Professor of Islamiyat (1983-1992)
Prof. Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmed Sipra in 1996
|By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Prof. Hafiz Mushtaq Ahmed Sipra joined Cadet College Petaro in 1983 to teach Islamiyat and left in 1992.
He was born on 17/4/1945 at Phalia in Dist. Mandi Bahauddin, and married (late) Mrs. Yasmeen on 19 December 1977. They had 4 children – Hasnaat (kit no. 90140/L), Maimoona, Tahira and Yusuf.
Hafiz Mushtaq Sipra died of a heart attack on 7 January 2002 at Cadet College Fatehjang in Punjab. He was buried at Phalia in Dist. Mandi Bahauddin.
Hafiz Mushtaq Sahib spent his childhood and early education up to Matric in Mandi Bahauddin.
Much of his higher educational and professional life was in Karachi and the Sindh. All of his university education was from Karachi University, from where he obtained an M.A. degree in Islamic Studies, B.Ed., M.Ed., LL.B. and an M.Phil in Education. His thesis for his M.Phil. was on “Ibn Khaldun kay talimi nazariyat“.
With an entrepreneural bent of mind, he started his own business of export of food to Saudi Arabia in 1976. Around 1979, he was forced to leave his business to move to Badin to resolve issues of family land upon the death of one of his brothers. It took nearly 2 years to resolve all the issues.
After this resolution, he decided to take up employment and his first job was with Haji Abdullah Haroon Government College, Karachi during 1981-1983. He then moved to Cadet College Petaro in 1983 and served as the professor of Islamiyat until 1992.
During his years at Petaro, he was the House Master of Shahbaz House from 1983-1989, and House Master of Latif House from 1989-1992.
After leaving Cadet College Petaro, Sipra Sb at first joined Sadiq Public School in 1992 as Professor of Islamiyat and worked for 4 years until 1996. He was also the House Master of Alamgir House at Sadiq Public School. That year, he was invited by Cdre S.I. Malik to join Bahria Foundation to establish a string of colleges. Cdre. S.I.Malik was Director of Education in Bahria Foundation at that time.
He was instrumental in the establishment of the Bahria College campuses at F-10 and Westridge, and worked as the Principal of the colleges.
He then left Bahria Foundation in 1999 to try to establish a cadet college type of campus at Murree. In conjunction with other friends, he established the Pakistan School and Cadet College at Murree in 1999. Two years later, he developed differences with his partners and left that college in 2001.
At this time, Hafiz Mushtaq Sb decided to establish a cadet college on his own at Fatehjang near Islamabad. He laid its foundation in 2001 on a plot of land just a few kilometers short of Fatehjang.
Unfortunately, Hafiz Mushtaq Sb did not live to build it into a full fledged institution and see it flourishing. He died of a massive heart attack on 7 January 2002 at Cadet College Fatehjang, barely 4 months after it was founded. The job of building this educational institution lay on the shoulders of his son Hasnaat and his colleagues.
May Allah rest Hafiz Mushtaq Sipra Sb’s soul in peace and grant him Jannatul Firdaus.