Catching the trail from a seasoned patwari from Gujar Khan, following the remote routes into the rural heart of Potohar, refueling our car from an unorthodox gas station with quite an unorthodox filling mechanism, we eventually knocked at the doorsteps of Sawar Muhammad Hussain Shaheed, Nishan e Haider around iftar. We were out to pay homage to the one and only Sepoy of Pakistan Army bestowed upon with the singular honour of the highest gallantry award of Pakistan Armed Forces.
That morning, I had returned to those familiar fields, to explore that bridge on the old alignment of Grand Trunk Road; a bridge frequented by Muhgal Kings, and other Kings who were not Mughal, their royal entourages and battle expeditions; a bridge that had witnessed a Mughal Coronation.
… from the beloved waters of Ravi to Khizri Gate, exploring the bits and pieces of the city wall, and thence to the remaining gates of ‘walled city’
There was a place that, in meditation and spiritual seeking, outdid even the grand significance of Balkh and Bukhara, and it existed right here, in the city of hearts, the City of Lahore.
Tracing the original surviving original patches of a historic route. Uttarpatha: the (ab)original footprint…
Meeting a martyr from the war of independence in 1857. Meeting the Kharal chief in his native Jhamra. Stretching a few miles up ahead to Syyedwala.
From the Scottish Highlands to Mainland Punjab following the essence of freedom. The tale from 1857 War of Independence in West Punjab. The tale of an epic encounter: Kharal vs Berkley
The ruins of an ancient haveli in Padhana, at Pakistan – India borders have some tales to unfold…