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Finally, it came on 2 May 2013 at Lahore.

I was 8th that day. Interview time: 25 min approx

Chairman (with a nice smile and a warm greeting)

Q. So Amin, you are working. Where?
Ans: Currently in SNGPL. In the Admin Department, since April 2012

Q. What are they doing with employee data?
Ans: Sir, they aim to bring the ratio of Executives vs Subordinates to a lower value

Q. Wont that reduce the power of executives?
Ans: Sir, I believe that would improve the monitoring and controlling process and would enhance the efficiency of the business

Q. Well, I meant to ask that how do they enter the data of employee? (with a smile)
Ans: (With a light smile) Sir, they enter it in a software operated on Oracle.

Q. Whats the technical name?
Ans: Sir, its HRIS but since I am not in HR department, I do not know the exact name.

Q. Isn't HR or Admin the same?
Ans: No sir, in my organization, they are different. HR deals with Recruitment, Selection and Placement along with Policy Making while Admin deals with Services and Policy Implementation falling in its purview.

Q. Do they operate on ERP?
Ans: Sir, 2 departments do, others don't. You can say, it has a partial or a specific usage

Q. 2 out of your 3 personalities are Cricketers. You have mentioned Imran Khan as well. Which part of his life you admire the most; Cricketer, Philanthropist or Politician?
Ans: Sir, I am a Cricket Lover myself and played for various clubs. I admire these Cricketers for various skills which I have inculcated and they have added value in me.

As for Imran Khan, I admire him as in overall human. He contributed in the field of health and education; the two basic necessities of any country....

Q. (Smiling) One specific field?
Ans: Sir, for me, definitely Cricket. Because as a politician, he is not in power so I cannot comment on it.

Q. Why Cricket?
Ans: Because he was 40+ when he reorganized a new, inexperienced but talented set of individuals into a team who eventually achieved glory for Pakistan in the field of Cricket and took us to the top. He excelled in his main field and led from the front.

Thank you (again a smile)


Mr. Mansoor Sohail

Q. Gentleman, Pakistan is being depicted as a failed state and has a certain set of positives and negatives. Energy Crisis, Economic meltdown, Poor security, Talibanization etc. How do you see it.
Ans: Sir, no doubt whatever the crisis you have said are true. But there are certain positives as well. Such as strong army, major population in youth, good initiatives taken by the government...

Q. Just having the youth gives you an edge??
Ans: Having youth alone does not gives much edge but your population comprising youth definitely gives you an edge. Because youth are the people who learn from the experiences from the seniors, identify the rooms for improvement, make those improvement and set the role model for generations to come. They are energetic and mature to run the affairs of the country while up-keeping the valuable experiences from the seniors.

Q. Don't you think Nuclear Arsenal is something of advantage to Pakistan, especially with respect to India? You did not mention it.
Ans: Sir, it surely is. But we are on peace with India due to threat of war. We need to resort to trade relations so as to ensure this peace on permanent terms. And sir, I was coming to this points.

Q. Gentleman, you have highlighted the negatives only. The positives you are saying are big IFs. Why are these negatives prevailing. Any reasons and tell me any real positives which are already there.
Ans: The negatives are primarily because each stakeholder of Pakistan has played its partial role.....

Q. By partial you mean biased
Ans: No sir, I mean incomplete. They have done almost 60% of their role at an average. 40% is yet to be done. Once every stakeholder does that, these problems will definitely be subsided.

To support the above I can say that government initiated the policy for compulsory education of each child till primary but people, specially in rural areas are not sending their kids. So the problems lies with people who are not playing their true role.

As for positives, Land Records are being computerized which will gradually eliminate any loopholes currently present.

Q. That's why our Tax to GDP ratio is 9%
Ans: Sir, It has to take time. A positive step has been taken and we need to give it time to reap its benefits.

Q. Any other positives.
Ans: Sir, in a nutshell, I can say them as follows: Energetic youth, Talented people, Abundant natural resources, Recent progress of democracy, Geo political and Geo strategic location and Strong Army.

Q. I think your positives are hypothetical and based upon assumptions.
Ans: I believe these are practical decisions that are meant to be taken in order to sort out these negatives. For every decision, we need to conduct an analysis which is based upon assumptions. A very common is SWOT analysis. We need to capitalize our strengths, minimize our weaknesses, exploit the opportunities and counter the threats. The most important part, in my view, is to take calculated decisions in time.

Q. Whether they are right or wrong (and 3 panelists gave a smile)
Ans: (With a reasonable smile). With in depth analysis, it is quite improbable that a decision is going to backfire. But if we do not take a decision at the right time, it will definitely backfire (and I smiled again). If it is right, it will reap benefits. Even if a decision is wrong, it will give us valuable experience. And we can utilize this experience in future decisions. But we can get these benefits or experiences only if we take any decision.

Over to Mr. Najibullah Malik

Q. What are the potential benefits of Geo Strategic location of Pakistan and how can we capitalize on it after 2014 when US leaves Afghanistan
Ans: In my personal opinion, we can capitalize on it by strengthening our ties within the region. We can establish trade with India in the field of Clothes, Agriculture and IT. With Afghanistan, Projects like Trans Afghan pipeline and other fields of energy can help a great deal. We can also offer cooperation in the field of education. With China, the handing over of Gwadar port is already a positive step. So we can establish various business and social relations within the region so that we can not strengthen ourselves as a country but consolidate ourselves as a region.

Q. How can we establish good relations with India?
Ans: Sir, we should propagate what is common between us rather then what is uncommon. Secondly, we should eliminate the communication gap between us as communication gap deteriorates relations at any level; be it personal up till state.

Q. Such as?
Ans: Such as our common social norms, moral values and traditions.

Q. And what uncommon we should not propagate? Any example?
Ans: We should stop differentiating ourselves on the basis of Religion, caste, and personal alliances with other countries and work together for our own as well as regional interest.

Q. Is this War on Terror a war of US or war of Pakistan?
Ans: Sir, it was War of US which has now become a War of Pakistan.

Q. But we have suffered a colossal loss. How can we get out of it?
Ans: We have indeed. 380 bombings, $ 70 billion loss, almost 7000 armed personnel, approx 36000 civilians. But we need to sort this out. We can have a dialogue with those who want peace but those who do not surrender, we are left with no option. We can also register a protest to stop drone attacks. Because the killings in drones, the militancy, and bombings are interlinked and form a vicious circle. But in any of these instances, Pakistan is at loss.

Q. Was going into this war a right decision or wrong one?
Ans: (Smiling) Sir, it was not between right or wrong. It was to chose between the devil and the deep sea. Had we not supported the US, then as said by the US, we could have been bombed to stone ages and situation would have been even worse than what it is now.

Mr. Ghalib ud din

Q. Amin, how do you evaluate the role of Military intervention in politics?
Ans: Sir, interference of any institution in the working of another is neither appreciated nor beneficial and Military is no exception. It lead to the derailment of democracy, staffing of Military officers in various departments which eventually resulted in favourtism and professional tussle.

Q. How do you see the progress of NAB over the past few years?
Ans: They have done well but as I said earlier, there is still a room for improvement.

Q. How do you compare between NAB & FIA?
Ans: I have an idea of NAB but I am not so familiar with FIA but what I have heard from my peers about it, I believe that comparatively, NAB works at a faster pace and is more efficient than FIA. However, that does not implies that FIA is inefficient.

Q. What do you infer from General Kayani's recent statement?
Ans: I infer 2 points from it. First, we need to realize that this war is our baby and we need to manage it. Moreover, we need to take decisions regarding this issue. We cannot close our eyes like a pigeon otherwise the cat can take us away just like that..

Q. Why did you leave banking despite the fact the you were Assistant Vice President at a much reasonable pay?
Ans: Actually, I appeared in CSS 2012 and wanted to have exposure to Public Sector working before I actually land up in CSS.

Q. So you were confident that you will clear CSS? (smiling)
Ans: Sir, I gave my best within the limited time I had and have left the rest to Allah Almighty along with the prayers of my family, friends and peers.

Q. So what are your feelings now after being into Public Sector?
Ans: I am very much contented with it and am confident that I can pursue CSS as a career. I have been exposed to an environment similar to Secretariat while being in HQ. I learned corporate environment in banking. The learning of field is something that I still have to learn and I do long for diverse set roles and responsibilities. (my top priority is DMG)

Q. Means you are fond of job rotation?
Ans: Yes sir, it adds magnanimous diverse set of skills to one's personality and gives one an unparalleled exposure during his life.

Q. Has this job of SNGPL added something to your CV?
Ans: Definitely sir. It was incorporated a number of professional as well as behavioural skills in me.

Madam Batool

Q. What do you know about Syria?
Ans: In short, the People want their president to step down, but he is adamant to stay and rather resorting to use of force. Almost 100,000 people have died.

Q. 70,000 or maybe it has increased as I know this figure in February?
Ans: Mam, I read it from web on 1st May so I am quoting it from there.

Q. Any other such country having or which had such situation?
Ans: The entire Arab Spring is a chain of it.

Q. But the intensity of Arab Spring has died. Why is it so? Why is Syria an exception
Ans: Because in few countries, the demands were accepted while in other, adequate compensation was given. In Syria, no consensus is reached so far.

Q. What do you say about the way adopted by President of Syria? Has such thing happened in Pakistan?
Ans: I personally think that it is not the right way. And I don't think this has happened in Pakistan. The examples of Musharraf and Ayub clearly negate it.

Q. Then what should be done in Syria?
Ans: I believe the solution is simple. The President should step down because the will of the people is against him. He is there to represent the state and people constitute the state.

Q. Is there any similarity between Syrian and Pakistani crisis?
Ans: I don't think so. In Syria, people are tired of tyrannical rule, unemployment, and frustration. In Pakistan, it is due to partial role played by each and every segment of the society which has led to this scenario.

Q. But Syria and Pakistan are quite similar aren't they? Bomb blasts are common there and daily phenomenon here too...
Ans: Mam, I believe mere bomb blasts are not the only criteria to identify similarity between Syria and Pakistan. Syria are a homogeneous nation while we are heterogeneous. The blasts occurring there are due to internal uprising while in our case, it is because of War Against Terror. They are confronted with tyrannical rule while we have democracy which in my personal, is the best way to govern so I believe....

Q. Ok. I got your point. GCC countries are high in economy and depict a quite positive of themselves. But in many countries kingship prevails. So can we say democracy is a failure?
Ans. I believe no system of governance is bad. There are few Key Performance Indicators to efficiently and effectively run a country. Welfare of people, Strong Economy, Strong Defense, Positive Image in the world, Strong Regional ties, Good Governance, Political or Administrative Stability and Optimum Exploitation of Resources. If any system of administration succeeds in achieving these indicators, the country will be progressive and vice versa. However, I personally believe that if these principles are followed through democracy, that would be an ideal situation.

Q. How can you say democracy is successful. Has it reaped any benefits in Pakistan? Any other example?
Ans: Well, democracy has been frequently derailed here due to constant military interventions. It has been only the first time where a democratic government has completed its tenure. So we need to give it some time. In this way, we will identify the opportunities as well as weaknesses. We can optimize the opportunities and minimize the weaknesses.

As for example of successful democracy, India is a reasonable example. We got independent on the same date but they have become the 4th largest economy of the world. This is due to democratic system prevalent over there. Even they have problems but due to political stability, they have managed to sort them out.

Likewise, if we allow this democracy some time, we can prosper in a similar way.

Ok Amin. Thank you

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Assalam o Alaikum everyone.

I had my interview on 25th of April, 2013. I was the third one to face the panel that day.

Upon entering the room, Mr. Chairman greeted me and offered to sit down.

Q. Seemab! Youíre a lawyer.
A. Yes, Sir.

Q. But you donít practice?
A. No, Sir I donít.

Q. What was your previous job?
A. Sir it was an internet based job where I had to write articles and product reviews of smartphones, laptops, cameras, automobiles etc.

Q. This job was not related to your qualification.
A. No, Sir. I opted it because I, alhumdulillah am good at writing. Also I have great interest in modern day gadgets.

Q. You are unemployed now?
A. Yes, Sir.

Q. Why did you leave your job?
A. Sir, I left my job when I was expecting my baby. Now that heís about to turn two inshaAllah, Iím ready to work again. (Heís turned 2 today alhumdulillah )

Q. Okay Seemab so tell me how good are you at law?
A. Sir I was pretty good at it back in university. I shall try and answer your questions.

Q. Letís leave law. You had Islamic History as an optional subject. Tell me when did Sufism begin in Islam.
A. Its History goes back many centuries, though I do not remember which century exactly. Because during Abbasid era many mystical and philosophical thoughts spread in masses, I have reason to believe that beginning of Sufism in Islam has something to do with Abbasid time period. I recall Mansoor Hallaj being one of the earliest.

Q. What about Bukhara etc? There were even institutions of Sufism.
A. Sorry Sir as I have no idea about that.

Q. What contributions to Islam are on part of Ottoman and Fatimid Caliphate of Cairo?
A. Sir out of these two, Fatimid Sultanate has not been accepted as Caliphate especially by Allama Jalaluddin Suyuti as written in his Tareekh-ul-khulafa. Anyhow, the Fatimids added to the architectural as well as literary and intellectual heritage of Muslims. Jamia Al-Azhar was built in their time. On the other hand, Ottomans were very much prone towards extending their boundaries and conquered much area in all directions.

Q. Anything else about the Ottomans?
A. Sir they were the symbol of unity of Muslim Ummah, with their fall this unity was also lost. That dynasty kept the muslims together tightly.

Sir Ghalib.
Q. A long question about constitutional amendments and the reason.
A. Sir, from the very beginning, Pakistan faced internal conflicts on matters like national language, form of government, nature of constitution etc. Military coups worsened the political instability.

Q. What about constitutional amendments in 1973 constitution? Why did we have frequent amendments?
A. Sir, Iím coming right to that point. Military dictators as well as Democratic governments both worked hard for their personal gains and left collective benefits far behind. Every government was keen on moulding the constitution according to their will and wish, and beliefs. Islamists Islamized the whole constitution when they came in power and every other government handled the document pretty much in the same way. I feel that everyone just wants it their own way!

Q. Asked about some amendments.
A. Sir, Iím sorry that I do not remember these, though I know well about the recent ones.

Q. Again a long question regarding Judicial Activism in Pakistan.
A. There are two opinions about the role judiciary has been playing recently.

Q. What is your opinion?
A. Sir I feel that the institutions must keep working smoothly, without interference. Clash of institutions must be avoided at any cost. However, we cannot deny that there come tough times where someone has to take initiative and this is what our judiciary has been doing these days. To make a point, sometimes judiciary needs to set some precedents to avoid future mishandling of justice.

Q. How can judiciary set up Presidents?
A. Sorry Sir I couldnít understand your question.

Q. Oh did you say PRECEDENTS?
A. Yes, Sir. I said that precedents must be set in tough times.

Maím Batool.
Q. Tell me what is good governance?
A. Maím this concept has many aspects e.g. policy making, working of institutions, democracy, economy, welfare of people, crime rate, and development. All these aspects combine to make possible the evaluation of governance as good or bad.

Q. Which countries have good governance?
A. The Scandinavian nations are on top in every index that describe healthy situation of a nation in any way. Their people are satisfied, their economies are flourishing, their democracy indices are great, and those states are being run immaculately.

Q. Arenít you confusing concept of good governance with that of Welfare state?
A. No, Maím Iím not. I realize the difference between two. Contentment and welfare of people is the base of Welfare states whereas it is only one of many indicators of Good governance.

Q. Is there good governance in USA?
A. If I were to give these ranks Maím, I would have ranked the USA lowest when it comes to Good governance.

Q. (Surprised) Why do you say this?
A. Maím their economy is facing the worst crunch, people are unemployed and vast number of population is poor. Their health policies are not people-friendly. They have huge crime rate and people are not contented. This is why we see movements like Occupy Wall Street.

Q. Then how come is USA superpower?
A. They have the financial and logistic support of the Elite. Those handful of families who practically own the world have offered every kind of support to the United States, but I feel USA is not going to enjoy its status as the superpower for long.

Q. How is it possible?
A. Maím their economy is in a bad condition. USA is in huge debt. Also, there are few secession and freedom movements going on in some States of the US. This shows the discontentment and dissatisfaction of masses with the government.

Q. Freedom movements? I have never heard of those. Can you name those states?
A. Iím sorry Maím that I am unable to recall those name right now. (I always forget the details at such moments  )

Q. This is very strange, I have never heard this before. Are you sure you are talking about the United States of America?
A. Yes, Maím Iím very much sure about this. I have been reading about this, but unfortunately I have forgotten the names of those states now.
(Maím kept on saying that it was very strange and new to her ears. And I was surprised that Maím had never heard that. Two of those states are Texas and Alaska.)

Another member intervened and said: ďLet us forget about USA and come to your optionals."
Q. Have you prepared sufi poets?
A. Yes, Sir.

Q. Whoís your favourite?
A. Sir, my favourite is Shah Hussain. I admire his simple language which is comparatively easy to understand.

Q. Okay, is Heer Waris Shah a romantic piece of literature or is there a mystic side to it?
A. Sir, I feel that Heer encompasses almost every sphere of life in its verses. It surely has a mystic side to it. Waris Shah has even incorporated Quranic verses in Heer.

Q. Can you give me n example? (He insisted upon listening to some examples)
A. Sir Iím sorry to tell you that I cannot easily remember poetic verses.

Q. Okay. Do you think it is a mythical story or it is based on reality?
A. The lady called Heer whoís buried in Jhang had a very different kind of reputation. In my opinion, Heer Waris Shah is fiction.

Q. What kind of reputation does that lady have?
A. Sir, sheís known to be a very pious woman.

Q. Do you want to say that a pious woman cannot fall in love?
A. No Sir, Iím not saying so. All Iím saying is that nothing like the events of the daastan is related to that woman. She is famous for different reasons and not because of the events stated in Heer.

Q. Alright. Do you remember theories of communication?
A. No, Sir I donít remember those.

Q. What is the difference between a short story and a news story?
A. Sir a news story is a written account of any happening or event based on reality, whereas short story is based on imagination and is a genre of literature. It is called Afsana in Urdu.

Q. What is an Intro?
A. It is the most significant part of the news story and tells us about whatís inside. It is the opening paragraph of the same.

Then Mr. Chairman wished me good day.
Hoping for the best, though I was thoroughly disappointed for a lot of questions from the optional (which I couldnít revise due to immense scarcity of time I had to prepare) and practically no question from the current issues.

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Finally, it came on 2 May 2013 at Lahore.

I was 8th that day. Interview time: 25 min approx

Chairman (with a nice smile and a warm greeting)

Q. So Amin, you are working. Where?
Ans: Currently in SNGPL. In the Admin Department, since April 2012

Q. What are they doing with employee data?
Ans: Sir, they aim to bring the ratio of Executives vs Subordinates to a lower value

Q. Wont that reduce the power of executives?
Ans: Sir, I believe that would improve the monitoring and controlling process and would enhance the efficiency of the business

Q. Well, I meant to ask that how do they enter the data of employee? (with a smile)
Ans: (With a light smile) Sir, they enter it in a software operated on Oracle.

Q. Whats the technical name?
Ans: Sir, its HRIS but since I am not in HR department, I do not know the exact name.

Q. Isn't HR or Admin the same?
Ans: No sir, in my organization, they are different. HR deals with Recruitment, Selection and Placement along with Policy Making while Admin deals with Services and Policy Implementation falling in its purview.

Q. Do they operate on ERP?
Ans: Sir, 2 departments do, others don't. You can say, it has a partial or a specific usage

Q. 2 out of your 3 personalities are Cricketers. You have mentioned Imran Khan as well. Which part of his life you admire the most; Cricketer, Philanthropist or Politician?
Ans: Sir, I am a Cricket Lover myself and played for various clubs. I admire these Cricketers for various skills which I have inculcated and they have added value in me.

As for Imran Khan, I admire him as in overall human. He contributed in the field of health and education; the two basic necessities of any country....

Q. (Smiling) One specific field?
Ans: Sir, for me, definitely Cricket. Because as a politician, he is not in power so I cannot comment on it.

Q. Why Cricket?
Ans: Because he was 40+ when he reorganized a new, inexperienced but talented set of individuals into a team who eventually achieved glory for Pakistan in the field of Cricket and took us to the top. He excelled in his main field and led from the front.

Thank you (again a smile)


Mr. Mansoor Sohail

Q. Gentleman, Pakistan is being depicted as a failed state and has a certain set of positives and negatives. Energy Crisis, Economic meltdown, Poor security, Talibanization etc. How do you see it.
Ans: Sir, no doubt whatever the crisis you have said are true. But there are certain positives as well. Such as strong army, major population in youth, good initiatives taken by the government...

Q. Just having the youth gives you an edge??
Ans: Having youth alone does not gives much edge but your population comprising youth definitely gives you an edge. Because youth are the people who learn from the experiences from the seniors, identify the rooms for improvement, make those improvement and set the role model for generations to come. They are energetic and mature to run the affairs of the country while up-keeping the valuable experiences from the seniors.

Q. Don't you think Nuclear Arsenal is something of advantage to Pakistan, especially with respect to India? You did not mention it.
Ans: Sir, it surely is. But we are on peace with India due to threat of war. We need to resort to trade relations so as to ensure this peace on permanent terms. And sir, I was coming to this points.

Q. Gentleman, you have highlighted the negatives only. The positives you are saying are big IFs. Why are these negatives prevailing. Any reasons and tell me any real positives which are already there.
Ans: The negatives are primarily because each stakeholder of Pakistan has played its partial role.....

Q. By partial you mean biased
Ans: No sir, I mean incomplete. They have done almost 60% of their role at an average. 40% is yet to be done. Once every stakeholder does that, these problems will definitely be subsided.

To support the above I can say that government initiated the policy for compulsory education of each child till primary but people, specially in rural areas are not sending their kids. So the problems lies with people who are not playing their true role.

As for positives, Land Records are being computerized which will gradually eliminate any loopholes currently present.

Q. That's why our Tax to GDP ratio is 9%
Ans: Sir, It has to take time. A positive step has been taken and we need to give it time to reap its benefits.

Q. Any other positives.
Ans: Sir, in a nutshell, I can say them as follows: Energetic youth, Talented people, Abundant natural resources, Recent progress of democracy, Geo political and Geo strategic location and Strong Army.

Q. I think your positives are hypothetical and based upon assumptions.
Ans: I believe these are practical decisions that are meant to be taken in order to sort out these negatives. For every decision, we need to conduct an analysis which is based upon assumptions. A very common is SWOT analysis. We need to capitalize our strengths, minimize our weaknesses, exploit the opportunities and counter the threats. The most important part, in my view, is to take calculated decisions in time.

Q. Whether they are right or wrong (and 3 panelists gave a smile)
Ans: (With a reasonable smile). With in depth analysis, it is quite improbable that a decision is going to backfire. But if we do not take a decision at the right time, it will definitely backfire (and I smiled again). If it is right, it will reap benefits. Even if a decision is wrong, it will give us valuable experience. And we can utilize this experience in future decisions. But we can get these benefits or experiences only if we take any decision.

Over to Mr. Najibullah Malik

Q. What are the potential benefits of Geo Strategic location of Pakistan and how can we capitalize on it after 2014 when US leaves Afghanistan
Ans: In my personal opinion, we can capitalize on it by strengthening our ties within the region. We can establish trade with India in the field of Clothes, Agriculture and IT. With Afghanistan, Projects like Trans Afghan pipeline and other fields of energy can help a great deal. We can also offer cooperation in the field of education. With China, the handing over of Gwadar port is already a positive step. So we can establish various business and social relations within the region so that we can not strengthen ourselves as a country but consolidate ourselves as a region.

Q. How can we establish good relations with India?
Ans: Sir, we should propagate what is common between us rather then what is uncommon. Secondly, we should eliminate the communication gap between us as communication gap deteriorates relations at any level; be it personal up till state.

Q. Such as?
Ans: Such as our common social norms, moral values and traditions.

Q. And what uncommon we should not propagate? Any example?
Ans: We should stop differentiating ourselves on the basis of Religion, caste, and personal alliances with other countries and work together for our own as well as regional interest.

Q. Is this War on Terror a war of US or war of Pakistan?
Ans: Sir, it was War of US which has now become a War of Pakistan.

Q. But we have suffered a colossal loss. How can we get out of it?
Ans: We have indeed. 380 bombings, $ 70 billion loss, almost 7000 armed personnel, approx 36000 civilians. But we need to sort this out. We can have a dialogue with those who want peace but those who do not surrender, we are left with no option. We can also register a protest to stop drone attacks. Because the killings in drones, the militancy, and bombings are interlinked and form a vicious circle. But in any of these instances, Pakistan is at loss.

Q. Was going into this war a right decision or wrong one?
Ans: (Smiling) Sir, it was not between right or wrong. It was to chose between the devil and the deep sea. Had we not supported the US, then as said by the US, we could have been bombed to stone ages and situation would have been even worse than what it is now.

Mr. Ghalib ud din

Q. Amin, how do you evaluate the role of Military intervention in politics?
Ans: Sir, interference of any institution in the working of another is neither appreciated nor beneficial and Military is no exception. It lead to the derailment of democracy, staffing of Military officers in various departments which eventually resulted in favourtism and professional tussle.

Q. How do you see the progress of NAB over the past few years?
Ans: They have done well but as I said earlier, there is still a room for improvement.

Q. How do you compare between NAB & FIA?
Ans: I have an idea of NAB but I am not so familiar with FIA but what I have heard from my peers about it, I believe that comparatively, NAB works at a faster pace and is more efficient than FIA. However, that does not implies that FIA is inefficient.

Q. What do you infer from General Kayani's recent statement?
Ans: I infer 2 points from it. First, we need to realize that this war is our baby and we need to manage it. Moreover, we need to take decisions regarding this issue. We cannot close our eyes like a pigeon otherwise the cat can take us away just like that..

Q. Why did you leave banking despite the fact the you were Assistant Vice President at a much reasonable pay?
Ans: Actually, I appeared in CSS 2012 and wanted to have exposure to Public Sector working before I actually land up in CSS.

Q. So you were confident that you will clear CSS? (smiling)
Ans: Sir, I gave my best within the limited time I had and have left the rest to Allah Almighty along with the prayers of my family, friends and peers.

Q. So what are your feelings now after being into Public Sector?
Ans: I am very much contented with it and am confident that I can pursue CSS as a career. I have been exposed to an environment similar to Secretariat while being in HQ. I learned corporate environment in banking. The learning of field is something that I still have to learn and I do long for diverse set roles and responsibilities. (my top priority is DMG)

Q. Means you are fond of job rotation?
Ans: Yes sir, it adds magnanimous diverse set of skills to one's personality and gives one an unparalleled exposure during his life.

Q. Has this job of SNGPL added something to your CV?
Ans: Definitely sir. It was incorporated a number of professional as well as behavioural skills in me.

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Q. What do you know about Syria?
Ans: In short, the People want their president to step down, but he is adamant to stay and rather resorting to use of force. Almost 100,000 people have died.

Q. 70,000 or maybe it has increased as I know this figure in February?
Ans: Mam, I read it from web on 1st May so I am quoting it from there.

Q. Any other such country having or which had such situation?
Ans: The entire Arab Spring is a chain of it.

Q. But the intensity of Arab Spring has died. Why is it so? Why is Syria an exception
Ans: Because in few countries, the demands were accepted while in other, adequate compensation was given. In Syria, no consensus is reached so far.

Q. What do you say about the way adopted by President of Syria? Has such thing happened in Pakistan?
Ans: I personally think that it is not the right way. And I don't think this has happened in Pakistan. The examples of Musharraf and Ayub clearly negate it.

Q. Then what should be done in Syria?
Ans: I believe the solution is simple. The President should step down because the will of the people is against him. He is there to represent the state and people constitute the state.

Q. Is there any similarity between Syrian and Pakistani crisis?
Ans: I don't think so. In Syria, people are tired of tyrannical rule, unemployment, and frustration. In Pakistan, it is due to partial role played by each and every segment of the society which has led to this scenario.

Q. But Syria and Pakistan are quite similar aren't they? Bomb blasts are common there and daily phenomenon here too...
Ans: Mam, I believe mere bomb blasts are not the only criteria to identify similarity between Syria and Pakistan. Syria are a homogeneous nation while we are heterogeneous. The blasts occurring there are due to internal uprising while in our case, it is because of War Against Terror. They are confronted with tyrannical rule while we have democracy which in my personal, is the best way to govern so I believe....

Q. Ok. I got your point. GCC countries are high in economy and depict a quite positive of themselves. But in many countries kingship prevails. So can we say democracy is a failure?
Ans. I believe no system of governance is bad. There are few Key Performance Indicators to efficiently and effectively run a country. Welfare of people, Strong Economy, Strong Defense, Positive Image in the world, Strong Regional ties, Good Governance, Political or Administrative Stability and Optimum Exploitation of Resources. If any system of administration succeeds in achieving these indicators, the country will be progressive and vice versa. However, I personally believe that if these principles are followed through democracy, that would be an ideal situation.

Q. How can you say democracy is successful. Has it reaped any benefits in Pakistan? Any other example?
Ans: Well, democracy has been frequently derailed here due to constant military interventions. It has been only the first time where a democratic government has completed its tenure. So we need to give it some time. In this way, we will identify the opportunities as well as weaknesses. We can optimize the opportunities and minimize the weaknesses.

As for example of successful democracy, India is a reasonable example. We got independent on the same date but they have become the 4th largest economy of the world. This is due to democratic system prevalent over there. Even they have problems but due to political stability, they have managed to sort them out.

Likewise, if we allow this democracy some time, we can prosper in a similar way.

Ok Amin. Thank you

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Well I was the 2nd last to enter. My interview lasted 30 minutes exactly and the surprising thing was that His highness Sir Raja Nagib ullah Malik did not accord me with his honourable presence which I don't know, whether it is fortunate or unfortunate. Anyways I entered the room and Sir Asif Hayat greeted me with a big smile, and the man has SOME personality.

Chairman? So you work at?

Me: Sir at XYZ protocol stack developing company which is a subsidiary of ABC company located in Switzerland. We develop protocol stack for 4G LTE

Chairman: But we do not have 3G in Pakistan, so what do you guys do with 4G?

Me: Sir we develop the stack for our parent company and they then have a clientale in Europe where they deploy it.

Chairman: So tell me what do you think why do we not have 3G even?

Me: Sir two entities are responsible. First of all inefficiencies of PTA and secondly a negative approach of opposition party. PTA developed a policy which was approved by the government and then went for auction but opposition parties opposed it saying that 1st consultants should be hired for the consultation purpose who would devise a plan for auction. So process was scrapped and next time advertisement for consultant was given but no consultant approached the government.

Chairman: Why so?

Me: (Stupid answer) Sir there are opposition parties behind the saga as they do not want the current government to take the credit for introducing 3G in Pakistan. Nor do they want government to avail the amount the auction of 3G will produce.

Chairman: Should not we be going to 4G directly as 3G is outdated?

Me: Sir the telecommunication companies have already upgraded their equipment in conformance with 3G services and huge amount has been spend in this regard. Now scrapping this and installing 4G equipment will be a loss no major vendor will like to bear. We have already got the equipment in place, we need to go for 3G.

Chairman: But 4G is more advanced. Why should we stick with 3G?

Me: Sir, as I said the equipment is in place already and secondly the telecommunication gadgets and devices we have in Pakistan, they are more compatible to features of 3G than 4G. Why should we be going for 4G when our gadgets do not have the compatibility (That was a big bluff I played hoping he would not call it. May he did call it without letting me know ). For 4G we will have to import 4G compatible devices which will again be a huge undertaking at mass level

Chairman: But look, 3G is outdated. People do not care what government can or can not offer. I mean 4G has a lot more features which 3G does not offer. Why should we adopt 3G when 4G is available? (At this point I was wondering what he is upto. Just bludgeoning me again and again with the same question)

Me: Sir the services which are provided by 3G are quite advanced as well, though outdated in the world, they can still make bring a major shift in Pakistan's telecom industry. We have a youth bulge which has access to internet and 3G's higher bandwidths will actually help them be more knowledgeable and gain education through it (That was stupid I know).

Chairman: But 4G has more potential

Me (I was like, sir I 'm done with you) : Sir by using 3G and then 4G in in incremental steps rather than making a huge leap, we can also secure auction money offered by both.

Chairman: No no it won;t yield that much of an amount. Thank you.


Mansoor Sohail: So, do you read newspaper?

Me: Yes sir I do.

MS: What is today's headline?

Me: Sir, I have not been through today's paper.

MS: But you said you read paper.

Me: Yes sir but I couldn't today as I was going through other stuff

MS: What were you doing sitting in the other room for 6 hours?

Me: Sir I was going through other material.

MS: Ok. So tell me some negatives of PPP's federal and PML-N's provincial development projects.

Me: Sir as of PML-N, I am a critic of his MBS which is more suited to developed countries (All hail Asad Umer for bashing he gave to Salman Shahbaz in Kamran Khan show) He developed MBS at the expanse of education and health sector which demanded most attention. His Danish schools' initiative is merely cosmetic. Had the same money been spent on government schools already in place, we would have had a higher enrolment rate. As of PPP, it has demonstrated worst economic management in the history of Pakistan.

MS: We are talking about development projects.

Me: Yes sir, as of PPP government in center (I was looking at Jyala-cum-Chairman saab through the corner of my eyes, hoping a stern face, but he was busy reciting something with his eyes closed) , I would appreciate BISP which has disbursed more than 120 Billion Rs to the needy. But I can't think of any other PPP projects with negative performance (Don't know what on earth I was thinking )

MS: You have forgot to mention PML's failure to install small hydropower projects.

Me: Yes sir we could have developed run on the river systems.

MS: And let me correct you here, Federal Govt has a huge PSDP (Public Damn-it Sector Development Project) and PPP failed at this front.

Me: Right sir.

MS gives a killer stare.

Me Nodding my head

MS: Ok so what about foreign policy. Highlight one major successful foreign policy measure.

Me: Pakistan's focus on neglected areas, like approaching Russia for cordial bilateral relations. At the same time, making USA realise that Pakistan is indispensable for US interests in the region and no more can USA divorce Pakistan on accomplishments of her strategic interests. Plus we are talking with India on core issues, setting Kashmir aside for the time being, which although is a major issue, but needs to be resolved in a more cordial atmosphere when CBMs take place.

MS: You forgot to mention IP pipeline

Me: As of Iran, I believe it to be a political stunt by PPP at this critical time when government is about to change hands. The coming government has to bear rising Western pressure on this deal which Mr Zardari concluded in the last month in office.

Alright. Over to Ghalibbudin saahib.

G: So you said you did not read today's paper. Today Fazlur rehman gave a statement that all liberals be declared minorities. How do you view it

Me: Sir, it reflects his frustration on the cognition of the fact that his party is not going to win much seats, like it has always been throughout Pak's political history. People are fed up of his narrative given the current dismal security situation. He does not have the courage to declare militants as terrorists and in recent APCs, he called TTP as stakeholders, not terrorists. So I believe he is just frustrated.

G: And you know Islamist parties were against the creation of Pakistan?

Me. Yes sir they were. JI clearly declared QA as kafir and now they are self styled custodians of the ideology of Pakistan.

G: Ok, so coming to USA history, when did USA's humanitarian aid programme start?

Me: Sir it was with Truman doctrine when he aided Greece and Turkey to save them from the clutches of communism.

G: No, it was JFK.

Me: Sir I beg your pardon, Truman preceded JFK.

G: But what you are talking about, the Marshal plan, it is something different.

Me: Alright sir (As if I was left with any other option )

G: Name major oil producers of world

me: Saudia, Iran, Russia, Venezuela andddddddddddddddddddddd

G: You are missing number 2 in the world

And as I was about to say USA.............

G: It is USA.

Me: Alright!

G: Does Pakistan have a way forward to extricate itself from its problems?

Me: Sir we have to bolster economy, have to eradicate social ills..

G: No no, I am not talking in general, tell me some concrete facts

Me: Sir if you can elaborate in which field do you solicit my opinions?

G:Let's say Public sector enterprises restructuring.

Me: Sir we can introduce BOD reforms, award discretionary powers, debundle different functions, introduce transparency by hiring Transparency Intl's chapter to keep an eye on PSE's expenditures. May be form a temporary ministry which coordinates functions of different PSEs to ensure public system delivery.

G: Many of these procedures are already in place.

Me: Jobs will have to be shed so that political appointees can be removed.

Over to Maam.

M: You talked about public sector reforms. Should not we simply stop bailing them out time and again?

Me: Mam whatever the situation is, they are still public sector enterprises and we can not just jilt them because they need bail-outs. Any such step would bring public delivery system to a grinding halt. We can gradually privatise them

M: But the PIA chairman has declared that PIA will have to be grounded in December for lack of funds.

Me: Mam, this is his admittance of his failure as the chairman.

M: But he is right.

Me: Through right, but he should have known this the time he was appointed the chairman of PIA when he was making proud claims about how he will bring reforms and bring the deficit down

Mam: You tell me what is the major problem of PIA?

Me: Mam they gave a large .... human resource..

Mam (obstructing me) They are overburdened by a large number of employees. There are 500 people per plane.

Me: Mam this is exactly my point and all these are political appointments. the government has adopted the system of spoils in this regard and thus the current situation.

M: You belong to the service sector, tell me what issues does the service sector- which constitutes about 60 % of GDP- has to face?

Me: Mam first of all there is a lack of regulatory framework which leaves the whole sector at the disposal of various state institutions, which have carved out their particular spheres of influence which overlap most of the times. SECP has been doing some good work, more and more companies are being registered and brought into the tax net but a lot more needs to be done.

M: So you are saying they do not pay any taxes? They contribute the largest amount to revenue generation

Me: Mam as you said they form 60% of GDP. If the whole sector paid taxes, we would not be facing this mind boggling situation where stock exchange is on an all time high whereas no benefits are being reflected in the economic circle.

M: Any other issues?

Me: (After thinking for a couple of seconds, I could not think of anything and I just went with the first words that came to my mind. Public private partnership ) Maam although the public private partnership is already in place, more needs to be done to invite foreign direct investment as there are a lot of areas in services sector which have a potential to grow but are halted due to lack of investment. We have to procure more investment by improving the situation on ground.

Mam: Alright thank you.

Chairman: Ok Mr Syed.. Thank you very much. Have a very nice day.

I stood up and addressed the chairman with a smile on my face: Sir it is Sayed, not syed.

Chairman: Ok alright. Sayed. Sayed. Good day Sayed

Me: Thank you very much sir. Assalamoalaikum.
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Perhaps they had not had lunch and I looked like someone they could grill. Plus many of my answers were wayward. 1st time syndrome perhaps. Or the nerves. But it's done and dusted.

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@rubraiz. . .m seeing ur interview with an optimistic eye. .i knw many fellows who were given tough time by going into details of their own statements and counter arguments. . .but they were rewarded good marks for being able to have courage to defend their words.besides your answers were thoroughly logical and rational. . this interview will fetch marks insha.ALLAH. .Goodluck bro
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Interesting interview it is.Do not worry brother you are not the only one they grilled. Others including myself were also roasted. let's hope for the best. May Almighty bless us with success. Ameen.

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This is the story of my ordeal on 06-05-2013. I entered the room at 40 PM. I was last candidate to be interviewed on 6 May.

Chairman: Gentleman you have worked in two different newspapers in the past, what was your job like and how did you find the experience?

Me: Sir my experience of working in print media was challenging and full of learning. I worked as sub-editor for the national desk. The experience taught me a great deal about the politics of the country and other socio-political issues.

Chairman: Gentleman what do you think of local government system?

Me: Sir Local govt system is the third tier of govt, enshrined in the constitution. It is the preliminary step towards democracy, people’s empowerment and decision making.
Chairman: we have had two local govt systems i.e. one in 1970s and the one given by Musharraf. When one was better system, since you have given DMG as your first choice?

Me: Sir both systems had some positives and some negatives but I would give more weightage to Mushrraf’s LGO 2001. Because it gave people a chance to elect and to be elected by their local people. People participated in it and the system delivered to the people. The system had some strong checks on the elected people though never used e.g the recall system.
Chairman: Then why it failed?

Me: Sir it failed due to Lack political will in our politicians, lack of constitutional backing and bureaucratic hitches.
Sir I believe, it could have delivered more public service delivery had it been given fair chance. Since it’s a first step for democracy and democracy is a culture rather than a system. So we should have given it a chance and waited for its real outcome of the fate.
Ghalib Sab: Gentleman, you are already working for Govt of the Punjab, how do you see achievements/ failures of provincial govt?
Achievements: Maintenance of law and order, comparatively better governance, MBS, distribution of Laptops to high achievers.
Failures: Failure to add a single unit of power in the national grid, corruption, uneven development in the province, poverty in south Punjab.
Ghalib Sab: How do you see MBS, roti schemes and laptop scheme of Punjab govt?
Me: Sir these schemes were good and I believe such schemes should be initiated in other parts of the country, but the development of such schemes should be on equal grounds and across the board so certain group of people may not feel privileged and other marginalized.
Madam: How do you compare Abdul Sattar Edhi (my fav personality) with Mother Teresa ?
ME: Maam both are great philanthropists, great people who served and one still serving humanity in their respective time span and according to their available resources. But I will say that Edhi is a great hero than mother Teresa was. Because she just worked for children and women, whereas Edhi is serving children, women, prisoners, poor, homeless, sick, old, etc.
Madam: Ok. But most of us want to follow foreign hero and neglect our own national heroes. Why?
Me: Yes Maam I agree with you. May be Its due to charisma of foreign leaders as majority of our try to idealize foreigners but our own leaders are not less than any other leader in the world, e.g Edhi, Abdul salam, Dr ataur Rehman, Dr Samar and a long list of sportmen. I like Edhi because he is our local leader and serving humanity selflessly. We should follow and promote our national heroes.
Madam: We spend too little on our education. How do you see political parties’ attitude towards education in Pakistan?
Me: Yes maam, you are right that we are just investing one point something of our GDP on education. If we have a look on the manifestoes of leading political parties, we will see that PTI is the only party which says that if voted to power, PTI would invest much in Education, however PTI has not specified how much?
Madam: what about other parties?
Me: Maam other parties just give passing references to education and health. It seems that education does not figure for them as a big priority issue. But I would say that until and unless we do not recognize the fact that education is the key to progress and we must have to invest good in education, we can not progress.
I want to add that Turkey was investing 7 billion Turkish liras on education in 2003 when Teyyip Erdogan took over as PM, now Turkey is investing more than 33 billion liras in education. This resulted in high standards of education, development of better and competitive Human Resource, reduction in poverty and Turkish economy is fast moving towards knowledge based economy now.
Mansur Sohail sab: Ok gentleman. Lets talk of War on terror. Do you think, we committed some mistakes or blunders in our policy and situation could have been different had we not committed them?
Me: Yes Sir, there are some grey areas in our policy which could have been plugged in. For example, Pak security apparatus could have launched operation against Taliban and other terror organization much earlier, may be in 2003 or 2004, as it was easy for Pak to control them at the start and the situation could have been different today.
Mansur sab: what do you mean by operation?
Me: Sir it could have been military operation or dialogue with them.
Masur sab: Ok. Any other mistakes?
Me: Sir we also failed in developing national consensus with regard to Taliban and their like-minded terror organizations. And we could not convince other international stakeholders of war on terror to help Pakistan fight Terrorism. We could have asked for more capacity building of Pak forces i.e. in technology, training, intelligence sharing and monetary help. Since pak lacked capacity to fight insurgency. Which resulted in wide scale loss to Pak state and international terrorists presence in tribal areas of Pak. Now they are challenging the state.

Mansur sab: Does Lal Masjid incident hold any impact?
Me: Yes Sir it certainly has. It infuriated Talibans. It was quite mind boggling as to how did terrorists manage to store such huge catche of arms in a mosque in the centre of capital. Security forces should have fought them out right in the start.
Mansur sab: Well gentleman, your statement is self contradictory. You said Pak should have talked to Taliban and now you are saying that Pak should have fought them out.
Me: Sir I do not think there is any contradiction in my statement. I will give an example of 2009 Swat operation. Pak army adopted three D strategy i.e. Deterrence, dialogue and development. The operation was successful. The same is being done in Afghanistan. The US and Nato forces are fighting and talking at the same time.
Mansur sab: But there is no peace in FATA even after operations.
Me: Yes Sir because military apparatus got relaxed after securing Swat. I believe they should have continued in the FATA region agency to agency basis.

Chairman also asked few questions from my proforma.
Chairman: Thank you gentleman. Have a nice day.
Me: Thank you Sir. Assalamo-alikum, and I stepped out.
Interview lasted for 32 minutes. Please pray to God to be kind on us all.
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Assalam_o_Alaikum

I am posting my interview that was held on 18-04-2013.
I apologize for being late as I was much busy in finishing tasks that I had left for about 3 months for interview preparation. Now I got some election holidays so I am posting this.

It is all how it went.

Chairman Sb : You have done your Masters in chemistry so donít u think that you should go for PhD, become a scientist and secure a Noble prize for the country. Why civil services.?
Fairyland: Sir Actually I cannot work like a scientist in a laboratory I mean I cannot work indoors. I like to interact with the society so that I could learn something from people and vice versa. I like practical life.
Apart from this I am used to and like a hectic life style as I am not only teaching but doing many other things.

Chairman Sb : What other things are you doing.
Fairyland : Sir I am working in other institutions and pursuing my further studies.

Chairman Sb: But you are a chemistry student. How it will be beneficial for you in PSP. Will you use chemicals on criminals or use some chemistry methods for investigation (smiling)?
Fairyland: Sir, Chemistry is a branch of science and the role of science is continuously increasing in police department like in the form of forensic laboratories

Chairman Sb : But Forensic department is a separate thing.
Fairyland: Yes Sir, but I am sure that role of science will increase in police department with the passage of time and apart from this, in science and as well as in civil services one has to solve a number of problems. So I can use my knowledge of scientific methodology of problem solving in civil services through systematic manner

Chairman: Ok, and handed me over to Mr Nagib

Mr. Nagib: You have written in your psychological Performa about devolution. What is the meaning of the word devoution?
Fairyland: Sir devolution mean to transfer power to the grass root level.

Mr Nagib: No man, Devolve mean to give authority to another person like to give authority to next tier. It doesnít necessarily mean to grass root level. OK tell me two devolutions have occurred in the recent past. What were these?
Fairyland: Sir firstly the devolution of power occurred in 18th amendment when 17 portfolios were devolved to the provinces and secondÖ

Mr Nagib: No, the first was in 2001 when Devolution Plan came in musharraf eraÖ.
Fairyland: Yes Sir I was to tell about thisÖ

Mr Nagib: Ok I donít know whether you know about this or not. Tell me what happened then?
Fairyland: Sir a local government system was introduced.

Mr Nagib: But local government system was present previously. What was the difference between the two?
Fairyland: Sir the relationship between the nazim and DCO along with their powers were changed by giving local government upper hand on district government (I know that was stupid answer but I planned not to say sorry to any question)

Mr Nagib: Any other thing? (Uff.. now I was repenting why I skipped this from preparation)
Fairyland: Sir, provisions were made to form committees to address the grievances of people likeÖ (He didnít allow me to complete)

Mr Nagib: No I am not talking about this. Ok we donít have enough time to discuss about it otherwise I would tell what exactly I was asking.
Then over to Mr Mansoor Sohail ( That was the worst par of my interview)

Mr Mansoor: I have read in your psychological Performa and your answer about how to tackle terrorism issue but I am not impressed by your answer. Can you tell us any out of the box solution of terrorism?
Fairyland: Sir there are two types of terrorists. One that are rogue elements trying to destabilize the country and secondly who have joined hands with extremists due to deprivationsÖÖ.. ( again my wish to give a comprehensive answer was set aside apathetically)

Mr Mansoor: But I am asking about the solution of terrorism. I mean how we can end terrorism?
Fairyland: Sir we have to educate the people.

Mr Mansoor: But it is a long term solution. Tell me any short term solution.
Fairyland: Sir the short term solution in my view isÖ.. ( I just gave a little pause to think but he proceeded)

Mr Mansoor : Ok Leave it. You said that we should teach the people but we are teaching them. What went wrong with it?
Fairyland: Sir as it is said that education is the cheapest defence of a country andÖÖ.( I was again stopped)

Mr Mansoor: We know gentleman that it is the cheapest defence but I want to know why and how we failed to achieve this?
Fairyland: Sir our policies have been quite good to spread education but their implementation is not being carried out as such.

Mr Mansoor: For example which policy has not been carried out?
Fairyland : Sir for example it was mentioned in the National Education Policy of 2009 that budget for education ought to be 7% but it is still 2%. So. We didnít implement that policy.

Mr Mansoor: No Gentleman, you are just giving us information but not telling us anything about solutions. Tell me any short term solution of terrorism.
(Then I decided to be straight forward rather than giving a diplomatic answer)
Fairyland: Well Sir, to end terrorism we have to sideline ourselves with the war on terrorism because it is not our war.

Mr Mansoor: If it is not ours then it is of which country.
Fairyland: Sir it is US war that we have adopted due to inept policies of some politicians.
Mr Mansoor: Ok and handed me over to Mr Ghalibuddin

Mr Ghalib: You have done your masters in chemistry. So do you know anything about chemical weapons? There are countries possessing them.
Fairyland: Yes Sir Syria is in news for possessing these weapons.

Mr Ghalib: What are these actually?
Fairyland: Sit I think there is a chemical called TNT, I mean Trinitro Toluene used in bombs.

Mr Ghalib: Ok but this is being used in bombs. I am talking about chemical weapons that are not being used.
Fairyland: Sir the use of chemical weapons has been banned as well as their manufacturing all over the world.

Mr Ghalib: And biological weapons?
Fairyand: Sir. These are viruses or bacteria that are harmful for human health.

Mr Ghalib: For example?
Fairyland: Sir like anthrax virus.

Mr Ghalib: Have these been used in history.
Fairyland: sir these have been used to intimidate many high profile officials across the world but I donít know if there was any casualty.

Mr Ghalib: Your one subject is Indo pak history ( He said as I must had information about it). These were used by Japan against China.
Fairyland: Thank you Sir I was oblivious of this fact.

Mr Ghalib: What are Pakistanís Foreign Exchange Reserves?
Fairyland: Sir according to quarterly report of State Bank of Pakistan issued on 12th April, 2013 these stood at $6.7 billion.

Mr Ghalib: How FERs can be increased?
Fairyland: Sir these can be increased by taking loans, or by grants given by foreign countries and home remittances that we receive.

Mr Ghalib: So what Pakistan should do now to increase them?
Fairyland: Sir we have to go now for a new IMF loan plan.

Mr Ghalib: IMF loan of how much amount we require?
Fairyland: Sir $4 to $5 billion.

Mr Ghalib: Will IMF give us this amount?
Fairyland: Well Sir there is conditionality associated with it. If we fulfill these conditions then they will surely give us.

Mr Ghalib: But we are not fulfilling these conditions. Any other method?
Fairyland: Sir any other method to increase FERs?

Mr Ghalib and Chairman Sb: Yes yes
Fairyland: Sir I donít think there is. I mean we cant increase them by printing money or enhancing tax.

Mr Ghalib: And what about CSF? Us has given us $2billion. Will they give us more?
Fairyland: Sir I donít think so because US is leaving Afghanistan so we will be unable to get as much amount as they gave us in December 2012 , I mean $2 billion as CSF.

Mr Ghalib: And what about FDI. Where it stands now?
Fairyland: Sir it is now $501 million.

Mr Ghalib: and what it was previously if you could tell us?
Fairyland: Sir it was $ 6.5 billion previously.

Mr Ghalib: So it has decreased a lot. What are the reasons behind this?
Fairyland: Sir much has been talked about it but prime cause is poor law and order situation in the country
Mr Ghalib: Ok Thank you.

Madam Batool: You have stated in your psychological Performa that issue of new provinces is a political gimmick. How can you say that? What are the reasons behind the demand of, letís say, South Punjab province.

Fairyland: Madam South Punjab constitutes an area of 48.3% of Punjab, it means that it is almost half of the Punjab but there is sheer deprivation e.g, if we talk about education there are 57,000 schools in Punjab but only 15,000 in the south Punjab. There are 386 public health centers in Punjab but only 89 in South Punjab. The poverty in North Punjab is 27% whereas it is 43% in South Punjab. So these areas are lagging behind in development and basic necessities and thatís the main reason for demand of new provinces.

Madam Batool: Ok you said that there is deprivation and you yourself has proved it through figures but at the same time you have written that it is a political gimmick. Is not it a contradiction?
Fairyland: Mam actually there is no denying the fact that these are deprived areas but at the same time their deprivation is being exploited for ulterior motives by some inept politicians.

Madam Batool: So should we make new provinces?
Fairyland: Not at this time. We should strengthen local government system to remove the grievances of people.

Madam Batool: So you are saying that we should not make new provinces?
Fairyland: No, I am saying we should make but not at this time.

Madam Batool: Because ground realities are against it. They are demanding provinces on the basis of ethnicity that is anti thesis of Pakistanís nationalism and there is no consensus yet developed on this issue.

Madam Batool: Ok you are saying that provinces should be made but not at this time?
Fairyland: Yes Mam

Madam Batoo: Ok Thank you.

Chairman Sb: Ok Fairyland Thank you. Have a nice day
Fairyland: Thank you Sir It was my honour to be here. Assalam-o-Alaikum.
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Good Luck Mr. Amin, you've had an excellent interview. But I am amazed at one thing, how do you exactly remember all the questions asked by the Interviewing Commission? I personally feel that it is almost impossible that one remembers this much amount of questions at hand and can reproduce all of them once getting out of the Interview Room. I feel as if a recording has been converted into text. I don't have such a memory, infact I forget 50%+ questions when somebody asks me what was asked in the interview. Probably I think my memory would be poor??
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Good Luck Mr. Amin, you've had an excellent interview. But I am amazed at one thing, how do you exactly remember all the questions asked by the Interviewing Commission? I personally feel that it is almost impossible that one remembers this much amount of questions at hand and can reproduce all of them once getting out of the Interview Room. I feel as if a recording has been converted into text. I don't have such a memory, infact I forget 50%+ questions when somebody asks me what was asked in the interview. Probably I think my memory would be poor??
Thanks mate. And its not with the memory stuff in my opinion. I believe I was too excited to share the interview experience.

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