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Salam dears

My interview was conducted on 19th Feb, 2013 in Peshawar. My turn was fifth. The first fellow who came out said, it was general and she was asked about energy crisis. It was all she could tell us. The guy before me told me that it was general and he was asked about the terrorism issue, FATA and the American troops withdrawal from Afghanistan. The came my turn


The Interview started and the Panelists received me with smiling faces. After sitting, it started:

Chairman: You are from FATA. Which agency?
Me: I am from FR Bannu
He: Wazir?
Me: Yes
He: which tribe, Ahmadzai?
Me: No, Utmanzai
He: Ok, so U have done your LLB and now you are teaching. U have also practiced at courts for some time, A Lawyer-turned-Lecturer.
Me: Well Sir, actually I practised only for a few months, just to get my bar enrollment and practicing lisence.
He: Ok, why? u didn't like lawyer profession or the black coat?
Me: No, actually my family is job-oriented, I mean government service. My father also suggested me to join service, so I quit. I practiced just to get lisence bcz it was a bit enthusiastic after fresh graduation, my friends were also doing the same and I was free during those months.
He: Ok. So now u are in Gomal University. When was it founded?
Me: In 1974.
He: And how many departments there?
Me: I dont know exactly but above 30, round about 34. Actually two new departments have been established last year and some are under the process, so dont know exactly.
He: Ok, so during this period, from 1974 till this date, which departments have got a better reputation.
Me: People say that Pharmacy of Gomal University is very good and also the Veternary Sciences College, thats also very famous.
He: Ok. You have mentioned in your hobbies that you like to listen to music. What kind of music do you like to listen?
Me: Well I used to listen to a variety of music. I listen to Arabic and english, semi-classical like ghazals and others
He: No, I mean you like classical or what type?
Me: That depends upon my mood. I used to listen to semi-classical, ghazals and some times I like to listen Rock bands.I mean I listen to the music which seems good to me at times
He: Thats strange, what music do u like? (smiling)
Me: Well Sir, music, poetry are things that you can not name the poet always for example, its a poem or verse that you like and then you wanna read it.
He: Ok, lemme ask then in what kinda mode do u like to listen which kinda music?
Me: When I am alone and wanna have some rest and peace, I would prefer a ghazal or a soft tune. I listen to rock music specially when I am driving bcz that keeps me active and enthusiastic.
He (lot of smiles): Well but be careful, while listen to fast music you might not hit your car.
Me: Yes sir, sure. I always be careful about that.
He: Ok, what is your opinion about the judiciary?
Me: Its good Sir. In my opinion, it is far better though I must say that on some points it do transcend its jurisdiction, its sphere but over all situation, its better.

THEN THE OTHER PANELIST (I think Mr. Nageeb) STARTED ASKING:

He: Ok Siraj Khan. Do you know about the nationalization during Bhutto's era. What were its causes and what was its result?
Me: Yes sir, Bhutto started to nationalize the institutions, I mean taking them under the state's control. It was because of the ideology of Peoples Party as it is still in their menifesto that Socialism is our economy. So that was a socialist move, because in socialism, institutions belong to state, the productive resources are owned by state. And its result, in the long run was not good.

He: How?
Me: Because when the state took control of the institutions, major industries, they came under the influence of the politicians, ministers. So that resulted in lot of political interfearence in them, so politics was involved. That also increased corruption. Lot of people were recruitted on political basis, infact over-recruitment was made and ten people were given job in an office where we needed a few. And ultimately, that resulted in over-burdenning the exchequer as state had to pay to them plus state had to put money inese institutions to run in case of crisis.

He: But I have these figures in front of me which show that it benefit the country. In the begining, they proved good?
Me: Well sir, I dont have any figures infront of me and I donnu any, but experience in the long run showed that it proved a bad decision and thats why we have to reverse that policy afterwards by privatizing them again, even in the govts of Peoples Party.
He: Ok, Leme ask something else, about the corporate sector. How can we stop them from eating out everything, like you know the corporate people, they are squeezing us and taking everything of us, their greed. How to control it?
Me: well sir, your question is based on the presumtion that all corporate people are bad. I wont agree with that, there could be good people as well. And how to control them, lemme think, I think the better way is to implement our laws in true spirit to protect others rights.
He: Ok, lemme put it in another way, how can we curb the corporate sector from this greed?
Me: Well sir, I dont have a much solid solution as we have also experienced the nationalization process, by taking it in state's control but that didn't work. So I would say that we should strengthen our laws and implement them fully and truly.
He (cutting me): Do u know? In Libya, Qadafi govt used to sell their oil for ..........billion dollars. And after his govt fell, it was discovered that the greater chunk went to their accounts and less was there for the people.
Me: Ok sir, i didnt know that but I think this example doesnt fit our situation bcz Libya was a socialist state under Qadafi. So the corporate sector wasn't like us in there, it was state-controlled of which you talked earlier in Bhutto's time. And Libya was a scoialist state, I agree that less civil and political rights were there, but they wrere providing lot of socio-economic rights to the people like medical care, free education.
He: Ok, but people dont need only food, there are other things important as well.. Ok lets move forward, Bhutt had a socialist ideolgy but from a land-lord background, likewise Imran Khan has a liberal background but his ideology is not, what do you think how this affects, our leaders like this.
Me: Well, I think that personal background is not that important if the person is committed truly to the ideology that he presents, and its ideology that matters.
He; But a leader should prove himself a role model for others.I am asking it philosophically.
Me; Well I dont think it is not necessary that a socialist should start living in a hut. As I said before its the ideology I think that matters, if it is good for the people and there is a true commitment to it. I do not believe in personalities, what I believe is the ideology on which a party is formed, personalities may have personal flaws but they ere not important to me. Personalities come and die but the idea lives for a longer period.
He: Ok, tell me then that which political leader do you like in ths history of Pakistan? A role model for you or that u really admire.
Me: Well frankly speaking sir, I was born during the martial law of ziaul-Haq, that was my childhood. Then I saw the two turns of peoples party and muslim league, the way they had enmity for each other which seems childish to me that they always thought of their own benefit to come into power. And then musharraf. But none of them could impress me.
He: Ok but don't we learn people from reading books? I mean in the past any leader?
Me: Thats right but in writings, there is always difference of opinion and you have to rely on one. I dont have any such leader who is an ideal for me. I would rather say that after Quaid-e Azam, we couldn;t produce a single leader of his calliber.
He: Ok, don't u think that some contribution they also made for example Nawaz Sharif. It is said that Muslim League govt contributed in building infra-structure, like the motor way, which is a huge contribution towards our infra-structure development.
Me: It would be, as I admire the motor way but besides that he has also committed lot of blunders as well which did not good to the country.
He: for example?
Me; For example, after the atomic blasts that we made, the govt freezed the foreign reserve accounts. He apealed the overseas Pakistanis first to send their money to Pakistan and when received here, he freezed their accounts and they couldn't take their own money back. And the govt offered dollars to then laterly for Rs. 45 though in open market, it was Rs 55 worth. So that was, lemme say, a very stupid move from him.
He (nodding head): Ok. You have done LLB, tell me about the doctrine of necessity. How it affected our country?
Me: The doctrine of necessity dodn't do any good. It was used to validate the dictators rule in our country, the military take overs were granted validation always under the plea of this doctrine, so I dont think it did some good.
He: But the supreme court had accepted it and validated?
Me; yes, thats true. The supreme court under the influence of thos dictators adopted it but that was wrong e.g when the first martial law was imposed by General Ayub, the supreme court in its judgment said that the whole modern constitutional jurisprudence revolved around this doctrine which was false (I wanted to add but then the other panelist started).

THE THIRD PENELIST (I THINK MR. MANSOOR SOHAIL)

He: So siraj khan, you have mentioned a book here "A History of God" by Karen Armstrong. who is this author?
Me: Sir Karen Armstrong is a british scholar. She became a nun during her adolesence and remained there for seven years. Then she left the nun-ship (the panelist said, the monastry), yes the monastry and applied for a scholarship to the Oxford University. After getting the scholarship, she graduated and completed her Ph.D thesis over there. She writes on comparative religions.
He: Ok, so what is in this book?
Me: That is clear from its name "A History of God". In it she had written about the concept of God during different periods of history of mankind. She focused on the three major religions which claim to be divine ones: Islam, Judaism and Christianity. The concept of God in them, how it evolved and how it affected the lives of their followers. Like the concept changes according to needs of the people for example. God is away from our sight and senses so we conceive Him according to our needs and wishes. An area where rain-fall is scarce, raining would be considered as one of major attributes of God that He brings rain but areas where rain-fall is abundant, people won't ask God anymore to cause rainfall and it would become a usual phenomenon. They would consider God as the giver of some other needs and wishes for which they turn to Him and ask Him to fulsill them.
He: Ok, which one is your favorite chapter in it? I mean its a good book, I have read it twice though I do not agree at different points. Which chapter do you like the most in it?
Me; I like the chapter about Islam.
He: About Islam, Ok. what is your concept of God?
Me: You mean my personal concept of God?
He: No, I mean what does Quran says about God. I am a muslim, I mean you and we all are muslims so I didnt mean any such thing, so the Quranic concept of God.
Me; Well, according to the Quran, God is the creator of the Universe and He has created it to test us, the human beings according to His plan. And God is One, He is Unique, there is nothing like Him. No eyes can see Him ever and...
He: God do not transform, that is also very important, U know transformation of God? into a human or some other thing like fire.
Me: Yes, thats important. In Islam, there is no concept of tranformation of God into any other form, He is unique and His Ownself.
He; Ok, do you know about peganism? Do they believe in God?
Me: Yes, I know. The pegans do not believe in God, they worship manythings for example starts, planets and...
He: You mean they worship multiple gods?
Me: Yes they do.

The chairman said Ok thank U Siraj Khan. Have a nice day.
Me: Thank you sir as well.


So that was my whole interview, almost word by word whatever had been asked and how did I reply. I do not know whether it was good or not, as it was very general and a sort of debate or discussion. But I replied with full honesty whatever I believed in and I was confident, fluent, polite and humble in the discussion.
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