Muhammad Afzal Cheema, 532/Liaquat

Lt.Col.(R) M. Afzal Cheema at Petaro reunion in 2001

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Muhammad Afzal Cheema, kit no. 532/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1964 in Liaquat House and left the college in 1969 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 June 1950 and got married to Mrs. Musarrat. They had no children.

Afzal died on 23 May 2008 at Gujranwala.

Afzal Cheema was my batch mate (1964-1969). His fame at Petaro was the hole in his head - a circular bald spot of the size of a coin towards the back. Therefore everyone used to call him "Hole in the Head" or simply "Hole".  And every time anyone called him by that name, he would bow down out of humbleness and show the hole.

Cheema was a man full of life and laughter. He would always keep the company alive.

He was an excellent cricketer and was the Captain of the College Cricket team in 1968-1969. He was also a member of the Famous Forties in 1967 and 1968.

He held appointments in Liaquat House throughout, and was appointed the Senior Section Commander in 1968-1969.

"Hole" joined Pakistan Army after leaving Petaro in the infantry division. He retired from the army as a Lieutenant Colonel around the year 1999. After that he joined the National Fertilizer Corporation as the Manager of their Bulk Store in Gujranwala. He remained in that position until his death in 2008.

When I returned to Pakistan in 1995, he was still in service based in Rawalpindi. We met a few times at our batch gatherings here in Islamabad. When we had the grand reunion of our batch mates at Petaro in September 2001, "Hole" was with us. He played the cricket match during that reunion against the 12th class.

We will miss you Afzal Cheema. May Allah grant you jannatul firdaus.

Cadet Muhammad Afzal Cheema, 1969