Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi asked for a date before he passed away at CMH

Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi
File photo of Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi.

Many of us civilians only hear that our soldiers are martyred. We rarely get to hear about their last moments. I get to know it perhaps more than a few others but for the first time, I asked for the permission to publish what happened during the last moments with Shaheed Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi because I felt it was important that all of us know the pride of our soldiers in their country and their faith.

Major Changezi was received at the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) at 1845 Hours. He was hit with two bullets. One in his shoulder and the second one from an anti-aircraft gun which entered his abdominal area from the left and tearing his entire abdomen, came out from the right side of his abdomen. He was bleeding profusely, and the abdomen bullet injury is absolutely horrifically painful. I have had it, and I know. It was nowhere close to an anti-aircraft bullet but still I remember my pain and my bleeding so I can probably understand it 1% of what he was going through. When he reached CMH he was fully conscious and he asked the Doctor, “Roza iftaar hogaya quen keh mera bhi roza hai?”

Doctor replied: “No sir it is 1845 hrs time is still remaining.”

After a pause, Major Ali again asked: “Mein survive kar jaaoonga ya nahi?”

Doctor replied, “Sir aap ko kuchh huwa hi nahi hai, bilkul sahee ho jaaengay.”

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He was bleeding so much and whatever blood that was being given to him, he was bleeding faster than that. Then came the Maghrib Azaan and the doctor walked up to the Major and said. “Sir

He was bleeding so much and whatever blood that was being given to him, he was bleeding faster than that. Then came the Maghrib Azaan and the doctor walked up to the Major and said. “Sir roza iftaar hogaya hai.”

Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi Funeral
Major Ali Jawad Khan Changezi being taken away for his funeral in Peshawar.

The major asked for a date, held it, put it in his mouth and a few minutes later he fainted. Unconscious never to regain his consciousness. What a man. Even Malik Ul Moat waited for this Shaheed to break his fast. This Major did not ask for his family, his friends, his money, his ranks, his likes or dislikes. He gathered the only strength he had to stay alive until he could break his fast.

These are the people who are guarding our borders. These are the people who protect us. And thousands of other civilians who gave their lives like this soldier just because they were Pakistanis. Innocent civilians who had nothing to do with any war. Pakistan is here because of such soldiers and such civilians. Nobody is going to remember you for your money, or your fame, or your power or even your knowledge, they will remember you for the cause you lived for and what you did to accomplish that goal of staying loyal to your cause. And our cause is PAKISTAN. We are nothing without Pakistan. NOTHING! Absolutely NOTHING!

Forget your political parties and your differences, just remember Pakistan. Instead of being emotional for your leader, become passionate for your country. It is not your political leader who counts, it is Pakistan that counts first.

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