Martyres of Siachen ( Gyari sector tragedy )

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By AAMNA KAHLOON | Tuesday | 10 March 2012


We don’t know much yet about the families of the 139 brave sons of the nation trapped under tons of snow in Kashmir. Hopefully the military will release more information about each one of them so that the nation can see up close the price paid to defend the motherland.

But we managed to get a glimpse into the lives and thoughts of two brave officers missing from the battalion headquarters of 6 Northern Light Infantry. I wish we could find information on all of our 139 Pakistanis because each one of them is precious, whether civilian or military, senior officer or junior.

I discovered the profiles of two officers: PA-39548 Major Zaka Ul Haq and PA-105358 Captain Haleem Ullah Tareen ( AMC) on Facebook. One of them is from a district in Punjab, and the other one from the provincial capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa; two proud and committed young Pakistani officers. In this report, we will see through their thoughts and through the eyes of their friends how these two young soldiers were imbued with a high sense of purpose, to defend the motherland. While doing this, we’ll learn how Pakistan’s younger generation is very patriotic.


 On his Facebook page, Capt. Haleem comes across as a dedicated soldier. He was religious, showed interest in traditional Pakistani music and culture. He was also passionate about medicine.

He graduated from Islamia College in Peshawar, class of 2004. He joined the prestigious National University of Sciences and Technology [NUST] in Islamabad, where he specialized in medicine and graduated from NUST’s Army Medical College [AMC] with an MBBS, class of 2009.

Capt. Tareen was in love with Urdu poetry. He had liked the pages of two of Pakistan’s famous folk singers: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and his nephew Rahat Fateh Ali Khan. He also liked the page of a famous Indian singer Jagjit Singh, known for singing poems in Urdu, Pakistan’s national language.

Apart from traditional Pakistani music, he admired the country’s emerging pop music culture and liked the page of Coke Studio, a project that seeks to encourage Pakistani music.

He was not married, and one of his last conversations was apparently with his sister Aisha. He told her something about not holding back if you want to open your heart to someone, and was expecting some good news from his sister about a task he gave her, which apparently involved his choice of a life partner and wedding plans.

“kabhi koi bat dil mai mat rakhna,jo zaban pe aye bs keh do.agey se response jo b miley..kam az kam tmhen sari zindagi afsos to nhn rahega k u had a chance but u did not say anthn”…LAST WORDS OF HALEEM TAREEN in his last call a nite before the incident…19min ki call the.phir operator ne kaha SIR CO SAAB NE CAL KARNI HAI…and he said “ok aisha i will cal u later,u dnt wory,n i dnt want to c u cry…always remembr that ur brother is with u so u dnt need to wory”….he ws right.shaheed hamesha zinda rehte hain:(( magar unho ne ye sb kyun kaha???cuz he ws going to make me cry for the rest of my life:,(( he had given me a task or har dosre din cal ker k puchte k mera kam kiya ya nhn?and 2day i had a good news for him…aj unho ne cal kerni the waiting for ur cal my brother u cant go like ths…apko wapas ana parega:(( please come back plzzzzzzz.i need to tel u jis bat ka ap ne itna intezar kiya tha.u wil hav to com bak werna mje afsos reh jayega k ye bat mere dil mai reh gai:,((( m such a FAILURE…”Ammara Ayub posted this comment on Facebook quoting Capt. Tareen’s sister Aisha:

[TRANSLATION: Never keep something in your heart. Just say it and then whatever response you get, at least you won’t regret it for the rest of your life that you had a chance and you didn’t take it. These were the last words of Haleem Tareen in his last call a night before the incident. He talked for 19 minutes, and then the operator of the exchange interrupted our conversation and said, ‘commander wants to call [Capt. Haleem]’. And he said, ‘Ok Aisha I will call you later. You don’t worry and I don’t want to see you cry. Always remember that your brother is with you so you don’t need to worry.’  He was right. A martyr is always alive L But why he said this to me? Cuz he was going to make me cry for the rest of my life L He had given me a task and would call me every second day to ask if I did his work or not. And today I had good news for him. Today he was supposed to call me. I am waiting for your call my brother. You can’t go like this. You will have to come back L Please come back plzzzzz. I need to tell you what you have waited so much to hear. Otherwise I will have to live the rest of my life with that thing you wanted to hear. I’m such a failure”]


Capt. Tareen was a fan of Geo News, and liked the movie Shawshank Redemption. In sports, he preferred volleyball and cricket.


He had liked the pages of Prophet Mohammad [PBUH] and Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah, leader of Pakistan Independence Movement. 


Interestingly, he had also liked the page of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the party led by Imran Khan and widely considered by young Pakistanis to be a pro-Pakistan nationalist party.


One of his last posts, on March 28, was a picture of a man and a woman with a quote that said: “A man who treats his woman like a princess is proof that he has been born and raised in the arms of a Queen”. 


He made his last status update on March 29, at 4:15pm via mobile. “In Skardu again …” he wrote from the last point before departing for the Siachen Glacier base.



Maj. Zaka’s profile page on Facebook shows a deeply patriotic officer, thoughtful, and a proud father of his daughter Maryam, now three, and son Jehanzaib, now one-year-old.

He completed his high school from Cadet College Hassan Abdal, class of 1997, and college from the same institution, class of 1999.

His favorite quote: ‘Hope is a good thing, may be the best of things: and good things never die.’

He liked football and tennis and followed the news of famous athletes. His taste in films was interesting. Among his favorite movies: Shawshank Redemption, Last of the Mohicans, One Who Flew Over Cuckoo’s Nest, Silence of the Lambs, Forrest Gump, and The Usual Suspects.

He liked the pages of Prophet Mohammad The best Man in the World, and Quaid-e-Azam, and Holy Quran.

On the day he left for Siachen Glacier, he posted this couplet in Urdu:


[Translation: We stand on the borders of faith, like Mount K2, to defend Siachen against the band of deniers]


Maj. Zaka had a strong personality. He was a survivor.

A friend, Usman Anwar Rana, posted this message on Zaka’s page: “If u could make Iqbal Wing Champion, it’s not a harder task for u 2 survive”.

Faisal Naimat posted: “I have never seen a person, human, upright officer like him. He was my corporal in PMA. I still feel that Sir Zaka will come out of this avalanche. Salahuddin platoon love u SIR ZAKA .We miss u.”

Ali Rauf wrote: “Don’t have words. Iin a shock. Zacky , you have always been so lively …”

Mohammad Sajjad Iqbal wrote: “Come on Zaka we are waiting for u. Miss u my brother.”

Fahd Rasul: “Zaky! You are a fighter and dear brother to me. Please fight this one out!”

One of Maj. Zaka’s most memorable remarks came when he joined 6 Northern Light Infantry in Kashmir last year, where he said, “…few more days and I’ll be where Asma Jehangir ought to be …”   [See the screen grab]. Asma Jehangir is a lawyer known for her denigrating and abusive statements against Pakistan’s armed forces. It is not clear what Maj. Zaka meant by this. Was he predicting that he will be martyred? Or was he suggesting that Ms. Jehangir should be shipped to Pakistan’s Siberia? We will never know.


One of his last shares on Facebook was a video titled, How To Make A Princess Doll Birthday Cake.

And his last activity on the site, on March 3, was to add Formula One to his list of favorite sports.


Capt haleem tareen AMC






top Maj ZAKA

bottom left-right   Daughter and son of Maj ZAKA



A rare Photo of Lt. Col Tanvir Ul Hassan Commanding Officer of 6 NLI burried under avalance in siachen , photo taken during a national day event. Chief Minister Gilgit Baltistan Syed Mehdi Shah also present.



Rescue operation being carried out at Siachen



Rescue operation being carried out at Siachen



Rescue operation being carried out at Siachen





4 responses to “Martyres of Siachen ( Gyari sector tragedy )

  1. katatai hain jo sir apna khuda k deen ki khatir
    wo he ghairat k paikar dahar main khuddar hotai hain
    hai jin ki zeest ka maqsad khuda k deen ki khidmat
    khuda k dushmanon sai bersar e paikar hotai hain
    shaheedon ka lhu jis khak ko sairab kerta hai
    usi maidan ki qismat main lalazar hotai hain

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