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Mir Chakar Rind

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An old, sleepy and tranquil village Satghara lies about 80 kilometers from Lahore (20 minutes drive away from Okara) in the quiet backwaters of the Punjab. The coins found at Satghara prove that the place was inhabited at the time of the Kushan dynasty. The rule of Kushans was one of the most decisive periods in the history of the Subcontinent. At the height in the second century (A.D.), Kushans ruled from Oxus to Ganges and yet their influence spread beyond even these frontiers. On the southern bank of the Ravi, it is a typical Pakistani village where farmers live like rustics in the face of urban attractions. Though off the beaten track, it has never been out of limelight. Besides heritage conscious travelers from all over the world, Baloch leaders and contemporary historians visit the hamlet. Reasons: it is a "Tukia Nawab Chakar Ki" - last resting-place of Mir Chakar Rind. I see part of our history buried here whenever I have a look at it. And when I was stationed at Okara Cantt, I did it often.

As per one account, Mir Chakar Rind came to this village with seven families, hence the name. Another legend has it that the village was named Satghara because it was destroyed seven times by floods. Shah Abul Mo'ali, descendant of sixteenth century saint Muhammad Ibrahim Daud-e-Sani Bandgi in his book 'Maqamat-e-Daudi' maintains that Satghara was known by the same name even before the arrival of Mir Chakar Rind. In Baloch history, the sixteenth century was a very eventful period. Baloch fought series of wars amongst themselves. The result of these tribal conflicts not only caused large-scale bloodshed but also resulted in their mass migrations to the Punjab, Sindh and Gujrat (India).
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Monday, November 29, 2021, ,

Men at Their Best

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The 55 PMA Lahore Chapter always keeps track of the comrades who happen to be visiting Lahore. Those who don’t know, after COVI 19 conditions relaxed, the first get together was on the visit of Salim Nawaz and last evening (19 Nov 2021) we met on the arrival of Jamil Bravo from Canada and Nadeem Gilani from USA.


Course get together is such an occasion where you need not prove anything to anyone. Everyone knows everyone and everything, more so in case of 55 PMA Long Course Lahore Chapter. In addition, when course mates get together, there is no change; same jokes, same tones, same level of nearness and relationship.

Meeting friends with a long and continuous history of over 46 year is always a pleasure. There is so much to talk, to update and to remind to each other.


Thanks to Zahir Khan, Muhammad Athar and Malik Abbas - the soul of Lahore Chapter – who like always made the get together (accompanied) possible; nicely laid out venue (DHA J Block Club), good food and lot of talks. Kudos to Baqir and Shabbir who were the hosts for the evening. Saleem Sarwar presented his beautiful painting to Jamil and promised one to Nadeem Gilani. Zahir Khan also filled in the details. Unanimous impression is that the spirit of 55 PMA and that of Lahore Chapter is alive. There are simply no signs of any of them getting old. They never will. 

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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Saturday, November 20, 2021, ,

Pleased in PakPattan

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Pakpattan - the name is enough to start the travelers, cautiously curious and devoted faithful dreaming. Already the magic words like sultans and saints are stirring in the head. Let your gaze slip over the dhaki - original citadel of Pakpattan - and the town will suddenly appear. The antiquity is its own message: the town is heritage, and heritage permeates the town.

Enter the once walled inner-city through one of the existing gates and you will find yourself in archetypal form of an ancient town - crooked and narrow streets, dense housing, intricate woodwork on Jharokas, bay windows and doors. So many historic cities have developed losing much of their original character in the process during modern times, but Pakpattan has survived remarkably in tact. It is the entire urban fabric of the place that is historic. Though, the major portion of the fortification wall has disappeared. At places, the wall has even been utilized as a part of the residences. Four gates (Shahedi, Rehimun, Abu and Mori) have survived out of six but they are all crumbling. Now extensive suburbs stretch from the foot of the wall all around. Thin red bricks from centuries old wall are seen used in the new houses all over the town. The portion of the settlement that sits on the mound can be compared with walled part of Multan City.
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posted by S A J Shirazi @ Thursday, November 04, 2021, ,


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