May 25, 2014


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My father standing behind the Great Jinnah in Quetta

I am just back from church on the 54th death anniversary of my late and legendary father, Lal Din Sharaf Sargodhavi. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Rawalpindi-Islamabad offered a special prayer for his heavenly abode.

His short but eventful life was cut short during neurosurgery in CMH Lahore. At Dacca, East Pakistan, he had suffered head injuries in a scuffle with intelligence sleuths trained to view constructive criticism as treason. Thus came to an end the life of an uncelebrated poet and a foot soldier of Pakistan Movement. . He was an academician, a respected Urdu and Persian poet, a self-made architect, an artist and a man who could enliven any gathering with his poetry and lucid speech.  Dr Anwar Sadeed remembers Sharaf in league with pioneers of Urdu Literature in Sargodha like Master Alamghir and Maulvi Muhammad.

In June 1948, he intercepted the cavalcade of Qaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah at Quetta. Same evening Jinnah addressed a gathering organized by Pakistan Christian League at Mission Hospital Quetta. Lal Din Sharaf Sargodhvi proudly sat next to Qaid E Azam and Qazi Issa. On the orders of Governor General, he was reinstated in MES and posted to a new cantonment at Wah near Rawalpindi.  He came up with the brilliant idea of copying the design of Badshahi Mosque for this new city. He and our mother spent days at Lahore with measuring tapes in hand to copy every angle of the grand mosque. He was posted to Dacca from Wah Cantt as punishment for his criticism of Pakistan’s first Martial Law. For as long as he lived, he fought his lonely battles for a democratic and egalitarian Pakistan.

My mother kept gazing at the casket with looks of ‘why have you abandoned me? What will become of your dreams and children?’ I still see the ever present reassuring smile with a mole on the cheek of my Father lying in eternal peace retorting, ‘this is not the end’. . His young wife took the baton to ensure that many of his dreams come true.

When friends and critics ask me why Sharafs are what they are, I retort that we have a legacy to defend. As his children, we carry his cross of a visionary; a romantic revolutionary and a man of many worlds.

Lal Din Sharaf Sargodhavi is survived by an army of children, grandchildren and well-wishers. They are doctors, soldiers, engineers, scientists, lawyers, business persons, entrepreneurs, academicians, writers, poets and activists. As we inch closer to an egalitarian Pakistan the Mundaya Sialkotiya with a mole on his cheek will have the last laugh.

Keep Moving, the Sharaf Dynasty!



  1. Great peice as always sir
    Thank you for sharing about our Mohsin Sharaf Sarghodvi sahab

    Comment by Azhar Ghumman — May 25, 2014 @ 7:05 am

  2. Thank you Brig. Sahib for sharing the pen sketch of Lal Din Sharaf Sargodhavi RIP. A great history for all but specially for the Christian community of Pakistan.

    Comment by Edgar Banta Ram — May 25, 2015 @ 8:32 am

  3. Thanks Sir

    Comment by sharafs — June 22, 2015 @ 6:46 am

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