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An Ahmadi Major lays down his life for Pakistan

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The contribution of Ahmadis to Pakistan starting right from Zafrulla Khan (the full measure of whose service to Pakistan one can get from reading the Jinnah-Isphahani Correspondence and Begum Abida Sultan’s memoirs)  has been first rate.  Our only Nobel Prize Winner is an Ahmadi,  Dr. Abdus Salam,  a man who has served Pakistan and humanity much  better than we can imagine.  In the 1965 war amongst those who were left unsung were two courageous Ahmadi brothers who laid down their lives.

In 1974,  an ambitious Prime Minister – trying to outmaneouvre the Mullahs- ex-communicated the Ahmaddiya community.  The Ahmadis however continued  to serve their nation with a zeal that is extraordinary.  

Major Afzal Mehmood was born in 1976 in Karachi and he did his F.SC from T.I College (Taleem ul Islam College) Rabwah, And for his Country and People he was fighting with the enemy in FC NWFP from past year. On 19th June 2009 he went on Patrol with his men on Pak-Afghan border but near Bajur they were ambushed the troops returned fire but this brave man achieved Shahadat (Martyrdom) when he was hit by a bullet in the Head.

On 20th June his Body was brought to Rabwah for Burial were he was given Full Army Salute and a Shaheed’s Burial.




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230 Responses to "An Ahmadi Major lays down his life for Pakistan"

  1. Lutf United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    My question still awaits a response.

    @bonobashi.. I was reading the citation for Major. Shabbir Sharif (NH) and there is a very intersting incidence mentioned. One Major Narayan Singh attacked his post and called him to a duel. Singh lost and was awarded Vir Chakra. I wanted to know if there was an Indian version of the story.

  2. kamran United Kingdom Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    My question to all…as a devouted muslim..i would like to ask all those up thr who are bashing ahmadis and calling them kaafir and whd not…do you guys think that Allah SWT is so not concerned Naoozubillah if a group is saying that the imam mehdi who had to come has arrived and that group is playing naoozubillah with the testiments of islam?..my question is that we really have to think …since it has been more then 100 years that these guys are in existence and now in abundance in countries….for even a second have we ever thought that what is their true picture and have we ever tried to ask any member of that jamaat this question and before asking tht we have to brainwash our minds wich is filled with all the filth frm our mullahs that ahmedis are zionist and whd not…i think none os us has ever tried to do that but very easily we sit here and bash them and suni sunaee batton ko propagate karna is very easy…..its creating doubt in my minds tht whd mullah and stupid ppl says abt them…since they are growing and its a fact adn they are successfull.. in every aspect of life…thay have thr own channel and thr members work unpaid fr tht channel…thr members work volunatarily fr thr jamat…all of thr fundings comes frm themselves…..I dont think tht God would let any group spread lies abt the fate of islam for so long…so may ppl claimed in the past tht they were imam mehdi but we dont know any alive today…they were all vanished with the span of time….but we as a so called tolerant muslim nation…still feel proud in rubbing kalima frm thr mosques and call it a property….i think its time tht we must realize tht we haev to fox ourselves and ask fro forgiveness frm Allah SWT and weep in front of him and ask him tht help us in chosing the right path….!!

  3. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Naser commanded four armoured regiments in the Pakistan Army, was shunted out for being an Ahmedi. Fought the 65 war as a civilian working for the Inter-Continental Hotels as Commandant of an armored regiment in Khem Karan. In 1968 Zia came to his house for lunch to thank him for putting in a favorable word to Gul Hasan that earned him his posting to Jordan. The meetings between Gul and ZAB took place in his apartment in the Rawalpindi Inter-Continental. Ali El Edroos accompanying Prince Hassan Bin Talal and Zia had lunch with him at the Lahore Inter-Continental when ZAB introduced Zia to the world as his pick for COAS at the reception in the Shalimar Garden, of course Edroos did not attend the reception. Hamid Gul visited him frequently in an effort to get in favor with Zia.
    His eldest son was a fighter pilot in the PAF, and the younger joined the traditional family cavalry regiment, in the hope that their war record would some how bring back the respect due to the Ahmedis. Unfortunately there was no war during that period and he died of a stroke when his son was shunted out of the army like himself many years before.

  4. bonobashi India Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Lutf/
    @Lutfulislam

    It has not been possible to trace this incident, or rather, its Indian equivalent in any of the places to which I have access. I am sorry to have got nowhere. In case some information comes to hand later, which is so often the case, I shall certainly let you know.

    It took a bit of time to look around and dig in, and I am sorry that there was so little result.

    What we really need is an Indian PAVOCavalry. Unfortunately, he is one of his kind. As a civilian, even one with connections in the military, it is difficult for me to match him – or for that matter, a host of excellent writers both from Pakistan and India who are retired military people.

  5. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    The Ahmedi beliefs had no adverse effect on the Muslims of Pakistan, if anything they were raising the bar in terms of civic and moral values as has been made quite evident from this blog.
    The Ahmedi contributions to the Pakistan movement and its stability and progress thereafter were arrogantly ignored by the parliament and the army at the behest of the mullah doctrine.
    Now the Ahmedis are on the sidelines having the last laugh while the gang of three have each others throat in a death grip.
    There is still time to right the wrong, remove the draconian laws against the Ahmedis, absorb them in the mainstream of the Pakistani society and capitalize on the value they can bring to the table, maybe they can help Pakistan avert this impending catastrophe.

  6. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Of course Ahmediyat was an intolerable philosophy with the mullahs, their aggression was aimed to suppress intellect by imposing a ritualistic belief in Islam. They wanted everyone to wear that skull cap and serve their interest by acknowledging them as the custodians of Quranic interpretations. The system of religious teachers or imams in mosques gave them an all encompassing network and a formidable authority to the extent that even some of the saner elements developed a split personality, they were totally different people when under the influence of the mullah. This is what happened within the army as well, however, its beginning was due to a sinister political motive behind, the man in question was General Malik Nazir Ahmed, chosen by Jinnah to lead the Pakistan Army, but during his incapacitation and eventual death, the ensuing incursion in Kashmir, its debacle and the Rawalpindi conspiracy in which his name was mysteriously involved by Ayub, although he was in the U.K. during that time attending the Royal Defense College, insinuating that he was motivated by religious affiliation and not by Pakistan’s best interest. General Nazir was dismissed from service and Ayub ruled the country for the next ten years.

  7. Nusrat Pasha Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Gentlemen, let us not lose sight of the original topic of discussion “An Ahmadi Major lays down his life for Pakistan”. Let’s refresh our memories and examine the relevant questions:

    Question#1: Was Maj. Afzal Mehmood a major of the Pakistan Army?
    Answer: Yes

    Question#3: Did Maj. Afzal Mehmood lay down his life for Pakistan?
    Answer: Yes

  8. Nusrat Pasha Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Sorry I left out Q#2.

    Question#2: Was Maj. Afzal Mehmood an Ahmadi?
    Answer: Yes

  9. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    After going through the discussion on this blog, it came to me that perhaps the more elementary and fundamental questions need to be addressed first, issues which if sorted out before discussing the martyrdom of an Ahmadi officer of the Pakistan Army, would save us from irrelevant debates:

    1. Judgments on temporal matters aside, is it even within the scope of rationality for a mortal to issue a judgement on the spiritual state of another fellow-human?

    2. On the religious plane, who is the Lord of Judgement – God or man?

    3. If someone dies defending his country, is the sacrifice worthy of honour or of condemnation?

  10. Khullat Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Bin Ismail

    May I have the honour of attempting to answer the questions you have so appropriately raised. In my opinion, and in reply to your questions:

    1. It is most certainly not within the scope of rationality for any human to issue a judgement on the spiritual status of another. I for one, am entirely incapable of peeping into the heart of someone to discern his/her spiritual status.

    2. I suppose this is one issue on which all religions agree. Muslims believe that Allah alone is the “Maalik-e-yaumid-deen” or Master of the day of Judgement. Jews and Christians believe Yahweh to be the Final Judge and Hindus believe this role to belong to Parmeshwar. Only someone with the unfulfilled desire of playing God, would want to assume this role. Muslims, moreover, are required to recite Sura Fatiha, in which this attribute of Allah is mentioned, in every single rakat of the prayers. How many more reminders are needed?

    3. Anyone who dies in the line of rightful duty, such as defending one’s country, deserves to be honoured, regardless of his personal religious affiliations and regardless of which country he defended.

  11. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    There is tacit discrimination against all outsiders, who are the insiders….those willing to punish the underdogs and deepthroating the bigdog.
    Paying a heavy price for indulging in this barbaric instinct, so intricately intangled in the web of religious interpretations, that now at least outwardly the mention of this subject is taboo. Inwardly ofcourse the suspicions take on preposterous proportions, the object being sadistic subjucation of the ‘outsiders’.

  12. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Khullat

    Thank you for answering the questions I raised. I could not possibly have done a better job.

  13. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    I have tried, though unsuccessfully, to rationalize the debate. I still am a loss to understand what precisely displeases the commentators who have submitted bitter comments:

    1. that Maj. Afzal Mehmood Shaheed was a Major
    2. that he was a Major of the Pakistan Army
    3. that he laid down his life for Pakistan
    4. that he was a Pakistani
    5. that he was an Ahmadi

  14. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Bin Ismail

    Let me help you out once again. The commentators who have made bitter comments are unhappy because of option 3 “that he laid down his life for Pakistan”.

  15. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Pardon me for my little soliloquy.

  16. Nusrat Pasha Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Midfeild Dynamo

    This is in response to your words: “There is still time to right the wrong, remove the draconian laws against the Ahmedis, absorb them in the mainstream of the Pakistani society and capitalize on the value they can bring to the table, maybe they can help Pakistan avert this impending catastrophe.”

    I would like to point out here, that this is not about Ahmadis – this is about Pakistan. It would only be right and just, to remember and mention some other unsung heroes of this country as well:

    1. Justice Cornelius: Pakistani Christian – a jurist of international respect and standing
    2. Cecil Chauhdry: Pakistani Christian – an ace pilot of the PAF and hero of 1965 air battle.
    3. Prof. Jagannaath Azad: Pakistani Hindu – later on moved to India because he could not see Jinnah’s dream of a Secular Pakistan evaporating – the poet who wrote the first National Anthem of Pakistan upon the personal request of Quaid-e Azam, an anthem that was abandoned shortly after the death of Quaid-e Azam.
    4. Justice Dorab Patel: Pakistani Parsi – a jurist of international acclaim and a man recognized for his sound judgement and uncompromised integrity.

    These are just a few to be cited as examples. The list can go on and on. I’ve deliberately not mentioned the Ahmadi citizens of Pakistan.

    Now, we require some honest introspection.Where did we go wrong? The fact is that while we started off with the sterling principles of secularism, we were soon derailed. We soon ungratefully forsook these golden words of our own founding father, uttered merely three days prior to our independence: “We are starting with this fundamental principle that we are all citizens and ‘Equal’ citizens of One State.” [Jinnah, Presidential Address to the first Constituent Assembly of Pakistan, 11 August 1947]. In fact, if anything this proves that the first and foremost of all “Pakistani Unsung Heroes” is none other than Jinnah.

    A diametrical change in attitudes is required at the level of the national thinking. A few draconian anti-Ahmadi laws or a few irrational clauses in the Constitution is not all that needs to be changed. The psyche of the people has to be changed, and this is going to require sensitization at every possible level.

    This nation owes secularization to its founding father and to its posterity.

    God save Pakistan.

  17. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Nusrat Pasha.
    Agreed, I knew one of them personally an epitome of a Pakistani citizen……

  18. Bin Ismail Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @Nusrat Pasha

    May I respectfully add to your list of “Unsung Heroes of Pakistan” who remain unsung solely because of their religious beliefs:

    1. Justice Cornelius: Pakistani Christian – a jurist of international respect and standing.
    2. Cecil Chauhdry: Pakistani Christian – an ace pilot of the PAF and hero of 1965 air battle.
    3. Wing Commander Mervyn Middlecoat: Pakistani Christian – a pilot of the PAF who laid down his life for Pakistan during the ’71 war.
    3. Prof. Jagannaath Azad: Pakistani Hindu – later on moved to India because he could not see Jinnah’s dream of a Secular Pakistan evaporating – the poet who wrote the first National Anthem of Pakistan upon the personal request of Quaid-e Azam, an anthem that was abandoned shortly after the death of Quaid-e Azam.
    4. Justice Bhagwan Das: Pakistani Hindu – a revered and renowned jurist.
    5. Ms Mani Contractor: Pakistani Parsi – a devoted and committed educationist who contributed to the education of Pakistani young ladies.
    6. Ms Deena Mistri: Pakistani Parsi – a devoted and committed educationist who contributed to the education of Pakistani young men.
    7. Justice Dorab Patel: Pakistani Parsi – a jurist of international acclaim and a man recognized for his sound judgement and uncompromised integrity.
    8. Raja Tridev Roy: Pakistani Buddhist – originally the Raja of his tribe in Bengal. A devoted Pakistani who migrated from his ancestral Bengal to Pakistan, after the creation of Bangla Desh. He served Pakistan as Minister and Ambassador.

  19. Lutf United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    @banobashi,

    Many thanks for trying to get info on the matter. I hope some day somebody will write on this subject.

  20. Khullat Pakistan Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    It’s interesting to note that the fact that an Ahmadi Major lays down his life, has attracted so much debate, while the martyrdom of an Ahmadi Major General stands conveniently forgotten. Maj Afzal Mehmood was not the only major of the Pakistan Army to die in action. Maj Gen Iftikhar Janjua, however, is the only general of the Pakistan Army, till date, to have died in combat. He laid down his life for Pakistan, during the 1971 war, on the Kashmir front.

    We must remember, honour and celebrate all our martyrs of the past and present.

  21. Midfield Dynamo United States Unknow Browser Unknow Os says:

    Iftikhar Janjua, when he arrived for his ‘O’, he couldn’t wait for the hovering chopper to touch the helipad, he jumped and began swishing his swagger in an uproar ordering his Brigade Commanders to get on with it. One of them later Martial Law Administrator, Baluchistan opted to conduct a court of Inquiry in Sahiwal to save himself from the FEBA and eventually became a Four Star General, the much revered………
    Most Ahmedis that migrated are making a better living and enjoying more respect than they could have ever done so. Pakistan, however, will have to make do without their absolute contribution, some of those who have been left behind feel disillusioned and left out, even then there are some like Major Aslam right there in the fore front.
    Good Luck Pakistan.

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