Muhammad Azhar, N-19/Ayub

Ch. Safdar Tasneem - 2012

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Ch. Safdar Tasneem, kit no. N-19/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1973 in 11th class and left the college in 1975 after completing his Intermediate. He was an N-Cadet.

He was born at Sheikhupura on 2 May 1956, and was married to Mrs. Kishwar on 27 January 1984. They have 2 children - Aimen Javeria and Ahmad Ibrahim.

Safdar expired at Islamabad on 27 February 2013.

Soon after leaving Petaro, he joined the Pakistan Navy as a cadet. However, during his training period, he met with an accident which brought his naval career to an end.

He then joined UET Lahore and graduated as an Electrical Engineer (power) in 1982.

Soon thereafter, he joined WAPDA in Lahore and spent the next two decades in various departments. He was instrumental in the development and implementation of the one window operation for the DISCOs. Towards the end of his service, he served as the Personal Assistant to the Chairman WAPDA.

He left WAPDA in early 2003 and worked for a year or so briefly in the textile sector before deciding to set up his own business.

Thus, in 2004, he established AASK Textiles and AASK Traders & Contractors, exporting bed linen and trading in vegetable oil and sugar. The following year, i.e. in 2005, he established AASK Corporation as an engineering consulting company with expertise in electrical engineering. Within a few years, this became the flagship and one of the largest engineering consulting companies in Pakistan. It has provided services to DHA Islamabad and Centaurus, Islamabad for electrical consulting work among other projects.

In 2007, he established an NGO called AASK Welfare Fund, which was merged into Umme Kulsoom Taj Welfare Trust in 2008. He established the latter trust in memory of his mother who had expired that year. The trust supports around 20-30 widows and also provides short term financing on qarz e hasana basis to poor people who want to set up small businesses.

Safdar was at the prime of his life and seemingly in good health when he had a massive heart attack on 27 Februay 2013. He expired within minutes, even before he could be taken to the hospital.

May Allah grant him jannatul firdaus.