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Major Changezi's Shahadat at Torkham

In loving memory of Maj. Changezi who I met only after he sacrificed his all for Pakistan. 

I have often written about how challenging it is for a non military person to understand what a soldier goes through in the Army. And once again Its this sacrifice by Maj. Changezi.

To many or most, the passing away of a Soldier in the line of duty giving the ultimate sacrifice of their life in a remote God forsaken outpost in FATA or Balochistan or Kashmir or somewhere in Pakistan is a mere statistic, a temporary flash in the pan news headline, a fast moving ticker, a talk show discussion and at best, a whatsapp comment (which is where I first posted these lines several days ago)

But to the soldier, even someone like me who shed the Khaki nearly 35 years ago, the passing away of a fellow brother in arms, epitomizes the whole symbolism of this great profession.

To many civilians who have a beef with the Army, and I don't say it in any patronizing or derogatory manner, the Pakistan Army is confi…

Is the Pakistan Army in Nawaz Sharif's Crosshairs?

As a former Khaki man for some years, and then civvies for most, one thing was and is quite clear. It is well nigh impossible for a person who hasn't done two years of PMA and several years or an entire military career in the Pakistan Army to understand even peripherally the psyche of the institution and it's members.

All that the so called military pundits in the civilian sphere have to go on are the 4 Martial Laws and the "dreaded" ISI to fill their columns, and their rhetoric.

Our Army and our officers and jawaans are much more than the politics of Martial law or the shenanigans of ISI, real or perceived.

We go through deprivations and pain and labor which no one can understand. We are away from our loved ones and spouses and children not for days or weeks or months but years. And for a pittance in financial terms. The vast majority of our officers and jawaans really have nothing.

And yes, we made these choices willingly and for our country.

Since 2004 the institutio…