Cdre.(R) Syed Qamar Raza, PN

The Tenth Principal (1994-2000)

Cdre. S.Q.Raza, PN - 1999

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

Capt. Syed Qamar Raza, PN, was the tenth principal/commandant of Cadet College Petaro from 1994-2000. During the course of his tenure, he was promoted to the rank of Commodore.

After leaving Petaro, he became the director general of Marine Fisheries Dept. and retired from the Pakistan Navy as a commodore.

Cdre.(R) S.Q. Raza was born on 10 July, 1951 at Rawalpindi. He got married to Mrs. Ambreen Raza on 20 September 1979. They have four children. At present, he lives in Karachi.

After completing his Matric from Central Govt Model School in Rawalpindi, he moved to Karachi and did his Intermediate from Habib Public School in 1969 on board PNS Babur.

He has had a very rich career.  He joined the Pakistan Navy in 1969 as a cadet. Having obtained a B.Sc. degree from the Naval Academy in 1972, he was then commissioned as an officer in June of the same year. He participated in the 1971 War as a Midshipman.

Later on during his career, he attended the Naval Intelligence course in USA in 1986. During the following year (1987-88), he attended the Naval Staff Course at the PN Staff College, Karachi which led to a B.Sc.(Hons.) degree granted by Karachi University.

His appointments were as follows:

  • 1974-1975   Weapons Officer, Hydrofoils

  • 1977-1978   Executive Officer, PNS Mubarak

  • 1978-1980   Instructor, Naval Academy

  • 1980-1983   First Lieutenant, PNS Dacca (oil tanker)

  • 1984-1985   Commanding Officer, PNS Mujahid (mine sweeper)

  • 1985-1987   Staff Officer, Operational Intelligence, NHQ

  • 1988-1990   Commander PN Dockyard & Naval Harbour-master

  • 1991-1992   Commander Training Ashore with COMKAR, Karachi HQ

  • 1992-1993   Commanding Officer, PNS Tipu Sultan (destroyer)

  • 1993-1994   Commanding Officer, PNS Rahnuma (junior cadet college)

  • 1994-2000   Principal/Commandant, Cadet College Petaro

S.Q. Raza was the first officer of the Pakistan Navy from the Operations Branch to take on the charge as Principal and Commandant of Cadet College Petaro. Prior to him, all officers used to be from the Education Branch. He was chosen for this position due to his performance as Commandant of PNS Rahnuma which is a Junior Cadet College.

One of the monumental achievements of his period is the construction of the Sports Pavilion which was completed in less than one year (between two Parents' Day functions). The other great construction projects during his period were the new Cadets' Mess, Language Laboratory, and the Computer Laboratory. He also got the residential quarters of employees renovated and started a Fair Price Shop for employees and cadets. Another great achievement was taking back the College Canteen from the local waderas.

Cdre. S.Q. Raza has been a sportsman.  His favourite sports are cricket, hockey, squash and walking.

He is a good speaker and has a very good command over English and Urdu.

After leaving Petaro, he was appointed the Director General of the Marine Fisheries Dept. He was also given the position of Principal of Fisheries Training Centre.

Cdre.(R) S.Q. Raza left Marine Fisheries Dept. in 2007 and became the Director General of Bahria Travels.