Eventually, he was promoted to the rank of a Major.
On the personal front, Shakir married a girl named Amanat, and became father of a girl.
The only noted socially engaged Islamic public intellectual that Pakistan has produced, the scholar Fazlur Rahman, was forced to flee Pakistan in the 1960s and seek refuge in Canada because of the vociferous opposition that he faced from the Jamaat-i Islami and various ulama groups for his progressive utterances.
The task of offering socially progressive responses from within the broadly defined Islamic tradition to the challenges of modernity and to the lived realities of widespread poverty and exploitation has hardly begun in Pakistan.
Kaushik loved theatre and performing characters as a teenager and that's how RAW spotted him.
It is said that Kaushik had learned Urdu, acquainted himself with Muslim religious texts and the terrain of Pakistan during his training.
Few books The Urdu publishing scene in Pakistan is somewhat different, although I found it almost as uninspiring as its English counterpart.
Lahore's famed Urdu Bazaar, located in a chaotic, run-down part of the old town, consists of several narrow lanes lined with filth-clogged drains, almost impossible to wade through.
On the bus from Delhi to Lahore early this year, I chatted with an elderly Muslim man from Delhi who was travelling to Pakistan to visit his relatives. "I don't want to go to Lahore but my wife insists I should," he said to me frankly. I can hardly find any like-minded people to talk to," he went on.
"You'll soon discover," he warned me, "that the level of intellectual discourse is so limited in Pakistan.