The poet Khalil Gibran correctly said: “March on. Do not tarry. To go forward is to move toward perfection. March on, and fear not the thorns, or the sharp stones on life’s path.” Lucky are those who heed these words of wisdom.
One such lucky person is Ghulam Hussain Qamar Baloch. His friends at times called him by his nickname “GHQ” as these three letters symbolize power and mystique that is associated with the General Head Quarters in Rawalpindi of the Pakistan Army. Mr. Baloch is an affable person with a good sense of humor and is not pretentious.
According to his biography, Mr. Baloch was born in village Muhammad Ali Bozdar in Taluko Khipro; district Sanghar of Sindh, Pakistan. He is a Professional Writer/Publicist. His writing experience began as he has been publicizing policies and plans of Government of Pakistan within the country and abroad since 1973.
Mr. Baloch’s biography provides a detailed record of his accomplishments and activities. He is meticulous narrating his educational, professional as well as personal experiences. With Mr. Baloch what you see is what you get both from his book as well as when you meet him in person.
In the Foreword to the biography, Abdul Majeed Veesir, a broadcast journalist and former aide to the late Prime Minister Muhammad Khan Junejo wrote: “Mr. Baloch is a learned man, a Sufi, a humanist and has served in Pakistan in various important positions and thus is witness to many important events. It is a welcome step that he decided to share his memoirs and inform certain events that are not known publicly. This also throws light on the functioning of Federal Government Departments and organizations how they work and are handled by various functionaries working in different important positions.”
From his biography as well as through social interactions at community gatherings, one learns that Mr. Baloch is a man of many talents with a distinguished record of public service and as a communicator for federal ministers and elected officials at both at the Federal and provincial levels. He has worked with the civilian governments as well as with military officials during the Martial Law imposed by General Zia-Ul-Haq in 1977.
Mr. Baloch’s biography makes many revelations that many people might not have known. For instance, there is a startling disclosure that late Prime Minister of Pakistan Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was beaten up on orders of a senior military officer and in the scuffle Mr. Bhutto died. This is what General Zia-Ul told the US President who phoned him that did with Mr. Bhutto. He replied in a scuffle, he died. This could His biography provides more interesting tidbits such as: “Retired Lt. General Jillani used to put his initials in green ink on the notes for the Defense Minister whereas a Junior Officer has to put his full Signature in blue ink as per rules.” Mr. Baloch invited General Jillani’s attention to this rule on the file he submitted to Pakistan Defense Minister. He came running to apologize with the Defense Minister.
In his book, Mr. Baloch also shared his memories that about how he handled delicate affairs and helped a relative of a senior official who was awarded lash punishment by military officials, how he helped Hakim Ali Zardari father of Ex-President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, and Sultan Ahmed Chandio, personal friend of Mr. Z A Bhutto from Larkana (both prominent political figures).
Commenting on his book, Mr. Veesir correctly noted that “memoirs of Mr. Ghulam Hussain Qamar Baloch are interesting and worth reading in which he made startling and informative revelations and thrown light on the working of civil bureaucracy and Martial Law regimes.“
The reader of Mr. Baloch’s biography will learn about his personal life and about his career after passing the Central Superior Service/CSS Examination in 1973.
After winning a Visa Lottery under US-DV-99 Program, Mr. Baloch obtained early retirement from federal job of Pakistan’s Information Ministry in 1999. Having migrating to the United States on 09/08/1999, Mr. Baloch has remained active in the workforce. He has worked on a number of important projects for the US Department of State, US Army, other federal and states organizations. Mr. Baloch has received a number of awards for his distinguished work.
When asked about what are the lessons to be learned from his life, Mr. Baloch said: “my life always was and will remain full of struggle until I die.”
And, when asked what message he has for the younger generation, he replied: “my message for the younger generation is that if they want to be successful in their lives, then they should work hard with their utmost dedication to the work until they accomplish their goal (s).”
Mentioning his work in Pakistan, Mr. Baloch said: “I worked with full dedication to my work. I was always considered by my colleagues and seniors to be a Role Model of CSS Public Relations Officer – committed to his work and problem (s) solver of the public.”
Mr. Baloch went on saying: “I have same perception of my life even in the America. Wherever, I work I work with full devotion to pour my heart and soul in the job to deliver results and accomplish the organization’s goals in a timely manner.”
He marches on every day with panache and is impeccably dressed when he comes for the Friday prayers at the Mubarak Mosque in Virginia.