Maqsood started his
early education in Karachi where his family had
moved. He studied at Cosmopolitan English Medium
School up to 6th class and did his 7th class from
Greenwood School, Karachi.
I remember Maqsood
so well from my Petaro days. He was in his 8th
class when I was in my final year - one of the
little boys in Latif House.
During his Petaro
years, he was a member of the college cricket,
hockey and football teams.
Petaro, he joined Dow Medical College and
graduated with an MBBS degree in 1980. He joined
Pakistan Army the following year in 1981 and was
commissioned as a captain.
In 1989, he
qualified with a degree in Public Health from the
Armed Forces Post Graduate Medical Institute and
MCPS from the College of Physicians and Surgeons
performance in all his higher studies was superb.
He topped in all courses in every class.
He was posted to
hospitals in different cities during his army
career. Starting with a posting at Jhelum in 1981,
he was soon moved to the Northern Areas in
1981-1983, Sukkur from 1983-1985 and Sonmiani
(near Karachi) from 1985-1988.
After completing his
course in Public Health in 1989, he became in
Instructor at the AFPGMI in 1989-1990 and again
later on in 1992-1994. In the interim he was
posted at Dera Nawab in 1990-1992.
Upon his promotion
as Lieutenant Colonel in 1994, he was given the
command of the Field Hospital at Badin until 1996.
He then served at the PAF Rear HQ in Peshawar at
the Medical Directorate as Assistant Director from
In 1999-2000, he
obtained an M.Sc. in Medical Administration from
Quaid-e-Azam University and was then promoted to the
rank of a full colonel. For the next two years
2000-2002, he was the Deputy Director for Hygiene
and Pathology at the GHQ, followed by a posting at
Muzaffarabad from 2002-2004.
In 2004-2005, he was
sent to Burundi as a part of the UN Peace Keeping
Force. Upon his return, he was promoted to the
rank of Brigadier and made the Head of Dept at the
Army Medical College from 2005-2007. His was then
posted as commandant of Peshawar CMH from
2007-2009 and finally as Vice Principal of Army
Medical College until 2010 when he retired from
retirement, he has been re-employed at the
International Islamic Medical College, Islamabad
as Vice Principal.
I finally met
Maqsood at the end of 2011 - more than 40 years
after I left Petaro. It was such a great feeling