New Delhi: Lt. Gen Pattiarimal Mohamadali Hariz’s elevation as the General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command of the Indian Army has largely gone unreported in the Muslim media in the country. Urdu newspapers didn’t cover the news at all, while some other Muslim run community newspapers and news portals didn’t find it enticing enough to report.
While negative news despite being minor in nature make banner headlines in the Urdu media from New Delhi to Bangalore and Patna to Lucknow, such a huge news remained unreported.
There is little doubt that community media actually doesn’t want to see good news about Muslims and continues to harp on negative angles. This may be the reason that we don’t come across many positive news despite going through Urdu and English newspapers run by community. If there is no negative news, we pour our hearts out in editorials in the form of complaints and more complaints.
Earlier this month Lieutenant General P M Hariz took over as General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Southern Command on Thursday from Lieutenant General Bipin Rawat who has proceeded to Delhi to assume duties of Vice Chief of Army Staff. After assuming command of the largest geographical formation of the Indian Army, Hariz laid a wreath at the National War Memorial in Pune and paid homage to the martyrs. Thereafter, he was given a Guard of Honour. Prior to the current appointment, he was GOC-in-C at Army Training Command in Shimla.
Hariz hails from Kozhikode in Kerala, and did his schooling from Sainik School, Amravatinagar in Tamil Nadu. He is an alumnus of the National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla. On completion of basic military training from Indian Military Academy in Dehradun in 1978, he was commissioned into 12 Mechanised Infantry Battalion, and later commanded 19 Mechanised Infantry Battalion (Recce and Support), a press release from the Defence PRO said.
In the meantime people in his native village are euphoric over the development. A report in the Saudi Gazette says that anners congratulating the ‘great son of the village’ were raised in the village of Kuttikadavu, Cheruppa, 16 km from the city of Kozhikode, after news about Hariz assuming command of the largest geographical formation of the Indian Army recently. The Saudi Gazette report says “Lt. Gen. Hariz is the eldest son of Pattiarimmal Mohamed Ali, who died in 2009 after retiring from service as Communications Officer of Trichy airport in the state of Tamil Nadu. His mother Amina, daughter of late Mammumaster of Poolakkadavu, Kozhikode, was a teacher who expired early in 1962. His father Mohammed Ali later married Fathima, who hails from Mathilakam of Trichur District. Late Fathima Mohammed Ali had served as Superintendent of Women Vigilance Homes in Tamil Nadu Social Welfare Department”.