Salman Aslam

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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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Standing Back Dive Springboard

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

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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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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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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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