A Journey

Having been brought up by dedicated parents and nurtured by Military College Jhelum, a young aspirant lad joined Junior Cadet Battalion Abbottabad (part of Pakistan Military Academy: PMA) in 1980. PMA, brought up the best in him and transformed him into an officer & a gentleman and passed him out with President’s Gold Medal in 1985. There was no looking back. My 34 year journey of proud soldiering comes to an end. I had an old desire to spend my last day in uniform at my alma mater. Allah blessed my desire and passing out of 140 Long Course coincided with my last day in uniform ie 12 Oct 2019. I had a great day of my life at my alma mater, witnessed parade and relived my time. It was overpowering of deja vu, nostalgia, and reminiscence. I relived my memories associated to each place in PMA. My spouse and children joined me on this day. Thanks to PMA, to Pakistan Army and to Pakistan my beloved country. Pakistan Zindabad

25 thoughts on “A Journey”

  1. very lucky to have the last day in uniform coinciding with a passing out parade…. an emotional end with a great institution…. And welcome to the free world….. May Allah bless you with successes in your future endeavors in cvs… 👍

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  2. Sir, It has been an honor serving under you. All around you, associated in some way, are proud of you. You have mastered the art of soldiery during this time and leaving behind a memorabilia which will long be cherished.
    Please accept our profound gratitudes and compliments for successful completion of innings played with utmost and consistent dedication. May the beginning of new phase of life brings about another best in you and proves equally rewarding for self, family and Pakistan, InshAllah.

    Best Regards

    Umar Sharif

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  3. Internet and social media have been a boon as well as a bane of the recent times. These have created opportunities as well as challenges. Prior to these technological advacements, humans had a choice to control exposure of their details inorder to ensure their privacy. Privacy used to be a sensitive and well guarded human function. However, privacy is now only fallacious. One writer said, “Humans psychologically have become more insecure, they want to hide but technology doesn’t let them hide”. While connectivity has improved but with that unwanted exposure has also increased. Inadvertently, unconsciously and maliciously we fall pray to intrusions into our privacy. We are even unaware of how much others know about us. We are also unaware to what extent others can see us without we even knowing that they are seeing us. These aspects once again highlight importance of omnipresent principle of balance.

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  4. Sir
    Very true. Proud to be in uniform and thereafter as a Veteran . Every soldier has to say goodbye to the uniform one day, but no one can take off the very essence of soldier out of him
    Very sincere prays for the new New life, after uniform. I cherish the long association with you Sir, starting from Kotli AK, Rawalpindi and again Rawalpindi. May Allah SWT bless you all the bounties, happiness with health and Eiman, Aameen summa Aameen

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  5. Dear Gen, a long and successful innings comes to an end. Well played. You entered PMA as a civilian and came out after 34 years as a civilian. We wish you a very successful second innings. Our best wishes and prayers are always going to be with you.

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  6. Sir
    Very true. Proud to be in uniform and thereafter as a Veteran . Every soldier has to say goodbye to the uniform one day, but no one can take off the very essence of soldier out of him
    Very sincere prays for the new New life, after uniform. I cherish the long association with you Sir, starting from Kotli AK, Rawalpindi and again Rawalpindi. May Allah SWT bless you all the bounties, happiness with health and Eiman, Aameen summa Aameen

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  7. Sir Assalam O Alekum,
    Alhamdolillah.
    Maa-Shaa-Allah.
    Heartiest Congratulations on the successful completion of your service in the Profession of Arms. It has been a great and very well played Innings.
    A proud achievement indeed.
    Prayers and Best wishes for the next one!
    May Allah Almighty’s Blessings, Protection and Guidance be with you and the Family always.
    Aameen Summ Aameen
    Sir, knowing you remains a Cherished privilege.
    All the very best always.
    Respects and Regards
    Fawad

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  8. My earlier post in reply to ur blog was erroneous and original post got lost in process.. I am recollecting and posting a follow up comment..
    For having spent childhood together and grown in professional life almost in step I can proudly comment that you have played your inning with strenuous hard work, tremendous professional pride, down to earth humility and utmost humane attitude towards all and sundry… indeed a rare combination found in people as they attain higher positions in society…Top it up with ur splendid quality of turning challenges into opportunities… As you faced some testing time in the last leg of your service, you positively turned urself to higher academic pursuit and authored book in rare time….u can be rightly round of all ur achievements and so would be those closely associated with you, especially your family… My very best wishes and sincere prayers for you in achieving other milestones that you are targeting for next phase of your life. God bless you and family.

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  9. Sir Heartiest congratulations on completion of yours commendable career in uniform. May Allah Almighty bless you in all yours future endeavours. Regards

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