‘Pakistan has lost a great friend’: Geoffrey Langlands passes away at 101
Former British Army major, educator and World War II veteran Geoffrey Langlands, who spent majority of his life in Pakistan educating the country’s generations, passed away today at the age of 101 in Lahore.
Langlands was born in 1917 in Hull, England. In January 1944, Langlands arrived in British India as an army volunteer on a troop carrier and worked three years as part of the selection board for officers training in Bangalore.
After the partition of the sub-continent, Langlands decided to stay in Pakistan, where he moved to Rawalpindi and joined the Pakistan Army. He also served the country during the 1947 Indo-Pak.
From then, Langlands has been in Pakistan, mainly Chitral, working to improve the standards of education. He was an instructor in the Pakistan Army, while he also taught at Aitchison College for around 25 years before moving to Chitral.
In Chitral, he took charge of the Sayurj Public School, which was later renamed Langlands School and College in his honour.
The news of his demise has saddened the country as people are paying homage to Pakistan’s great friend. In fact, the country mourns the death of Pakistan’s very own.
‘We lost a true friend today. Hats off Geoffrey Langlands. His love and devotion for Pakistan are highly appreciable’
— Jahanzeb K Buzdar (@Jahanzebz) January 2, 2019
‘Pakistan has lost a great friend and teacher of generations of its students’
Pakistan has lost a great friend and teacher of generations of its students. We today mourn Major Geoffrey Langlands CMG MBE HI SPk who passed away in Lahore aged 101. pic.twitter.com/XF6UJtAa1n
— Thomas Drew (@TomDrewUK) January 2, 2019
‘He has taught some of the most known names in Pakistan including Prime Minister Imran Khan, Chaudhry Nisar and Farooq Leghari among many others’
Teacher of PM @ImranKhanPTI , Maj (r) Geoffrey Langlands died at age of 102 in Lahore. He was living in Pakistan since the partition. He was an educator and also served Pakistani Army as part of his service tenure.
— Rao Jee (@raoo512) January 2, 2019
‘Rest in Peace Geoffrey Langlands. Pakistan will be forever in your debt for your services’
Rest in Peace Geoffrey Langlands. Pakistan will be forever in you debt for your services. pic.twitter.com/0kjPQ0kApF
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) January 2, 2019
‘Sad to know about this loss. In one of his address to us at college, he said that his goal is to score a century, he was 96 then, and now he is no more’
Sad to know about this loss. In one of his address to us at college, he said that his goal is to score a century, he was 96 then, and now he is no more. 🙁
— Sadam Khan (@sadamccr) January 2, 2019
‘Geoffrey Langlands, the legend who served several generations in Pakistan, left this mortal world. He will forever live in the hearts’
Geoffrey Langlands, the legend who served several generations in Pakistan, left this mortal world. He will forever live in the hearts.
— Altaf Ahmed (@askAltaf) January 2, 2019
For his services to the country, Geoffrey Langlands received Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Sitara-e-Pakistan.