The author was born and raised in a village, Tarlai Kalan, close to modern day Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The author spent his childhood in an environment of love, peace, and friendship. There was very little education, but everybody was helpful and was “comrades in arm” to one another. Human rights violations were marginal as compared to the present day. Perhaps that is why there was no need to have any organization looking after this aspect of life. However, as education and lust for money increased, the violence in different forms also found its way into the normal and natural way of life. Modern education must be human-oriented rather than country, leader, and stomach-oriented. The intellectuals and educators must work to reduce or eliminate the element of selfishness, self-interest, materialism, and deception.
It was a very sad experience because the author thought that educational growth would improve the relationships and understandings among individuals. Unfortunately, the result was completely adverse to his vision. This breakdown was one of the reasons that prompted the author to write this book.
The author joined Pakistan Air Force Academy in March, 1953 and received his commission as a pilot in June, 1955. However, he hardly flew as a pilot and was soon sent to the United States to study an emerging field called “Air Defense.” With a few colleagues, author returned to Pakistan and established an Air Defense system, an element which was completely missing in the Pakistan Air Force. This was the beginning of 1958 and by the grace of God the Almighty; Pakistani Air force was able to establish a credible Air Defense system to meet the challenges of the modern Air Defense warfare in those days. The system proved its success when the author intercepted an Indian Air Force Canbera Aircraft and shot down while on a reconnaissance mission to Pakistan. This was the first kill to prove that the Pakistan Air Defense system had achieved its adolescence.
The Air Force life, experiences, and travel helped the author to meet many people from various nationalities around the world. The author learned from some, disseminated what he knew to some, and exchanged knowledge, ideas, and experiences with others; these diverse groups included people from the Armed Forces of the USA (Americans), UK (British), France, Germany, Spain, Turkey, Russia, and Iran. According to the author, the time he spent in the Middle East was some of the best experiences in his life. These include the Air Forces of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and UAE. In fact, he learned a great deal from the aforementioned countries and people.
After his retirement from the Air Force in 1980 the author elected to do business. He successfully developed relationship with some of the internationally renowned companies like Hughes Aircraft Company and General Electric Company of the USA. He also became one of the prime contractors with USAID program in Primary Health Care in Pakistan. Politics was the last field of his choice. He fought for elections for the National Assembly of Pakistan from Islamabad in 2001.
The author’s diverse experience in life reveals that human relations and mutual respect is a key to success. His investment in life remains his family and friends irrespective of any preference to race, religion, and nationality. The journey will continue and so will be life.
Author’s second book "Of truth and terrorism" was published in 2011.
For more information, visit www.oftruthandterrorism.com
Author’s third book "World with no visa" was published in 2012.
For more information, visit www.worldwithnovisa.com