Not sure if this has been posted elsewhere, but I picked up on it when reading through a recent copy of the Telegraph: A British schoolmaster who "stayed on" in Pakistan after colonial rule ended in 1947 is searching for a successor to take over his post in the remote mountains on the Afghan border. G D Langlands, who turns 90 next week, is the principal at a public school in Chitral in northern Pakistan. With its 750 pupils, both boys and girls, gathering for morning roll call near an isolated juniper tree in the Hindu Kush mountain range, it is a world away from the recruiting ground of British schools where Mr Langlands hopes to find his successor. "I should prefer if the candidates were British and share the values of duty and honesty" said Mr Langlands. "And punctuality - which some Pakistanis are not so good at." Mr Langlands is also seeking funds to complete the construction of the senior school and a new junior school in the backwaters of the North West Frontier Province. The retired British Army major, who fought during the Second World War, was once kidnapped by Wizari tribesmen and survived three Indo-Pakistan wars - during one of which he formed a defence militia recruited from his school's cooks and gardeners. Before taking up his position in the valleys of Chitral, he taught princes, governors and many of today's ruling generals during his 25 years at Lahore's Aitcheson College, known as the Eton of Pakistan. An American ambassador to Islamabad once observed that Mr Langlands had taught half of the Pakistan Government. "I will teach until I am no longer able," said Mr Langlands. "But it would be nice to know things are taken care of in the future". Mr Langlands is a Mr Chips-style schoolmaster. A batchelor, he wears his blazer buttoned up under a duffle coat and lives in a small bungalow overrun by a creeping tide of dusty books. He is happier talking about scholastic affairs than telling tales of derring-do on the frontier, but he concedes his career has been "a little unusual". Afer an impoverished childhood in 1920's Britain, he went to war under Lord Lovat's command before earning a commission with the Indian Army in 1944. After serving with the newly founded Pakistani Army, from which he retired to teach at Aitcheson, he helped to found Raznak Cadet College, in the lawless tribal area of Waziristan. That school closed last week as fighting between security forces and Taliban tribesmen intensified and 500 of its students were evacuated by helicopter. After he moved to Chitral, the local police chief ordered all foreigners to leave when America bombed Osama Bin Laden's training camps just over the border in 1999. But the local administrator argued successfully that Mr Langlands should be allowed to stay as he was "indespensable" Mr Langlands eventual retirement will not be spent in Britain. "I am 100% British, but I do not want to go back. I could not afford to live there and it would be quite dull in comparison". Enjoy your well deserved retirement, Sir! I have total respect for this old-school gentleman and believe he has made the right decision not to go back to Britain. After all, would he recognise the country he left all those years ago?