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Wednesday, June 22, 2022

On an ailing ex-President wishing to go back to his country

 On an ailing Ex-President

One can argue about the net national gain or loss incurred under General Musharraf’s nine years rule over Pakistan, but it will be hard to contest that the General was an excellent manager. Compared to others at the helm before or after him Musharraf did a good job in managing the bureaucratic affairs of the country. During his regime, competent people, based on merit alone, were appointed at key positions. Today, NADRA is the best run institution in the country and the credit for setting it up goes to Pervez Musharraf.  When in power, General Musharraf was always full of energy and showed great love for the country. It is a pity that Pakistan couldn’t use the vigor and devotion of the General after he was removed from the office.

In this difficult time of his ill health my best wishes are with General Pervez Musharraf, and I want to see him back in the country of his love.

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Remembering Asim Osmani (Asim Inam Osmani)

Between 1995 and 1997, I did some design work on construction projects being managed by Osmani & Company in Karachi.  Osmani & Company, a prominent consulting engineering firm was established in the 1960s by Inam Ahmed Osmani.  Osmani & Company mostly worked for the armed forces and especially on the Pakistan Navy projects. I got a seat at the table because I knew Atif Inam Osmani, Inam Ahmed Osmani’s son, from my Iowa State University days.  Inam Osmani’s other two sons, Asim and Arif Osmani also worked at the Osmani & Co.   I did not get to know Asim Osmani very well, but I had a few brief interactions with him when I designed storm water drain systems for the projects Osmani & Company handled.  Then there is a gap of twenty five years: from 1997 to 2022.  Today, while talking to my friend and an eminent consulting engineer in Pakistan, Shahid Zia, I found out Asim Inam Osmani recently passed away.  The news shocked me!  Inam Ahmed Osmani, the father, passed away on April 29, 2019, and just three years later, the oldest son is gone!

Asim Osmani went to Habib Public School in Karachi and completed his 12th grade from Abbottabad Public School.  At the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, he pursued Civil Engineering and graduated in 1987.  He earned a master’s degree from Cornell University in 1989.  After completing his studies at Cornell, he moved back to Pakistan and started working with his father.  According to the note below, Asim Inam Osmani died in Toronto, Canada on April 15, leaving behind his wife Anita Osmani and three children Ammar, Arisha, and Anaya Asim Osmani.


We share with deep sadness that


CEO of Osmani & Company (Pvt) Ltd. Consulting Engineers

has passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday 15th April 2022 at Toronto, Canada

May his soul rest in peace in Jannat. Ameen

For NAMAZ-E-JANAZA , details will be shared on arrival of his body from Canada

Mrs. Rafat Inam Osmani (Mother)
Mrs. Anita Asim Osmani
Ammar Asim Osmani
Arisha Asim Osmani
Anaya Asim Osmani
Atiya & Afzal Lodhi
Atif & Uzma Osmani
Arif & Sarah Osmani
All Family Members and
Management / Staff of Osmani Group

Tuesday, March 01, 2022

Why isn’t NATO fighting Russia?

 Why isn’t NATO fighting Russia?


What kind of nonsense goes on, on Public TV?  Why are the European countries (or NATO) not helping Ukraine fight Russia?  The answers are so convoluted, it is hard to understand why they are afraid of telling the truth.  Short answer: NATO does not want the conflict to turn into a nuclear war. In fact, NATO will not even publicly show its military support for the Ukrainian resistance. If Russia does not leave Ukraine, NATO would want Ukraine to become the kind of headache to Russia, what Afghanistan was to the USSR.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Which airlines are flying in and out of Afghanistan after the Taliban took over?

 Which airlines are flying in and out of Afghanistan after the Taliban take-over?

It looks like Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Pakistan International, and Air India have stopped their Afghanistan operations after the Taliban took control of the country.  Ariana, Afghanistan’s national airline, is still flying local and international destinations—an inferred conclusion since one can make such reservations through Ariana’s web site.

Wednesday, August 04, 2021

When the airlines found out crew members were having fun!



Sex not allowed in the Crew Rest Area

Boeing 777

No monkey business in the Crew Rest Area of the aircraft

Boeing, American Airlines, Delta, Emirates, British Airways,  Lufthansa, Air France, air travel

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Bury animal waste; ensure safety of flying aircrafts.

 Bury animal waste; ensure safety of flying aircrafts.


Discarded animal waste becomes food for eagles and other big birds.  These birds pose serious threat to the safety of flying airplanes.  After the Eid Ul Azha sacrifice please bury the biological waste in your garden/farm/large planters, and help save aircrafts from bird strikes.

Image: courtesy of https://www.menkoraviation.com/