While we are at Justice and Police, I would like to mention a few Pakistani Gujjars.
1. Bostan Khan Khatana from Mardan in Khyber Province (previously NWFP), rose from an ordinary policeman to become Additional Inspector Genral of Police in the late seventies. He was a great Gujjar nationalist and was out to find Gujjars everywhere and help them however he could.
2. Justice Sardar Fakhr-e-Alam from Haripur became the Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court in late eighties (from 7.12.1987 - 7.2.1991). When Benazir Govt. was dismissed in 1990, only Peshawar high court under his leadership dlivered a verdict against the undemocratic action of President Ghulam Ishaq Khan. Because of his stand against the establishment, Justice Alam was not elevated to Supreme court but when Benazir came to power again in 1993, she appointed Justice Alam as Chief Election Commissioner. He comes from a big land-owning family with several of his clansmen having held high places.
3. I think the most talented Gujjar police officer was Sardar Mohammad Chaudhry. He served as Inspector General of Police in Punjab in the late nineties. He wrote several books after his retirement. Members on this blog who can read urdu can find two of his books " Matah-e-Faqir" and Kusht-e-Veeran" online for free here: www.millat.com/book5.shtml
His most notable book " Jahan-e-Hairat" also used to be on the above site but I did not find it today. English version of this book is named " The Ultimate Crime ". I have read this book several times. It is a great story of personal tiumph of an ordinary Gujjar boy from Kathera Jaswalan, in Hoshiarpur District, who was uprooted in the turmoil of 1947, went through Muhajir camps, worked as a labourer at age 10-12 on a railway platform in Toba Tek Singh, restarted is school after a break of several years and went on to become a celebrated Police Officer. He has an absorbing style of talking about his childhood days, about his encounter with people of all walks of life as a Police Officer and, above all, he remained very close to highest echelons of power for severla decades. He talks about his observations with an aura of authority and authenticity. I would recommend anyone interested in inner workings of Pakistani Govt to read this book. For every Gujjar aspiring to be somebody, this book is a must read.
4. When I was growing up in Mansehra District in the sixties, there were only a couple of Gujjar policemen in the whole of then Mansehra Tehsil. On my last vist there last year, I was amazed to find out that there were at least ten Thanas in the District where the SHO's were Gujjars now.
A young Khatana from that remote district has even entered the services academy after passing Civil Services Exam. Doctors, Engineers, Professors, Attorneys, Forest officers, School Teachers and Businessmen are so numerous that I have lost count. Gujjars are indeed on the march! Everything is in their reach!
Post by Ashok Harsana on Aug 1, 2010 9:11:55 GMT 5.5
Great to read about the succeeding Pakistani Brothers.
Same scenario has developed here in India during the past 10-15 years. Lately there were around 700 Gujjars were recruited (out of total 6500) in Delhi police. This count includes 35 Sub inspectors as well, Making the number of Gujjar Sub inspectors in Delhi police over 120.
Apart from that, 3000 (approx) Gujjars were selected in UP Police last year. Same is happening in Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab.
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