no. 973 was inducted into Latif House. I can still
recall the skinny boy who had the greatest urge in
life to acquire a sound education. Ibrahim had
come from an Urdu medium school, and was not well
equipped to cope with the fast pace of studies in
an English medium Cadet College. However, the
remarkable aspect is that Ibrahim was the one to
obtain the second highest marks in the
Intermediate Board examinations from the Petaro
contingent. This is indeed the height of
achievement through hard work.
Ibrahim was not very far behind in sports
activities either. He was a member of the Latif
House football team.
After graduation from Petaro, Ibrahim decided to
become an Electrical Engineer. This education he
acquired from the University of Engineering and
Technology, Lahore with flying colors and
specialization in Communication Engineering in
1973. He then worked as a lecturer at the same
university during 1974-75. After graduation, he
did a diploma in telecommunications from Telecom
Staff College, Haripur Hazara in 1978.
for him, his parents decided to get him married
while he was still a first year student at
university - to protect him from the vices of
society. Thus, today he is the senior most father
among all of his colleagues, with
all of his children married.
an engineer, Ibrahim joined T&T Dept (which is now
known as PTCL) in 1976 as Assistant Divisional
Engineer, and became an authority on telephony. He
rose to be a Divisional Engineer in 1979. That was
when he chose to quit and seek his fortunes in
Iraq. He joined a Pakistani company called Nazir &
Co. in 1980 to lead a project in Iraq, while that country waged a war against Iran.
With a small fortune, he returned in 1984 and
continued with Nazir & Co. in Pakistan until 1989.
That is when he joined Australian Telecom as
Technical Advisor in
late 1980s brought about a boom in the
telecommunications business in Pakistan, with a
massive expansion program. Over 500,000 new
telephone lines were laid in the country, and the
work was done by private contracting companies.
One of the larger projects in this area was
awarded to Sachal Engineering Works (Pvt.) Ltd.,
which Ibrahim had joined in 1992 as
Executive Director for the
telecommunications projects. He had taken a risk
by quitting a lucrative job with a multinational
company and going into
business himself. The time was right and so were
his calculations. With the blessings of Allah, the
Most Gracious, Ibrahim is a successful businessman
today in Pakistan. He is one of the most respected
names in the telecommunications field in the
country. Since then, he has
established Sachal Telecom (Pvt) Ltd and Sachal
Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.
Initially Ibrahim was a minority partner in Sachal
Telecom, but later acquired total control of the
company. The company took projects for optical
Fiber Cable laying, copper cable laying, telephone
exchange installation, telecom outside plant
construction and infrastructure development.
established Sachal Technologies in 1999 as the
sole owner. The company established a payphone
service which lasted for a few years. In addition,
Sachal Technologies specialized in installation of
mobile telephone towers and BTS sites.
In 2006, he has
established a branch of his company in Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia under the name of Mohd. Ibrahim Tufail
Contracting Co. (MITCO) and spent quite a bit of his time in Riyadh
to develop this business. The company specialized
in contracting for mobile telecom sites and laying
Optical Fiber FTTH cable laying and termination
2009 Ibrahim established renewable energy division
within his group of companies under the name of
Sachal Technical Services (Pvt) Ltd. The company
imports and sells solar PV panels and solar
geysers. They have also done some projects of
solar power generation for homes and installed
the social and welfare front, he has been very
active with the Arain brotherhood to which he
belongs. He was elected President of Arain Society
- a social platform of the Arain brotherhood in
Islamabad-Rawalpindi area in 2013.
Petarians are proud to have Muhammad Ibrahim as a
colleague of ours. We pray for his further