Pervaiz Akhtar, 965/Ayub

 

Pervaiz Akhtar - 2007

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Pervaiz Akhtar, kit no. 965/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1967 in 11th Class and left the college in 1969 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 October 1950 and got married to Mrs. Rukhsana on 15 May 1980. They have 3 children - Jawahar (expired in 2005), Osman and Umar.

Pervaiz is my batch mate. He was (and still is) known amongst our batch mates as "Beauchamp" (pronounced as "bo-shaaN"), a character in the novel "Count of Monte Cristo". In fact, most of our batch mates do not know his real name to this day. Whenever I used to get a call from him, he would say "Kazi, this is Beauchamp speaking".

"Beauchamp" was an excellent hockey player at Petaro, and he was a member of the college hockey team playing as the centre forward. He was known for the speed with which he would move along with the ball and cross all hurdles.

He was also a very good athlete. He came second in 800m race.

He was also a member of the Famous Forties in 1968. 

He was also a member of the Pakistan Hockey Team in 1972.

After leaving Petaro, he joined UET Lahore and graduated from there as a Civil Engineer in 1974. Throughout his stay at UET, he was a member of the university hockey team as well.

He then specialized in CPM at the US Corps of Engineers at Riyadh, and a Project Management Course in Riyadh. He got training in CCTV, Fire Protection Systems, Sprinkler Systems.

Upon graduation, he established a consulting firm in 1974-1975. He then chose to join the Punjab Irrigation Dept in 1975, and moved on to the Chief Minister's Inspection Team in 1976.

With opportunities knocking at his door, he moved to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia in 1977 and worked there with Khomasiyah Co. with different projects until 1987. Projects included Ministry of Defence, palaces, and King Saud University.

Returning to Pakistan in 1988, he established the Rajput Cooperative Housing Society in Lahore and built the Akram Medical Complex and Kaleem Hospital. He also provided technical expertise to Shaukat Khanum Hospital.

In 1997 he developed the Little Europe State housing development project in Lahore. In 1999 he established the University of Lahore as a founder member.

In the year 2000, he established Campus Builders (Pvt) Ltd and had been the Managing Director of the company until his death.

Finally, in 2007 he established a very promising venture under the name of Unique Healthcare Society which aimed at building a multi billion rupee medical complex with state of the art facilities, with special facilities for gamma knife and other cancer and tumor treatment techniques.

The loss of his daughter Jawahar in 2005 was a great tragedy for him, which took its toll on him.

Beauchamp never seemed to care much for his health. He had put on a lot of weight over the years, and had developed health problems too. He had cardiac problems. Finally on 22 September 2014, he expired due to cardiac arrest at Lahore.

May Allah grant him jannatul firdaus. I was fortunate to have been in Lahore on that day, and was able to attend his namaz-e-janazah which was held in the lawn of the mansion he had built in Township area.


Cadet Pervaiz Akhtar "Beauchamp" - 1969

 

Some memories of  Beauchamp

by Amir Jafri 983/Qasim

Some of you may have a hard time believing it, but my wonderfully talented pal Boo-ShaaN, also called Man-from-Moenjodaro by Zulfi (604), and Boo-Chump by Mauji (554) and Mansoor Single (499), was also sometimes addressed as Pervaiz Akhtar. As I said, hard to believe...but true.

Ruggedly handsome with a kind heart and a generous disposition, Pervaiz was not just "one of the best" hockey players at Petaro, he was a dazzling forward, unmatched on the fields for his swerve and speed and stamina. After Petaro, I spent time with him at UET in Lahore where I played cricket and he represented the university for five years...if I am not wrong, he attended the camp for the national hockey team with my other great friend Zubair (502).  He was a gentle soul. I always found him to be passionate about his game and of good cheer for his friends.

My heart goes out to his family and friends.