Farook Ali Khan, 7651/Ayub

Farook Ali Khan - 2004

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Farook Ali Khan, kit no. 7651/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1976 and left the college in 1981 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 7 September 1963, and was married to Mrs. Farzana on 8 February 1991. They have two children - Mohammed Ali and Ayla.

Farook died in the Air Blue crash at Margalla Hills, Islamabad on 28 July 2010.

During his days at Petaro, Farook was the Chess Champion and was also a member of the Honour Committee.

After leaving Petaro, Farook joined NED University and graduated as an Electronics Engineer in 1987. He then went to Bangkok, Thailand and completed his Masters in Computers in 1989 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in 1990 from the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT).

Before going to Bangkok, Farook worked briefly with the National Institute of Electronics (NIE), Islamabad as a Researcher and with SNGPL, Multan as Operations Engineer. After completing his masters from AIT, he then moved to California and worked with Topaz Custom Computer Systems for three years as Member and Director, R&D.

In 1993, he returned to Islamabad and joined Manco Tech (Pvt) Ltd. as Director. The company was involved in development of sofware.

In 1998, he then became the Chief Operating Officer of CSoft (Pvt) Ltd., a company that he helped in founding, and based in Islamabad. The company was involved in software development for the export market and was also operating as a call centre.

In 2002, he then moved to Karachi and became the Chief Operating Officer of AMZ Access (Pvt) Ltd., which had a similar operation as CSoft. It also had branch operations in the USA as well.

In 2006, Farook established his own company by the name of Syna Systems, Inc. He was the President of the company.

His work meant a lot of air travel. He used to fly often between Karachi and Islamabad. 

On 28 July 2010 morning, he was on board the fateful Air Blue flight no. 202 from Karachi to Islamabad. The weather was bad at Islamabad and it was raining. After a few attempts, the flight was attempting to land when it crashed into the side of Margalla Hills around 10am. All of the 146 passengers and 6 crew members perished including Farook Ali Khan.  Another Petarian Syed Ashiq Hussain Shah, 203/Ayub was on board the same flight and who also died.

Farook was one of the finest of people and a thorough gentleman. He participated in Petarian events including the Petarian Convention 2004 and the Golden Jubilee Celebrations in 2007.  He always supported other Petarians and would help them with jobs and other forms of assistance.

May Allah grant Farook the choicest place in Jannatul Firdaus.  It was an honour to have known him during the last nearly 12 years of his life.

Farook Ali Khan - 1998