Prof. Affan Maqsood

Professor of English (1969-1996) and Head of Dept. of English (1988-1996)

Prof. Affan Maqsood – 2011

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Prof. Affan Maqsood was professor of English Language at Cadet College Petaro from 1969-1996. He was also the Head of Dept. of English from 1988-1996.

He was born on 9 November, 1936, and got married to Mrs. Shakila on 17 April 1966. They have five children – daughter Farhat, son Ghaus 8302/Iqbal, daughter Nusrat, daughter Saba and son Azeem 9446/Latif.

Mr. Affan Maqsood started his career in 1963 as producer of radio shows and programs. His focus was English language programs, talk shows, news reel, English drama, Youth Forum, Brains Trust, Forces’ Programs and Educational Broadcasts. Some of these programs were broadcast on the national hook-up.

Prof. Affan joined Petaro shortly after I left the college. We never met at Petaro.  But it was decades later when we finally met and got to know each other in the year 2003.

Affan Sahib obtained his M.A. degree in English in 1968 from the University of Karachi. His emphasis was on phonetics. Over the years, he has attended a number of other training courses as well. These included a course teaching English as a subject at the US Information Service Center at Karachi, and a special course on direct teaching methods conducted by the British Council in the Yemen Arab Republic.

During his 27 years at Petaro, he held other administrative positions as well. He was the Divisional Officer of Iqbal House followed by Divisional Coordination Officer from 1975-1984. He was also over all in charge of Literary Activities and Student Career Planning.

He remained the Patron of The Cadet magazine from 1988 to 1996.

During the course of his stay at Petaro, he traveled abroad twice on deputation through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Ministry of Education. He remained in Algeria during 1971-72 and in the Yemen Arab Republic from 1984-86. He taught English to Arab students during these periods.

After retirement from Petaro, Affan Sahib joined Sadiq Public School, Bahawalpur, to teach English to Intermediate, “O” Levels and “A” Levels students. He worked there from 1996 to 2002. During this period, he was also in charge of Declamation Contests and English Debates at the School. He was also a Member of the Editorial Board of the College Magazine.

Prof. Affan Maqsood worked as the Head of Department of English at the Women’s Institute of Science and Humanities, Islamabad (affiliated with Riphah University) from 2003-2011. He then took retirement due to health reasons.


Prof. Affan Maqsood – 2007

Prof. Affan Maqsood – Petaro days