Eye of the Star Shall Not be Robbed Away

Written By: Brig Syed Wajid Raza (R)

It was a pleasure to see young Jamal in Sialkot who had recently joined 5th Battalion of the Azad Kashmir Regiment, a composed and confident Balochi officer from the remote region of Balochistan. With every passing day, he grew humble with obvious signs indicative of brave gestures and postures. He smiled in trouble, showed strength under duress and grew brave by reflection.

 

Jamal had married in the early winters of 2016. Since their marriage Jamal and his wife had not lived together, due to his participation in war against terrorism. With the passage of time, I noticed that he had grown stouter and broader, so it was difficult to recognize the robust, smart yet slim Jamal of earlier days.

 

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His features had become more defined and had a calm, soft, and serene expression. All that struck the eye was a strong, handsome, and confident young officer. All who had known Jamal before joining army noticed the change in his thoughts and posture as something extraordinary.

 

In July 2017, Major Jamal met shahadat in a suicide attack in Peshawar. A motorcycle-borne suicide bomber hit Frontier Corps Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (FC KP) vehicle, targeting Major Jamal Sheran. While serving in Special Operations Group, Jamal had conducted daring operations and he knew that things were scary, difficult and dangerous around him, but he had the conviction that winning the fight is worth the chance of losing life for Pakistan.

 

Perhaps we can never repay the debt of our proud nation to those who have laid down their lives for Pakistan and best we can do is honor their memory so that their sacrifices do not go in vain. Jamal’s mausoleum, a hospital and cadet college around it, if constructed can become beacon of hope and inspiration for hundreds and thousands who had gathered to pay homage. These institutions will defeat all ill-intended narratives of anti-Pakistan elements using rhetoric of narrow Baloch nationalism. The actual Baloch nationalism is not separate from Pakistani nationalism and, Maj Jamal's martyrdom for Pakistan is a living shining example of patriotism.

On the fateful day, the newly wedded wife of Major Jamal had hardly finished her packing as she was to join her husband to live in Peshawar, perhaps for the first time after her marriage that took place seven months earlier. Sheran Sanghoor, father of Jamal reluctantly stopped his daughter-in-law from packing, as he had been informed about his son’s shahadat. Her hopes turned into fears, while the fears of the nation were turning into hopes.

 

Sheran Sanghoor, father of Jamal was so proud that he dressed up in his best attire to receive the coffin of his son who had made him so proud. As the coffin of Jamal reached his home, a sea of people gathered to pay homage to the son of soil, who had laid his life for his beloved nation.

 

When spokesman of  TTP was taking the responsibility of Jamal’s shahadat, he forgot that he would be buried wrapped in Pakistan’s flag and a similar flag shall flutter over his grave, denouncing the enemies of Pakistan that its sons are not tired of sacrifices.

 

Ideas don't come with imagination, rather realization. Major Jamal had thought of joining Pakistan Army right from the early days in the Ketch Grammar School Turbat, a remote region that saw violence perpetrated by foreign stooges and enemies of Pakistan. Belonging to a traditional Baloch family of Mir Sheran Baloch, his father had served in the Omani Army. Jamal, after completing his higher school degree from Balochistan Residential College Turbat, joined Pakistan Military Academy with 117 Long Course in Kakul, Abbottabad in May 2006.

 

His military career had been challenging. During the Indo-Pakistan escalation in 2008 on the borders, he remained at the forefront and later the unit saw his daring actions during  Operation Al-Mizan in Bajaur Agency of FATA. On joining Frontier Corps KP, he was picked as Commander Special Operations Group, Frontier Corps. He led numerous sting operations against terrorists and enemies of the state, making him the real target of TTP and other terrorist groups.

 

While serving in Special Operations Group, Jamal had conducted daring operations and he knew that things were scary, difficult and dangerous around him, but he had the conviction that winning fight is worth the chance of losing life for Pakistan.

When young Jamal on joining Pakistan Army, moved out in streets of his village, he was often stopped by his people, and they would ask him, 'When would you grow higher in ranks and construct a hospital in the village?’ This was the one thing Jamal’s father requested in the TV interview.

 

It is difficult to conclude about a hero who was driven by destiny. In army every officer and soldier has a place to fill in and it is important in some respect whether he chooses to be or not. I know destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice, which changes with our thoughts and ideals. I have seen many unsung heroes during my service who have high aims and believe in controlling their destiny before someone else does.

 

Jamal’s shahadat is not ordinary in any manner, he defeated the narrative of enemy in service, who is bent upon conspiring in Balochistan and his shahadat is the last nail in the coffin of conspirators. He fought with the enemies of Pakistan in uniform and he continues to fight while shrouded in Pakistani flag inspiring hundreds of young Balochis to sacrifice for Pakistan.

 

When young Jamal on joining Pakistan Army, moved out in streets of his village, he was often stopped by his people, and they would ask him, 'When would you grow higher in ranks and construct a hospital in the village?’ This was the one thing Jamal’s father requested in the TV interview.

I have been in uniform for more than three decades and I know that heroism doesn’t come from taking orders, but rather it is born from the act of great Pakistani officers and soldiers who through their own willpower and courage are willing to sacrifice their lives for Pakistan.

 

Perhaps we can never repay the debt of our proud nation to those who have laid down their lives for Pakistan and best we can do is honor their memory so that their sacrifices do not go in vain. Jamal’s mausoleum, a hospital and cadet college around it, if constructed can become beacon of hope and inspiration for hundreds and thousands who had gathered to pay homage. These institutions will defeat all ill-intended narratives of anti-Pakistan elements using rhetoric of narrow Baloch nationalism. The actual Baloch nationalism is not separate from Pakistani nationalism and, Major Jamal's martyrdom for Pakistan is a living shining example of patriotism.

 

In retrospect, like nations, men also have destiny. Many conflictual states couldn’t hold against bloody attacks of terrorism and collapsed in less than a year’s time. This is only Pakistan that is faced with the combined threats of hybrid wars and fourth generational warfare for the last 16 years and is sustaining and winning. These great achievements of Pakistan in utter turmoil are indeed born of great sacrifices of its sons… of their selflessness, courage and resilience.

 

Listening to the proud father of Balochi son and other members of Jamal’s family, I felt that Pakistan has won and defeated its enemies.

 

Glorious we stood to the siege of bread

And for long we were mounted on the back of patience

The winds of autumn shall not efface

With unquenchable sighs of love we implored

As secretly he whispers to me, as loudly he whispers to me…

The eye of the star shall not be robbed away

(Omar Saleem, Libyan poet)

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A Letter to My Soldier Brother

In this hour when I make my bed to sleep, I think of you my dear brother, that you must be in some rocky area along the mountains, where you will be sleeping another night. I remember so well from our childhood days how much had you always been conscious of your comfortable sleep but you were in no way reluctant to leave these pampered habits when you decided to wear this graceful uniform. You knew it since the day one that this uniform will bring hardships and challenges for you, yet you remained adamant. I miss you, I miss your smile, the smile of your contentment, the smile of a valiant soldier, smile of a son of this sacred soil who has taken an oath to serve this nation at the best irrespective of any loss to himself. When our mother misses you, she goes to your room to see your picture in the uniform with tears in her eyes and yet she says, “I am the mother of a soldier and these are the tears of gratitude.” Our father keeps following the news from Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad and later shares his analysis with his friends in the evening with pride that his son is also a part of war against terrorism for the country.

 

My dear brother, I hope you read this letter soon, We miss you but we feel content when we pray for you and for all those who are with you there. In fact, this connection of prayers is the most beautiful thing that we have with you now. I am so sure that other soldiers’ sisters, mothers, fathers, brothers, wives and children miss them the same way as we miss you. May you and all of them be successful. Amen! May we make a peaceful and prosperous Pakistan very soon. Amen!

A proud sister,

.Asma Ishaq.

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