The Petarian Mag - Petarian Victor
Mr.Haji Mohammad Ibrahim- Latif House
Success is a story that does not repeat itself very often. However, if we were to be asked of a success story among Petarians, Muhammad Ibrahim is a fine example.Born and bred in the humble environs of Toba Tek Singh, Ibrahim joined Petaro in 1967 in Class XI. That was the
year of expansion at Petaro when Iqbal House and Qasim House had been built. Aside from the normal entrants in Class VIII, there was a large contingent of new entrants in Class XI that year.
Kit no. 973 was inducted into Latif House. I can still recall the skinny boy who had the greatest urge in life to acquire a sound education. Ibrahim had come from an Urdu medium school, and was not
well equipped to cope with the fast pace of studies in an English medium Cadet College. However, the remarkable aspect is that Ibrahim was the one to obtain the second highest marks in the Intermediate Board examinations from the Petaro contingent. This is indeed the height of achievement through hard work.
Ibrahim was not very far behind in sports activities either. He was a member of
the Latif House football team.
After graduation from Petaro, Ibrahim decided to become an Electrical Engineer. This education he acquired from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore with flying colors. Fortunately for him, his parents decided to get him married while he was still a first year student at university - to protect him from the vices of society. Thus, today he is
the senior most father among all of his colleagues, with his children of marriageable age.
As an engineer, Ibrahim joined Pakistan Telecom, and became an authority on telephony. He rose to be a Divisional Engineer by the early 1980s. That was when he chose to quit and seek his fortunes in Iraq (with a Pakistani company called Nazir & Co.), while that country waged a war against Iran. With
a small fortune, he returned and joined Australian Telecom as their resident manager in Pakistan.
The late 1980s brought about a boom in the telecommunications business in Pakistan, with a massive expansion program. Over 500,000 new telephone lines were laid in the country, and the work was done by private contracting companies. One of the larger projects in this area was awarded to
Sachal Engineering Works (Pvt.) Ltd., which Ibrahim had recently joined as a partner for the telecommunications projects. He had taken a risk by quitting a lucrative job and going into business himself. The time was right and so were his calculations. With the blessings of Allah, the Most Gracious, Ibrahim is a successful businessman today in Pakistan. He is one of the most respected names in
the telecommunications field in the country.