Remembering Gen Majeed Malik
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In 1976 he was superceded and retired when Gen.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