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            TORONTO:  Good teachers are like angels and one of the best blessings of God. Most of their students remember, like, love and respect them. This is the best reward they get for their invaluable contributions and services.
            Best teachers are the ones who by all means fully focus on the students so that they could become really responsible, respectable and shining examples of the family, community, society and the country they represent. They are the ones who then become true leaders, voice and strength of the people, champions of humanity and source of encouragement, inspiration and motivation. Their goodness and greatness is that they never forget their teachers and mentors.  
            Parents are the best teachers and rightly fit in this category. Their children are their students. It is the bad society, company and peer pressure which makes them bad.  Good parents become very good teachers and friends of the students. They understand, guide and help their students in the school or tuition centres become good and best.
            The unmarried ones of good nature and character and deeply in love with teaching profession give their best to the students. Fortunate are all those pupil and people who get such good and best teachers at all levels of education and life.
            PROUD TEACHER: Afzal Khan Nayyar is one such teacher. He toured London (England), Dubai and Karachi, Pakistan, recently and that tour became memorable for him. He could not dream or even imagine that he would get such warm welcome, great love and respect from his ex-students. Most of them are all well settled with some becoming VIPs.
            Afzal says that the love and respect he got from his ex-students even after a big gap of over 30 and 40 years has made him proud that he chose the education profession and became a teacher.
            With glow of joy in his eyes, he said: “They have proved that in our culture, family, community, society, and country still teachers, elders and seniors are all greatly respected. They understand the importance of values, love, care and respect. I thank all those who showered much love and greatly respected me. I can never forget their hospitality, generosity and love.” 
            A.K. Nayyar, who is 74, planned the tour from January 18 to February 25, 2014, to meet his sisters, near and dear ones, friends and ex-students. They were all missing him and wanted to meet him. As far as ex-students, friends and their hospitality, love and respect are concerned, it was a wonderful tour. They were all very loving and caring.
             SAD NEWS: Afzal was anxiously preparing to start his tour on January 18, 2014, when a very sad incident shocked him a day before. His younger sister’s son, Waqas Khan, associated with Express TV as a technician, and was supposed to receive him at the airport was brutally murdered by terrorists, who pumped eleven bullets into his body when even after being attacked he tried to overpower them and snatch the gun, in an armed attack on their media van on January 17, 2014. His two other colleagues were also mercilessly killed.
            LONDON:   Afzal Khan left Toronto, Canada, on January 18, 2014, and started his tour from London, England. His school days friends, Syed Saeeduddin and Syed Naseeruddin, both brothers, invited him to visit them. He remained there from January 19-25, 2014.
            Rukhsana Pasha, his ex-student, through the friends came to know about his visit to London and went to the airport along with her husband to receive him. They met after forty six (46) years. She took him to her house for breakfast and had a very good time there.
            She then took him to Syed Naseeruddin’s house. Naseer showed him the tourist and historical places in London including Trafalgar Square, London Eye and 10 Downing Street. He stayed at Syed Naseeruddin’s house for five days. Both Naseer’s son and daughter are doctors, gave him nice company and took good care.
            Syed Naseer’s elder brother, Syed Saeeduddin, used to come every evening to meet him. He took him for dinner at the famous Spicy Corner restaurant.
          DUBAI: On the morning of January 23, 2014, he left for Dubai.  Syed Naseeruddin and his wife Zakia Saheba bid him farewell at the Heathrow Airport.
            He was supposed to stay in Dubai for five stays but had to cut short his visit due to the brutal murder of his nephew in Karachi. Tariq Khalil, his ex-student, came to know about his Dubai visit and reached the airport to receive him. He stayed there for the night. Tariq’s family took great care. After breakfast he left for airport to board the flight for Karachi, Pakistan. Afzal Khan Nayyar met Tariq Khalil after 33 years.
            KARACHI: Afzal Khan Nayyar reached Karachi on January 24, 2014, and stayed there till February 24, 2014. From airport, he went straight to the house of his younger sister, Akhtar Begum, a retired teacher and the mother of brutally murdered nephew Waqas, and stayed there for ten days. His niece Hira, and other family members, despite stricken by great grief and the tremendous irreparable loss, took great care.
            He then moved to the house of his other younger sister, Dr Kishwar. Her husband, Mustufa Kamal is also a doctor. Their daughters Aiman and Saman are university students. All of them gave him good company.
            From February 13, 2014, onwards Afzal Khan’s met his old friends and ex-students. His three close friends---Prof Khawaja Qutubuddin, Syed Muhammad Naseem Asmi (Younger brother of Saleem Asmi, ex-editor of Daily DAWN, Karachi, Pakistan) and Taufiq Bilgrami came to know about his presence in Karachi. They met him and recalled the glorious past.
            When the daughter of late Aiz Azizi, an artist, a social activist and his old friend, came to know about him she took him to her house and introduced him to her whole family. Azizi’s son became very emotional on seeing him and said: “I feel like seeing and meeting my dad.”
            On February 13, 2014, he visited the Bahria University, Karachi, where he was received and welcomed by Vice Admiral (Rtd) Khalid Amin, Director General of Bahria University. Khalid Amin is his ex-student and met Afzal Khan after over forty (40) years. Other ex-student were also present there including Col (Rtd) Nasir Hussain Zaidi, Dawood Shah, son of a former air commodore, and Khalil Najmi, Organizer, Ex-Student Activities of formerly Pak Base Masroor School and now upgraded as Pak Base Masroor College         
            Farah Kanwal, principal of the Pak Base Masroor College, welcomed them and showed them the college. Afzal Khan also addressed the students of the college, introduced himself and spoke about his association with the college.
            Afzal Khan, the ex-students and guests then met Air Commodore Ilyas, Base Commander, Masroor, where they were warmly received, given reception and showed round the place.  
            On February 14, 2014, Vice Admiral (Retd) Khalid Amin took Afzal Khan to the naval ship `Shamsher’ where a dinner was organized for the ex-students and families. Afzal Khan met some of the ex-students after over 30 years.         
            Khalid Memon, President of Asian Canadian Association (ACA) Canada, was also present on the occasion. Later that day, Afzal remained a guest of Khalid Memon and was entertained the whole day.
            On February 15, 2014, the ex-students organized a dinner for him at the Village Restaurant, Karachi.
            On February 17, 2014, Prof Qutubuddin took him to the Karachi Arts Council where he met his school classmate Prof Sehar Ansari after 13 years. Prof Sehar Ansari is an internationally renowned poet and working on a senior position in the Karachi Arts Council.   
            Before leaving Karachi for Toronto, he met in the last few days Ejaz Mahmood, ex-Member of National Assembly, Sindh, and Syed Nooruddin Qadri, a businessman, both of them school classmates, and Khalil Ahmed Khalil, Advocate, Sindh High Court, and a poet. Khalil was his neighbour and presented him his book `Jihad-e-Sukhan’, a collection of his poems.
          ABOUT AFZAL KHAN:  Afzal Khan Nayyar is now 74. He belongs to Hyderabad Deccan but was born in Bombay (Mumbai), India, and migrated along with parents to Pakistan in 1949 and settled in Karachi. He is married to Taqia Afzal Khan. They have five children (Three girls and two boys) and all of them married. They have become grandparents of many grandchildren. Afzal Khan then migrated to Toronto, Canada, in 2003. He is lives at Dawes Road in East York.
            Afzal Khan is a well-educated person. He is M.A., B.Ed. and LLB. Since 1960 and   throughout his life he remained associated with the education profession.
            From 1960-1966, he was a teacher at Aga Khan Boys Secondary School, Garden East, Karachi. From 1966-1973, he was a high school teacher at PAF Model School of Masroor Base, Karachi. From 1973-1975, he was a teacher at the high school of Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) in Sui, Balochistan. From 1975-1988, he served in his own teaching centres.
            From 1988 till 2003, he was principal of Kalyana Academy (Secondary School) and for two years principal of Ismail Allahwala Boys Secondary School of Dehli Punjabi Saudagaran.
            Afzal Khan is a renowned and respected community leader and social activist and keeps serving the people and contributing tremendously. Despite old age and illness, he is found at most meetings, events, places and with people.
            Since 2006 he is general secretary of PICAS (Pak India Canadian Association for Seniors), a recognized south Asian community organization.
            He is joint secretary of ACA (Asian Canadian Association) and was also its cultural secretary from 2006-2013. Since 2008, he is media coordinator of Rang Manch, a drama society formed by Jawaid Danish. He is honorary adviser of Ummeed International and an active senior member of Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), whose founder and president is Syed Muhammad Iqbal.
            Afzal Khan Nayyar through this article wants to thank individually and collectively all for giving him so much love and respect.
            MESSAGE: Whether it is the teaching profession or any other profession or position and role we must always remember that we can only expect love and respect in return if we love others and give them due respect.
            The case of Afzal Khan Nayyar and his wonderful experience is an example for us. Always be remembered with good memories rather than being forgotten as a rotten. We have to win the love of others and earn respect. So give importance to values and promote love and respect to live and work together in the real sense.
            Friends are like families and families are part of community and society. This is how we can promote and achieve unity between all members and communities, irrespective of caste, creed or religion. It is the goodness that matters to achieve greatness.
            JZ’S PROFILE:  Joined Journalism Profession in 1974 (Daily `SUN’, Karachi) and still serving as a professional journalist (2014). Javed Zaheer, Free Expression Award Winner (Awarded by National Ethnic Press & Media Council of Canada—NEPMCC. Award presented by Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, Canada), Desi Idol Recognition Award Winner (Presented by North American Desi Idol), Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan Abroad’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The Ambassador’, Canada, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `DAWN', Canada, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan (From 1986-1999), Chairman, CANOPI, Director of Children Dignity Foundation (CDF---Canada & Pakistan) and Honorary Director, Canpak, Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Director Information, Pak Seniors Forum (PSF), is contributing purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and communities. Contact: (416)696-0981(416)696-0981/ To read more JZ’s exclusive articles, please visit: www. and (Editorial Sections. Scan years from 2004. Visit for latest exclusive articles.


  1. Dear Javed Zaheer,
    Thank you for this article .
    In fact it is a tribune for me.
    Thank you once again

  2. Dear JZ,

    You've very nicely summarized about Sir Afzal Khan and his visits to different places.... vis-a-vis his bonding with his ex-students.
    I too was his student, and I'm blessed to have reconnected with him so many decades later. Teachers like him are a rarity these days, and the love and attachment he has bestowed upon his ex-students (including me) is difficult to explain.

    Shaukat Islam
    Dhaka, Bangladesh.