Re­mem­ber­ing Gen Ma­jeed Ma­lik

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL -

ON Fri­day, June 03, 2016, our na­tion lost Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Ma­lik Ab­dul Ma­jeed when he passed away to eter­nity and was buried in his home­town Chak­wal. He was a pa­tri­otic son of the soil, an out­stand­ing sol­dier and an hon­est ca­pa­ble leader, who used to think ev­ery move in ad­vance. His per­for­mance shall add his name to the list of lu­mi­nar­ies.

As a mil­i­tary com­man­der and a political leader, his thoughts un­folded and grew in line with the in­ner logic of his fun­da­men­tal con­vic­tions. Our friendly re­la­tions date back to the year 1969 while he was a Brig. serv­ing at the GHQ as Di­rec­tor Mil­i­tary Op­er­a­tions. Later as GOC Mur­ree his he­li­copter crashed but he sur­vived luck­ily. When I vis­ited him at CMH Pindi, I found him in high spir­its. Then he served as Corps Com­man­der Pe­shawar.

In 1976 he was su­perceded and re­tired when Gen. Zia ul Haq be­came COAS. Sub­se­quently Gen. Ma­lik en­tered pol­i­tics and had held im­por­tant port­fo­lios in sev­eral fed­eral cab­i­nets. He got elected to the Na­tional Assem­bly five times. Gen. Ma­lik was a man of mul­ti­ple qual­i­ties of head and heart. He never com­pro­mised on in­tegrity and na­tional in­ter­est. Though I was much younger and ju­nior to him in of­fi­cial po­si­tion, yet he was gra­cious and kind enough to al­ways treat me on equal foot­ing.

May the Almighty bless his soul with eter­nal peace and bliss. Amen!

—Syed Fa­rooque Alam

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