Khalid Iqbal, 279/Jinnah

Capt.Khalid Iqbal (Leiah) - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khalid Iqbal (Leiah), kit no. 279/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1962 and left the college in 1966 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 25 November 1949 and got married to Mrs. Nahid on 20 February 1976. They have four children - Naveed, Maryam, Aisha and Zainab.

Khalid Iqbal was a celebrity at Petaro. He was awarded the Badge of Honour in 1964 and the Stick of Honour in 1966. He was the Captain of the College Football team and a member of the College Athletics and the College Hockey teams. He was also the Carrom Champion in 1965 and 1966.

At the same time, he excelled in academics and obtained the Second Position in Hyderabad Board in Intermediate. He was awarded the Principal's Silver Medal for this performance.

After leaving Petaro, he secured Second Position in Karachi University in M.A. Economics.

He built his career on flying and has been a pilot in PIA throughout. He was graded as no. 1 at the PIA Flying Academy and was the first pilot to get command of B-747 from Petaro.

During the East Pakistan crisis in 1970, Khalid Iqbal was a key pilot in transporting of goods and passengers between the two parts. He was also a VVIP Pilot on B-707 during this period. As a result of his services, he was awarded Tamgha-e-Quaid-e-Azam.


Capt.Khalid Iqbal (Leiah) - 1997