Aziz Anwar Siddiqui, 6999/Jinnah

Aziz Anwar Siddiqui - 1970

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Aziz Anwar Siddiqui, kit no. 6999/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1969 in 8th Class and left the college in 1975 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 1 May 1957 and got married to Mrs. Haniya on 1 August 1988. They have one son - Ammar.

Aziz Anwar died of a massive heart attack on 6 January 1990 at Sukkur.

Aziz Anwar was a superb swimmer, and he was the Captain of the College Swimming team at Petaro. He was also an excellent gymnast, and was awarded several prizes and awards in swimming and gymnastics.

After leaving Petaro, he opted to go into the field of marketing, and acquired his MBA degree from IBA, Karachi.

He then joined Caltex, and over short period of time he was promoted to the position of a regional manager. At the time of his marriage to Haniya, he was the Regional Manager at Sukkur.

His wife Haniya happens to be my niece. I remember having attended their wedding in Karachi. It was a very important affair in our family, since Haniya is the eldest in her generation in the family at large (out of over 180 cousins). That is when I found out that he was a Petarian.

In the family, he was known as "Azmi". Everyone called him by that name.

Azmi and Haniya were a very happy couple. Soon after the wedding they moved to Sukkur in line with his job requirements. A year later, they were blessed with a son Ammar.

Ammar was barely 2 months old when Azmi had the massive heart attack. He was only 32, and seemed to be in such good health. And before Haniya could even understand what was happening, he was gone.

She was all alone in Sukkur with no relatives, except for her 2 month old baby. Overnight, the company employees assisted in arranging for road transportation to carry his body back to Karachi. In this traumatic condition, Haniya and the baby accompanied Azmi's body in the same vehicle - a pick up van.

Despite the passage of all these years, the family at large has not forgotten this sad day when Azmi left this world. And Haniya took it in stride, devoting her life to bringing up her son Ammar, who is now a young man, studying in university.

May Allah grant Azmi (Aziz Anwar Siddiqui) the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus.

Anwar Aziz Siddiqui - the gymnast at Parents' Day 1973

Anwar Aziz Siddiqui - receiving cup from Begum Ra'ana Liaquat Ali Khan, Governor Sindh at Parents' Day 1973 as Mr. S.S. Azim (right) and Mr. Wajeeh Ahmed look on

Anwar Aziz Siddiqui - standing third from left - 12th class batchmates of Jinnah House. Mr. Wasi Ahmed House Master of Jinnah House is seated in middle.

Anwar Aziz Siddiqui - receiving merit certificate - 1973. Mr. Azim (right) and Mr. Wajeeh (left) are also visible