Diary of a Puki Lieutenant found in Kargil

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Diary of a Puki Lieutenant found in Kargil

Postby Babui » 19 Aug 1999 23:26

Dil Se makes fine dish for wartime Pak officer<BR>Muhammad Maaz Ullah Khan Sumbal has written this in his personal diary. Sumbal is Lieutenant of 8 Northern Light Infantry of Pakistan and was shelling on Indian land and people from point 4812 in Batalik sector<BR>Alok Tomar / New Delhi<BR>"Low clouds down to earth and snow fall with strong winds. Kept listening to music -- Dil Se and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai."<BR>Muhammad Maaz Ullah Khan Sumbal has written this in his personal diary. Sumbal is Lieutenant of 8 Northern Light Infantry of Pakistan and was shelling on Indian land and people from point 4812 in Batalik sector. The officer even stole time to watch Doli Saja ke Rakhna on Zee cinema. A dish in the time of war!<BR>The diary of the Pakistan's Army officer was recovered by the Indian Army when they recaptured the height after an intensive and bloody operation. The lieutenant fled. But not before writing the detailed first person account of the involvement of Pakistan's Army in the infiltrations in Kargil, Dras and Batalik sectors across the Line of Control.<BR>On January 2, the Pakistani officer, according to his diary, reached Skardu, one of the entry points for Pak-sponsored militants and "joined a good team of officers". Next day he travelled in a jeep to Dassu, a closer point of the LoC. On the next camp, he was "Disappointed as the TV and wireless set were out of order. After few days of arranging supplies for "friends", the officer had a "nice experience of firing the heavy machine gun." A moonlit night inspired the poet in uniform. He wrote -- "Snow covered peaks glistened in the moonlight and made me nostalgic of the nights of our block in Quetta," in Pakistan.<BR>On one solitude night, the Pak officer, home sick, wrote a poetry by Ahmed Faraz, the noted Pakistani poet: "In Baanchon se dosti achchi nahin faraz/ Kahan tera makaan hai kuch to khayal kar." (It is not good to grow fond of other's area, just remember where your house is). After this poetic bout, the lieutenant fired on the Indian Army post by styre snipe and "enjoyed the nice weather with egg, pudding and Pepsi.<BR>"On March 2, the Lieutenant tested hand grenades close to the Indian post and noted in his diary: "Still the blinds (the Indians) are lying on south western slope about 50 yards down below. No Danger." He was all set to go, according to the pages of his diary, but "could not due to bad weather." The officer and his team made good use of the night in their camp. The Pakistani officers kept themselves busy hunting ducks and waiting for the "real kill" -- the attack.<BR>On Pakistan Day the officer was happy that "we will wear another medal now" which will be "quite senior." He congratulated himself, shot another duck and waited for the weather to clear. Few days after, he reached the site where the Indian Air Force fighter plane was shot down, congratulated Capt. Qammar, who had arrested Nachiketa Desai, and got himself photographed near the remains of the Indian jet fighter.<BR>After this "kick", Lieutenant Sumbal was granted 20 days leave and flew back to Rawalpindi, to return on May 20. Then the action came: "let us go for war", wrote the Pakistani officer. "Indian aircraft bombarded and destroyed. I along with ten jawans reached there to counter the Army action," the officer wrote.<BR>After few blank pages he wrote one single line which conveys more than anything: "lecture on propaganda, subversion and control measures." The diary ends here. It was found in the destroyed Pakistani Army base.<BR>According to official estimates of the Indian Army headquarters, the Pakistani Army has suffered 725 lives of all ranks. 45 of them were officers. Incidently, while the Pakistani diplomatic brigade was trying to convince the world that they will not accept the Line of Control, the maps left by their officers, clearly showed that they were aware of the actuality of sitting in Indian land.<BR>[The above is from the Pioneer]<P>

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