Salman Aslam

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Kakistocracy

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Pakistan’s turbulent history has always been beset by a myriad of problems. Panacea for these remains a far flung and remote possibility. Its chequered history has seen numerous military interventions in one form or the other. Its experimentation with quasi democracy, governments under military umbrage have all proved a dismal failure.

The unkindest cut of all was inflicted by Musharraf’s NRO. Shady assassination of Benazir Bhutto remains shrouded in mystifying circumstances. The sinister melodrama of the will albeit paved the way for grand entrée of the notorious Zardari to plunder the country at will. There is not an iota of doubt in my mind that both these parties came back to Pakistan under a Musharraf package to rule on rotational basis. Underlying factor to prolong Musharraf’s rule and share the booty. It was a personal vengeance and vendetta with Pakistan and the military establishment. As both parties in commonality felt aggrieved. Their ultimate goal was to plunder loot and pillage the country at will.Psychic’s dream of vengeance and grand larceny. Musharraf’s ouster under extenuating circumstances ushered in the PPP. We all are well aware of the 5 years term completion in the name of so called democracy. To sum it in one sentence it was a deadly combination of kleptocracy and kakistocracy (government of the worst).
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Diving Demonstration

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Voice Over

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Voice recordings are extracts from Arthur Conan Doyle's book Historical Romances section White Company

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ALL PAKISTAN GARRISON GOLF OPEN TOURNAMENT

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The premier golf tournament was held under aegis of LGG&CC from 1-3 December 2014 at the pristine, manicured and immaculate golf course. The star studded field attracted top professionals on the countries elitist golfing circuit. The event was spread-eagled over 3 days. The event attracted nearly 80 professionals. Other categories were amateurs, senioramateurs, ladies and senior pros.Another underlying feature was a match for the juniors as part of a talent hunt venture. Additional attractions were a subsidiary match and a senior officer invitational. Main sponsors of the event were Honda which offered a glittering Honda City for an ace.

As anticipated the professional category contest was gruelling, neck to neck and ended in a nail biting fashion. Only 11 players in the field played sub-par rounds. Matloob and Shafiq Masih recorded lowest score of 66 on day 2. Eventually it was Shabbir of Islamabad who stole the limelight by breaking away from the chasing pack with a scintillating display of golf par excellence. Attained the unique distinction of playing all 3 rounds sub-par. Munir, Shafiq and Matloob of Garrison were close at his heels wilted under pressure against cool demeanour of the champion. Aggregate of 205 -11 was the winning totalin a hair splitting photo finish. His team mate from Islamabad Muhammad Munir clinched the runners up slot at -9. Sole 3rd place was bagged by Shafiq Masih at -7. Matloob from Garrison also displayed his dexterity with a solid round of -6. Rest of the field displayed erratic and lackadaisical performances. Champion displayed deft touch a finesse around the greens by saving pars. Hit thundering drives in the fairways. His iron play was awesome hitting maximum greens in regulation. Green reading and Putting was calibrated and meticulous which made the difference.
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Alfresco Barbecue Garden At LGG&CC Lahore

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Garrison Golf Club at Lahore has made deep inroads into the world of gourmands. Setting is phenomenal and breath-taking. In the backdrop of a picturesque blue lagoon, shrouded with blue lights cascade the water front is an ambiance par excellence. Crystal blue waters of the lake further bolster the awesome aura. Gazebos offer exquisite family dining with a soiree setting. Atmosphere is homely and cuisine offered is buffet and barbecue right from the pit. Redoubt provides a panoramic view of the course all around. Easily accessible with massive parking bays available make it an attractive spot for epicureans.

This outlet has really invigorated the rather dull atmosphere infusing lot of night dining and an ideal environment for family bon Viv ants. Waiters were dressed immaculately. Service was super-fast. An assortment of dishes was offered which really were mouth-watering, aromatic and appetite quenching.Managed by the burly and efficient F&B Manager Khurram was true image of the natty gritty involved in the resounding success of this feature? Connoisseurs grading on a Michelin scale 1-10. Food quality and taste eight. Service seven. Crockery setting and display a staggering eight on the scale. Ambience and aura stole the limelight with an enviable nine. Overall atmosphere an eight stands justified. Most importantly the prices are more than reasonable.

Garrison has finally got out of the slumber by really jump-starting a dull and dampened atmosphere. The revitalizing experience has made an indelible imprint for the members and their guests who throng the club like never before. Members have come out of hibernation into a highly charged gregarious mode. Assortment of dishes and delicacies along with very congenial, conducive and palatable environment make the Alfresco Barbecue garden a major attraction.The management deserve accolade and felicitations for this social boon.

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J Zaman Open Golf 2015

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J Zaman family sponsored golf tournament kicked off at the pristine, manicured and closely mowed lightning greens of Lahore Gymkhana. Weather pundits’ predictions were true promising a highly favourable golfing environment. Golfing arrangements were immaculate and meticulously monitored. To ensure snag free golf with minimal holdups forecaddies were detailed as ball pointers. This was instrumental in keeping pace of play as lost ball time losses were minimal.


Another underlying feature has been allocation of an additional day to cater for subsidiary, seniors, veteransand boys categories segments. This certainly augers well. Professionals and amateurs can give an exhibition of their dexterity unfazed by organisational fauxpas. Lahore Gymkhana course requires massive improvement and innovation in course design to make it formidable in consonance with international standards. The only two courses at Lahore meeting some semblance of international standard circuit are The Defence Raya and Royal Palm courses.
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Punjab Open Championship 2014

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The grand finale of the PGF Golfing Calendar 2014 was the prestigious Punjab Open. Ironically for the first time the venue was shifted from Gujranwala to Raya Golf Club DHA after a long time. The well nestled and ensconced golf course itself was a challenge for all. Undoubtedly this course reigns supreme as far as maintenance and degree of difficulty is concerned. Its lightning fast greens measured by the strip meter were in range of 12. Design parameters of the course have been set at international standard.

The setting of the event cloistered and beset with a labyrinth of obstacles and merciless rough proved to be an acid test for golfers of all stature/abilities. For most it was the proverbial Waterloo. They vanquished into total disarray. 3-4 putts on greens werea common feature for even the most adept. Pin placements were treacherous coupled with massive undulations which were hard to cope with based on my own experiences. The event was spread over 4 days from 18-21 December 2014. Additional day allocated for subsidiary matches, senior amateurs and pros. By all reckoning course was well maintained as per international standards.
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Instructor Certification

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Khan Anwar Sikander Khan

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While a great visionary, the Ameer of Bahawalpur, laid its structural foundations, a towering academician in Mr. Khan Anwar Sikander Khan became the architect of the edification of Sadiq Public School, Bahwalpur.

In 1954, Mr Khan Anwar Sikander Khan had recently retired from the covetous position of the principal at Aitchison College, Lahore, when he was hand picked by His Highness the later Ameer of Bahawalpur and his chief minister Makhdumzada Syed Hassan Mehmud, to initiate public school education at the nascent Sadiq Public School at Bahawalpur. He accepted the daunting task and toiled for the next 18 years to spread enlightenment in this educationally backward region of the country.

Born at Montgomery (now Sahiwal) on 1st October 1900, the young Khan Anwar Sikander Khan received his education at Lahore. He passed his matriculation exam in 1915 from the Rang Mahal Mission High School. Then he joined FC College and obtained his postgraduate degree in philosophy. Thereafter, the annals of Aitchison College bear testimony to his illustrious career in the educational field. He served the notable institution for 32 years, beginning in 1922. He rose successively to hold the posts of House Master, Head Master and Principal.
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24TH Corps Commander's Open Golf Championship 12-15 March 2015

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This time the event was unique and epoch making. The championship was upgraded for the first time to open category after 23 years. Professionals entered the event in droves and prize money was phenomenal. It was a grand finale to the golfing calendar of 2014-15 for LGG&CC. The atmosphere was stunning and awesome. The entire cantonment was adorned, embellished and bedecked with massive posters. Club itself was emblazoned and gave an aura of festivity and carnival like ambiance. The razzle–dazzles and hustle bustle really was staggering. The entire event was programmed with clock like precision. Souvenir’s and mementos were generous which exhibited the extravaganza of the sponsors. Golf aficionados and connoisseurs really had a bash. Newly laid alfresco barbecue garden with its mouth-watering dishes was a treat for the gluttons and epicurean alike.

Taking a cue from previous matches tourney was held over 4 days. Thus the clogging of tee timings was avoided. Pace of play was swift with no hold ups. Procedure at par 3 call holes was stringently observed. There were no hiccups and snags. Special events for junior golfers were also staged to bolster golf amongst the young aspirants. Talent hunt needs to be geared.
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Compendium on Swimming Pool Rules, New Projects and Management Suggestions

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1. Eligibility / Criteria for Following Appointments:-
  1. Captain: Should be proficient swimmers well conversant with rules and etiquettes.
  2. Honorary Secretary
  3. Vice Captain
2. Swimming Pool Expansion / Renovation. Following suggestions are submitted:-
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Father of Men of Crisis – Remembrances and Tribute

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My late father Col Muhammad Aslam Khan fondly known by nickname Dandy in the entire army was born at Lahore on 15 June 1924. His father at that time was a senior civil judge. Completed primary education from Central Model School and inter from Government College Lahore in 1941.Awarded all India Punjab Swimming Colours in 1941 took part as Captain of winning Punjab team in Indian Olympics at Calcutta. He joined OTS Bangalore for military training in 1943-44. After graduating with top laurels he was given Kings Commission in 2 Punjab Regiment. Transferred to the Burmese front fought valiantly against the Japs.

At partition there was a massive amalgamation of officers. He was transferred to artillery and joined 3(SP) Field Regiment at Rawalpindi. Saw action in Kashmir during the 1948 war. Had a long tenure of duty at Mardan with 3(SP) as part of 3rd Armoured Brigade. Graduated from 1955 Staff Course at Quetta. In 1956 proceeded on a long orientation tour of Europe in quest of military pursuits. Promoted in 1957 assumed command of 3(SP) till December 1962. Longest command tenure in history of artillery.

Conflagration with India broke on 6 September 1965. My father was attending war course which was called off. As I vividly recollect and ruminate the herculean and goliath an task of raising 44 (SP) was assigned to my father. This was based on his vast expertise and forte in handling SP units. The entire family moved at breakneck speed from Quetta under virtual blackout in our Mercedes Benz 1960 for a stopover at Bahawalpur. I was than a student at Sadiq Public School Bahawalpur. My father proceeded to artillery centre to initiate process of raising 44(SP).

The other nostalgic reminiscences with unit are traced to those halcyon days of April 1966 when we went to the unit to spend Eid ul Fitr. The unit after cessation of hostilities was based near Pasrur/ Chawinda. I found the unit in a really pristine and immaculate shape. We offered our prayers with the troops and a complete round of the unit area. Games were arranged and there was an aura of fun and frolic. Remembrances of 44(SP) during its infancy even after half a century are still etched and engraved in my memories of adolescence.

My father owing to his distinct style, demeanour and flamboyance was nicknamed Dandy amongst the numerous Aslams during that era. Had a distinctive, refined and cultured taste and remained always attired in clothes reflecting sartorial elegance. Aesthetic and epicurean taste separated him from rest of the pack.

Ardent passions included craze for classic cars. During his life time we had the distinction of owning over 100 classic cars of that era. This included the 1959 Jaguar Mark 1 2.4 litre which I smashed near TV station Chaklala in 1969.He was an avid golf and polo player. My father had the unique distinction of participating in the famous Peshawar Vale Hunts. Intuitive by nature was a connoisseur and ardent fan ofmusic and culture.

His personality emanated gregariousness and extrovert demeanour. Magnanimous at heart his personality emanated special warmth for welfare and alleviation of troops.Firm and fair in command he gave complete carte blanche and liberty to subordinates to operate within their respective realm.

On completion of service limits retired in 1970 from GHQ. Inducted into civil service joined Punjab Road Transport Corporation.

He passed away on 19 July 1975. I was than serving in 44 (SP) at Kharian. He was 51.

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About Salman Aslam

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Salman Aslam is a retired defence services officer with plethora of experience, dexterity encompassing multi-faceted spheres. Salman had a 6 year stint as Head Security of Pakistan’s largest bank (HBL). He was the pioneer of HBLs Security Compendium enswathing latest innovations and trends. His other related domain of adroitness includes White Collar Financial Crime Investigations.

Apart from afore mentioned fields Salman’s achievement and accomplishment is that he has been editor of The Review Staff Colleges prestigious annual magazine. Is a highly eloquent speaker with a British accent who is adroit in performing as master of ceremony and sports commentator. His other field of dexterity is he is qualified from USA Swim University as a coach in diving and swimming.

Salman has qualified from Rules Academy Saint Andrews UK as a Level 1 rules expert. Is an avid golfer who has served as treasurer Punjab Golf Association from 2000-2008.

Has a lucid expression with a penchant for freelance writing on subjects like travel, sports and etiquette modules.

Salman metiers also include English voice over and lead roles in dramatics with accentuation on British accent.

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