Raheel Zafar Khan, 7743/Jinnah

Raheel Zafar Khan - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Raheel Zafar Khan, kit no. 7743/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1977 in 8th Class and left the college in 1982 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 November 1964 and got married to Mrs. Anila Abbasey on 27 December 1990. They have four children - Filza, Areesha, Amna and Ainna.

Raheel was a very good student at Petaro. He obtained A grades throughout in Matric and Intermediate. He was very active with the different clubs at Petaro, being the President of the Science Modelling Club, Electrical Engineering and Radio Club, and the Artisans Club. He was also a member of the Aeromodelling, Music and Photography clubs.

He was good at shooting and was a member of the College Shooting Team. He represented the college at the All Pakistan National Shooting Championship in 1982 at Karachi and won the Gold Medal for overall best performance. He also won the National Cadet Corps Shooting Competition for G3 Rifle Target Shooting in 1981-82.

He was appointed the Section Leader and Senior Section Leader in 11th and 12th Classes at Petaro.

After leaving Petaro, he initially joined Dawood Engineering College and then moved on to Mehran University of Engineering and Technology from where he graduated as an Electronics Engineer in 1988.

His first job was at National Refinery, Karachi as an Instrument & Control Engineer from 1989 to 1992.  He then worked with McDermott International Inc in Dubai as Production Engineer from1992 to 1995 and returned to National Refinery once again from 1995 to 1999, when he left Pakistan to work primarily in the Gulf countries.

He then worked with Fujairah National Refinery from 1999 to 2001 as a Lead Engineer, and with Zakum Development Co (ZADCO) Abu Dhabi as Senior Project Engineer from 2001 to 2002. He Joined Clough Engineering (Perth, Australia) for a year in 2002-2003 and moved to Iran to work with ENI of Italy as Instrumentation and Automation Superintendent at South Pars from 2004 to 2007.

Since then (i.e. 2007), Raheel has been living in Qatar, working for Dolphin Energy Ltd as Offshore Maintenance Superintendent.

Raheel has been involved with the Petarian Association in its initial years. He was been on the Managing Committee of the Association in 1985 as Joint Secretary General.

Raheel got married into a family of Petarians. Two of his wife's brothers are Petarians - Dr. Salman Abbasey 7767/J and Farhan Abbasey 8485/J. And his wife's elder sister also got married to a Petarian - Khalid Asadullah Khan 975/L.

It has been an honour for me to have known Raheel for the past few years. He is a thorough gentleman.

Raheel Zafar in 1979