Life History

Athar-ul-Zaman Khan Sherdil - 1941 - 2011
Mr. Athar-ul-Zaman Khan Sherdil was born on May 21, 1941 at Jullundher (East Punjab), India. His Grand Father, Khan Sahab Barkat Ali Khan, was Deputy Registrar Cooperatives Society (United Punjab). His father, Khan Faiz Muhammad Khan served as Magistrate in Campbelpur and Sialkot, and then upon migration in 1947, at Lahore. Faiz later served as ADM/ADC at Jhang, Muzaffargarh & Montgomery. At Jhang, Sherdil studied at Islamia High School, which has produced two Nobel Laureates: Dr. Har Gobind Khorana (Medicine, 1968) and Abdus Salaam (Physics, 1979). The school's motivational Head Master Mr. Ghulam Ali is believed to be an institution in himself. Faiz then settled permanently at Montgomery and served as Additional Commissioner and later Acting Commissioner Multan. When Faiz passed away at 55, Sherdil was still in his teens. Sherdil studied at the Govt. High School Montgomery (est. 1837). Sherdil completed B.A. (Hons.) Persian from renowned Govt. College Montgomery, a prime institution of the area, which later his brother Qamar-uz-Zaman Khan headed as Principal. Sherdil completed M.A. English from Govt. College Lahore. He taught English at Diyal Singh College Lahore for a year while he appeared for CSS Exams. He joined the 1964 batch of CSP, and was posted as APA (now AC) Quetta. The famous 1964 batch has produced a President of Pakistan, a Governor of State Bank of Pakistan, a Governor of Punjab, a Secretary General, multiple Federal Ministers, Principal Secretaries to the President and Prime Minister of Pakistan, multiple Federal Secretaries and multiple Chief Secretaries.

Sherdil got married on February 4, 1968 with Farrukh Ali Akbar, daughter of Brig. Abid Ali Akbar, then the Director for Military Operations of Pakistan Army, who had the honor of holding the head of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah while he was burried. Brig Abid's father Resaldar Major Akbar Ali Khan was ADC to the Viceroy of India while his grandfather had fought the War of Independence in 1857. Brig Abid's son Lt. Gen. Kamal Akbar later served as the Surgeon General of Army.

In 1968, Sherdil was posted to East Pakistan as SDM Brahmanbaria and later as ADCG Sylhet. During this chaotic pre-partition period, Sherdil had to face several crises, particularly one involving the Shahadat of his junior CSP officer, Nasim Waqar, SDO Sylhet.

After partition of Pakistan, Sherdil was posted as the Deputy Commissioner for Sargodha and Rawalpindi Districts. After the Bhutto Government was overthrown in 1977, Sherdil served as Director Industries and then Director Food Punjab for three years. In 1980, he was elevated to BPS-20 and transferred to Baluchistan where he served as Secretary S&GAD and Secretary to the Governor. At this stage, he also completed his M.Phil. from Wolfson College, Cambridge University. Later he spent three years as Chief Secretary Baluchistan (1991-1994). However, his main field experience was in Punjab where he served as the Commissioner of Faisalabad and Gujranwala Divisions. He was later appointed as Home Secretary and finally the Chief Secretary, Punjab, during the first tenure of CM Shahbaz Sharif, until the 1998 Martial Law.

At Federal Government, when President Leghari dissolved the PPP government, Sherdil was appointed as the Interior Secretary. Later he served with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as the Principal Secretary. Sherdil passed away on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal 1432/2011 while serving as Chairman Bank of Punjab, and is buried at his farm at Jaman, near Burki, Lahore, where he had been farming and self-cultivating for past 13 years. He has three sons (two in PAS and one in Multi-National) and one daughter (a doctor in USA).