We were overwhelmed by messages of congratulations, warm and touching, from relations and friends on the elevation of our son-in-laws, Dr. S.K. Alqama, to the Vice-Chancellorship of Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan.
For us, it is like a dream come true. He is an educator by choice. Only those with a compelling passion for learning opt for a career in academia.
For us, Dr. Alqama’s achievement is an occasion for tearful thanksgiving to Allah for His mercy and blessings. The day the news was flashed in DAWN, dated 9 October, our telephone started ringing endlessly from early morning. Friends from Islamabad, Lahore, Multan and Karachi, mostly academics, flooded us with one word, “Congratulations, congratulations”, to our joy. We prostrated in thanksgiving to our Creator.
Alqama’s present assignment is important and at the same time challenging. An erudite scholar of international affairs and political science, to the best of our knowledge, he is perhaps the one and only one, with a scholarly background, in the family to reach this coveted position. His passion for learning must be so compelling that he opted out from an otherwise glamorous diplomatic career.
He took over as Vice-chancellor on 15 October 2011, also his 30th Wedding Anniversary. May God in His infinite mercy grant him every success in his new assignment.
Mr. K.M. Zubair and Mrs. Sara Zubair
Messages from Well-Wishers
Mrs. Zakiuddin on telephone: Congratulation on the appointment of Alqama as the Vice-Chancellor of Bahauddin Zakaria University . It is a moment of rejoicing for all of us, especially because he is the first highly qualified member of the family to achieve this coveted position.
Muhammad Ali Siddiqi (Assistant Editor Dawn Karachi): Congratulations to all members of the Dhaka Nawab family for the elevation of Dr. S.K. Alqama to the Vice-Chancellorship of Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan. As a friend of Zubair’s for half a century years, I feel I should share my views not just with Zubair but with the whole
Lulu I have known as a little girl. So the fact that her husband should now be a VC is indeed a matter of honour for the Dhaka Nawab family and a source of satisfaction for Lulu herself, besides Zubair and Sara bhabi. Alqama’s passion for learning must be so compelling that he opted out of the glamorous career of a diplomat. I wish him the best of luck.
Khwaja Mohiuddin, Perth, Australia: Many thanks, Zubair, for passing on the good news. My Mubarakbad to Sara and you. When you next speak to Alqama please convey my congratulations and best wishes in his new important assignment.
Khwaja Saifuddin on telephone: Congratulation to all of you on Alqama’s appointment as Vice-chancellor. The recognition came a little late. He should have been there much earlier. He is the first member of the family to reach such a point in the academic field. I wish him the best of luck.
K.S. Shahabuddin on telephone: Congratulations to you and Sara. Lots of prayers for all success in his important and challenging assignment.
Prof. Sharif Al Mujahid, a reputed scholar and former director, Quaid-i-Azam Academy, on telephone: Congratulations not only to you but to the entire Khwaja family for the elevation of Dr Alqama to the Vice-chancellorship of Bahauddin Zakaria University, Multan. The distinction conferred on him is an honour for the whole Khwaja family. Congratulations.
Mr. Muazzam Hossain, (husband of Sara’s sister, Sarwat) on telephone from Dhaka: Congratulations, congratulations. We are thrilled beyond description. Great news, a great achievement. No one in your family did it. Alqama is the first. Please give his number. I would like to talk to him (this was followed by a 45-minute talk with Alqama and Lulu. Both Mr Muazaam Hossain and Mrs Sarwat were so excited they continued talking and congratulating them unmindful of the fact that it was an overseas call).
Barrister Syed Iqbal Ahmad on telephone: Congratulations to all members of your family. It is a well deserved honour. I wish Dr Alqama all success.