Administrative Officer (1957-1994) and Bursar (1985-1992)
Mr. Muhammad Kaleemullah - 2007
By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Mr. Muhammad Kaleemullah was one of the earliest employees of Cadet College
Petaro. He joined the college in 1957 at Mirpurkhas, and was the key right hand man of
He continued to play this very important role as Administrator until his retirement in 1994. When the Bursar
Sheikh Jamil Ahmed expired in 1985, Kaleem Sb took on the extra charge of Bursar and remained
in that position until 1992.
He was born on 17 December 1934 and got married to
Mrs. Naeem Fatima on 1 December 1962. They have five children
- Khajista, Uzma, Zafar Kaleem (79132/Liaquat),
Saima and Fahar Kaleem
Siddiqui, kit no. 89148/Latif.
Kaleem Sb belongs
originally to Hyderabad Deccan. He was born at Taluka Bhongir,
District Nalgunda in Hyderabad. His father was a contractor
his primary school education at a government school in Ambadh,
District Aurangabad and studied there until class 2. He then
moved to Hyderabad city and studied at the City Model School
Azampura in Classes 3 and 4, and at Government High School
Sultan Bazaar in Classes 5 to 7. He then moved to Government
High School in Chanchalguda, Hyderabad from where he completed
his Matric in 1949.
He had a
desire to become a doctor. So he completed his Intermediate
with pre-medical subjects from City College, Afzalganj in
Hyderabad in 1951. Soon after completing his Intermediate, he
migrated to Pakistan along with his family in 1952, and ended
up in Shahdadpur, Sindh.
desire to get into the medical field, he applied for admission
to Liaquat Medical College at Jamshoro. He got the good news
that he has been granted admission. When he went to pay the
fees, he was told that his name was not in the list of
successful candidates. Unfortunately, the son of some
influential person was granted his position. Dejected, he
moved to Karachi.
following year, he decided to join Islamia College in Karachi
in the field of commerce. He was required to sit for the
Intermediate exam once again since he had changed his field.
Thus, he completed I.Com. in 1955. He then went on to join the
B.Com. program at the same college.
He was in
the evening program for his B.Com. education. One day, a
neighbour Mr. Abdul Jabbar asked him what does he do during
the day time. Mr. Kaleem replied that he is free. The
neighbour gave him a piece of mind and told him to take up a
job so that he could gain experience. The young Kaleem was not
in a mood to do so and thought it unwise.
A few days
later, Mr. Abdul Jabbar asked Kaleem Sb if he had ever visited
Gandhi Garden (the zoo) where there were some African lions
brought recently. He had never heard of the place. So Mr.
Abdul Jabbar offered to take him to the zoo the next morning.
They left home and arrived at the office of Mr. Abdul Jabbar
at the Education Dept. Mr. Jabbar got an application letter
written for a job, and pretended this was an application for
entering the zoo. The young Mr. Kaleem signed it dutifully.
This application was presented to Mr. A.M. Nizamani, who was
the Deputy Director at that time. He was called in an
interviewed and tested for general knowledge, typing skills,
letter writing, etc. He was selected and told to start the
job. The whole day passed this way, and there was no zoo in
sight. And Mr. Kaleem was thoroughly frustrated.
When he was
about to leave at 4pm for home, he was told to get to office
at 9am next day. When he said he was not interested in the
job, he was told that he has no choice or else the department
would send the police to get him. Thus, he started his first
job as a Junior Clerk in the Education Department.
months he was promoted to the rank of a Senior Clerk, and was
quite a favourite of Mr. A.M. Nizamani, who would take him
along on his official trips as well.
had a desire to set up a cadet college in Sindh. After the One
Unit was created in 1955 and Lahore became the capital of West
Pakistan, Mr. Kaleem was on an official trip with Mr. Nizamani
to the ministry at Lahore. He was then instructed to prepare a
PC-1 for a cadet college. This was prepared and submitted for
the 1955-56 budget. It was rejected. He was then asked to
prepare it once again, and a revised PC-1 for Rs. 27 lacs was
submitted for the 1956-57 budget. In order to follow it up,
Kaleem Sb was deputed to go to Lahore. On 13 January 1957, he
presented himself to the Minister, who approved it
When he came
back with this success story to Karachi, Mr. Nizamani got him
to go all over Sindh in search of a building where the college
could be started within the same budget year and the money
could be utilized. He travelled to many towns, but could not
find a suitable building. Dejected, he was sitting at a
station considering the possibility of returning, when an
inquisitive person sitting next to him got talking. And he
pointed out that there is a new building at Mirpurkhas that
may be worth looking at. Mr. Kaleem dashed to Mirpurkhas and
discovered the building that was nearing completion with a
hostel. It was built as a Teacher Training College under the
Colombo Plan Pact. The site engineer pointed him to the office
of the Education Advisor in Bolton Market, Karachi, who was
responsible for the building.
day, he accompanied Mr. Nizamani to Bolton Market where the
Education Advisor - Mr. Syed Abdul Khaliq - kindly gave his consent to use the building
on loan for the cadet college. All permissions were signed and
approved, and the new Government Cadet College Mirpurkhas was
The next few
months were hectic to say the least. Everything had to be
prepared for the college. And all the tasks for coordination
of work were given to the young Mr. Kaleem who was a trusted
lieutenant of Mr. Nizamani. Right from printing the prospectus
to arranging for furniture, utensils, books, hiring staff, etc
fell on his shoulders. But he had no experience for such a
huge task. On request of the Department, Sqn.Ldr.(R) Nisar Ali
Baig who was the Vice Principal of Cadet College Hasan Abdal
was deputed for a period of 2 months to help in all the set up
and arrangements. Kaleem Sb was attached to him throughout
departments were very helpful in making arrangements. The
Treasury Officer Baloch in particular ensured that the funds
were released for all the purchases and expenses.
Advertisements were given in newspapers to attract students.
But parents were highly skeptical. Many of them thought that
this was some kind of a trap to get the Sindhis from rural
areas to join the armed forces and then get killed in battles.
Kaleem Sb would go from door to door at offices to encourage
government officers and parents to send their children to this
college, and to gain their confidence. It was a very tough job
of convincing. No one was willing to fill up the application
forms. Even a person like the Sessions Judge Laghari was
initially very rude with Kaleem, but later relented when he
sent his son Khalid Laghari to be part of the first batch.
With great efforts, they finally got 30 cadets to sign up, and
the college came into being on 27 August 1957.
Mr. Hasnain was appointed the
In Charge Principal (Acting). He was brought from Shikarpur.
Since Mr. Kaleem had been involved in the entire set up right
from its inception, Mr. Hasnain requested Mr. Nizamani to
transfer him to the college on a permanent basis. Mr. Kaleem
was reluctant to join, but the orders were issued and he was
appointed the Caretaker of the college on 6 September 1957,
barely 10 days after the college started to function. He was
responsible for the assets of the college, its security,
Col. Coombes joined the college
as Principal in 1958, Mr. Kaleem was given the additional
responsiblities of office work.
meantime, the government had issued orders to construct the
permanent campus for the college. Although there were offers
to build the campus at Mirpurkhas, the late G.M. Syed put
pressure on the Minister of Defence Mr. Ayub Khuhro to have it
located in District Dadu which was a backward area. Thus,
Petaro was selected as a location.
architect for the campus was Mr. Goldthorp who was the Chief
Architect at PWD. He was assisted by Mr. Nooruddin, Architect.
The campus was funded and constructed by the PWD. Mr. Kaleem
was deputed as the college representative, and he would have
to travel to Petaro every couple of weeks to monitor the
progress of construction.
1959, while Col. Coombes was in
the UK for holidays, he sent instructions to Mr. Kaleem to
make arrangements to shift the college to Petaro. Thus, the
responsibility was on his shoulders once again.
later, the Colonel decided to appoint a Head Clerk for the
college. The position was advertised in the newspapers on all
Pakistan basis. Mr. Kaleem was reluctant to apply for the job.
But on insistence of some of the teachers at Petaro, he
travelled to Lahore to be interviewed for the job. He was
placed third. The successful candidate was Mr. Haq Nawaz who
joined the college and left 3 months later being disgusted
with the conditions at the college. The second candidate was
summoned. He joined but was rounded up by police under warrant
for a legal case a month later. Thus, Mr. Kaleem was appointed
the Head Clerk in 1960.
period of Cdr. Firoz Shah, he
was promoted to the rank of a Superintendent in 1967-68. His
next promotion was to a Grade 16 officer during the period of
Mr. S.S. Azim as principal, and as
Grade 17 Officer with the rank of Administrative Officer
during the period of Cdr.
Shukruddin in 1975. During the 1980s, he was given a move
over and promoted to Grade 18. He retired from service at
Petaro in 1994.
Kaleemullah Sb moved to
Karachi initially after his retirement. During the next few
years, he kept on moving, although he spent most of his time
at Karachi. Initially he was asked to move to Islamabad to
work for the set up schools under the Naval Headquarters. He
then moved to Hattar in 1995 to work as factory Manager for
Cdre. S.I. Malik who owned a stone factory there. He did not
last for more than a few months due to his son's insistence.
Thus, he moved back to Karachi and set up his own marble
In the year 2001, he
joined Cadet College Sanghar as the Administrative Officer. He
served that college for a decade and was retired from there in
2011. He was awarded the Best Officer Award in 2010 at
He now leads a retired life
Kaleemullah Sahib has been a regular visitor to Petaro as well. He was
present at the Golden Jubilee
celebrations of Cadet College Petaro on 24 February 2007 at
Petaro. His speech is worth listening to. Please
here to listen to his words of wisdom.
Kaleemullah Sahib had also
written an excellent article on
Col. Coombes in which he has described so many of his
experiences of the early days of Petaro. Please
click here to read his article.