Posted by: imranadeel | July 31, 2010

Fare thee well, Farook Ali Khan!

Farook Ali Khan - 2004

In the plane crash on 28th July in Islamabad, we lost one of the finest men known to all in the Pakistani IT industry: Farook Ali Khan. I have the honor of working with him from 1999 to 2006, in CSoft (Islamabad) and AMZ Access (Karachi). Farook was a great leader and a thorough gentleman. He always set his aims very high, and played the big game. AMZ Ventures (the holding company of AMZ Access) was Pakistan’s second ever technology IPO. Farook was the brain behind it and its business plan. What made him different from other corporate leaders was the fact that he was an inspiration in the true sense. He worked wholeheartedly, passionately, diligently and smartly. He was a great salesman, and would always put his point across most convincingly to his clients and his team. He nurtured a whole line of people to work with him. I was one of those lucky people. He taught us how to think, act, work, present and carry ourselves in tough situations, both, in business and life.

In addition to his corporate and technology leadership, he was also a great patriot and a very informed Muslim. Another aspect that set him apart from other leaders was the fact that to all of us who worked with him, he was a mentor. He would take us out for a dinner quite often and listen to what was bothering us. He would then give us his insights and perspectives about our challenges. It was in those sessions that we all bonded with him, and learned how to think and act maturely, sensibly, logically and creatively. He also had a very high set of ethics, and never offended anyone.

To us, he was like family; the elder brother. I am thankful to Allah for his companionship, sad because I had not met him in a while, and bereaved over his sudden demise. I pray for the best for his soul in his next abode, and for patience for his family.

Farewell Farook sb. I’ll miss you my entire life. And thank you for all that you did for us.




  1. What He Always Taught Us and Would Still Say in Echoes

    Do not dismiss your dreams.
    To be without dreams is to be without hope;
    To be without hope is to be without purpose.

    Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.
    Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.
    Do not let your life slip through your fingers, By living in the past nor for the future.

    By living your life one day at a time,
    You live all the days of your life.
    Do not give up when you still have something to give.
    Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.
    It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.

    Do not set your goals by what other people deem important.
    Only you know what is best for you.

    Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others,
    It is because we are different that each of us is special.

    Do not be afraid to encounter risks.
    It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.
    Do not shut out of your life by saying it is impossible to do or find.

    The quickest way to receive love is to give love;
    The fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.
    The best way to keep love is to give it wings.

    Do not run through life so fast that you forget
    not only where you have been, but also where you are going.
    Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

  2. Please come back.

    Asim Khan

  3. i was shoked today when i listend about him, i have no words ……..i really miss you sir

  4. i came to know now about Farook Sahab death ….iam feeling very sad he always treat me very kindly like brothers…i dont know what to say but he was very kind and great human being ..he never imposed his position on people …. whenever ill remember him i will always pray for his magfirut and good place in heaven ..May Allah forgive all his sins and give him rest in peace…… Thank you Farook Sahab for being with us

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