Syed Zafar Alam Zaidi, 6856/Ayub

Major(R) Syed Zafar Alam Zaidi - 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Syed Zafar Alam Zaidi, kit no. 6856/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1968 in 8th class and left the college in 1973 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 17 September 1954, and was married to Mrs. Nuzhat on 13 September 1982. They have 2 children - Sameen and Ahmed.

Zafar had his early education at St. Patrick's High School, Karachi from 1962-1968 before joining Cadet College Petaro.

He did well at Petaro and ended up being the JUO (Junior Under Officer) of Ayub House during 12 Class. He was also the Captain of the College Athletics team, Member of College Gymnastics team, and the captain of Ayub House Athletics and member of house Hockey team.  He represented Hyderabad Board in Athletics in Inter Board Athletics competition in Peshawar, and represented the teams in Karachi and Mirpurkhas. He created records in athletics in Inter House competitions.

In other activities, he was a member of the College Dramatics Club.

Zafar joined Pakistan Army soon after passing out from Petaro in 1973 and was commissioned as an officer in 1976 in thE Armoured Corps. He graduated from Pakistan Military Academy. During his army career, he completed all related courses of the Armoured Corps and the Logistics Staff Course. 

He was posted at different places while he was in the army. He had 10 years of regimental service at Kharian, Multan and Bahawalpur. He served as Grade 3 Staff Officer in School of Armour, was seconded to Saudi Arabia in Armoured Brigade, was Admin Officer in AC Centre, was Grade 2 Staff Officer in an Independent Armoured Brigade and SP HQ of Pakistan Army UN Contingent in Bosnia and Eastern Slavonia. He took early retirement from the Army as a Major in 1997.

After retiring from the army, he worked initially with Lever Brothers as Depot Manager from 1999-2001. He was then Manager Visibility at Walls, Karachi for a year between 2001-2002 before working with DHA, Lahore as Assistant Director Amenities between 2002-2005. After this, he joined Askari Guards Regional Office Karachi and was AWT Manager Operations for Sind and Baluchistan. At present, he is self-employed.