Masood Hassan Khan, 742/Iqbal

Masood Hassan Khan - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Masood Hassan Khan, kit no. 742/Iqbal House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1966 and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 28 April 1953, and was married to Mrs. Tasneem on 28 April 1978. They have five children - Saira, Bilal, Sumaira, Adil and Sumeer.

Masood was a remarkable athlete. During his last year, he was captain of the College Athletics team and had the college colour in athletics. He was also a member of the Famous Forties of 1968.

He was into athletics and other games throughout his stay at Petaro. He was also the captain of the Iqbal House athletics team from 1969-1971, and was a member of the house teams for hockey, football and cricket. In addition, he was a member of the riding club.

His main strength in athletics was the 100m and 200m race. He held the record in junior athletics for 200m race of 23.2 secs.

During 9th class, he was also a prefect in Iqbal House.

After leaving Petaro, Masood was selected to join Pakistan Army and Air Force. However, he had to forego the opportunity due to difficult family circumstances. The family had been facing financial difficulties even before he had joined Petaro. Their home in Sialkot had been turned into rubble during the 1965 during bombings.

Thus, from 1971-1977, Masood moved to Larkana to work along side his uncle as a site supervisor. He could not even go for higher studies.

He moved to Rawalpindi in 1977, and set up a steel fabrication workshop under the name of Union Steel. This allowed him barely make his two ends meet, and get his children to acquire education. In 2002, he set up a firm as a general order supplier for government departments under the name of Masood Engineering. He continues to do this work.

Masood is now settled down at Rawalpindi with his family.