The Last Salute trav­els to La­hore

The Miracle - - Pakistan - By: Ma­heen Nus­rat

An­other sim­ple yet el­e­gant in­tro­duc­tion of the last Salute was or­ga­nized at the PAF Mess La­hore. By Sqn. Ldr. Shahid Hamid-course mate of Mr. Hus­sain. The event was man­aged beau­ti­fully by Mr. Hamid. Mavra Sa­jid, daugh­ter of Sqn. Ldr. Sa­jid mod­er­ated the cer­e­mony. Air Vice Mar­shal (AVM) Sa­jid Habib was the chief guest for the evening. Ev­ery­one was de­light- ed with sur­prise ap­pear­ance of Wing Com­man­der Yal­maz Salim Ar­shi, an in­struc­tor pi­lot from their cadet­ship days. Mr. Habib re­fused to be the chief guest and Sir Ar­shi chaired the pro­gram. AVM Sa­jid Habib re­mained the guest of honor to share the head ta­ble. The event ad­hered to the ba­sic PAF tra­di­tions of re­spect for se­nior of­fi­cers. It started with recita­tion of the Holy Qu­ran and in­tro­duc­tion of the book by Sqn. Ldr. Nus­rat Hus­sain. He briefly talked about his ro­mance with the PAF and flirt­ing ac­tions with his ro­mance. Group Cap­tain Ma­jeed Shafqat, Naqvi, Min­has, Tariq Sheikh re­counted the good old days while speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion. Zubair, Tariq Deen and other course mates of Hus­sain also spoke on the oc­ca­sion. Ish­tiaq Ra­sool, Umair Gi­lani, Tariq Khan, Man­soor Khan, and other prom­i­nent per­sons of the PAF at­tended the cer­e­mony. The cer­e­mony was also at­tended by the fam­ily of Sqn. Ldr. Sa­jid and Aye­sha Gi­lani. Sir Ar­shi termed the PAF as his first love. In the end AVM Sa­jid Habib de­liv­ered a philo­soph­i­cal thought about the PAF. The cer­e­mony ended with a brunch of Ni­hari, Chana, Halwa Puri and Pur­chase and sign­ing of The last Salute by the au­thor. Hus­sain of­fered spe­cial thanks to Shahid Hamid, Mavra Sa­jid, Tariq and Nadeem Rasheed who came from Sialkot. The Last Salute reaches the top man of Pak­istan Air Force Sqn.Ldr. Nus­rat Hus­sain (Retd.) au­thor of The Last Salute pre­sented the book to Air Chief Mar­shal, So­hail Aman at Air House in Islamabad. The meet­ing was sched­uled for 25 min­utes, but stretched over time. Mr. Hus­sain briefed the Chief about his jour­ney of writ­ing the book. Air Chief Mar­shal also pre­sented Hus­sain with the PAF Com­pass, an Air Force Man­ual au­thored by him.

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