What Am I …?

Yesterday was 10th April. 20 Years down the Ojri Camp incident. And I’m so tempted to re-post this post here :)  Previously it was posted in Dec’ 05

Life is full of events … tragic … happy … alarming …. monumental …. all sorts of … in different phases and times …!

OK … wait a minute … I was about to write some flashback moments here … Let’s have a small quiz first … Can you tell me what is this thing … any idea into its history ????

Ciao …!

Update [7th Dec 06 – 11:15 PM]

So some of you were quite correct – some funnier :-)

It’s a small-sized Rocket’s propeller (see the fan like thing on which it is standing) – it had a shell on it with gunpowder – the cylindrical shape also contains gunpowder (to the best of my knowledge) …!

A little history of this Rocket now … but first the INCIDENT … It dates back to 10th April 1988 … another day (apart from 8-10-2005) when Islamabad and Rawalpindi were almost shook by rockets and missiles flying in the air … falling here and there … rumors in the air that Islamabad is invaded by India (and even some said Russia) … it was all due to Ojri Camp incident.

Ojri Camp was basically army depot with ammunition (I’m not sure … anyone??? I guess it was abandoned by 1988 and people didn’t even knew that it do have LIVE AMMUNITION) … and then something (what?? Ummm I don’t remember … don’t BLAME me … I was just 4 then) happened and taraah … the rumors outside Pindi-Islamabad is all finished … it’s no more … since telephone lines also suffered … few rockets hit the exchange too … !

My father incidentally went to work on (my beloved) Vespa and not on car … so while coming from Pindi to Islamabad at around 11 … (this incident happened between 10-11) … he had 2-3 rockets with him :D as “his collection” … hence a Live Masterpiece no Re-Collection from POF or anywhere … we only painted it golden laters… En route he narrates that there were missiles of lamp post size and man they were real huge … the incident was tragic with lots and lots of stories to tell …!

One of our acquaintances had a missile hit their home in satellite town such that it perfectly drilled on wall, ten next room and perfect drilling of wall … such wise it drilled 3 walls perfectly and then hit off 4th wall … that brought all energy game to an end …!

I vaguely (READ it CLEARLY … because Even Now I seem to have it in my memory) remember when rockets were really flying off in air, with everyone worried about their kids and men out on work … everyone praying and talking if it is an invasion or Allah’s wrath ..!

So it was kind of brief flashback from Islamabad’s life … with this rocket memoir … by the way the other two bigger (and my mom told us that the shell was much beautiful :>) rockets we gave back since the chances of it be LIVE were always there … !

36 Comments so far

  1. Talha (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 5:24 pm

    The corpse of the remains of the Ojri Camp disaster :), I remember missing one by a few feet, or maybe it missed me…Although we didn’t save it like you guys.

    Ok, I am being too confident here.

  2. Harris (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 6:43 pm

    ahan,, i got it… you are………….. prehistoric… hayna?

  3. Adil Najam (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 8:22 pm

    Its a bomb shell, no?

  4. shirazi (unregistered) on December 6th, 2006 @ 9:28 pm

    May be this is fired shell of 130 MM Gun (Artillery). After firing, empty catriges go to POF Wah and then some of them can be procured and used as decoration like this. Am I close?

  5. Phil (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:20 am

    “Give me to the stage
    It brings me home again…!
    This is

    -Coven, Shangrila.

    ^ How irrelavent :)

  6. Phil (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 8:21 am

    It sure looks like a bomb shell ;)

  7. Iftikhar Ajmal Bhopal (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:18 am

    Shirazi is very close. It is case with tail fins of (most probably) 130 mm rocket and could be one salvaged from the aftermath of Ojri Camp disaster.

  8. 1967 (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 9:55 am

    And the best part is that it’s being used as a flower vase! But I can understand, when CDs are being used to print verses.

  9. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 10:03 am

    Actually it reminds me the current govt scnerio that is, how dictatorship[a bomb shell] was tried to covered/coated with democracy[flower].

  10. Nosheen (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    it seems like an old stove at the base with a part of hooka ,the smoking pipe.

  11. A for Apple (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:24 am

    and I thought Talha’s spoiled the fun :> with his first revealing comment … but naah jiii

    Talha Well belive me it was the rocket gone lucky :P where were u and wat were u doing … BTW :?

    Harris Betaa … 88 is not prehistoric :P

    Adil najam It’s a BOMB yes but just the propeller without shell .. I guess we had some rockets with shells too but we later gave them for security reasons ..!

    SAJ Shirazi Ah han … thanks for details but naah u were not close :P I guess u didnt read Talha’s comments !

    Phil Hmmm ok go back home :P Nice BTW … and yah it’ kinda related to bombs and rockets …!

    Iftikhar Uncle Well last thing is right … salvaged from Ojri Camp …!

    1967 Guns N’ Roses … so let it be rockets and flowers (leaves) …!

    Adnan Well nice qalaba …!

    Nausheen/b> Waah ji waah yah bhi ahee qalaba milanay ki koshih hay :P

    Talha You’ve got the answer now … LOOK UP

    Abaid Haan jii bilkul huqqa … aisa huqa tum nay kahan dekh liyya :P

  12. Talha (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 3:56 pm

    So, what’s it?

  13. Abaid (unregistered) on December 7th, 2006 @ 4:52 pm

    its hooka …………..

  14. A for apple (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

    adnan s: qalaba as in qalabay milana … urdu-if u remember – well if an ISI agent can disguise as an orange selling man on bicycle wearing top-class full army boots then what can u expect here …!

    Harris: talkin to me or TM?

  15. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 11:03 am

    what does “Qalaba” mean?

    Actually Ojri camp accident reminds me another Instance of corruption in Pakistan Army when they were trying to fool Americans by saying that emo is being supplied to Afghans but poor army officials had forgot that americans can even trace the color of shorts of an army men with the help of satellite.

  16. Harris (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 11:34 am

    Talha I’ve replied to the question from ASMA not from Missile.

    Edited: for name – post author ..!

  17. Iftikhar Ajmal Bhopal (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 12:24 pm

    As I wrote before, it is a rocket case which contains propellant, not necessarily gun powder, which in this type is not gun powder. The difference between a rocket and artillery round is that artillery case does not have fins while rocket case has fins. When an artillery round is fired case remains in the gun and is extracted while case of the rocket travels with the shell (known as warhead) to the target.

    On April 10, 1988, I was sitting in my office at Wah Cantt when at about 10 am I felt a low thud of percussion wave. After 15 minutes a colleague rang me up and said some big blast has occurred near Satellite Town, Pindi and that he was leaving for Pind and will let me know of the situation by telephone. I immediately rang up my house in Satellite Town. My nephew picked up the phone and before he could tell me anything he screamed, “Aik minute Taya, aag lag gayee hai” Soon after all telephones were closed. I called my assistant General Manager, asked him to sit in my office and started off to Pindi in my personal car. I was not allowed to go beyond Margalla Pass because it had been blocked by Police. I returned and kept on trying all private and official telephone numbers of relatives and officers but to no avail. At about sunset I was able to cross over to Pindi. When I reached my home my nephew told me that he was alone at home and just at the time he picked up the phone to talk to me a burning rocket 3 ft long fell on our house. He started throwing water and also cried for help. The neighbours came in and fire was quickly extinguished but a window, a door and some materials were burnt and a small balcony came down because rocket fell in the house after hitting it.

    Ojri Camp was never an ammunition depot. It was a transit camp for soldiers but had been abandoned when it got encircled by civilian population. The ammunition which was brought by USA plane and was to be transported to Afghanistan was dumped at OJri camp only one day before during the night against the wishes of relevant Army Command with the plea that two tribes had started fighting near GT Road at Jamroad. Actullay, Hikmatyar Khan had started winning fast and they being staunch Muslims, USA didn’t like to support them anymore.

    Some people in those days said that the ammunition was put to fire by CIA men because it was under their control. No ammunition had warheads. It was the propellant carrying cases of rockets that were burning and they burnt or damaged the property or killed the men who were hit by them. One famous person was Khakan Abbasi father of Shahid Khakan Abbasi. He was going to Rawalpindi via Murree Road and was just in front of Ojri Camp when thje first blast took place. If the rockets had warheads ( shells) with them, most of Pindi and Islamabad would have been destroyed along with population.
    Nothing hit the telephone exchange. It was shut down as a normal practice for such incidences.
    These rockets were not being manufactured in POFs in those days.

  18. A for Apple (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 1:06 am

    Iftikhar Uncle Thanks for detailed overview of some other happenings too …!

    Talha was corrected ..!

    Adnan s no it wasn’t …!

    Sidhusaaheb Ah han … Bravo … bewaqoofi ki had hay … !

  19. Talha (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    My name is Talha, not Talaha.

    Talha was the name of one of compations of Holy Prophet[PBUH] and one of Ashrah-e-mubasharah, and Tulayha[Talaha] was one of the people who falsely declared prophethood.

    Please take care with names.


  20. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 3:45 pm

    well if an ISI agent can disguise as an orange selling man on bicycle wearing top-class full army boots then what can u expect here …!

    it’s an example of Qalaba? Sorry my urdu is not so sushta and perfect.

    Iftikhar Sahib yes Ojhri camp was a transit camp but that transit was very “Long”. Gen Akhter Abdul Rahman and his son earned lots of money by selling Scud missiles[prolly to Iran] and there are few other Instances as well.

  21. Sidhusaaheb (unregistered) on December 8th, 2006 @ 6:45 pm

    Such an incident happened in India, at a much smaller scale, when some scrap dealers picked up a few unspent shells from an army practice firing range. They tried to break the shells open and caused them to explode in the process.

  22. Talha (unregistered) on December 9th, 2006 @ 1:01 am

    I’ll reply later.

  23. A for apple (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:23 pm


  24. A for apple (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 2:58 pm

    Gunrunning … well I guess he was hit by accidental rocket-running … not by himself testing something … BTW you are rite too … even some security guards dont know how to hold a gun correctly … I guess next I shouuld post some guns ;-)

  25. Wajid Khan (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 11:00 am

    I was in 8th Class, sitting near by the window and the blast happend, next thing I remember that blood came out from my head and I was running out side in search of help…

    May Allah save us all (ameen)



  26. 1967 (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 12:48 pm

    The first and most important rule of gun-running is: never get shot with your own merchandise.

  27. A for Apple (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 11:46 pm

    1967 Oops – Sorry I took it wrong … ritio there …!

    yahya U 2 ritio … !

  28. 1967 (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 7:14 pm

    A for Apple: I was talking about our masters, our rulers: the dear boots, who almost blew us to kingdom come. Atleast they should know better.

  29. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 11th, 2006 @ 9:05 pm

    Our rulers don’t consider us their own so the rule isn’t broken. Rest assured. :)

  30. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 3:55 pm

    Thanks Yahya … I knew it already ;-)

    Any point you wana make here????

  31. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 4:17 pm

    Well actually Karachiites Speak a lot … hum tu becharay :> And I only made it to the top of bloggers list once since I started watching it actively though … Link I’ll see laters :>

  32. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 3:47 pm

    Off topic but as we are in a slow period so what the…

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  34. Formerly Yahya (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 4:10 pm

    1. Slow period? :) Only fourth in the top posters list. :)

    2. We Pakistanis talk a lot? :)

    Here is a link (with hopefully some point :));


  35. 1967 (unregistered) on December 14th, 2006 @ 10:41 pm

    No one “talked” or “spoke” here. We wrote a lot no doubt..:P and hopefully it was of some value and substance too.

  36. A for [pine]Apple (unregistered) on December 15th, 2006 @ 2:00 am

    hopefully it was of some value and substance too

    Eeeps islooittes do self-praisig too … !

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