THIS is apropos of Raza Hussain Shah’s letter ‘Captain Noorullah Afridi’ (May 4). He was indeed a monumental figure and, like Mr Shah, also happened to be one of our flying instructors in the Primary Flying Training wing in the PAF Academy, Risalpur.

Mr Afridi knew how to deal with young flight cadets with kindness and gentleness in that disciplined and tough atmosphere. However, at the same time, it would be befitting to throw some light on the late co-pilot Javaid Malik. Mr Malik was a seasoned fighter pilot and he was also ‘under officer’ of our house (squadron) in the PAF College, Sargodha.

I found him, perhaps, one of the most disciplined and upright individuals. He was a punctual, well-dressed and upright person and his no-nonsense approach towards his job made him familiar amongst hundreds of future officers.

Besides, he was a helpful soul. I remember in one of the junior terms of PAF College, Sargodha, I could not book train seats for Karachi for several flight cadets, including myself, for the forthcoming holidays as we were ‘gated’ (banned) by him.

However, one day he came to me and told me not to worry and allowed me to go to the railway station to book our seats. That was an extremely humane gesture from him. Later, he made a good fighter pilot along with being a thorough professional in the PAF. We as a nation should give the responsibility of finding the facts behind the Bhoja Air crash to the CAA instead of jumping to our own conclusions, which must be extremely painful for the families of crash victims.

MUHAMMAD ASIF Karachi

Updated May 16, 2012 12:08am

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Comments (6) (Closed)


B.Ally
May 16, 2012 02:59pm
Great of you to talk about a hero in his own right. I had no idea who Javid Malik was These are our unsung heroes and we should bring them to light instead of being critical of every other person. May Mr.Maliks soul rest in peace.
Iftikhar Gul
May 16, 2012 08:11pm
May ALLAH Bless the departed souls. May Mr. Malik rest in peace.
Shehryar Iqbal
May 16, 2012 08:42pm
Hi Asif, Fighter flying is very different from commercial flying and just being in the Air-force have nothing to do with the fact that an accident did occur and many lives were sadly lost including those of the two pilots. Characters should not be discussed but the events that unfolded that led to this crash. Kind Regards.
Dr Malik Nazir Ahmed
May 22, 2012 06:36am
Thank U Asif for sharing your thoughts about Mr Javaid Malik.........This reminds me of our days spent together at Sargodha college.........it has been more than 3 decades since the day we reported at the premier institution at sargodha, but it seems like it was only yesterday. alas one day we shall all pass away from this LIFE.........to face our LORD......and all our 100 years (maximum that we may think we can survive) shall seem like only a few moments at the end. May ALLAH swt grant mughfirah to Mr Javaid Malik and make us all realize the hollowness of this world......and grant us taufeeq to prepare for the hereafter while we still can.....AMIN
Awwab Saleem
May 22, 2012 10:49pm
Mirza Jee, I knew both of them personally and they were beings cut from a different cloth. Thank for sharing your feelings but the most important part of your post is, "We as a nation should give the responsibility of finding the facts behind the Bhoja Air crash to the CAA instead of jumping to our own conclusions".
Asif
May 23, 2012 05:02pm
Thank you Awwab & Nazir for your adequate comments.