Khalid Jamil Kirmani, 509/Latif

Lt.Cdr.(R) Khalid Jamil Kirmani - 2009

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khalid Jamil Kirmani, kit no. 509/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1964 in 8th Class and left the college in 1969 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 17 July 1952, and got married to Mrs. Yasmeen on 22 October 1975. They have two daughters - Sohema and Farheen.

Khalid was my batch mate and my house mate - and my room mate for three years. We were in the same dorm in 9th and 10th class, and in the "Sheesh Mahal" of Latif House in 11th class.

He was famous for his acumen in sports. He was into almost every sport that you can think of, and was declared the best all-rounded Sportsman of the Year at Petaro in 1969.

He was a member of the Famous Forties of in 1966, 1967 and 1968. Khalid Jamil and Abid Saleem (589/LF) were the only two Petarians ever who participated in all the three winning ICCST competitions. And both were Latifians.

Khalid became the Captain of the College Athletics team in 1968-1969. He was also a member of the College Hockey, Cricket, Football and Basketball teams as well.

He was the fastest runner and record holder in the 100m race at CCP as well as at ICCST.

His sports activities continued after Petaro as well. He was selected for the Pakistan Team Hockey in 1971 and national Athletics team in 1970. That year, he was declared the fastest runner and record holder in the 100m race in the entire southern zone of West Pakistan. He was a part of the all Pakistan national 4x100m relay team. He was nominated to be a member of the Pakistan Hockey Team touring Kenya in last 1971. However, the tour was cancelled due to the 1971 War.

Truly, the college has produced few all-rounded sportsmen like Khalid Jamil Kirmani.

After Petaro, Khalid joined Pakistan Navy and was given his commission in 1972. He qualified in all the basic courses at the Pakistan Naval Academy. During his service with the Pakistan Navy, he served on board PNS Gilgit, PNS Rajshahi, PNS Balochistan and PNS Badar. He also served as the Administrator of PNS Rahnuma, and was posted at the Training Center of Oman Navy at Sur. In addition, he served in different administrative positions as well.

Khalid retired from the Navy as a Lieutenant Commander in 1995. Since then, he has been busy working with different educational institutions. He was the Principal of BFC Jacobabad, and Principal of Aisha Bawany Academy in Karachi. He also served Bahria Educational Services as Manager Training (South).

Khalid loves to tell everyone that his nickname is "Luddoo". In fact, he is widely known as Khalid Jamil "Luddoo". I suppose it is because of his sweet personality, which will live with him forever.

Khalid still lives in Karachi. It is an honour and a pleasure to have been the room mate, batch mate and house mate of Khalid Jamil "Luddoo".

Cadet Khalid Jamil Kirmani - 1969