Qamar Zia also made a very important
sacrifice for the college. During his tenure at CCP, the
problem of local land grabbers reached its heights.
These people wanted to grab the college land hoping to
make a fortune out of the college. The Principal of the
college Cdre. Abid Saleem took a principled stand to
stop all illegal activity and secure the college land
through proper legal means. Lt. Cdr. Qamar Zia was
instrumental in assisting the Principal to maintain this
On November 6, 2006,
a commotion was created by miscreants at one of the
boundaries of the college. They tried to break the fence
and move the posts. The Principal, Adjutant and 5 petty
officers reached the spot unarmed, hoping to talk to
these people and diffuse the situation. As the college
party arrived at the scene, the miscreants opened fire
on the college staff with shot guns, injuring all of
them. Lt.Cdr. Qamar Zia was in the front and he took the
brunt of the fire. 147 pellets got lodged in his body.
He was rushed to the
CMH at Hyderabad. Fortunately, he survived and
recovered. However, many of the small pellets still
remain in his body. As a result of this injury, his
career has been stunted in the Navy. He paid this heavy
price for the sake of the college. We Petarians salute
him for his bravery and his sacrifice. We hope that the
Navy will compensate him adequately for this personal
leaving Petaro, Lt.Cdr. Qamar was posted back to Karachi at PNS Mehran.
Currently, he is posted at the Pakistan Naval
Engineering College, PNS Jauhar at Karachi.