Syed Wasi Haider was the son of Syed Ali Haider and grandson of Syed Raza Hussain of Kujhwa. He was married to Razia Fatma daughter of Prof Syed Hasan Askari,a famous Historian of India.Syed Wasi Haider was Maternal nephew of Syed Aziz Haider2 Khujwai, Wasi Haider “a fair boy with large light eyes like his grandfather. He was then living with his grandparents and studying in Khujwa Middle School. In Pakistan he joined the navy and retired as a Vice-Admiral.”3 He belonged to the Adhiara quarter of Khujwa which “made up for its lack of representation in the high echelons of the government after partition.”4 Syed Raza’s other two sons became doctors,the eldest son Syed Mohammad Mustafa retired as Chief Medical Officer of East Pakistan Railways. The youngest son Syed Zair Hussain retired as a Brigadier of the Pakistan Army and one of his grandsons Syed Jameel Hussain is a serving Major General. Another grandson of Syed Raza retired as Vice Admiral of the Pakistan Navy. “Sons and even daughters of Adhiara have done well in life, often better than that of Bangla5.”6.
He completed his Master’s Degree in Strategic & War Studies from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. While in service he held many command and staff appointments.7
- 1. Khujwa – also called Pakkagaon is a village in Siwan district of Bihar.
- 2. Syed Aziz Haider (son of Syed Naseer Haider Khujwai), retired as Deputy Secretary of Bihar Assembly, Patna.
- 3. Khujwa Recollected – Autobiographical Essays, pp.135, by Akbar Naqvi, published
by Duniya-e-Adab, Karachi, 2011.
- 4. Khujwa Recollected – Autobiographical Essays, pp.76.
- 5. A mohalla of Khujwa.
- 6. Same as 4 above.
- 7. National Development and Security, volume 2, issue 3-4, Foundation for Research on
National Development and Security, 1994, Pakistan.
When the Omani naval ship Naseer Al-Bahar commanded by Commander Said Bin Khamis Al- Mukhaini arrived in Karachi on 20 January 1990 on a four-day goodwill visit to Pakistan, its Commanding Officer called on Rear Admiral Syed Wasi Haider, Commander Karachi. They remained together for some time and discussed matters of mutual interest. Gifts were alsoexchanged on this occasion.8
He was soft spoken and dry honest person. He held the post of Chairman of Port Qasim Authority.9 Wasi Haider was associated with Cadet College Petaro as its Chairman from 1989-199010, and was also attached to the top management committee of Karachi Golf Club.
Dr. Muhammad Anwar who completed his research on Pakistan’s Strategic Security Options writes in his book that “I would like to express my sincere thanks to Rear Admiral Syed Wasi Haider for his valuable suggestions with whom I discussed this subject at the very early stage of my research work.”11 It is a matter of deep sorrow that Syed Wasi Haider died in Pakistan in the year 2009. The Executive Committee of the Pakistan Ship’s Agent Association met on 14th September, 2009 in Karachi and organized a condolence meeting for Rear Admiral Syed Wasi Haider.12
8. Pakistan Year Book, pp.313, 18th edition, 1990-91, Rafique Akhtar, East & West Publishing Company, 1990, Pakistan.
9. Pakistan & Gulf Economist, volume 11, issue 27-39, Economist Publications, 1992. One can refer to the official website of Port Qasim Authority to know further details.
10. Cadet College Petaro was the second Cadet College in the country after Hassan Abdal, to be established initially at Mirpurkhas in 1957 and shifted to its present site at Petaro in 1959. Cadet College Petaro is residential institution, established at Petaro on a campus of about 700 acres. It is located some two kilometers off the right bank of the river Indus, 30 kilometers away from Hyderabad on Indus Highway
(Jamshoro Dadu Road) and just two kilometers away from the Cadet College Petaro Railway Station. For further details refer http://www.ccpetaro.edu.pk and http://www.petaro.org/BOG.htm
11. Friends Near Home: Pakistan’s Strategic Security Options, pp. X, Dr. Muhammad Anwar, published by Authorhouse, U.K., 2006.
12. Refer Minutes of the Pakistan Ship’s Agent Association Executive Committee, 2009. Minutes of meeting are also available on the official website of Pakistan Ship’s Agent Association http://www.psaa.org.pk/minutesofmeetings.php