Khurshid Ahmed, 174/Jinnah

Brig(R) Khurshid Ahmed - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khurshid Ahmed, kit no. 174/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1961 and left the college in 1965 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 January 1947. He got married to Mrs. Farida on 20 January 1975 and they have three children - Rabia, Bilal and Qasim.

Khurshid Ahmed was a star sportsman at Petaro and during his army career as well. He was a fine hockey player and became the captain of the college hockey team in 1964-1965. He participated in the ISSST tournament as captain of the hockey team in 1964. He was a part of the college Shooting team that won that year at ISSST.

During his final year at Petaro (1964-1965), he was also appointed the JUO of Jinnah House as well.

Soon after leaving Petaro, he joined Pakistan Air Force. During the 1965 War, Khurshid Ahmed was a Flight Cadet in the PAF Academy. The following year, he opted to join Pakistan Army and was inducted in the 39th PMA Long Course in 1966, a year after the Indo-Pakistan War. He was commissioned in 2 Baloch Regiment in 1968. 

During the 1971 War, he was the Adjutant of 53 Baloch Regiment (now renamed as the 20 Sindh Regiment) posted at Lahore under the command of Lt.Col Mirza Aslam Beg (who later on became Chief of Army Staff). His unit was earmarked to move to East Pakistan, but turn of events did not allow the move.

In 1972, he was given a staff position as G-3 at the 77 Brigade posted at Kharian. A couple of years later, he went back to his first unit, i.e. 2 Baluch, followed by an 18 month course in German language at the National Institute of Modern Languages.

In 1978, he went back again to 43 Baluch and was posted to Dera Bugti, and did his Staff College course in 1979. Then for the next three years (1980-83), he remained the brigade major at Sialkot. He got his promotion to the rank of a Lieut. Colonel in 1983 and was appointed the commanding officer of 43 Baluch.

From 1986 onwards, his postings have been primarily in the field of training. That year, he was posted to the Officers Training School at Mangla, and then as a Senior Instructor at the Infantry School of Tactics, Quette from 1987-89. He moved to Gujranwala as Col. GS with the 30 Corps in 1990, and got his final promotion to the rank of a brigadier in 1992. He was posted as the Commander of the 104 Brigade at Sialkot form 1992-94.

In 1994, he was appointed the Director of the Infantry Training at the GHQ for a year. But the following year, he was sent on deputation to the Government of Punjab as the Director General of Sports for two years. He could not really survive in a civilian set up, nor could he handle the petty politics. So he reverted back to the army in 1997 and was appointed the Director of the Central Army Press - a position he retained until his retirement from the Pakistan Army in the year 2000.

Shortly before his retirement, Brig. Khurshid Ahmed was given the coveted Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) award as well.

He has chosen to get into agriculture since his retirement and has been managing his farms at Leiah, Sadiqabad and Rahimyar Khan since leaving the army.

Brig Khurshid Ahmed -1998