Cdre.(R) M. Ashraf Malik

The Seventh Adjutant (1970-1972)


Cdre.(R) Ashraf Malik - 2010

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, Kit no. 671, Latif House

Lt.PN M. Ashraf Malik was the seventh adjutant of Cadet College Petaro from 1970-1972. He was the first naval officer to hold this position at Petaro.

He was born on 19 September, 1943, and got married to Mrs. Samina Ashraf on 21 September 1969. They have four children - Shazia, Bilal, Naveen and Waqas.

After leaving Petaro, Ashraf Malik rose up through the ranks to eventually become a Commodore in Pakistan Navy.

Ashraf Malik joined Military College Jhelum in Class 5, and completed his FSc from that same institution in 1962.  Although he was keen to join Pakistan Army, he was unable to do so due to his height. Therefore he got selected into Pakistan Navy where the height was not a bar.

He joined the Pakistan Naval Academy in 1962 and was commissioned as an officer in 1966 as a sub-Lieutenant.

During his career, he commanded all kinds of ships in Pakistan Navy as he progessed through his ranks - such as gun-boats, mine sweepers, submarine chasers, destroyer and cuiser. Ashore he was the Training Commander at PNS Himalaya which was the largest training unit of the time.

He was posted to NHQ as well as Director Recruitment and Director Training.

In 1980-1983, he also had an opportunity to be posted to the Kuwait Navy on deputation to train their officers. And during 1996-1996, he was posted out to the JS HQ as Director Plans.

He went on LPR in 1997 and finally retired from the Navy in 1998 as a commodore.

Soon after retirement, he took up a job as GM Administration at Bahria Foundation in 1998-1999. Then he got a job to head the Divisional Public School in Faisalabad from 1999-2002, when he returned to Bahria Foundation between 2002-2004 to work as Director Information and Training.

In 2004, he moved to Islamabad to settle down, and got a job with The Citizens' Foundation (TCF) as the Regional Manager. He worked in this position until 2008 when he finally decided to retire from professional life.

Ashraf Malik has the distinction of being the first ever Naval Officer to be appointed the Adjutant of Cadet College Petaro. Prior to him the six officers were all from Pakistan Army.

However, the times were tough with the political turmoil in the country with the separation of East Pakistan and the 1971 War. This also had an impact on the college, which led to a revolt by cadets when the government removed Cdr. Firoz Shah from the post of Principal in March 1972.

The early 1970s also witnessed an initial slowdown in intercollegiate sports activities with the demise of the Inter Cadet College Sports Tournament (ICCST). Lt.PN Ashraf Malik then arranged for sports and outdoor activities for the cadets and matches with Pakistan Navy.  In his spare time, he also used to take English language classes at times for cadets.