Cdre. Muhammad Afzal, PN

The Thirteenth Principal (2011-2014) and the Twentieth Adjutant of the College (1991-1992)

Cdre. Muhammad Afzal, PN - 2011

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

Cdre. Muhammad Afzal, PN, is the thirteenth principal/commandant of Cadet College Petaro from 2011  onwards. He was also the twentieth adjutant of the college back in 1991-1992.

He was born on 1 April, 1959 and got married to Dr. Saadia on 19 December 1991. They have two children - Noureen and Adil.

Cdre. Afzal joined the Pakistan Naval Academy in 1980 and got his commission as an officer in the Pakistan Navy in 1982. He also graduated with a B.Sc. degree from Karachi University the same year.

He qualified the Arms of Submarine Course from France in 1990, Anti-Mine Course from France in 1993, Pakistan Navy Staff Course at Lahore from 1996 to 1997, and Turkish Naval Staff Course at Turkey from 1998 to 1999.

Cdre Afzal has worked on multi-faceted posts in the Pakistan Navy. Some of his important appointments include Directing Staff (DS) at Pakistan Navy War College (PNWC) from 1999 to 2001, Commanding Officer PNS Haider from 2001 to 2003, Director Personnel Services at Naval Headquarters Islamabad from 2003 to 2005, Commandant, ISSB Malir from 2005 to 2006, Drafting Authority from 2006-2007, and Deputy Director General Maritime Security Agency from 2007 to 2010.

In 1991, Lt.Cdr. Muhammad Afzal was appointed the twentieth Adjutant of Cadet College Petaro. He served the college in this position for less than two years and was posted back to the Navy in 1992. He was known as a disciplinarian and a strict adjutant.

Little did he know that he would be called back to Petaro two decades later as the head of the college. At the end of 2010, he was given the appointment as the Principal/Commandant of Cadet College Petaro. He finally took over the command on 24 January 2011.

Cdre. Afzal retired from the position of Principal CCP at the beginning of 2014. He was succeeded by Cdre. Mehboob Ilahi Malik.

After leaving Petaro, Cdre. Afzal joined Karachi Shipyard and Engineering Works (KSEW) as the General Manager (Admin).