Mansoor Saeed Sheikh, 735/Ayub

Brig(R) Mansoor Saeed Sheikh - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Mansoor Saeed Sheikh, kit no. 735/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1966 in 8th Class and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 10 January 1953 at Gujrat, and got married to Mrs. Lubna on 24 November 1978. They have three children - Saad, Fiza and Mehak.

Mansoor started his early education at Mission School in Gujrat, and studied there until class 5. He then completed classes 6-8 from Public School, Railway Road, Gujrat. His father was a businessman, and had a pharmacy / medical store in the city.

At Petaro, he was a member of the College Basketball and Shooting teams. He was also a member of Ayub House hockey, cricket, boxing, basketball and shooting teams. In other activities, he was the President of the Philatelic Club.

Mansoor was keen becoming an engineer. This was also his father's desire. Thus, after leaving Petaro, he applied for admission to UET, Lahore with the intentions of becoming an Electrical Engineer. After the 1971 war and the subsequent disturbances, the universities were closed and he kept waiting. In the meanwhile, he joined Government College Lahore.

In the meanwhile, many of his Petaro batchmates had already joined Pakistan Army and he was tempted to do the same. Finally, he went through ISSB without informing his parents. And when he was finally selected, he obtained permission from his father who was initially not too happy about his son not becoming an engineer. He thus joined PMA Kakul as a cadet in 1972 in the 50th Long Course (one course behind the rest of his Petarian batchmates).

He was commissioned an officer in 1974 and was assigned to the 44th SP Medium Artillery Regiment. He continued with his basketball during the army years, and played in the Inter-Corps competitions.

He served in the army for 31 years and finally retired as a brigadier in 2005. During these years, he was posted to different places. And out of this total tenure, he served for 15 years with Military Intelligence and Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) set ups in various ranks and capacities. He gained tremendous experience in operational counter intelligence.

During his initial years in the army, he served as Adjutant at Cadet College Kohat from 1978 to 1981, which reminded him of his own days as a cadet at Cadet College Petaro. He was responsible to maintain discipline and impart military and sports training to over 300 cadets.

While in army service, he was sent abroad twice for professional duties. At first, he was seconded to the Royal Saudi Army as a Captain and Member Nucleus Instructors and Advisory Group from 1981 to 1983. In the second round, he was sent on deputation to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and served as Counsellor Culture & Education at the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi from 2000-2003.

He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Military) for his meritorious services by the President of Pakistan in 2005. Previously, he had also received the Chief of Army Staff Commendation Card in 1994 for performing duties to the best of abilities and maintaining vehicles of unit so well without any accident during command.

After his retirement from the army, he continued to serve ISI as a retired officer until 2009. Subsequently, he set up his own business. He established three companies and continues to be the CEO of these companies. These companies are FM Security Solutions(Pvt) Ltd, Marvellous Contractors (Pvt) Ltd, and Creative Junction (Pvt) Ltd.

Mansoor has been active in civic and social activities. During the 1977 elections, he planned and skillfully prepared to conduct general elections for National Assembly and Provincial Assembly in Gujjar Khan Tehsil as Deputy Returning Officer.  In 1988-89, he conducted All Pakistan Golf Open Tournaments at Multan Golf Club as Club Secretary. In 1995, he successfully executed a project to establish a cantonment complex comprising a library, auditorium, and a computer training lab in record time of a month with minimal funding.

Mansoor is now settled down at Rawalpindi with his family.