|Professor of Pakistan Studies (1960-1982)
|Prof. A.A. Naqvi
||By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
Prof. Ali Asghar Naqvi (popularly known as A.A. Naqvi) joined the college in 1960. He retired from the college in 1982. He was professor of Pakistan Studies.
He was born on 1 August 1933 and was married to Mrs. Anis Fatima. They have two children – Sohail Asghar Naqvi (kit no. 7417/Iqbal) and Nikhat.
He died in September 2002 in Daressalam, Tanzania.
Hitlerian in looks (due to his moustache) but not in his outlook, Naqvi Sahib was another teacher of his kind. He used to teach us Civics, which was a requirement in our Matric curriculum. The subject was boring to the nth degree; but Naqvi Sahib was the only one who kept it alive.
I am not sure how many of my classmates actually understood what was being taught. The concepts were deep, trying to instill a sense of political awareness and civic duty in our young minds. Unfortunately, most of us merely memorized those paragraphs and sentences, never really understanding their importance in our lives to come or in our careers.
Naqvi Sahib was eloquent, and knew how to use big words – many of which were not understood by us. He talked of how to truly convert these concepts by “plunging” ourselves into work for the betterment of mankind and the entire universe. His autograph for me took me back to my Civics class. His lecturing continues; and such lectures should be a constant reminder to all of us at every juncture of our lives. Let us continue to be of service to all.
Naqvi Sahib settled down in Daressalam, Tanzania in his later years with his son Sohail, kit no. 7417. He is buried in that country.
During Petaro days, he was the second House Master of Latif House from 1963-1965, and the first House Master of Iqbal House from 1966-1975. He was the Patron of The Cadet magazine in 1967.
May Allah grant Naqvi Sahib the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus!