Col. Mir Akbar Ali Khan, 284/Ayub

Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan, 284/Ayub joined Cadet College Petaro in 1962 Matric and left the college in 1965 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 14 May 1948 and got married to Mrs. Samima on 26 April 1975. They have two daughters Saima and Asra, and a son Saad Ali.

Mir Akbar's family hails originally from Hyderabad Deccan. After the partition, his father moved to Pakistan and settled down in Mirpurkhas. Thus Mir Akbar spent his childhood and acquired early education in Mirpurkhas.

After leaving Petaro, Mir Akbar joined the Pakistan Military Academy in 1965 and was commissioned in 1967. After serving the army for 29 long years, he retired as a full colonel in 1995. He graduated from Command & Staff College Quetta. He held various command, staff and instructional appointments including Brigade Major of Infantry Brigade (twice) and Instructor at Army Logistics School. He also served as First Secretary at the Pakistan Consulate, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

He pursued his education further, and holds a masters degree in Economics from the University of Punjab and a qualification in the German language.

He kept up with professional activities. After retirement from the army, he was appointed as the Managing Director of Sindh Engineering (Pvt) Ltd., a unit of the Ministry of Industries and Production / Pakistan Automobile Corporation. He served in this position for nearly 4 years.

Col.(R) Mir Akbar worked with United Bank Limited as Senior Vice President / General Manager for Employee Relations for several years. At present, he is working as Advisor to EOBI.

In May, 1999, Col.(R) Mir Akbar was honoured once again. Zafarwal Medium Regiment celebrated its Golden Jubilee on its 50th Founder’s day that year. This was also the occasion for the recognition of the Colonel of the Regiment Function. The officer chosen for this prestigious position was none other than Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan, who was formally decorated with the rank.

The chief guest for the function was the famous Gen. (R) Tikka Khan, the first commanding officer of the unit, who had come all the way from Rawalpindi to grace the occasion. The CO briefed the audience about the unit and its achievements over the years and during the wars. He outlined the history including its role in the 1965 Indo-Pakistan war, in the Rann of Kutch operations which paved the way for success. The unit supported the 7th Punjab Regiment was active in the Kasur Sector during the September war. Later, in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan war, the unit was active in the Zafarwal sector. In this sector, the unit was instrumental in providing support to a task force of the Armoured Corps. This tremendous support led to the award of the “Zafarwal” name to the unit. Gen. Tikka Khan and Col.(R) E.A.S. Bukari placed the ranks of Colonel of the Regiment on the shoulders of Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan during the ceremony.

The new Colonel of the Regiment delivered a speech in which he outlined details of his 29 years of service to the army. He pointed out that he had served several units of the army during this period. However, the enjoyment out of command of the 12th Medium Regiment surpassed all other services. “Therefore, this unit is the closest to my heart as compared to all other units”, he said. He also pointed out that it is a striking coincidence that the Yaum-e-Takbeer and the Establishment Day of this unit are the same, i.e. 25th of May.

It is indeed an honour for all Petarians that Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan has been recognized for his services. We wish him further success in the future as well.

Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan has been very active with the Petarians after his retirement. He was the President of the Petarian Association during 1997-98. He has also served the Association in different capacities.

His dear father the late Mir Sahib used to have his farms at Mirpurkhas. Personally, I was very attached to him during the 1960s. Whenever I used to visit Mirpurkhas, it would be a treat to meet Mir Sahib. In particular, I had a very special friendship with Col.(R) Mir Akbar's younger brothers Nusrat (Rafiq) and Taufiq.  When Mir Sahib expired in a road accident between Mirpurkhas and Hyderabad in the late 1960s, it was a traumatic experience for me too.  May Allah grant him jannatul firdaus.

Col.(R) Mir Akbar Ali Khan being decorated by  Gen.(R) Tikka Khan and Col.(R) E.A.S. Bukhari