The Man Who Helped Pakistan Regain Siachin is No More

Abdul Rehman, an unsung hero who fought for Siachen, recently passed away. The Siachen glacier, being one of the highest battlefields in the world, was watched over and defended by this tireless soul during his career as a defender of Pakistan’s frontiers.

Most Pakistanis understand the importance of Siachen to our country’s defence. However, not many are aware of Abdul Rehman’s efforts to secure this peak from the enemies of the state. In his passing, this unsung Pakistani hero deserves to be celebrated.

Chacha Abdu, the Pioneer of Siachen

Affectionately known as Chacha Adbu by fellow soldiers and locals, Abdul Rehman dedicated the majority of his life helping the Army and the people of his region.

Chacha Abdu earned Sitara-e-Shujaat, a military decoration which is Pakistan’s highest ranked civilian award for bravery, for courageously guiding Pakistani Army to Siachen Glaciers.

His grit and undying passion for the country was the sole driving force which led the Special Service Group (SSG) commandos to the peaks in 1982 and 1984. Due to his efforts, Pakistan now has control over the rivers, Siachen, K-2, and Mashabrum 1, 2 & 3 peaks.

Residing on a high altitude mountain, Chacha Abdu was amongst the pioneers who spotted the Indian movement in Siachen and informed about it.

The brave son of Goma, a small village near Pak-China border, he helped the Pakistani troops in holding various posts at Siachen.

The body of Chacha Abdu, draped in Pakistani colors

Apart from his noticeable contribution in the Siachen-saga, he also helped the Army in 2012 when an avalanche struck the Pakistani military base in Gayari Sector. The military base resided in a region adjacent to Siachen Glacier and the avalanche trapped over 140 soldiers, civilians and construction workers.

Tragedy struck that day, with Pakistani Army later declaring 129 soldiers and 11 civilians dead as a result of the avalanche. It could’ve been worse if not for Chacha Abdu’s efforts.

Pak-Army stated that over 70 percent of the evacuations occurred due to the timely assessment of Chacha Abdu. Despite his immensely old age, he again made a significant contribution. His age was no barrier to his dedication and heroism, with his intellect and knowledge of the region helping save countless lives who could’ve otherwise perished as a result of a natural calamity.

His age is still unknown, but people reported that he was around 80 years of age. The heroics of Chacha Abdul shall never be forgotten and his image of being the pioneer of Siachen shall live forever.

Zarar is the Editor of Sports and Auto section at ProPakistani.


  • Another Unsung Hero. Our nation never appreciate these people who did everything for us. So sad. RIP!

    • Wulfere

      agreed

    • KMQ

      Bhai how will we appreciate these kind of actual heros because our heros are the likes of Malala, Sharmeen Obaid… who can bring bad name to our country.

      • Shahid Saleem

        Telling the truth is not the same as bringing bad name. They personally told no lies and did no wrong.

        It is not their fault there are Pakistanis who are rotten and governemtnd oes nothing. If they don’t tell the truth, who do you think will?

        • KMQ

          MashaAllah sir aapki masoomiyat ko salam!

          Do you think Sharmeen would make a documentary on this legend “Chacha Abdu”? – My guess is no because that wouldn’t give her oscar and shows positives of Pakistan.

          Do you think “Chacha Abdu” or anyone like him would be recommended for Noble prize by just like Malala was?

          • ZAB

            Edhi sahab didn’t get noble price but that small pupit get combined with her Indian partner. Though this noble award wasn’t enough for Edhi Sahab who sacrificed his whole life for humanity.

          • Shahid Saleem

            My personal opinion is that even most Pakistanis will not watch such a
            movie about Chacha Abdu, let alone anyone else outside Pakistan. Maybe I
            am synic after all these years.
            There is no controversy with that man, so where is the audience? It is
            not as if we make & watch dramas or movies about other people who
            have served Pakistan.

            Regarding Sharmeen: why ask me what she will or will not do? Is my opinion going to change her mind somehow?

            Why don’t you write to her in email or on twitter and ask her yourself instead of contemplating and imagining her actions? It’s amazing, you are even imagining her motives. Do you know for a fact that she makes movies to win awards? She does not make blockbuster movies, you have only heard of one or two but I just checked and she has made over 20. Why did she not appear on your “radar” before Oscar?

            I will repeat: the people you mentioned TOLD NO LIES. It is easy to talk about some issues like load shedding or gas shortages or adulterated milk, there is no controversy there. Not so easy to talk about social problems, especially regarding women or girls in Pakistan.

            Better to “hide” such issues than do anything to solve them, right KMQ?

  • Khalid Masoud Rehman Rao

    Heroes Like CHACHA ABDULmust be remembered by us as Pakistani.I felt ashamed and very embarrassed today when I saw his picture and his dedication to the motherland.I salute him and his family. Today at the same time when I saw this bloody thug Sharjeel Memon of PPP Zardari’s under table man having beads in his hand and wearing white Pakistani national dress,walking like lame and sick man,I could’t control my self.These buggers have looted the country from left n right and soldiers like CHACHA ABDUL AND MANY MORE ARE NOT AWARE OF THEIR GRAVE AND DEADLY ROBBERIES TO THE MOTHERLAND. THERE SHOULD BE NO COURT FOR THE PEOPLE LIKE HIM.PROVEN GUILTY MUST BE HANGED IN SIDE THE MAIN SQUARE OF KARACHI.

    • ZAB

      Rao Sahab, he was worn golden crown sir, like if he would have conquered temple of Somnaath. Irony of our Nation.

  • KMQ

    Respect for you from every Pakistani SIR! Allah Pak aapko janat ul firdaus main aala maqam aata farmaee.

  • Pakistani

    I wish students in school learn more about these personalities rather than learning about Mian mohammad nawaz shareef

    https://propakistani.pk/2017/02/02/sarkari-best-seller-govt-forces-schools-buy-nawaz-sharifs-biography/

  • Muhammad Faheem

    Apart from other ways to pay tribute to this hero i think our film directors should focus onto make one on this personality. It will help our nation to get to know the heroics of this gentleman

    • KMQ

      Strongly AGREE!

  • Khawaja Atteeq

    Siachen is in control of india when the f did you guys retake or regain it

  • Salman Haider

    سیاچن کا دو تہائی حصہ انڈیا نے 1999 کی جنگ میں ہم سے قبضہ کیا ہے. اس جنگ میں ہمارا نقصان انڈیا کی نسبت زیادہ تھا. وکی پیڈیا پر اس حوالے سے کچھ حقائق موجود ہیں. پاک بھارت جنگوں میں عوام سے بہت سے حقائق چھپائے گئے ہیں. لیکن اب انٹرنیٹ کے ذریعے ہر کسی کی رسائی ہر قسم کے ممنوعہ معلومات تک ممکن ہوچکی ہے.

    • bhaya

      bhaya ya haqaiq log ba-asani edit karke manupulate karsaktay hain. wahan bhe editing ki aikcsaed jang chalti hain. wikipedia ka page kholain aur last edit by click karain ;)