Mr Gandapurs Blog outlines his lifetime achievements:---http://fatehuk.blogspot.com/Fateh Gandapur's Blog on Water Issues of Pakistan.
Mr Gandapur believed very strongly that water crisis could trigger an India Pakistan nuclear war.
He was of the view that causes of 2010 floods should be investigated and also found WAPDA to be a main culprit in the floods:---
Monday, December 03, 2012
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PESHAWAR: Engineer Fateh Ullah Khan Gandapur , who retired as chairman of the Indus River System Authority, passed away in Islamabad on Sunday.He would be buried today (Monday) at the H-8 graveyard in Islamabad after Nimaz-i-Janaza at 3 pm.
His family members would receive condolences at House 518, Margalla Road, F-10/2, Islamabad. Fateh Ullah Gandapur was the father-in-law of Khalid Aziz, former chief secretary, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The deceased was a known water expert and had written around 250 technical papers. He identified sites for several dams and proposed projects to overcome Pakistan's energy and irrigation water shortages.
Fateh Ullah Gandapur was born on August 28, 1925 in Kulachi in Dera Ismail Khan district. He was educated at the Islamia College, Peshawar and the Muslim University, Aligarh. He did his B Sc Engineering in the first division and specialised in dams and reservoirs. He also authored two books on Science and Quran.
-------------------------------------------------- Irrigation and hydraulics has always been a close family connection .Mr Gandapur was a contemporary of my fathers brotherin laws relative Late Mr Ahmad Tariq , Chief Engineer Irrigation , Punjab.Ahmad Tariq was the son of late Mr Minhajuddin , the first Muslim to ever become a full secretary in history of this part of the world in 1945.
Professor Mubashir Hassan was my fathers teacher at the Punjab Engineering College in 1951.He was an authority on Hydraulics.
Mr Shamsul Mulk , later Chairman WAPDA was a good friend of my father and his class fellow and dormitory mate. Mr Gandapur was also a friend of my fathers first cousin Major General Agha Manzur Rauf who served for a long time as Additional Secretary Water and Power and also like Mr Gandapur for sometime studied at Aligarh University. Arif Manzur Qureshi who crashed flying a Syrian Mig 21 in Golan Heights in 1974 was a cousin of Maj Gen Rauf.
Mr Khalid Aziz is a dear friend , an outstanding intellectual and a great human being .It was extremely sad to hear that he lost his dear father in law Mr Gandapur.
DI Khan has always been a very special place for me . Most fascinating was the role of the Alizais of DI Khan in First World War when they refused to fight against the Turks and 15 Lancers a very much DI Khan Alizai regiment was disbanded .
My friend and coursemate late Major Latifullah Alizai was a direct descendant of the Alizai Nawab of DI Khan who the British had made the Honrary Colonel of 15 Lancers.
When I joined 15 Lancers in 1988 , Captain Niaz Alizai was my close friend .
In 1992 I made acquaintance of another DI Khan gentleman , Captain Khalid Behram my second in command in 5 Independent Armoured Squadron.Khalids maternal grandfather was Mr Gandapur at one time Chief Minister of NWFP.
Not exactly DI Khan but very much DI Khan in spirit is my dear friend LTG Tariq Khan , a great soldier and a great man ( Touchwood) .(Mashallah)
|Captain Khalid Behram and this scribe when 5 Independent Armoured Squadron won the 31 Corps Tank Firing Competition September 1993|
My father had close association with DI Khan Bridge and his name was written on the bridges entrance as one of the persons who played a key role in its construction.
THE 15 LANCERS REBELLION IN IRAQAgha H Amin ,11 Cavalry , 29 Cavalry , 58 Cavalry,15 Lancers,5 Independent Armoured Squadron,14 LancersI served in 15 Lancers from May 1988 to April 1989 and wore its badges from May 1988 to January 1992 when I was transferred to the 5 Independent Armoured Squadron which I later commanded. Captain Niaz Alizai and Major Abdul Mateen Khalid were good friends in the 15 Lancers.Lieutenant Agha H Amin , 28 June 1988 , as Mechanical Transport Officer of 15 Lancers driving an M 88 Armoured Recovery Vehicle to tow a Chinese T 59 Tank at Khudai Tank Firing Ranges ,MuzaffargarhThe 15 Lancers was raised in Multan by a Pathan landlord Ghulam Hassan Khan Khakwani , a Khugiani Pathan as six Risalahs of Multani Seraiki speaking Pathans to serve against the rebels in Delhi.The regiment served against the rebels in Hissar and Rohtak as part of General Van Cortlandts force and burnt the famous Ranghar Muslim village of Jamalpur.In March 1858 it was re-organised as Curetons Horse at Lahore and came to be known popularly as Curetons Multani Pathan Risalah.It was composed of Multani Pathans initially but many Multani Pathans had relatives in Dera Ismail Khan so over the passage of time the regiment became DI Khan heavy with Alizais in preponderance.The Alizai Nawab of DI Khan was nominated as its honorary colonelThe regiment got the battle honour Afghanistan 1878-80 in the Second Afghan War however its service was confined to border cordon role on the Afghan Balochistan frontier.In 1901 reorganisation the regiments class composition was changed to two Pathan Muslim Squadrons and two Punjabi Muslim squadrons.The regiment saw service in France at Neuve Chapelle and in Flanders where they arrived in December 1915.From France it was despatched to Persia as part of Persian Expedition and they patrolled the Eastern Corridor.The regiment was despatched to Mesopotamia and refused in February 1916 to fight against the Turks on grounds that they were Muslims . As always the Pathan Muslims were in the forefront and the two Pathan Muslim Squadrons were disbanded and their men court martialled.The two Punjabi Muslim Squadrons by and large remained loyal and readily agreed to fight the Turks.The two Pathan Squadrons were replaced by two Hindu UP Jat Squadrons from 14th Murrays Jat Lancers.Murrays 14 Jat Lancers was an all Hindu Jat regiment raised by Hindu Jat landlords of Aligarh District to serve the British in the rebellion of 1857-59.In 1920 14th Jat Lancers and 15th Lancers-Curetons Multanis were merged and renumbered as 20 lancers.In 1937 20 Lancers were reorganised as Lucknow Training Centre of the Indian Army for the 3rd Cavalry Group.The Pakistan Army 15 Lancers raised in 1955 has no connection with the old 15 Lancers however many Alizai officers joined 15 Lancers inspired by memory of the old 15 Lancers.The Alizai Nawab of Dera Ismail Khan, Honorary Colonel of 15 Lancers .Ashraf Ali Khan to Signalling Instructor Dafadar Fateh Mahomed Khan (Hindustani Muslim, 6th Cavalry, France)
24th March 1916We have got the depot of the 15th Lancers here now; and they were in France from the beginning of the war, and went thence to Basra. The whole regiment united there for the purpose of taking an oath not to fight against Muslims. They all took the oath and laid the Qu'ran on their heads, and swore not to tell anyone of their compact. But a jemadar of that regiment told the CO all about the affair. He at once ordered the 'fall in' to be sounded and everyone had to fall in just as he was, whether dressed or not. When the men had fallen in, the other regiments took possession of their arms. They were then ordered to embark on a ship and all refused.
After that it was decided that the denial of the Indian commissioned officers of all knowledge of the affair should be accepted. They denied it all (in spite of the fact that they too had sworn on the Qu'ran) and they were acquitted. The rest - the non-commissioned officers and troopers, 429 in number - were arrested and punished with various terms of imprisonment.Rahimdad Khan (Pathan) to Sher Khan (Mirpur, Kashmir?)
21st May 1916
I learn from Karamdad's letter that Fateh Khan has been sent to transportation [for mutiny]. A thousand pities! It is a subject for great thankfulness that Alladad Khan escaped as he was in hospital at Bushire [Persia]. 439 cavalrymen [of the 15th Lancers] were transported for refusing to fight against the Turks. This was a great mistake to behave to our king in this way. The enemy no doubt are Turks, but in spite of this our men ought not to have been untrue to their salt. It is a thousand pities that I, poor creature as I am, can do nothing in the matter. Well, we must have patience and trust that in time they will be released. I hope so, for there is great talk about the matter.Fateh Ullah (Punjabi Muslim) to Fateh Ahmed
(Supply and Transport No. 5 Base Supply Depot, France)
30th June 1916
We have learnt from Nasir Khan's letter that his brother Raja Khan has been sentenced by court martial to fourteen years' imprisonment. This has caused us much grief. The details which he gives are that when the 15th Lancers reached Basra they were ordered to fight against the Turks. They, however, declined to take up arms against their brother Muslims and asked to be sent to some other theatre of war. A court martial was convened and 400 men were sentenced to various terms of imprisonment. Since then, it has been reported in the newspapers that the new Viceroy has ordered that these men should be sent to some other theatre of war, since they did not in reality decline to fight for the Sirkar, and should not have been called upon to fight against the Turks against their wish. I do not know why action has not been taken on this order. It is very sad that fate should have dealth thus cruelly with this regiment in the end, after they had done such good service and gained so much renown elsewhere. Now they are all imprisoned in the fort Rangoon in Burma, and are not allowed to receive or send letters. My idea is that the Government have acted in this way simply to vindicate their authority, and that after the war all these unfortunates will be released.David Omissi's Indian Voices of the Great War.