Cdre. Muhammad Aslam Rana, PN

The Twelfth Principal (2007-2010)

Cdre. Muhammad Aslam Rana - 2009

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

Cdre. Muhammad Aslam Rana, PN, (popularly known as Aslam Rana) was given the appointment  as principal/commandant of Cadet College Petaro in May 2007 and retired from this position in Nov 2010. He was the twelfth principal of the college.

Aslam Rana is also a Petarian. He is kit no. 7179/Jinnah House. He joined Cadet College Petaro as a cadet in 1971 and completed his Intermediate from the college in 1976.

He was born on 18 July 1957 and got married to Mrs. Razia on 10 February 1988. They have five children - Muhammad Furqan Ali (kit no. 2007179), Bisma, Muhammad Noman Sharif (kit no. 2007178), Muhammad Ameer Hamza, and Fatima.

During his years at Petaro, Aslam was a member of the college Athletics team and the college Shooting team. He was the unbeaten athlete for 1500m race since 9th class. He also represented Hyderabad Board and the Hyderabad District in athletics during those years as well.

He was appointed Senior Section Leader of Jinnah House during 12th class. He was also chosen as the best Social Worker for 2 years at Petaro. After Matric, he was selected as N Cadet which paved his way to join the Navy.

Aslam joined Pakistan Navy after leaving Petaro in 1976. As a naval cadet, he won the Gold Medal in Cross Country Race. He obtained Watch Keeping Certificate from PNS Taimoor and then served on different ships. He then joined the Special Services Group (SSG) Navy.

During the early years with the Navy, he commanded the fast patrol boat PNS Gilgit and was then appointed commissioning executive officer of PNS Azmat (type 21 missile boat) after completing SY-1 missile course conducted by Chinese. He also stood first in the anti-submarine warfare (ASW) course.

Aslam was then appointed as Cadet Admin Officer in Junior Cadet College at PNS Rahnuma. He then got appointed as Commanding Officer of PNS Himmat (type 21 missile boat), and promoted as Lieut. Commander. This led to appointment as Fleet Anti-submarine Warfare Officer to Commander Pakistan Fleet.

As Executive Officer of Eriden Class Mine Hunter, he was sent to France for mine warfare training, and he brought back the mine hunter from France as EXO and Operations Officer. He qualified in the Mine Warfare and Mine Hunting Courses during his stay in France. Upon his return, he was appointed Executive Officer on board PNS Taimoor (destroyer).

After serving as Officer In Charge of Anti Submarine Warfare School at PNS Bahadur, he was then posted as Commanding Officer and Station Commander Navy at PNS Punjab in Lahore. Upon return from Lahore, he qualified the Command Course at FOST HQ and was posted on board PNS Moawin (combat support ship) and promoted to the rank of Captain.

During the following years, he held the position of Commanding Officer PNS Himalaya and Station Commander, Manora Cantonment Board. He was nominated for managing defence in a democratic based society at Cranfield University, UK and successfully qualified in the course.

After posting at the Naval Headquarters Islamabad as Director Civilian Personnel and Director Safety Pakistan Navy, he was finally promoted to the rank of Local Commodore and posted as Commander Training Ashore (CTA) to the COMKAR (Commander Karachi). This was his last active posting in the Navy before being appointed as the Principal of Cadet College Petaro in May 2007

During his tenure as Principal, President Asif Ali Zardari visited Petaro as the Chief Guest at the Parents' Day in December 2008. While he was Principal, he also took evening classes and qualified for a Masters in Public Administration in 2009.

The most unique part was that during his last year at college, Cdre. Aslam decided to grant the Stick of Honour to his own elder son Furqan (2007179), and the Badge of Honour to his own younger son Noman (2007178) which was quite surprising in the history of the college.

Cdre. Aslam Rana promoted a stronger relationship with the Petarian Association to enhance the relationship with the Petarian community. The Petarian Foundation continued with its support to the college during his tenure with greater number of scholarships and the annual grant for Hajj sponsorship for one CCP employee.

Upon his retirement from Pakistan Navy, Aslam Rana was also retired from his position of Principal Cadet College Petaro. After leaving Petaro, he was then appointed as the Commandant of the Pakistan Marine Academy in Karachi.


Cdre. Muhammad Aslam, PN - 2007