Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Zakir Ali Khan passes away

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

Zakir Ali Khan, a great protagonist of the vision and mission of great reformer and educationist Sir Syed Ahmed Khan, passed away in Karachi on February 8, after a protracted illness. He was 86.

Born in July 2026 in Rampur, Zakir Ali Khan did his matriculation from Rampur, B.Sc from Aligarh in 1945 and B.Sc Engineering from the same university in 1948.

In his professional career, the late Khan had served as Managing Director of Karachi Water and Sewerage Board (KESB), Chief Engineer, Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC), Honorary Vice-Chancellor Sir Syed University of Engineering and Technology, Founder Member of Board of Governors SSUET, Founder Member Governing Body Aligarh Institute of Technology, President, Pakistan Association of Scientists and Scientific Professions, Karachi University Syndicate and Academic Council and Selection Board.

He was elected as General Secretary of the Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association (AMUOBA) in 1960 and occupied this position till his death.

Zakir Ali Khan was the recipient of Alumni Award given to him by Aligarh Alumni Association New York in 2000 and was awarded the First Sir Syed Ahmed Khan International Award for Literature by Aligarh Muslim University, India in 2008.

He was the author of 10 books and represented the best qualities of social engineering through the promotion of professional education thereby impacting the life of a large multiple.

He was also instrumental in creating a new sense of pride and confidence as being a part of modern Islamic heritage through his writings.

He played a significant role in establishment of Aligarh Muslim University Old Boys Association and since the last five decades had remained in Honorary Secretary.

He was actively engaged in the promotion of sports events and also went as team manager to various countries. He worked hard to promote hockey and served as Secretary of Karachi Division Lawn Tennis Association. 

He had great passion for tennis in particular, having played this sport in his younger days. His sons, Nadir Ali Khan and Babar Ali Khan, represented Pakistan’s tennis team in Davis Cup quite a few times.