Sunday, December 26, 2010
General Abdul Qayyum
Lieutenant General Abdul Qayyum Hilal-i-Imtiaz (Military), hails from rural areas of Chakwal district of Punjab province of Pakistan. The general, who entered internationally reputed and prestigious Pakistan Military Academy Kakul in May 1966 as a cadet, was commissioned in Pak Army Artillery in April 1968 and finally retired as a three star general in January 2004. Later he became chairman of Pakistan Steel Board from where he resigned under protest against a fraudulent privatization attempt of Pakistan’s largest integrated steel plant which was later cancelled by the full court bench consisting of 11 judges of the country’s Supreme Court. This vindicated the chairman’s stand that the said privatization was not transparent because of “Errors of Omission and Commission” as stated by the apex court in its historical decision. The general served the country in different capacities for 40 long years. He now leads a happy retired life and is Chairman of Bin Qutab Foundation which strives to restore hope of the down trodden and help the have-nots specially in the rural areas of Pakistan focusing on health care, education and development of individual skills.