arrival of guests and welcome address
speech of Chief Guest Lt.Gen Alam Jan Mahsud - who was 2nd
adjutant of Petaro from 1960-1963
speech by Prof. Ch. Abdul Ghani - who was our Maths teacher and
later Vice Principal of Petaro in mid-1990s
speech by Prof. Cdr. Raja Khadim Hussain - who was our Physics
teacher in the 1960s
speech by Prof. Affan Maqsood - who was English Professor and
Head of Dept in 1970s, 80s and 90s
speech by Prof. M.K. Mughal - who was English teacher in 1970s
introduction of all the Petarians who came to this evening
short speeches by some senior Petarians - very interesting
musical function before dinner
Petarian talent - listen to songs by Nadeem Zaigham 808 and
Saarah Khan, daughter of Dr. Khawar 7165
musical function after dinner
Report By: Nadeem Zaigham, 808/Latif
We had a wonderful dinner, and enjoyed a beautiful Mehafil e Ghazal
on Saturday 25 December 2010 with the best efforts of Brother
Khan & Brother Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui. My sincere appreciation for
both of them, for giving me and my family an excellent opportunity
to meet Petarian brothers, and spend one of the best evenings of our
- Thanks to Brother Imran Latif for capturing those memorable
moments for us, two pictures are attached for you.
would request Brother Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui to kindly spare few
moments from his valuable time and share that beautiful evening with
the rest of the Petarian community.
Report By: Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Further to Nadeem Zaigham's email, I wanted to recap details of the
Petarian dinner held at Swimming Pool Side of the Naval Complex,
Islamabad on the evening of 25th December 2010.
had a lovely and memorable evening. Full marks to
for all the time and effort he put in to make it into a tremendous
event. He was the main organizer, and he arranged for all the
logistics and arrangements and called everyone personally by phone
to invite them. Mubashir and Owais of 2003 entry helped out greatly
in making the calls. Thanks to them. And
Adm. Saeed Sargana,
Nashat Raffi and
Adm Shahid Farooq were key to deciding on how to do
it and giving their full support.
Tallat had arranged for a very good double shamiana with
heaters inside. The weather was cold, but it was very comfortable
Nearly 100 Petarians were present along with their families. The
total number of people in attendance was around 165 including
families. These included 6 of our previous staff members including
Lt.Gen Alam Jan Mahsud,
Ch. Abdul Ghani Sb,
Raja Khadim Hussain Sb,
Affan Maqsood Sb,
M.K. Mughal Sb and
Cdr. Hayat Sb (who was Adjutant
People started coming in around 7pm and for an hour and a half we
got a chance to socialize and meet each other on a one to one
basis. Then around 8:30pm, we started the main program where our
senior teachers (described below) came and addressed us. They words
of wisdom are recorded on video which we will try to post on Youtube
insha Allah. But in short, they spoke of many of the old memories
and their own experiences from Petaro days.
After their speeches, we introduced every single Petarian who was in
attendance that evening. They stood up in batches to introduce
themselves by name and kit no.
then opened up the floor to anyone who would like to come forward to
speak. Our seniors including Fayyaz Rana,
Adm Saeed Sargana,
Adm Shahid Farooq, Aftab Rafiq (from
California), and a few others narrated some very interesting
anecdotes. Adm Farooq Rashid came up with a very interesting
observation that when he was at Petaro, he never got to have the
chicken legs. And then he discovered where all the legs disappeared
when he visited Petaro at the time of the convention in 2004. He
went to the mess and there was a bowl full of chicken legs served.
The cadets of course didnt get the legs served. :) Others had many
more interesting things to say. We will try to have those short
speeches on Youtube.
had dinner around 9:40pm followed by a light ghazal program. The
last of the guests left around 11:30pm.
guests included many very senior Petarians, and I will name them
below. But let me first describe the key guests.
Chief Guest of the evening was
Lt.Gen Alam Jan Mahsud, who was the
2nd adjutant of CCP from 1960-63. Alam Jan Sb was so kind enough to
accept our invitation and grace the occasion.
second most important guest was
Ch. Abdul Ghani Sb who joined CCP in
1966 as Maths teacher and retired as Vice Principal of the College
in 1997. Ghani Sb came all the way from Faisalabad to be with us. We
were extremely moved at his gesture that at this age he took all
this trouble out of love for us. Ghani Sb was our Asst. House
Master of Latif House when I was at CCP. Later on he became the
House Master of Latif House (1972-1981) and also the House Master of
Iqbal House from 1984-1992. He became Vice Principal in 1996-1997.
third important guest was Cdr.(R)
Raja Khadim Hussain Sb, who joined
the college as Physics teacher in 1966 and left the college in 1973
to join the Navy. He lives in Islamabad. Khadim sb has always kept
up his close ties with Petarians over the years, and has always been
kind enough to be present whenever I invited him.
fourth teacher to grace the occasion was
Affan Maqsood Sb who is
settled in Islamabad. He joined the college in 1969 and left in
1996 as Head of Dept of English. He is one of the most respected
teachers of the 70s, 80s and 90s period. Generations of Petarians
remember him with great fondness. Though he was after my time, Affan
Sb has always been very loving and respectful towards me. And though
he was not feeling too well, he made sure to be present on the
fifth teacher who came was
Mehr Khan Mughal Sb, or Mr. M.K. Mughal.
He was a contemporary of
Affan Maqsood Sb, and joined the college in 1969 as
English teacher. He left early in 1975. I met him first in 2004 at
the time of the Convention at Petaro. He found out about the
convention and came uninvited which was such a happy surprise. Later
on, he also attended the Golden Jubilee celebrations. He has kept up
his contacts with us eversince, and I try to make sure to invite him
whenever possible. He is now settled in Chakwal and he came all the
way from Chakwal to be with us that evening. He runs his own school
in Chakwal now. Another important link that he has with Petaro is
that his son Khursheed Mughal 7550 is a Petarian. Khursheed is
settled in the USA.
Among the senior Petarians in attendance were the following (3-digit
Lt.Col.(R) Fayyaz Haider Rana, 134/Jinnah
Brig.(R) Khurshid Ahmed, 174/Jinnah
Vice Adm(R) Farooq Rashid, 236/Jinnah
Rear Adm(R) Saeed Sargana, 263/Ayub
Capt Mahmood Ali Yousif, 265/Ayub
Zakim Khan Mahsud, 282/Ayub
Brig(R) Abid Abaidullah, 297/Latif
Rear Adm(R) Nashat Raffi, 426/Ayub
LtCol(R) Moneir Aslam Malik, 427/Iqbal
Brig(R) Khalid Aslam, 453/Liaquat
CaptPN(R) Mahmoodul Hasan, 459/Ayub
Zubair Awan, 502/Latif
CaptPN(R) Azizur Rehman, 516/Iqbal
Major(R) Attaullah Khan, 517/Liaquat (visting from Peshawar)
LtCol(R) Tahir Hussain, 520/Liaquat
Col(R) Zahoor Malik, 522/Iqbal
Tariq Pervez, 530/Latif
Brig(R) Dr. Nasim Akhtar Khan, 533/Qasim (visiting from Karachi)
CaptPN(R) TJ Siddiqui, 535/Jinnah
Khalid Hussain, 540/Liaquat
Aftab Rafiq Chaudhry, 552/Iqbal (visiting from California)
Rear Adm(R) Shahid Farooq, 578/Jinnah
Tallat Mahmood Khan, 590/Jinnah
Major(R) Zulfiqar Kayani, 604/Qasim
Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Vice Adm.(R) Shahid Iqbal, 763/Jinnah
Nadeem Zaigham, 808/Latif
Brig(R) Jawaid Alpial, 845/Qasim
Khalid Asadullah Khan, 975/Liaquat
hope I am not missing out on any names of the seniors who attended).
will post names of all others separately insha Allah as Tallat has
them. But we had friends from the 70s, 80s, 90s and the 2ks.
Those who attended were extremely happy and want this to happen at
least a couple of times a year, if not more frequently. Thanks to
all those who attended.
will try to post photographs of the occasion also separately.