Muhammad Aslam Chandio, 635/Latif

Aslam Chandio - 1969

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Muhammad Aslam Chandio, kit no. 635/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1965 in 9th Class. He left the college in 1969 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 22 February 1951 and got married to Mrs. Tahira on 17 December 1982. They have 3 children - Sana, Athar (kit no. 2004092/J) and Tayyaba.

Aslam died of a massive heart attack on 15 March 2010 at Karachi.

Aslam and I joined Cadet College Petaro on the same day on 1 September 1965 - in 9th class. He was allocated a bed right next to mine in the rear dormitory on the ground floor of Latif House. It was but natural that we became great friends and remained as such throughout our stay at Petaro.

He was a very quiet and gentle person, and was a good student. He was a thorough gentleman indeed. He would be rather shy to speak up in most gatherings. But between us close group of Latifians, we always had a great time together.

After leaving Petaro in 1969, Aslam got his Bachelor's degree in Agricultural Engineering from Agriculture University, Tandojam.

He made his career with PIDC (Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation). He was posted to different jobs in different places in Pakistan during his career of 3 decades with the organization. Towards the end, he was posted at the Managing Director of Javedan Cement which was one of the units owned by the government. In 2007, Javedan Cement was privatized and sold to the Jahangir Siddiqui group. Aslam was then posted out to another unit. However, a year or so later, he was relieved and his services were brought to an end.

Dissatisfied with this injustice to him, Aslam took the matter to court against PIDC seeking reinstatement in the organization. The matter remained subjudice for nearly 2 years. The decision of the court was expected on 15 March 2010. He went to the court and was waiting for this final hearing and decision when fate struck. He had a massive heart attack and was taken immediately to the hospital. He expired in the hospital within an hour or so.

Aslam's body was taken to his native Mirpur Mathelo that evening, and he was buried the next morning in his ancestral graveyard. May Allah shower His Mercy on Aslam and grant him the best place in Jannatul Firdaus. I will miss him very much indeed.

Aslam's son Athar was also a Petarian. He is kit no. 2004092/Jinnah. Two of his brothers - Noor Mohammed Chandio, 672/Latif (who was one year junior to me) and Nazir Ahmed Chandio, 68152/Jinnah are also Petarians. And so are his nephews Tariq Nazir Chandio, 9419/J and Sajid Nazir Chandio 9613/J.

It is an honour for me to be the batch mate of Muhammad Aslam Chandio.