”No matter how many plans you make or how much in control you are, life is always winging it.” These are words of wisdom spoken by my father and, even now in retirement, I find them always to be true. Recently, I called one of my nephews who runs a remote tour business under the name Rovers Pakistan and inquired about any trips he offered to explore the hidden beauty of Baluchistan.
The following report was written by Zara Imran, granddaughter of SAEEA (Saudi Aramco Ex-Employee Association) member Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan of Karachi, Pakistan.
Engr. Syed Naushad Yousaf Shah, born September 3rd, celebrated his birthday with his family. He is the son of Syed Yousaf Shah, Badge # 71533, who worked for Aramco for more than two decades in the Department of Administration. He died in active employment in 1978.
There are two main festivals in Islam: Eid-ul-Fitr, which signifies the completion of the Holy Month of Ramadan and Eid-ul-Adha, the greater Eid, which follows the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, at the time of Qurbani (sacrifice).
Shafiq Ahmed Khan, Saudi Aramco Ex-employee badge number 73789, celebrated his 74th Happy Birthday in Karachi along with his granddaughter baby Armeen Khan who also celebrated her 10th Happy Birthday along with her grandfather.
On June 18th at The Colony, Lahore's leading performing arts center and creative hub, Engr. Syed Naushad Yousaf Shah and his wife attended the premiere screening of the internationally acclaimed Pakistani short movie, Darya Kay Iss Paar - This Bank of the River. The film was made by a dear friend of Syed's, both alumni of the University of Engineering & Technology, UET, Lahore.
The NED69ers Group graduated in 1969 from the NED Government Engineering College Karachi. Members are spread all over the globe. They maintain a connection with each other through e-mail and meet occasionally in Karachi or other parts of the world just to refresh their sweet old memories.
Bushra Irshad, the niece of Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan married Kamran Ahmed Khan, the brother of the son-in-law of IAK on the 26th of March 2021. In Pakistani culture, a few pre-celebrations take place before the actual wedding ceremony. The festivities started with the Engagement Ceremony held at the bridegroom’s place on 15th November 2020.
The Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association of Hyderabad, India recently called a general meeting for the purpose of electing new office bearers.
On the 17th of February 2021, my father got a call from our uncle Adnan Phupa who suggested we join him on his visit to Quetta. My father took a while to answer as he contemplated his busy work schedule and our online school schedule.
RAWO has been working since April 2013 in Korangi and also from Thallian Village, D.I. Khan since 2017, with the aim to uplift the poor people economically, raise their educational standard, and provide a platform to excel further.
Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA) Karachi, Pakistan is pleased to announce the launching of their website on a new domain. The URL for the website is https://www.saeea.pk.
Syed Moazzam Ali married Fozia Mazhar. Moazzam is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ovais Akram Ali, Badge No. 73168. Ovais is an ex-employee of the Safaniya Producing Department. Fozia is the daughter of the late Mazhar Saeed.
Dr. Ata Ur Rehman is a graduate of Dow University with a diverse interest in all fields of medicine. He completed his M. Phil from Hamdard University and is currently pursuing his PhD from BMSI Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Center. He also obtained his post-graduate degree from Baqai University in Endocrinology.
Umaima's wedding preparations had begun not long after her Nikkah which was held in the first half of the year in the month of May. After her Nikkah ceremony, from June until the end of November her dowry was collected. As the month of December started the wedding festivities begun.
"This is the power of gathering: it inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive." ~ Alice Waters. Syed Abdul Qader, Badge #142674, invited a few old friends for lunch. We gathered at his residence.
The monthly progress meeting of Saudi Aramco Ex-Employees Association (SAEEA) was held on February 13, 2021 at Faran Club, Karachi.
Surgeon Mohammed Yousuf Shaikh is the son of Manzoor Ahmed Shaikh, a former employee of the Saudi Aramco medical organization, and a permanent and active SAEEA member.
“One language sets you in a corridor for life. Two languages open every door along the way.” ~ Franck Smith. During COVID-19 while going through lockdown, I decided to learn the Arabic language. Arabic is one of the official languages of the United Nations along with Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
The wedding of Habib Ahmed to Shazia Altaf took place in Lahore, Pakistan on 23rd January 2021. Shazia Altaf is the daughter of Altaf Hussain Butt, Aramco Badge #72271, who served in the Purchase Department in Ras Tanura.