Trib­ute to Maj Jawad Changezi (Sha­heed)

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MA­JOR Ali Jawad Changezi em­braced Sha­ha­dat at Torkhem due to un­pro­voked fir­ing by Afghan bor­der forces on June 14. He was amongst those he­roes who keep giv­ing blood to save the in­tegrity and se­cure fu­ture of the Na­tion. Many know Ma­jor Ali Jawad Changezi as an of­fi­cer from one of the finest Ar­mour Reg­i­ment of Pak­istan the 11 Cav­alry (FF), and his re­la­tion­ship and love for Pak­istan but few know his bondage with Afghanistan. His fa­ther Bri­gadier Khadim Hus­sain Changezi served the Afghan refugees as Com­mis­sioner Afghan Refugees in 90s in Balochis­tan.

Many Afghan refugees and their lead­er­ship in­clud­ing ex-pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai al­ways spoke high of his ef­forts to­wards the set­tle­ment of Afghan refugees at that try­ing time. Be­fore be­com­ing pres­i­dent Hamid Karzai and Bri­gadier Khadim Changezi closely worked for the set­tle­ment of Afghan women and chil­dren who had to leave their homes due to for­eign ag­gres­sion. Pak­istan pro­vided a sec­ond home and Bri­gadier Khadim Changezi was amongst the pi­o­neers who took pride in help­ing the Afghan brothers. This was the child­hood of Ma­jor Ali Jawad Changezi when he saw his fam­ily so close to Afghan brothers. To­day it’s not only Pak­istan but Afghans have also lost a dear fam­ily friend.

The in­ter­na­tional in­ter­ests in Afghanistan have given birth to nexus of evil who col­lec­tively work against hu­man val­ues and life to pro­tect their eco­nomic in­ter­ests. Their ef­forts in­clude un­fair use of Afghan forces against own brothers but the peo­ple of Afghanistan do un­der­stand the his­tory of col­lec­tive sac­ri­fice which both Pak­istan and Afghan peo­ple are suf­fer­ing for last four decades now.

Pak­istani na­tion has stood with its armed forces to de­feat all such nexus. When it comes to sac­ri­fice for moth­er­land armed forces takes pride in lead­ing from the front. The of­fi­cer to lower ranks ca­su­alty ra­tio in any op­er­a­tion of Pak­istan army is one of the best in world. Pak­istan army op­er­a­tions against ter­ror­ists, in sup­port of United Na­tions and for its peo­ple against nat­u­ral calamity are quoted as an ex­am­ple.

Not all that Pak­istan has to­day speaks of dooms day but a lot is there to cher­ish, it’s only the op­ti­mistic eye which seems miss­ing. Sto­ries of a col­laps­ing state, Tal­iban rul­ing Islamabad and tak­ing con­trol of coun­try’s nu­clear weapons to threaten the world are not old but time has proved them to be far from truth. The fail­ing in­fra­struc­ture and ab­sence of good gov­er­nance, cor­rup­tion cases, and pro­longed elec­tric­ity shut­downs, de­clin­ing eco­nomic and so­cial in­di­ca­tors have fur­ther added strength to the gloomy per­cep­tions. How many have re­ally re­searched to find truth re­mains a sim­mer­ing ques­tion.

In 2006, 30 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, in­clud­ing 10 of a sec­tar­ian na­ture, took place, leav­ing 100 peo­ple dead and 230 oth­ers in­jured. In 2007, 34 ter­ror­ist at­tacks and clashes, in­clud­ing sui­cide at­tacks, killings, and as­sas­si­na­tions, re­sulted in 134 ca­su­al­ties and 245 in­juries, ac­cord­ing to the PIPS se­cu­rity re­port. Pak­istan faced 20 sui­cide at­tacks (mostly tar­geted at se­cu­rity forces) dur­ing 2007, at least 111 were killed, be­sides in­jur­ing an­other 234 peo­ple.

Few years back the US Sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton said in tes­ti­mony be­fore a House com­mit­tee that the Tal­iban ad­vance poses “an ex­is­ten­tial threat” How­ever, gov­ern­ment’s de­ci­sion and push of Pak­istan army into the Fed­er­ally Ad­min­is­tered Tribal Ar­eas and the Swat Val­ley put pres­sure on the in­sur­gents, tamp­ing down mil­i­tant ac­tiv­ity. The suc­cess of FATA and Swat op­er­a­tion and urge of set­tle­ment of dis­placed peo­ple be­came role model for the so­ci­ety and the en­vi­ron­ment was shaped in favour of coun­try. The chal­lenge taken by Pak­istan to feed Afghans refugees de­spite its own prob­lems is ser­vice to hu­man­ity.

Ma­jor Ali Jawad Changezi is a col­lec­tive hero of Pak­istan and the peo­ple of Afghanistan. His blood for the Torkham gate de­mands that it should be named “Ali Jawad Changezi Sha­heed” gate. His sac­ri­fice will go a long way to strengthen Pak Afghan peo­ple to peo­ple re­la­tion and pro­tect both coun­tries against ter­ror­ism.

— The writer is a free­lance colum­nist based in Rawalpindi.

Ma­jor Ali Jawad Changezi

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