Azher Shamim Anwer, 69118/Iqbal

Vice Adm Azher Shamim Anwer -2009

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Azher Shamim Anwer, kit no. 69118/Iqbal House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1969 in 11th Class and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 28 January 1953. He got married to Mrs. Seema on 6 October 1979. They have five children - Sara, Sana, Usman, Sidra, and Iman.

Azher has the distinction of being the first Petarian to be appointed the COMKAR (Commander Karachi) and also the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro.

He was also decorated with the Hilal-e-Imtiaz(Military) medal for his meritorious services.

Azher got his commission as an officer of the Pakistan Navy in 1974 in the Operations Branch.

He is a graduate of Naval Staff College, USA and Armed Forces War Course from NDC, Islamabad. He also qualified as a GD(P) from Risalpur. He took courses from QFI Flying Instructors School Risalpur, and P-3C Instructor Conversion Course from Jacksonville, Florida.

Vice Admiral Azher has rich experience of various command and staff appointments.  He held various command appointments including P-3 squadron when he was in the USA, 27 Maritime at PNS Mehran, 18th Destroyer Squadron, and Auxilliary and Mine Welfare Squadron.

He commanded the frigate PNS Zulfiqar and the minesweeper PNS Mujahid.  His staff appointments included Assistant Chief of Naval Staff at the Naval Headquarters, Chief of Staff to the COMKAR and Officer In Charge at the Maritime Headquarters at PNS Haider.  In addition, he served as Defence Attache of Pakistan at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 1993-1996.

In 2005, he was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and appointed as DG Training at the National Defence College Islamabad. From 2008-2009, he served as the Director General of the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency. He was then appointed Commander of Logistics (COMLOG), a position he held throughout 2009.

In June 2009, Azher was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral and remained the COMLOG. Towards the end of 2009, he was appointed the COMKAR. As a result, he became the first Petarian to be the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro. It is indeed an honour to be the head of the BOG of the same institution where he had studied nearly 4 decades earlier.

He retired from Pakistan Navy in 2010. After his retirement, he has been appointed the Director General Ports and Shipping at the Ministry of Ports and Shipping, Govt of Pakistan.