Khalid Jamil Akhtar, 7025/Jinnah

Khalid Jamil Akhtar - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khalid Jamil Akhtar, kit no. 7025/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1970 and left the college in 1975 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 16 October 1956 and got married to Mrs. Farah Nabila on 2 October 1983. They have four children.

Khalid Jamil is another great celebrated personality of Petaro of all times. He was the Senior Under Officer (SUO) of his entry and Captain of the College Football Team during his final year. He was a member of the College Athletics Team.

He stood first in the district in the Matric Board exams, and Second in the entire Board in the Intermediate exams for Pre-Medical. He was awarded the Badge of Honour after Matric and the Stick of Honour after Intermediate for his superb performance.

After leaving Petaro, Khalid Jamil graduated with an MBBS degree from King Edward Medical College in 1980. During that period, he was a champion athlete and held a record in 110m hurdles. As a result of his athletic achievements, he was a member of the Pakistan Junior Athletics Team as well.

In later years, went for post-graduation studies to the UK and obtained a D.Med. in Rehabilitation and a DCN from London.

He is now known in Lahore circles as BigB or Big Brother.

Dr. Khalid Jamil's life is worth reading about. He met with an accident after Petaro, which was devastating. However, it was solely through his will power that he rehabilitated himself and has become a role model for those who have any form of disability.

In 2005, Dr. Khalid Jamil published his autobiography in Urdu under the title "Teesra Janam" (published by Zaib Publishers, Lahore, 2005, 515p). In first part of the book "Pehla Janam", he talks of his childhood memories including his stay at Petaro. He talks of his successess and achievements at Petaro, which would be of great interest for all Petarians to read. In the second part "Doosra Janam", he talks about his unfortunate accident, and how this changed his entire life. He talks of the transformational change and how his mind, soul, thoughts and consciousness reacted to this change in his life. It was a rebirth for him when he rediscovered himself. In the last part of the book "Teesra Janam", he discusses the stories of his patients and friends, and provides a new insight into one's own self. He goes on to discuss issues of society and social issues and their solutions. All of this can be possible only through a change in our thought process and a sense of discovery of the self.

At present, he is the Head of Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at King Edward Medical University, Lahore. He is also President, Pakistan Deaf Squash Association.