I am Air commodore (Retd) Muhammad Aslam, with Bazmi as my nom de plume (pen name). I hold master's degree in English language and literature from Government College, Lahore, and an MA degree in English language teaching (ELT) from the University of Essex, UK.
Currently, I am in charge of Humanities Department at NUST School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (NUST-SEECS). As director humanities, I am responsible for the efficient functioning of the department and ensuring sound quality of education in over a dozen humanities-related subjects. Additionally, I teach courses in professional ethics and communication skills.
I joined Pakistan Air Force in December 1976 as an education officer. During my career in PAF, spread over almost three decades, I worked on various instructional and staff assignments, notable among these being Deputy Director PAF Schools and Colleges; Head of Humanities Department (Directorate of Studies) PAF Academy, Risalpur; Deputy Secretary to Chief of the Air Staff; Director of Education, PAF; and, finally, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (head of PAF's education branch). I am the recipient of Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Military) and Professional Excellence badge for the meritorious services rendered to Pakistan Air Force.
Right from my early college days, I have written zestfully both in verse and prose. During my graduate studies at Government College, Lahore, I worked as editor PATRAS, whilst in Pakistan Air Force I had the opportunity to edit PAF journals: Shaheen, Repertory, Soviet Awareness Reader, and South Asia Reader. My articles have appeared in various PAF magazines: Shaheen, Parwaz, and Flight Safety Newsletter. Outside PAF, my articles have featured in the Journal of Research Society of Pakistan, Punjab University Lahore, Defence Journal of Pakistan and The Qasid, a magazine of Corps of Signals, as well as in almost all the leading English dailies of Pakistan. I have won prizes in different essay competitions in Pakistan. I had the honour of co-translating into Urdu The Story of Pakistan, the first official history of PAF. I was also privileged to compile and recompose My Years in Blue Uniform, the memoirs of Atta Rabbani, the first Air ADC to Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah. I have written six books titled Talkshop (a collection of essays); Snowflakes (a collection of poems); Winning Attitudes (a collection of essays); Bazmics (a collection of poems); A Recipe for Happiness (an essay); and The Voyage to Eternity. One of my essays titled ‘Revisiting Leadership in the Armed Forces’ appeared as a lead article in the fall 2007 issue of USAF’s flagship publication Air and Space Power Journal (ISSN 1554-2505).I also plan to publish shortly my two new books: The Power of Gratitude and Tickling Tales. I have also assisted UNDP, Pakistan in translating into Urdu some of their unclassified documents.
I enjoy quite a decent repute as a modest man of letters, with several entries on internet, including YouTube. I draw great delight by disseminating useful knowledge and insightful thoughts to faculty, students and friends. My daily online feature captioned, ‘Quote of the Day’ is becoming fairly popular.
My hobbies include reading and writing, and loving mankind and nature in all their shapes and hues.
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Aslam Bazmi, nil, "Revisiting Leadership in the Armed Forces of Pakistan", Air and Space Power Journal, USA, Vol. xxI, No. 3, pp. 05, Sep, 2007.