By Qasim Ali Pamiri
Some people will be always remembered due to the voluntary services rendered throughout their lives for the standardization of societies. These people scarify their lives in one or another way to strengthen the community. These people are remembered as legends in the societies.
Late, Mr. Zafar Ullah Baig, a legendary traditional science practitioner belonging to Gulmit village in the Gojal valley won the hearts of the people not only in Gojal valley, but also in Hunza and in Gilgit district as well through the services he rendered to the people in terms of traditional orthopedic treatments. This was observed few days back during the three days cultural and religious practices of funerals in Gojal when Late Mr. Zafar Ullah Baig left towards the eternal world at the age of 86 years, that how much the people of a society appreciate and miss the personalities who provide voluntary services. Thousands of people from all over the area came to his native village to participate in the funeral, pay tribute to the traditional orthopedist, and show sympathy with the grieved family. Late Mr. Baig beside with practicing traditional science, served different social and community level organizations as well. This was why people from every single part of the area showed great emotional attachment to the great human being.
It was amazing to know different facts in those three days about the works and services he rendered during his life. Late Mr. Baig has served the people for 68 years through selfless science practice and cured above forty thousand individuals according to a record book. These facts and figures were announced on the day when he left this world and was laid to rest. This reminds me a day when I broke an ankle while playing soccer and went to Mr. Baig’s home for the treatment. He received me with a warm welcome and treated the injured ankle, talked in such a comfortable way as he was one of a friend of mine, offered a cup of tea, and I left. Knowing the fact that he has cured above 40,000 people I was asking a question from myself that was Late Mr. Baig that much humble with all those patients? The answer was YES. I got the answer during the three days of his funeral procedures in Gulmit where thousands of individuals came daily to see off the departed soul and showed peaks of emotional attachment with him.
The grieved family had substantial role in the whole process of the traditional orthopedic procedures assisting Mr. Baig. And on the day where it was a huge loss for the family, Mr. Rehmat Ullah Baig, his elder son thanked the mass for showing sympathy and promised that the family will continue the mission of the departed soul.
The journey does not end here with the departure of late Mr. Baig towards eternity, one of his grandson Muiz Ullah Baig has joined hands with his grandpa’s mission. Muiz who is only 21 is as effective as his grandpa in practicing the traditional science.
Late Mr. Baig treated patients suffering from broken and dislocated bones without any medical facility. He learnt the traditional medical practices from his father Attaullah Baig at the age of 18. He was the fourth generation in his family practicing this bone setting practices after Attaullah Baig, Khairullah Baig and Muhammad Ali. Beside this, he also served the community in different walks of life. He acted as a lambardar and had great political and leadership wills in the community. He also rendered services in local and social institutions as members of volunteer corps and local conciliation and arbitration panel. During the reign of the last Mir of Hunza Mir Jamal Khan, he served as his representative in exchanging historical state communications with Rehman Qul of Wakhan in Afghanistan (PT). Late Mr. Baig was also well known in the field of sports as he was a talented player of polo and tug of war.
He was a diversified character and will be remembered for decades. As there is a famous quote that, “Do such things that you will always be remembered.”