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Sep 21st, 2003, 12:55 PM #1----
Brigadier Tariq Mehmood was a great comando, and a leathal wepon for Pakistan army. During 70s and 80s he successfuly completed Numerous missions, most of them are classified. All a person can know about him is through insiders of Pakistan army.
He was the last person who was evacuated from Dhaka (after Dhaka fall). He was most active in 80s during the Afgan war.
Anybody know about him more, please share.
Sep 22nd, 2003, 01:27 AM #2----
i dont have any info on the hero, but i think ive heard the name, and would love to know about him so please post whetevr you may find on him and i'll look for it too.
Sep 22nd, 2003, 11:34 AM #3----
Wasnt he in the SSG?
Sep 22nd, 2003, 12:39 PM #4----
Originally posted by Spock:
Wasnt he in the SSG?
He is deeply respected in Army Circles. i heard ppl talk about him with deepest respect. It is believed that Rajeeve Gandhi (prime minister of india in 80s) used to have briefings about his activities.
His death was very tragic. He used to lead a team of paratroopers of SSG every year in the horse and cattle show, which was held annually in Lahore. That fateful year his parachute did't open.
Sep 23rd, 2003, 02:25 PM #5----
Oh yeah!! now i remember who he was. back when i was 7-8 in the late 80s i remmebr my grandma reading us this article about him describing his life and death. i only emember that it was either 88 or 89 and he had died recently.
I'd like to know more so please update if you find anything.
Sep 24th, 2003, 01:25 AM #6----
Here it is (as i heard)
After Iran's islamic revolotion, some iranian' occupied khana Qaaba with some hostages (year 79 or 80). The drama went on for some days then Saudi Gvernment asked pakistan for help. Pakistan in response sent a team of comandoos lead by TM. And he evacuated khana Qaaba without a single bullet fired. No hostage was injured. :k
It was One of his well known mission.
Sep 24th, 2003, 07:11 AM #7----
he was commandant SSG.....a courageous person.....infact a valuable asset of SSG to which they will always be proud of.....
....once in a physical efficiency excrcise, a big rock stone fell over his forehead and was broken into two pieces........therefrom, he was called "paththar torr' amongst his colleagues.......
he was a dintinguished officer, with a great career ahead.......every year, he`d lead the para drop landings (freefall) at 23rd march parade.......with Pakistan Flag......he added inspiration to us at those times....
he`d be ever-remember as a hero.......as regards detailed info about him, lemme find it out n post it some day..........
Sep 24th, 2003, 08:27 AM #8----
Ahh yes, the brave actions of this man and many others like him have propelled Pakistan's small SSG into world military circles as a respectful and equally potent specail forces unit.
God bless our men and women in the armed forces.
Sep 25th, 2003, 07:50 AM #9----
a SALUTE to our armed forces!!!
Sep 26th, 2003, 03:26 AM #10----
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Back in school days I wrote a paper, well it was pretty comprehensive on Brig. TM's life. That was a prized possesion when my school asked me to submit all my assignments to be kept in the library. Since than I have not been able to get it back. And I was I believe 12-13... so sad I do not remember much...
Well, there was a comprehensive profile, family interviews in one of the urdu magazines during early 1990's...I will ask ammi abt it.
Sep 28th, 2003, 11:40 PM #11----
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Ok, it was Urdu Digest from the early 1990's. I will try to get my hands on that and so if anyone wants the detailed info, I can safely photocopy and send it via mail. No problem for me.
Sep 29th, 2003, 03:40 PM #12
Brig Tariq Mahmud a.k.a TM was a legend. I had seen his paratrooping displays annually at 23rd March parade in Rawalpindi. That was some 15 years ago. Those days he was at his peak. He has particiapted in many missions of national security implications and most of them are confidential and out of the public view. Only a few in the Army are aware of such missions.
Till his demise, he was big boss of Commando & Paratroop Org at Chirat and Attock Fort. One major crossing at Saddar in Pindi is named after him. Some of his adventures give impression of more like fables, tales of unbelievable nature. He was a great asset to the country. And something to be proud of for the Army.I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.
Oct 1st, 2003, 12:54 PM #13----
this is my first time writing on this forum
and after reading ppl asking bout Brig TM i thought what better than this.
i belong to an army family and my father knew Brig TM since the start of his career as he was about 4 years junior to him.
Although i never had the pleasure of meeting TM personally but i became a fan of him ever since i first heard his name. Hope my little effort will be of some use to the people looking for info regarding TM who was lovingly called "TM Shah or Takkar Marr Shah" by his collegues and friends
Brig. Tariq Mehmood was born in 1938, got most of his education in Rawalpinidi. After his intermediate from Gordan College Rawalpindi he completed his BA from Government college Lahore. He was a member of the Government College cricket team, during that time cricketer Fazal Mehmood wrote an article in the newspaper “Pakistan Times” about future potential international Cricketers and TM’s name was mentioned in it(one of his class fellows at GC Lahore Javed Barki later became Captain of Pakistan Team).After completing his BA from G.C.Lahore he enrolled in University Law College Peshawar, but later joined army and when to PMA Kakul.
He passed out from PMA in 1960 and was commissioned in 2nd Battalion of The Baloch Regiment. He was selected for Special Services Group (SSG) in 1963, on completing his commando training he was posted to the Shaheen Company of 1st commando battalion..
In 1965 when SSG was preparing for Operations in Kashmir Capt T.M. was selected to go to USA for an advance course, but he dropped himself from it to go into battle with his commrades. During the 1965 war he was awarded Sitara-e-Juraat (SJ) for his heroic actions in the Kargil Sector. He was promoted to the rank of Major in 1970 and was posted to Peshawar as the commandant Para Training School.
In 1971 T.M again went into action, this time in East Pakistan. He lead a team of 25 Commandos to captrue a bridge over the river Braham-Putra from the enemy, he was hit by two bullets but continued to fight till the mission was successfully complete. He was awarded his second Sitara-e-Jurat (SJ) in 1971.
1973 he was posted to 3rd commando battalion and in 1974 he was promoted to the rank of Lt.Colonel. He took command of 3rd Commando battalion in March 1977. In the summar of 1977 some tribals blocked the KaraKuram Highway which links Pakistan and China. TM was given the task to get the road opened, he completed the mission with full success, for this he was awarded Sitara-e-Bisalat (S.Bt.). In 1979 he was promoted to Full Colonel and in 1982 he was made a Brigadier and posted as commandant SSG.
In 1983 he led a team to free a PANAM airplane from hijackers at Karachi internation airport, the hijackers opened fire when the plane’s generator failed killing and injuring some passangers but due to SSG’s quick action soon all the hijackers were killed saving many lives. In the later 1987-88 he lead operations against criminals in Sindh.
Brig T.M always lead the team of SSG paratroopers during the 23rd March parade carrying the National Flag, he did this last on 23rd March 1989.
On 29th May 1989 he led the team of SSG paratrooper for a free-fall at Army Aviation School,Raholi near Gujranwala, this jump was part of Army Aviation’s Passing Out parade. His parachute didn’t open.
Oct 2nd, 2003, 01:51 AM #14----
PMA excercise in 4th term have a name "TM raiders" in the memory of Tariq Mahmood.
Oct 2nd, 2003, 01:58 PM #15----
a true hero!
thanks for the info
Oct 18th, 2003, 05:08 AM #16----
MY Memories with TM (the gr8 hero)
He had para Jumps in Peshawar he had to go for the Free Fall.. as he was the expert of the Free fall Jumps... ONe of Our Family Frend is also in SSG so he had to jump for th free fall as well... it was only a mont or so ago before his Shahadat...
I could't go to the para jumps with the Frend.. due to some reasons.. and.. After a day or two he gave me the Pics.. as he was Commando and was a gr8 fan of TM he told me many things abt TM and.. I really hate my self Y I missed to see a person like this...
And.. after a month or so... we hered the News... I was really Depressed... and... cursing my self.. Y I never met him...FACE OF AN ~.~ANGEL~.~ APPETITE OF A VAMPIRE
Oct 25th, 2003, 11:46 PM #17----
He was a great asset to Pakistani nation and Muslim Ummaa..
Many of his missions are classified and only a few high ranking military personals has access to those files , or his co commandos knows about those missions...
the way he died ( embraced Shahdah) was tragic.
His first Parachute didnt open and the ropes got mixed up, so babdly, he cut those ropes with the dagger he had, and tried to open the backup Parachute. that also got cut, coz at that moment the amount of velocity with which he was coming down was enormous. He tried his best till the end, but unfortunately he lost both of his parachutes.
The moment he hit the ground, it was estimated that due to high momentum his body mass was bout 200 TONS.
Anyway, this is what I got to know from some one I know in the Army.
May ALLAH bless his soul in the finest place of Heaven.
Salute to Pakistan's Military
Oct 27th, 2003, 12:34 AM #18----
were u in the army too?
do you have pratrooping, skydiving experience?
do tell me. thanks.