55 PMA LONG COURSE - WE STILL REMEMBER 55 PMA LONG COURSE - WE STILL REMEMBER JAVED SULTAN 55 PMA LONG COURSE - WE STILL REMEMBER JAVED SULTAN
Remembering Javed Sultan

Since last 33 years, we have lost some of our finest comrades, and Javed Sultan was one of them. Right from PMA, he was something different and he made his mark in every field - finally rising to be the CSUO of Khalid Company in the final term. Being a thorough professional, intelligent and dedicated to the corer, Javed had seen the very higher hierarchy of the Pakistan Army right from his earlier days. His appointments speak of his professionalism and intellect. His last appointment as DA in India for almost three years was the best acclaimed. Putting on the rank of Major General almost a year later than the other 12 course mates, he had his sights fixed very high - had his life allowed him to carry on. On 6 February, he along with two brigadiers and a number of other officers and men embraced shahadat when his helicopter crashed minutes after take off from Kohat. This was not only an irreparable loss to Pakistan Army but for all of us since in his departure we lost a exceptionally brilliant comrade.

We do not know the why of such tragedies and mournful partings, but we can only take satisfaction from the fact that having played their part in the Allah Almighty's overall plan for them, all of them are finally with their Creator. And we are certain sure that Allah Almighty will be happy with all of these fine officers who have left behind their good deeds and memories. May Allah bless their departed souls and rest them in peace. Ameen.

He left behind a family to mourn beside some very good and close friends in the Army and of course in 55th PMA Long Course. Some of those who were near and dear to him included Iqbal badar Khan, Munir and Zaheer. And it was Iqbal Badar Khan who on Javed's chehlum promised to send me some of his rare photos in smiles when he was among his friends. Based on these memories, this special section is being created to pay homage to Javed Sultan.


Life with His Friends The Homage

Photos of Javed's grave - courtesy Muhammad Asif President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Muhammad Mian Soomro offered Nimaz-e-Jinaza of eight personnel killed in a helicopter crash at PAF Base Chaklala on Friday 8 February. The funeral prayer was also attended by Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervaiz Kayani, services chiefs and a large number of retired and serving officers. Later the bodies were flown/taken to ancestral grave yards of respective shaheeds. As for Major General Javed Sultan Khan, he was buried in the Army Graveyard, Race Course ground, Rawalpindi.

The Army Graveyard at Rawalpindi must have gone through many emotional moments in its history, but the last rituals of a 55thPMA member witnessed altogether a different sentimental send off. Other than huge number of friends, relatives, general admirers and colleagues, the place was full of course mates who had turned in from all over the country. These fellows had flown from Karachi and driven from Bahawalpur, Lahore, Gujranwala, Murree and Peshawar to pay their last respect to their long time associate. Asif just managed to reach from abroad where he had gone for an official trip. There were some touchy scenes as most of us could not control the emotions while few tried in vain to console each other. May Allah bless the departed soul. Ameen (The portion in yellow is contributed by Muhammad Zahir Khan, who was also present on the occasion and speaks out the agony of losing a friend and a comrade).


A special get-together was arranged at Rawalpindi on 16 February to pay homage to Major General Javed Sultan and all other course mates who have left us earlier. It was a well attended event. Some of the photos taken on the occasion are as under (courtesy Shahid Maqbool).

 


 Chehlum - 24 March 08

The chehlum of late Major General Javed Sultan was held on 24 march 08 at Signals Officers Mess, Rawalpindi, in which beside a large gathering of senior officers including the COAS,  a sizeable number of own course mates were also present. Father of late Javed was also present on the occasion and we had two group photos with him to accommodate all course mates. Prominent among the course mates were Zaheer, Solehria, Farooq, Bajwa, Raja, Asif, AD, Munir, Shahid, The Lion King (Tariq Sher), Noor, Mehdi, Naeem, Iqbal Badar, Farooq Ahmed, Ikram, Shahid Ashraf, Jahangir, Farooq (the Poet), Janjua and Naseer. I am sorry if I missed someone.


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