A day of April 1997. PAF Academy, Risalpur. 1500 Hrs.
I was coming back from Block 3 (where all the letters used to be received and placed in a pigeon-hole-shelf, alphabet-wise). Having scanned all the letters. There was none for me and any of my course-mates.
Mail came daily, and we went to see it daily.
“Aapka khat aaya hai” was a sentence we waited for, and appreciated from the core of our hearts.
Suddenly, Shabbir crossed me, in haste….. He was going towards Block 3. I asked him to stop…. “Tera khat nahin aaya”…. I informed him.
“Hmm… Koi baat nahin dear. Mujhay pata hai nahin aaya. Khat kay liye kon jaata hai. Mein to roz iss ummeed pe jaata hoon kay khat aaya hoga. Bus yehi ummeed, hope, excitement hai, jis kay liye jata hoon….”
He was a sweetheart friend, course-mate and what not…..
Squadron Leader Shabbir Ishtiaq left us on 26 November 2011 in a tragic aircraft accident. God Bless his soul.