Azhar Hussain, 227/Latif

Azhar Hussain 2004

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Rear Admiral(R) Azhar Hussain, kit no. 227/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1961 and left the college in 1965 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 8 August 1947, and was married to Mrs. Shahnaz on 7 July 1974. They have three children and several grandchildren.

Admiral Azhar is the First Petarian to Reach the Flag Rank.

He acquired his initial schooling from St. Xavier’s School and Public School, Karachi before going to Petaro.

During his years at Petaro, he was known for his academic performance, where he would normally be at the top of his class. He missed the First Position in Matric in the entire Hyderabad Board by a mere 14 marks.

He excelled in sports as well and became the college Captain and Colour Holder for the Basketball team. He was also the Colour Holder for the College Rifle Shooting Team.

His contributions to The Cadet magazine are well recorded. During his final year, he became the Chief Editor of the magazine.

In recognition of his capabilities, he was made the Junior Under Officer (JUO) of Latif house in 1964-65. And due to his all rounded performance, he won the Badge of Honour after Matric and the Stick of Honour after Intermediate. He also won the Gold Medal-PARA in 1965. This was the peak of his achievement at Petaro.

After leaving Petaro, he was selected to study at NED Engineering College, while he was also selected for Pakistan Navy during the 1965 war. He got his commission in 1969 after completing his degree in Mechanical Engineering. In later years, he went to the UK post graduate studies in Marine Engineering in 1976. Additionally, he also got his M.Sc. in Defence and Strategic Studies after the National Defence Course (NDC) in 1996-97.

During his years of service with Pakistan Navy, he was posted to many different assignments. These included:
- Senior Engineering Officer / Chief Engineer on various frigates/destroyers and establishments of Pakistan Navy
- General Manager Pakistan Naval Dockyard
- Commanding Officer - PNS Karsaz 1991-92
- Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Materials) Naval Headquarters, 1994-96
- Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Materials)
- Director General Munitions Production Ministry of Defence

- Director Ship Management, PNSC, 1996-98

He was finally promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral on 28 July 1997, superseding all his seniors in the Technical Branches and his term mates of Operations Branch which was unprecedented in the Navy.

Admiral Azhar was recognized for his meritorious services by being awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military) in 1996 and Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) subsequently. He retired from the Navy in Oct 2002.

After his retirement from the Navy, he was appointed the Managing Director of Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works in Feb 2003. He served the shipyard for three years before he retired from that job as well.

With a relaxed life at Karachi, he is now a keen golfer and normally plays at Karachi Golf Club where he is also a member of its Managing Committee.

Azhar Bhai is a Thorough Gentleman Par Excellence.