Taihan - 2011
By Kazi Zulkader
Siddiqui, Kit no. 671, Latif
Ishaq Taihan was the twentyfirst adjutant of Cadet
College Petaro and he served in that position from 1992-1995.
He was born on 1 June 1964
in the Hunza Valley (Gilgit-Baltistan), and got married to Mrs.
Nasreen on 13 October 1990. They have five children -
Sunnan Haider, Laraib Zehra, Ayim Zehra, Ribbal Zehra
and Tatheer Zehra.
Taihan acquired his early education (primary and
secondary) at the High School Karimabad in Hunza
(Gilgit-Baltistan) and he completed his Matric from the
same school in 1980. He then joined the Pakistan Navy
Junior Cadet College Karachi in Feb 1981 from where he
completed his Intermediate in 1982.
after passing out from the PN Junior Cadet College, he
joined the Pakistan Naval Academy and was commissioned
an officer in June 1985 in the Operations Branch. After
getting commission, the officer underwent basic training
and professional education at PN ships Babur, Jauhar,
Bahadur and Shahjehan during 1985-88. Very early in his
career, Ishaq Taihan got an opportunity to command a
number of fast attack and patrol vessels in 10th Patrol
craft squadron during 1988-90. He then moved on to serve
as operations and gunnery officer onboard PN Ships
Siqqat (1990-91) and Tabuk (1991-92). He is an above
water warfare (gunnery) specialist.
he was still a lieutenant in the Navy, he was posted as adjutant at Cadet College
Petaro during 1992-1995. His tenure as adjutant was primarily
S.I. Malik (later commodore). He did spend ten
months also under Principal
S.Q.Raza (later commodore) as well. He has
some very good memories of the days he spent at Petaro
and he cherishes those.
his tenure as adjutant, he brought revolutionary changes
in cadets' daily routine focussing on personality and
leadership grooming of the cadets. His particular focus
in sports brought laurels to college at
inter-collegiate, inter-cadet colleges and provincial
levels. He focussed specially on personality grooming of
cadets through leadership exercises conducted in some of
the very challenging and unique environments all over
the province. Such exercises were conducted at Ranikot
Fort, Manchhar Lake and in the swamps of Indus River
area, which gave the cadets a new dimension to evaluate
and build on their personalities and personal traits.
His personal efforts in taking the college riding team
for the first time to Horse and Cattle Show at Jacobabad
not only earned respect and reputation but equally
explored the daunting spirit of the riding team to be
the best amongst the very best from all over the
country. It was in Jacobabad that the college riding
team under their new adjutant snatched the championship
from Sargodha Greens - Pakistan's best tent pegging
team. This feat was achieved consecutively in 1993-1994
& 1994-1995 as well. The victories were more important
as Sargodha Greens had been winning this championship
consecutively since 1967. During the prize winning
announcements at the venue, the CCP riding team was
declared the Pride of the Province for this
extraordinary achievement. As a reward, the college team
was given 16 horses and cash prizes during these two
years. Many of the existing horses in college riding
club are the ones won during those competitions
including the famous Cupid - the college captain's
horse. President Zardari - who was then Federal Minister
Environment - also gave 4 thoroughbred horses for this
outstanding performance to the college.
Adjutant Lt.PN Ishaq not only remained focussed in
cadets' personality and leadership development but
contributed with same zeal and focus in improving the
college's overall outlook and facilities. He was able to
irrigate over 80 acres of barren land surrounding
college premises and planted hundreds of mango and lemon
trees through voluntary work. He lead the men working
under him in departments with self example and without
spending any significant money, and was thus able to
achieve these successes. Some of his other initiatives
and achievement include conversion of clay fields into
grassy grounds in existing stadium, re-carpeting of all
internal roads and establishing cemented footpaths in
colony and college area, improvements in shooting and
riding facilities, re-establishment of ISSB village,
improvements in MT area, restarting of college swimming
pool after 10 years, initiation of cross country
exercises for entire college, concept of arranging
collective transport for cadets to all cities during
breaks, and more frequent interaction of parents with
teaching staff. He also established a special, warmer
and beneficial relationship with teaching staff thus
integrating some of the dynamic teachers into his team
thereby multiplying the achievements in day to day
undertakings. Cdre Ishaq recalls that he gave over 17-18
hours daily to college during his stay at Petaro.
Reverting back to the
mainstream Navy service in 1995, he served primarily on
of the important appointments at sea include Commanding
officer of a MSA Corvette (1995-98), EXO and CO of PN
Ships NASR (2001-02 & 2004-06) and Zulfiquar (2002-03)
and Commander 10th Patrol Craft Squadron in 2009-10.
Ashore he has been Staff Officer Operations to COMKAR
(2003-04), Naval Provost Marshal (Islamabad) in
1999-2001, Chief Inspector (Navy) at NHQ during 2006-07,
Director PNTS in 2007-08 and Commodore Training Ashore
(CTA) at HQ COMKAR (2010-11).
a graduate of Naval War College Lahore and holds masters
degrees from National Defense University Islamabad
(2008-09) and War Academy, Istanbul, Turkey in 2007.
2011, he proceeded to the USA to complete a one year War
Course at National Defence University at Ft.Lesley J.
McNair in Washington DC, USA.
he was the CTA to COMKAR during 2010-11, he was again
affiliated with Petaro by being a member of the Board of
Governors of Cadet College Petaro. It gave him an
opportunity to visit Petaro several times once again and
be involved with its governance.
his meritorious services, he was awarded the
Tamgha-e-Basalat and the CNS Letter of Commendation.
present, he is serving Pakistan Navy as a Commodore.