Attaullah is my batch mate (1964-1969). He was always
always full of life even during our Petaro days.
One could never miss Attaullah in a gathering. He
would be the centre of it all, cracking the best
jokes and attracting the most attention.
After passing out from Petaro, Attaullah joined
Pakistan Army in 1969 and passed out from PMA
Kakul in 1971. While he was a major, he took an
early retirement and chose to join the Civil
Service of Pakistan.
His performance as a civil servant was superlative
with diligence and high values. It is hard for us
friends to imagine that Attaullah could have
become such a serious person in his work. But as
you take him away from his work hours, he is back
to the same old Attaullah that we always knew -
full of humour and laughter and as kind-hearted
and caring as ever.
During his tenure in civil service, he has served
in different capacities in the NWFP government -
as Commissioner, Chairman Textbook Board,
Secretary Population and Welfare, etc.
Currently, he is serving as the CEO / Chairman of
the FATA Development Authority. This is a very key
position in light of the difficult times in the
FATA region. He has a difficult task to perform.
In recognition of
his meritorious services, Attaullah was promoted
to the BS-22 Grade by the Prime Minister of
Pakistan on 19 February 2011. This is the highest
administrative position in the country's civil
He retired from the
government in August 2011.
He is the younger
brother of Aslam Khan, 178/L and Azam Khan 262/L.
Attaullah is a gem of a man, and it is an honour for
me to be his batch mate.