Sultan Sikander Ghumman, 766/Latif

Lt.Col(R) Sultan Sikander Ghumman - 2009

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Sultan Sikander Ghumman, kit no. 766/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1966 and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 28 January 1953 and got married to Mrs. Najma on 12 October 1985. They have 2 children - Minayel and Saad.

I 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 1500m race.

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.

After leaving 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 countries.

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 Siachen War.

Sikander's sports 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.

After retirement 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 expert.

Sikander 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 decades.