Unpredictable Life 2 – My Colleagues Death

On Monday April 23, 2018 I was on half leave from my job and had to arrive at 11:00 am due to personal work. At 10:15 am, i received a call from my office colleague and he informed that Mr. Imran A. has passed away in the morning due to sudden heart attack when he was coming to Lahore from his home town “Shakargarh”. It was a shocking news as his age was just around 44 but he was a heart patient since 2004. I last met him on Saturday 21st April and left the office in the afternoon with a difference of some minutes.

He was a thorough gentleman having amicable personality, very much witty and had a height of 6.3′. We joined the organization with the difference of one month and worked together for several years. Life is so unpredictable that you cant even imagine of loosing the person so early whom you worked with and had an affiliation. He always given me honor and respect. We had done launch together on several occasions and walked towards home in the nights (after the work timings) even thrice in the last week before his sudden demise. I hardly saw him with anger during the years even he was a patient of high blood pressure and heart disease. The Managing Director of our organization was very much influence of him and his skills.

The interim head of our department has a bit clash with him as the head always considered him as his rival for the position of General Manager which Mr. Imran never wanted to (but may be he also got the desire). That head has tried to disturb him on Saturday 21st April by indulging Mr. Imran in an extra work even knowing that he has to leave for the city (about 3.5 hours from Lahore) on the weekend to meet his children’s and family members. The late Mr. Imran was even very furious on this and even discussed the attitude and behavior with us on the last day of his work. May be this was the cause that might triggered the pressure and taking him to severe heart attack in the morning when he was coming to the working station (city) on Monday or any other mental stress due to family issues or that he might have not went for medical checkups but he was very regular in taking medicines and very careful in taking food free of oil.

We went to attend his funeral ceremony commenced at his home town on the same day of his death. He left 3 children’s with a age of around 11 years (twins) and one daughter about 4 years old.


The other one was  Mr. Ahsan M., my ex-boss (head  of our department) died in 2012. I worked under him for about year and a half. He was going home in the official car towards Johar Town Lahore and when passing the underpass near adjacent to canal, a sign board hit by a truck fell over his car and he got severe injury over his head along with driver. It was a will of Allah Almighty that his driver was safe enough that he got a minor injury on his head and survived whereas Mr. Ahsan sitting very next to him in car died at the spot.

He had two daughters age near 4 or 5 years. A very good man with best attitude towards sub-ordinates, never stopped anyone from taking leave, tried to bear every pressure of work and a food lover. He was the part of interview panel when my job interview was conducted and once told all personnel’s that take the example of Azfar, he tried again and again and got the job.

On the last day, he conducted meeting with all of personals of his department and took ideas for the next development sector project. On the same day of his death, we passed smiles on two or three occasions which i still unable to know the cause that may be he was saying final goodbye to me.

Life is so un-predictable that you never know what gona happen in next minute with you or the other person so we should not hurt any one, not negate the others right he/she claim for and try to fulfill the others desire of all human beings / animals so that God may consider our effort in the best of deeds of our life.

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About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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