Prof. Syed Wasiul Hasan

Professor of Pakistan Studies (1963-1983)

Prof. Syed Wasiul Hasan – 2007

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif


Prof. Syed Wasiul Hasan joined the college in 1963 as professor of Pakistan Studies. He retired from the college in 1983.

He was born on 7 August 1931 and was married to Mrs. Suboor Fatima. They have three children – Nasreen Fatima, Cdre. Syed Hasan Mustafa – kit no. 7133/Ayub and Syed Hussain Mustafa, kit no. 7225/Ayub.

Wasi Sahib expired on 27 February 2011 at Islamabad of old age. May Allah grant him the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus.

Wasi Sahib graduated from Aligarh Muslim University. After his graduation, he moved to Pakistan in 1956 and settled down in Karachi. He then got an M.A. in Political Science and a second M.A. in Pakistan Studies from Karachi University.

His first job was as a teacher of Pakistan Studies at Hussaini School in Karachi, prior to joining Petaro in 1963.

During his years at Petaro, he was House Master of Ayub House from 1966-1969, and House Master of Jinnah House from 1972-1983. He was also the Assistant House Master of Latif House from 1962-1964.

When Wasi Sahib left Petaro in 1983, he joined Pakistan Steel Cadet College, Karachi as Professor along with Dr. Fazal Mahmood and Dr. Iqbal Javed. Although he retired officially in 1991, he continued on at Pakistan Steel Cadet College on contract until 2001. After that, he lived the rest of his years with his elder son Cdre. Syed Hasan Mustafa, 7133/A at Karachi and Islamabad.

Wasi Sahib was my teacher for a brief period – in 9th class when he taught me Civics. It was he who taught us the concepts of government. For the first time in my life, I was exposed to the concepts of democracy and the “basic democracy” of Ayub Khan. His lessons on the three arms of government – Executive, Legislature and Judiciary – stuck into our nimble minds along with the famous definition of democracy given by Abraham Lincoln – “of the people, for the people and by the people”.  Wasi Sahib inculcated that spirit of democracy in us and made us realize that we must be responsible citizens.

Wasi Sahib was always a thorough gentleman, and a man who upheld civic responsibility, guiding us towards becoming good citizens. May Allah reward him for inculcating good values amongst us Petarians.