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Obituary - Pervaiz Cheema

A keen cricketer in his youth, Professor Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema, much better known as a distinguished political scientist, an academic and a scholar, passed away in Islamabad, a victim of pneumonia, in the early hours of Saturday 16th February, 2019, aged 78.

Professor Dr. Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema

Hailing from a renowned Sialkot family, Pervaiz Iqbal Cheema was born on October 1st, 1940. The eldest of the five sons, of Iqbal Cheema, a lawyer by profession, who also served as general secretary of Muslim League (Punjab), in the 1940s. In Sialkot, Pervaiz passed his matriculation from Islamia HS and enrolled at Murray College and played for Bahar Baig cricket club. His batting potential was acknowledged through his selection for the 1955 Pakistan Eaglets team to U.K, led by Test pacemen Khan Mohammad.

For further studies Cheema enrolled at Government College as a 3rd year student and would represent them as a sound opening batsman inter-collegiate competition and the annual Connolly Cup, tournament held in Sialkot. A tall right-hand batsman, who favoured a cut shot, Cheema joined Crescent CC in Lahore and as a deputy to Agha Saadat Ali, he would later also captain it with left-handed Younis Ahmed and younger brother Naved Cheema, featuring in the playing XI.

He shared a room with Ijaz Butt at the Quadrangle Hostel Government College, Lahore in the early 1960s and both would represent Punjab University and Pakistan Universities. Pervaiz appeared in three first-class matches with a top score of 33, as an opening batsman, for Lahore against the 1959-60 touring Indian Starlets at Sialkot and won selection for Lahore ‘A’ in the 1961-62 Quaid-i-Azam Trophy.

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Pervaiz Cheema, sitting (third from left) whilst managing Lahore Division, pictured at Army Burn Hall, College @ Abbotabad in 1964-65. Test cricketers Mohammad Ilyas (5th from left) and Majid Khan (extreme right) too can be seen. Leg-spinner, Asif Butt (standing, extreme right, first row), very kindly provided the photograph.

Cheema did his M.A., both in Political Science and History, from Punjab University and Phd. In Political Science Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Certificate in Peace Research and International Relations from Oslo University (Norway), Diploma in International Relations from Vienna University (Austria), M.Litt in Strategic Studies from Aberdeen University (U.K). In this period his cricket failed to go above club cricket.

He did Ph D from Quaid-i-Azam University, where he would serve, both as the Chairman of International Relations Department and that of Defence and Strategic Studies Department.

Cheema taught and researched for more than 45 years and had attended more than 200 National and International seminars and conferences. He was appointed Dean of the Contemporary Studies Faculty of the National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad, Pakistan. Cheema is an author of a number of books and in 2012 was awarded ‘Pride of Performance’ by Government of Pakistan. 

A member of Islamabad Club, Cheema is set to be missed by a wide circle of friends, both inside and outside Pakistan. His younger brother Naved Cheema, a first-class cricketer, also worked as PCB General Manager Development, passed away in April 2018. Pervaiz Cheema is survived by wife Dr. Asma Cheema, daughter of Mumtaz Ahmed Alvi, Pakistan Ambassador to China, and a daughter.

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