Muhammad Rafi Kachelo, 58/Liaquat

M.Rafi Kachelo - 1990

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Muhammad Rafi Kachelo, kit no. 58/Liaquat House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1958 and left the college in 1961 after completing his Matric.

He was born on 14 November 1943 and got married to a British lady Angela. He expired on 29 July 1999 at London.

Rafi Kachelo leaves behind two children – a son Faisal Kachelo, and a daughter Anoushka.

Rafi Kachelo was probably one of the most famous of the landlords of Sindh. He was the head of the Kachelo family. The fame of the Kachelo name is not limited to the borders of Pakistan. “Kachelo” has become synonymous with quality mangoes. The name is known in many countries of the world for the famous mangoes of Kachelo Farms. He was therefore known as the “King of Mangoes”.

Rafi Kachelo was able to achieve fame for his mangoes due to his constant efforts to utilize the best of agricultural technologies. He was always keen to introduce the latest techniques available. His efforts eventually bore fruit and he was able to produce the finest quality of orchards and fruit.

The Kachelo Farms are located at Kot Ghulam Muhammad near Mirpurkhas in Sindh. The garden next to his house on the farms is also famous for its beauty. Rafi Kachelo had developed this garden with great pain, growing unique plants and trees, and using the best techniques of landscaping.

Rafi Kachelo was also a well-respected personality of Sindh. He was chosen to be the Minister of Communications in the Cabinet of Jam Sadiq Ali during 1990-1992. He was well known in the political circles, and had been a close associate of the late Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, Pir Pagara, and many of the chiefs of army staff and ministers in different governments.

Rafi Kachelo had been suffering from heart disease. Due to continued illness, he flew to London on June 22nd for treatment. Later on one of his kidneys also failed. His condition improved in London, and he was eventually able to leave the hospital and come home to his flat in London for recuperation. It was during this period when the hand of destiny struck. His condition deteriorated all of a sudden and he was taken back to the Chelsea Westminster Hospital, where he died of a heart failure on Thursday, July 29th, 1999.

His funeral casket was brought to Karachi on board PIA flight no. PK 728 on the morning of Monday, August 2, 1999, and was taken the same afternoon by road to Kot Ghulam Mohammed, District Mirpurkhas for burial at the Kachelo family graveyard. Before the sun set on that Monday morning, Rafi Kachelo had been buried in his ancestral graveyard next to the mango orchards.

His daughter Anoushka (who is a lawyer in London) also gained fame as the youngest woman at the age of 24, and the first Pakistani to walk the last degree to the North Pole. It took her 8 days to cross 50 miles of snow covered area, hauling a 55kg load on sledge. She accomplished this feat on 24 April 2004. This was despite the fact that temperatures fell to as low as -22 degrees at times fearing frostbite. She had to travel 12 hours each day. Upon reaching the North Pole, she planted the flag of Pakistan there.

It took her months of training and dragging heavy loads to be able to take on this extremely difficult challenge. She used this to raise 19,000 pounds sterling for charities.

Indeed Anoushka is a pride for Pakistan.

M.Rafi Kachelo - 1964