After leaving Petaro, Zahoor graduated as a Marine
Engineer from the Pakistan Marine Academy in 1977.
Zahoor was a very innovative engineer. He was
ingenious in the way he
designed and constructed boilers, vessels, process
structures and other types of works. He provided
these services to numerous factories in the
He had built
his own company called Wardag Engineering Services
and was the Managing Director of the company.
Most of the people
on Petarians forum had never interacted with
Zahoor. But the Petarians in Lahore have known him
very closely. He was a pillar of the Petarian
community in Lahore and was always at the
forefront of supporting Petarian activities there.
Whenever he would come to Islamabad, he would call
me without fail and would come to see me.
Zahoor was an
extremely loving person and would never flinch at
trying to support any Petarian. He was at Petaro
at most of the major events to be with all of us.
He was one of the humblest of people I have met and
extremely loving. He was truly a wonderful person
and I am honoured to have known him.
You can imagine his
love for Petaro and Petarians by the simple fact
that he approached me one day and wanted to donate
up to 200 kanals of his family land near Lahore to
build a Petaro style college in Lahore. We weren’t
geared up to take on this project. And besides, we
would have required up to $3 million to build the
campus which we did not have. We could not take it
during his last few years, he faced various
problems. His business suffered along with the
rest of the industry in Pakistan. He had over
extended himself in the services he provided to
various businessmen and got stuck with huge
outstanding receivables in the market. This also
meant that he could not cater to his liabilities
in terms of credit he had taken from the market to
deliver on his contracts.
Despite all the
financial woes, Zahoor did not turn to friends to
help him or bail him out. Instead, this led to
severe psychological problems and a state of
depression. This had an impact on his health and
his health started to fail him over the past 3-4
months. He was hospitalized and started to sink
I must salute Ch.
Wamiq Anwar (kit no. 659) and other brothers in
Lahore who tried to support Zahoor and assist him
in coming out of his state of depression during
his last days. Unfortunately, he was in a spiral
and never came out of it. His problems took a toll
on him and he left us behind.
I am indeed happy to
say that I got to know Zahoor so closely over the
past few years and to see what a wonderful man he
was. He was a great human being and a fantastic
Petarian. I will miss his warmth and love
extremely. It is not easy to find genuine persons
like him anywhere.
May Allah grant
Zahoor the choicest place in jannatul firdaus and
give his family and children the sabrun jameel to
bear this loss. And I pray for his children that
may they overcome the difficulties and build a
good future for themselves.
Zahoor, I will miss
you very much. I will miss your calls and your
voice and your visits. And I will miss you
whenever I go to Lahore. Your reward will be