Syed Arifullah Hussaini, 7375/Ayub

Rear Adm Syed Arifullah Hussaini

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Syed Arifullah Hussaini, kit no. 7375/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1973 in 8th class and left the college in 1978 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 23 April 1961 and got married to Mrs. Farah on 1 March 1983. They have four children.

After leaving Petaro, Arif joined Pakistan Navy in 1978 and was commissioned in 1981 in the Operations Branch.

He qualified the Surface Warfare Operation Course from USA, and the National Defence Course from China. He is also a graduate of the National Defence University, Islamabad.

During his tenure with the Navy, he has held various command and staff appointments on sea billets. He has commanded PNS Zulfiquar and PNS Tariq. He has also served as the Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans & FP), and Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Personnel).

Arif was promoted to the rank of a Rear Admiral on 2 January 2010 and appointed Commander of AUXMIN. In June 2013, he was appointed COMCOAST (Commander Coast), a position he retained until 2014. As COMCOAST, he commanded all units and establishments of Pakistan Navy along the coastal belt and creek areas. In addition, he headed the Special Services Group (Navy) and Pak Marines. During this period, he was also the Chairman Board of Governors of Cadet College Ormara, Baluchistan.

In Aug 2014, Arifullah Hussaini was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and appointed COMKAR. He is also in charge of all training units of Pakistan Navy at Karachi.

As COMKAR, he became the 37th Chairman of the Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro.

He has been the recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Military), Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) and Tamgha-e-Basalat awards.

Arifullah Hussaini was a member of the Managing Committee of the Petarian Association in the mid-1980s.