remember Sikander from my Petaro days so
distinctly. He was in my house and he joined in
the year I was in Matric. We always had a great
relationship between us.
Sikander was an excellent hockey player. He was a
member of the College Hockey team and a Colour
Holder for the year 1970-71. He was also a member
of the Latif House hockey team.
While he was still
at Petaro, he was selected to be a member of the
Hyderabad district hockey team, and he
participated in the first ever National Junior
Hockey Championship that was held at the Punjab
University grounds in Lahore in 1969.
He was also a very
good athlete. He won the college cross country
championship in 1970 at Petaro. He was a member of
the College Athletics team - participating in the
In addition, he was
a member of the Latif House hockey team, football
team, athletics team, basketball team and table
tennis team. He was also the Captain of the Latif
House cricket team.
Petaro, Sikander joined Pakistan Army and retired
as a Lieutenant Colonel. His achievements in the
army included obtaining qualification as an
Instructor Pilot in Army Aviation (Rotary Wing).
He also qualified in Puma helicopter conversion
course held at Aerospatiale in Marseilles, France
in 1978 and stood first amongst pilots of various
He was a VVIP pilot
on Puma helicopters, and had the great opportunity
to fly a number of heads of state of different
countries, and the President of Pakistan.
During the Siachen
War Operations, he flew record number of hours
during 1983-1986, and was awarded the clasp to
activities continued during his service in the
army as well. He was a member of the Army Hockey
team from 1976-1984. He participated in high
performance hockey coaching courses organized by
"International Hockey Federation" (FIH) in
Pakistan, Malaysia and India. He also conducted
the Olympic Solidarity Hockey Coaching Course in
Yangon, Myanmar as the FIH development hockey
coach in 2004-2005. He has been on the panel of
FIH as Hockey Development Coach and conducts
courses in different countries of the world.
He organized a
Benefit Hockey Match between India and Pakistan
for the sports journalist Muzammil Hassan Butt in
Lahore, and Champions Trophy World Cup Hockey
Tournament at Lahore in 1994.
from the Army, Sikander decided to dedicate
himself in the field of education. With his own
family's resources, he established one of the best
private sector cadet colleges spread over 25 acres
of land at Kotli Noonan, Tehsil Sambrial, District
Sialkot. It is known as Cadet College Sialkot.
Sikander is the Founder and the Principal of this
college, and has spent the best of his years to
make this into a successful institution.
Politics is in his
blood. He has always been a great supporter of the
Pakistan People's Party (PPP), and participated in
the general elections of 2002 from NA113, and
elections of 2008 from NA112. Although he got a
very strong backing from the electorate, he lost
both these elections by a narrow margin.
Being into politics,
he is also in demand on TV talk shows. He has
participated in various talk shows as an expert on
current affairs, military affairs and as a hockey
participates in philanthropic activities as well.
He is Head of the Deaf and Dumb Organization in
Daska, District Sialkot.
I am truly honoured
to have had Sikander as a friend for these past 4