I knew very little
about Petaro before joining the college. Upon reaching
Hyderabad to join Petaro, I mistakenly boarded a wagon
heading towards Pithoro. Upon finding my mistake, a kind gentleman
guided me to the place from where I could get a bus for Petaro. When I reached
Petaro, the lush green football ground impressed me most.
Besides teaching Physics, I was entrusted with other duties
too. I was appointed the Associate House Master of Qasim House, Officer In Charge of the College Football
Team and College Sports Officer. At one stage I had a choice
to become House Master but I preferred the post of Sports
Officer instead. I played a pivotal role in organizing Inter Cadet
Colleges Sports Tournaments.
I must also admit that I was a
bit rough in the class room but it was all out of sincerity. I
was harsher with the cadets who were close to me since my objective was
to help them improve further.
I also arranged the first ever
foreign tour of cadets to Afghanistan and Iran. The group
consisted of 18 cadets and started the tour from Peshawar.
We visited Kabul, Ghazni, Qandahar, Herat in Afghanistan and
Mashhad, Tehran, Caspian Sea, Isfahan, Yazd, Kirman, Zahedan
in Iran. The trip lasted for 21 days and ended at Quetta.
Total per head expenditure inclusive of transportation, living
and meals was only Rs 750. It was a wonderful trip and
everybody enjoyed it.
With a very heavy heart, I finally
left Petaro in July 1973 to join Computer Branch of Pakistan
Navy in the rank of Lieut. My departure was heart rending.
However, I realized that in the process I had built up a
priceless treasure in the form of hundreds of sincere friends
spread throughout the country and abroad. If I think
retrospectively, probably the atmosphere and sincere
relationship with the cadets at Petaro was the main reason to
stay on; and I am proud of this association even today. It was
a wonderful period at Petaro and I value it so much. To be a
teacher at Petaro is a great thing and this feeling is
demonstrated each time I come across the ex cadets.
Naval career I was lucky to have so many Petarians all around me.
Whenever I went to any Naval establishment/ship, I was always
greeted by the ex cadets. This was a matter of great
consolation and pride.
I was stationed at Karachi during most of
my tenure in the Navy. During the penultimate six years I worked as Director Data
Processing at Naval Headquarters, Islamabad. I also had 3 year
deputation with Saudi Navy in Riyadh. It was a pleasant
surprise to meet a few ex Petarians in Riyadh as well. The Naval
career also gave me an opportunity to visit UK, France and USA
for official business. I was awarded TI(M) for my hard work to
improve & develop computerization in Pakistan Navy. Finally I
got release from Navy in the rank of Commander.
leaving Pakistan Navy, I gained a lot of experience in the field of
software development and management. By the grace of GOD, I was
lucky to have very good jobs even after my retirement. This
included 2 years with Coopers & Lybrand USA project at OGDC
Islamabad, four years with IBM Pakistan at Islamabad,
and 5 years as senior IT consultant with National
Drainage Program at Lahore (WAPDA Water Wing), a project
funded by World Bank.
am living in Islamabad along with my wife. I have one son and
three daughters, all married. My son is a doctor and presently
is doing fellowship in cardiology, after completion of
residency in USA.