Khalid Aslam, 453/Jinnah

Brig.(R) Khalid Aslam - 2009

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khalid Aslam, kit no. 453/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1963 in 9th class and left the college in 1967 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 22 September 1949 and got married to Mrs. Nasreen on 2 June 1974. They have 3 children - Imran, Adnan and Sadia.

Khalid Aslam was on the best students in class, and was always amongst the top three in studies alongside S.P. Shahid and Mirza Jawaid Baig. He got 2nd position amongst his classmates in the Matric examinations.

In his 12th class, he was appointed the Senior Section Leader of Liaquat House.

During his final year at Petaro, he also has the honour of being the first Petarian to be In Charge of the first 7th class that was ever admitted to the college during the year 1966-1967. The 7th class cadets were housed in the Liaquat House Ante Room. Amongst these fresh 7th class boys was a cadet called Asif Ali Zardari, who later on became the President of Pakistan.

He was the Captain of the College English Debating team in 1966-67, and the Editor of English Section of The Cadet magazine during 1966 and 1967. He was Captain of the Liaquat House Quiz & Spelling Bee team in 1966-67.

After leaving Petaro, Khalid Aslam graduated from UET, Lahore as an Electrical Engineer in 1972, and was commissioned as an officer in the EME Corps of the Pakistan Army that same year. In later years, he went on for higher education, and completed the Technical Staff College certification from the Royal Military College of Science, Shrivenham, UK in 1985. He also qualified from the Staff College Quetta in 1986.

He had a meritorious service with the army and held different command, staff and instructional appointments. Prominent amongst these were ATLO, Washington DC for 3 years, Commander Support Group, and Commandant Electronics Base Workshop.

Upon completion of his National Defence Course in 2001, he also served the National Defence College (NDC) as Directing Staff - a rare privilege for an EME officer. During this period he had the singular honour of conducting the first ever National Security Workshop for Training of Civilian Leadership comprising senators, parliamentarians, government and civil bureaucracy at the NDC (now NDU), Islamabad.

He retired from the Pakistan Army as a brigadier.

Brig.(R) Khalid Aslam is a thorough gentleman, and a pleasure to be with. He is a thorough professional who left his mark wherever he went.  He has always participated in Petarian activities in the area, and went all the way to Petaro for the Golden Jubilee celebrations as well. It is my honour to have known Brig.(R) Khalid Aslam as a friend and as my senior.