Tarzan was famous for his football. Petaro never
produced another footballer like him. His speed
and football kicks ensured that the college team
never lost a football match. Goal keepers would
prefer to leave the goal post when Tarzan would
kick the ball in a penalty stroke. He was a member of the
College Football Team, College Hockey Team and
College Athletics Team. He is celebrated for being a part of
the Famous Forties in 1966 and 1967.
One of the most
famous of his football forays was the match
between Petaro and Military College Jhelum in
December 1966 during the ICCST tournament. One of
the members of the opposing team kicked him so
hard on his right leg that it got fractured. Once
he was hit and it was clear that he was hurt, it
led to a real fight between the two sides. Tarzan
decided to play with his broken leg. Petaro won
the match by two goals due to the spirit
demonstrated by Tarzan.
story was the famous inter-house football match
between Liaquat House and Latif House in 1967.
Latif House had 6 College Team players while
Liaquat House had only 3. The match lasted for 3
days. On the first two days, the two sides had a
draw with one goal each. On the third day, Tarzan
made an announcement that Liaquat House should
score the first goal and then he would ensure that
Latif House would not score. And that is what
happened. Once the goal was scored, Tarzan became
the back, and became a wall against any ball
approaching the goal. He would kick it out so far
that no one could approach it. Latif House could
not score. When they lost, all his friends on the
other side wept that they could do nothing against
Tarzan belongs to the Hazara tribe in Balochistan.
When he left Petaro, Cdr. Firoz Shah guided him to
join the Pakistan Army. He rose up to become
a Lt. Colonel in the army before he retired in 1994.
He was posted out to
East Pakistan in April 1971 along with his unit
while the insurgency was at its peak. He was a
Lieutenant in the Army. After the end of the 1971
War, he was taken as a Prisoner of War. Most
of his friends thought that he had been killed in
operations as he was declared missing. He remained
a prisoner at Camp no. 54 Dhanasagar until 27
April 1974. He was amongst the last of the
prisoners to return to Pakistan.
While he was in the army, he was the star football
player. He was a member of the Pakistan Football
team (1969-1971). In later years, he became the coach of the
Pakistan National Football Team (1985-1986) and the PIA
Football Team (1995-1996). He remained the Chief
Selector of the Pakistan Football Team in 1989 and
also in 2004-2005. On both occasions when he was
the Chief Selector, the Pakistan Team became the
Football Champion at the SAF Games.
After retiring from the army, he got a job on
contract with the Pakistan International Airlines
(PIA). He then set up a bakery at DHA, Karachi
called the Petarian French Bakery.
Tarzan ran for provincial elections in Balochistan
in 2002 and won a seat on the provincial assembly
as an independent. He then joined the Balochistan
Government and was given the portfolio of
Provincial Minister for Environment, Forests,
Sports and Youth. He remained a minister until the
end of the tenure in 2007. During his tenure as a
Minister, 11 stadiums were constructed in the
Province of Balochistan which is a record.
He ran again for elections in 2008, but lost his
seat by a narrow margin.
Tarzan is also a
philanthropist. He tried to promote education
within his own Hazara tribe by offering prizes
from his own pocket to boys and girls who would be
Tarzan now has his own business in Quetta. He has
his own security services company.
In addition he currently is Football Consultant
with Ashraf Sugar Mills Ltd and Zarai Taraqqiati
Bank Ltd (ZTBL) since 2010.