Sayyid Khawar Ali, N-12/Latif

Rear Adm Sayyid Khawar Ali

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Sayyid Khawar Ali, kit no. N-12/Latif House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1972 in 11th Class as an "N" Cadet and left the college in 1974 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 31 December 1956. He got married to Mrs. Noureen on 13 April 1984. They have two children - Khurram and Quratul Ain.

Khawar has the distinction of being the second 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 Sitara-e-Imtiaz(Military) medal for his meritorious services.

Khawar got his commission as an officer of the Pakistan Navy in 1977 in the Operations Branch.

He is a graduate of Armed Forces War Course from Islamabad and obtained an MSc in Strategic Studies from NDU in 2001. He also completed the Defence Strategic Studies Course from Australia in 2004.  In addition he holds an MBA degree from IBA Karachi, and an MA from Deakin University, Australia.

Vice Admiral Khawar has rich experience of various command and staff appointments.  His staff assignments included Commander Air at PNS Mehran Karachi from 2001-2003, Assistant Chief of Naval Staff (Plans) at NHQ from 2004-2005, Director Naval Aviation at NHQ from 1999-2000, Naval Secretary at NHQ from 2005-2006, and Commander Naval Aviation at Karachi from 2006-2007.  He was posted as Director General Joint Warfare and Training at the Joint Staff HQ at Rawalpindi from 2008-2010. He also headed the acquisition mission for P3C aircraft in at South Carolina, USA in 2008.

As Rear Admiral, Khawar served as the COMKAR from January 2010 to October 2011. As a result, he became 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.

When floods inundated many of the areas of Pakistan in 2010, Rear Admiral Khawar (as COMKAR) undertook relief efforts under the Pakistan Navy in areas around Petaro. Relief camps were established at Aliabad, Benazirabad Goth, Petaro Goth, Goth Bego Khan and Goth Chakar Khan in August 2010 accommodating 5680 IDPs with all basic amenities (such as school, community centre, medical centre, portable bathrooms/toilets) provided. A model village was constructed at Mocho Goth at Aliabad near Petaro with 87 homes, school, dispensary, mosque, filtration plant and industrial home.

He was promoted to the rank of Vice Admiral in October 2012. He has also been decorated with a Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Military) award.

Currently, he is serving the Navy as the Deputy Chief of Naval Staff for Training.