Maqsoodul Hassan, 6840/Latif

Dr. Brig(R) Maqsoodul Hassan - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Maqsoodul Hassan, kit no. 6840/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1968 in 8th class and left the college in 1973 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 24 October 1955 at Faisalabad, and was married to (late) Dr. Lt.Col. Farhat Yasmeen on 15 February 1984. They have 5 children - Sahar, Saad, Fahad, Zara and Sara.

His wife Dr. Lt.Col. Farhat Yasmeen expired on 10 July 2011 due to cancer. May Allah grant her jannatul firdaus.

His younger brother Lt.Cdr.(R) Abrarul Hasan Mani is kit no. 7181/Ayub.

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.

After leaving 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 in 1990.

His academic 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 1996-1999.

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 the Army.

After his 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 indeed!