Khayyam Durrani, 98/Jinnah

Air Cdre.(R) Khayyam Durrani – 2013

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Khayyam Durrani, kit no. 98/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1960 and left the college in 1964 after completing his Intermediate.

He came back to the college twice to serve on the faculty of Cadet College Petaro – in 1968-69 and then from 1976 onwards.

He was born on 24 January 1949, and got married to Mrs. Naila on 18 June 1975. They have three children – Natasha, Beenish, and Maham.

Khayyam Durrani joined Pakistan Air Force in the Education Branch right after leaving Petaro, and retired from service as an Air Commodore. He is the first Petarian to become an Air Commodore.

He served in various positions including Officer Commanding of the College of Education, GSO-II in the Inter Services Intelligence, Staff Officer I to the Chief of Air Staff, Director of Education at Rear Headquarters Peshawar, Principal PAF Degree College Faisal, and Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Education). He was awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Military) for his performance.

He obtained a B.A.(Hons) degree and then went on to get and M.A. English degree from Sind University in 1968. He also qualified for a B.Sc.(War Studies) degree and is a Fellow of the Air War College (FAWC). He attended many different professional courses as well.

As a professional educator, he got his first opportunity at Cadet College Petaro asteacher of English in 1968-1969. Later on he was Instructor of English at PAF Academy Risalpur, and Head of English Department and Training Staff Officer at the Royal Technical Studies Institute of Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) at Dhahran in 1984. During his assignment in Saudi Arabia, he was also responsible for supervision and evaluation of over 150 British instructors. He then became the Directing Staff Research at PAF Air War College. Later on he was appointed as Instructor of Business English at Institute of Cost and Management Accountants. He retired from the Air Force in 1999.

He returned to Petaro once again as the PAF Liaison Officer in 1975-1976. He was assigned additional duties as the MTO and he was the Officer In Charge of the English Debating Club. He also served as acting Adjutant when the Adjutant was away and taught English language to Class XII and ran orientation courses.

Soon after his retirement, he worked for a couple of months as DS at the PAF Air War College in Karachi, and then moved on to become the founding principal of KN Academy, a residential institution established like a cadet college. In 2001, he had a heart attack which forced him to give up his job with KN Academy.

After recuperating, he then held the position of Principal of Army Public School “O” Levels at Saddar, Karachi from 2001 to 2004. Subsequently, he was the Executive Director of Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture for a year when he rejoined PAF Air War College as DS Research once again, and remained in this position until 2011.

In 2011, he decided to call it a day and immigrated to the USA after disposing off all of his belongings in Pakistan. He tried to settle down in Connecticut. After a year or so in the USA, he realized that the life in USA was not worth it, and returned to Karachi in August 2012.

He has been on the Board of Governors of Cadet College Petaro as the representative of PAF during some years. He has been an active member of the Petarian Association, and has been the General Secretary of the organization during 1997-1998. With a crisis that developed in TPA in 2014, a new Central Executive Committee was nominated by Rashid Abro in his capacity as the Chairman of the Petarian Assembly. Khayyam Durrani was appointed as Member of the Global CEC of TPA for 2014-2015.

He has published many articles in magazines and newspapers and has appeared on discussion programs on TV.

In 2013, he wrote his own autobiography which has been published under the title of “Naked I – Memoirs of a Humanist”. The book is extremely interesting and captivating, particularly for Petarians. His episodes of Petaro and Petarians are worth reading.

Air Cdre.(R) Khayyam Durrani – 2009