CCHA Class of 1972
This year marks the fortieth anniversary for the class of ’72 at Cadet College Hasan Abdal. Also known as the Fourteenth Entry at CCHA. It is a good time to reflect upon the journeys each one of us undertook and to cherish our achievements. This post is dedicated to the all our teachers and support staff who made us into what we are.
Though it has been a long time but my personality has many characteristics that would not have been the same without spending these five years at CCH. It helped me in becoming confident and understanding the importance of sacrificing for others. It helped me to understand the dynamics of relations with people around and feelings of oneness. I learnt that when the going is tough one should keep ones’ cool. These qualities have become a second nature as a result of my stay at CCH.
For a minute let me assume that I did not join CCH. It is difficult imaging such a hard working faculty that worked hard in maintaining a great balance between a high standard of education and daily regular sports but it was a routine matter here. It is even harder to imagine having such a strong association with class fellows after 40 years. Without spending these five years I could have been anything but not what I am. The minute is over; I am so very proud to be an Abdalian!
Imran ulHaq Khan
CCH provided me with educational stability that I did not know prior. I had bounced from one mediocre school to another as my father got rapidly posted from one base to another. I actually landed at CCHA from Peking where my school had been shut down by the Red Guard. Aptly enough my nick name became Peko. The structured system had many pros but some cons as well. It allowed for a great balance between education and sports. I don’t think I would have played these many organized sports as I did there. I had the misfortune of having my Urdu teacher as my house master. Because of lack of Urdu education in China it was my weakest subject. He pushed me both in Urdu and sports and I think he made me realize that I am capable of heights that I did not think were reachable. My experience of quality education was such that I have not left any stone unturned when it came to high school education of my kids.
My time at Cadet College Hasan Abdal fondly referred to as CCHA was a game changer. My 5 years are similar to grafting (process when a branch from one plant is attached to another to produce a superior plant, flower or fruit). The school made MEN out of boys, and Adults from children. From our immediate families we made a new Family, one we will live with and always feel towards while on this planet. It was not a bed of roses but indeed a process of refining and tempering like gold goes through on its way to becoming priceless jewelry, with each stroke of the hammer, and the melting and heating of the kiln.
We are a product of the dedicated teachers, the staff, the traditions and above all our ability to assimilate it all, and be who we are today.
Long Live Hasan Abdal, Long Live Pakistan.