Abdul Rashid Abro, 370/Liaquat

Abdur Rashid Abro - 2006

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Abdul Rashid Abro, kit no. 370/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1962 in 9th class and left the college in 1966 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 01 October 1948 and got married to Mrs. Mukhtiar Rashid on 25 December 1971. They have 3 children - Atif Rashid Abro 8979/Jinnah, Sidra and Anam. The family is settled in Karachi.

Rashid Abro joined the Merchant Navy soon after leaving Petaro. He became a Master Captain in the Merchant Navy at the culmination of his career with the shipping lines. He worked with PNSC and other foreign shipping lines until 1984. In later years, he also acquired an MA degree in Economics from Sindh University.

In 1984, he transferred to PNSC shore establishment and worked as Port Captain and Chartering Manager until 1992. That year, he resigned from PNSC and joined as Commercial Director with a private shipping firm.

Subsequently, he decided to enter into his own business in line with his extensive experience in shipping. He owns a couple of companies, and is the CEO of Pacific Chartering and Trading (Pvt) Ltd. in Karachi.

On the professional level, he is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, England, and the Nautical Institute, UK. He has been a Life Member and a Member of the Executive Committee of FPCCI since the year 2000. During the year 2009-2010, he was elected as the Chairman of the Standing Committee on Ports and Shipping of the FPCCI as well.

He a Life Member of the SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Ship Agents Association, and Member of the Public Private Board of Govt. of Sindh (2009). He has been a Member of the Executive Committee of the Master Mariners Society of Pakistan in 1998, and a member of the Chittagong District Hockey Team.

Rashid Abro has been a very keen member of the Petarian Association. He was chosen as the President of the Association twice, during 2007-2008 and then re-elected in 2009-2010. He has been at the forefront of activities throughout. In the past, he has held different positions in the Managing Committee of the Association as well. During his tenure, the Petarian Association has been going through a transformation to make it into a global body of all Petarians.

With a crisis that developed in Petarian Association in 2014, Rashid Abro was elected as the Chairman of the Petarian Assembly, and nominated as a Chief Coordinator to reorganize TPA. He then appointed a new Central Executive Committee in his capacity as the Chairman of the Petarian Assembly with Nasir Mehmood 79113 as the President of the Global CEC for for 2014-2015.

He has been a source of unity amongst Petarians and we wish him luck in providing strong leadership in the Association.