Zainul Abedin Shah, 18/Ayub

The Ninth Adjutant (1974-1975)

Cdre(R) Z.A. Shah - 2003

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Syed Zainul Abedin Shah (popularly known as Z.A. Shah), kit no. 18/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1957 in the first entry in Jinnah House. He moved to Ayub House in 1960, and left the college in 1962 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 10 March 1943 at Sehwan Sharif. He got married to Dr. Jamila on 18 February 1985 and they have four children - Jemza, Sidra, Sakina, and Sughra.

Z.A. Shah stood out in his performance at Petaro. He was an extempore speaker and a member of the Debating Society. He was Secretary of the Riding Club, and Section Leader of Ayub House.

He has the distinction of being the first Petarian to become a Naval Officer. He joined Pakistan Navy in 1963 and got his commission as an officer in 1964.

He participated as a naval officer in both the 1965 and the 1971 wars.

Lt.Z.A. Shah, PN also has the distinction of becoming the first Petarian to be appointed as the Adjutant of Cadet College Petaro. He served in this position from 1974 to 1975.

During 1975-1976, he proceeded to the UK for specialization in anti-submarine training with the Royal Navy. In 1985-1986, he got his training in intelligence and mcbs warfare at Naval Amphibious Base, Coronado, CA, USA. He got his traning from the Joint Services Staff College (Chaklala) and also graduated with a Masters Degree in Strategic Warfare from NDC, Islamabad.

During his naval career, he held four successful commands at sea, and won four "Professional Efficiency Shields" during the 1980s.

During the 1970s, he was given the award of Tamgha-i-Shujaat by the (late) Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.

Prior to his retirement, he was posted as General Manager (Admin) at the Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works.

He retired as a Commodore and has since set up his own security agency called Tabuk Security. At present he in the process of trying to set up an educational institution.

Cdre.(R) Z.A. Shah is a frequent visitor to Petaro, and is normally present at most of the major functions at the college.

He presently has his home at Karachi.