federal governments also follow suite and we have a pure and Pak Pakistan. 

 

Sir, you will do this hapless nation a great Messianic favour. 

 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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Women Bill and the Clergy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LETTER TO EDITOR

March 15th, 2016

 

Women Bill and the Clergy

 

Is it not paradoxical that while our constitution empowers the parliament  as the supreme body a few clergy men are trying to declare a bill passed its democratically elected members as unIslamic and therefore unconstitutional ?!  Who are they to decide what is constitutional or not?  Do the parliamentarians who have the mandate of the masses not know what is good or bad for those who have elected them to power? The case in point is enactment of the “Protection of the Women Bill” which was passed by the Punjab assembly and is applicable to the province of the Punjab only. However, a few religious leaders of KPK, Balochistan and Sindh are in the forefront for its immediate withdrawal.

 Their protestations now and giving of any deadlines for its withdrawal tantamount to undemocratic measures and the government of the Punjab would do well not to yield to their such demands. There are hundreds of thousands who have appreciated passing of the bill which portends well for the future of a forward looking and progressive Pakistan. 

Col. Riaz Jafri (Retd)
30 Westridge 1
Rawalpindi 46000
Pakistan
Tel: (051) 5158033
E.mail: jafri@rifiela.com

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