Shahid Mahmud had a great performance at Petaro.
In his final year (1978-79), he was appointed the
Senior Under Officer (SUO) of the college. He was
also the college captain of the
Athletics Team and
a member of the College Cricket and Shooting
After leaving Petaro, Shahid at first joined the
Pakistan Navy and was admitted to the Pakistan
Naval Academy in the Mechanical Engineering
program. After 2 semesters, he opted out and quit
the navy. He then joined NED Engineering College,
and graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1986.
He obtained a diploma in Management, a Diploma in
General Management, and a Diploma in Stores
Management from the Institute of Professional
Managers, UK in 1988.
Soon after his graduation from NED, Shahid entered
his professional life. He became a Director in
Paktel, the first cellular phone company in the
country. He remained a director until 1998.
In 1990, he also started his own company called
Interactive Communications (Pvt) Ltd. in
parallel, which has become one of the most
important companies in Pakistan in the field of
telecommunications and IT consulting and design.
He has been the CEO of this company all along. The
is working in the fields of Telecom Consultancy
and Project Management,
addressing projects of national importance.
Among the project, the company
has worked as a
member of a consortium led by France Telecom
SOFRECOM on contract with PTCL conducted their
Technical Audit and submitted findings, solutions
to make Pak Telecom a well-equipped telecom
company. IAC also represents the following firms
Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd, Hong Kong
& Wireless Communications, UK
Telecom – SOFRECOM, France
Thomson – CSF Communications, France for spectrum
management software & equipment.
Dissault, France for fault management systems.
Engineering Inc., Canada, manufacturer of optical
fiber cable and WLL systems.
Uzbekistan Space Commission, Uzbekistan.
Pyramid Research Inc., USA, specializing in
research into telecommunications.
In 1996, he also ventured out by establishing
joint venture companies. He has been a joint
venture partner in Shoa (Pvt) Ltd., PakGlobalStar
(Pvt) Ltd, and Shaheen PayTV (Pvt) Ltd. He
remained a director and partner in these companies
for nearly 10 years.
He was also a founding member of the Indus TV
At present, he is the sole owner of the Buraq FM
radio network which has services in several cities
His company Interactive Communications now has
branch offices in all the major cities of Pakistan
and in several other countries like UAE, Saudi
Arabia, Malaysia, etc.
Shahid has also been the founder of the Buraq
Society which provides training programs and camps
for the brightest teenagers of Pakistan. It is a
matter of prestige to have attended a Buraq camp.
The society has cooperated with the Pakistan Air
Force to provide the best programs.
Shahid is the first civilian from the private
sector to have attended the National Defence
College (NDC) course in Islamabad. He has also been
lecturing at the NDC on different aspects of
technology, strategy and world affairs.
He is also in great demand at seminars and
conferences on telecommunications and IT as a
speaker. He has also written several articles on
IT and telecommunications which have been
published in journals.
He is also on of the key authors of the IT and
Telecom policy of Pakistan.
Shahid has been a great contributor for Petarian
He is also a major contributor to the
Foundation and has been its General Secretary. In
2007, he was invited as the chief guest at the
Twelfth Class Passing Out Dinner at Petaro. During
this function, he donated Rs. 10 million to the
college in the form of an IT laboratory,
networking of the college and software.
He has been a
regular contributor for the
scholarship program for CCP cadets as well as the
largest single contributor for the earthquake relief
program run through the
Petarian Foundation at Bagh,
AJK in 2005-2008. In the past, he was the key
mover behind Petarian activities in Islamabad
under the auspices of the Petarian Association.
Shahid is a true pride of the Petarians. He is a
successful businessman, a great technologist, a
thinker, a speaker, and educator and a
philanthropist. He is an extremely caring person,
and always takes care of Petaro and Petarians. It
has been a great honour for me to have known
Shahid since 1995, and since then we have been
like real brothers.