A tribute to Ahmed Allaudin
When Ashraf Kapadia phoned me in Lahore on Friday to tell me that our dear friend Ahmed Allaudin had passed away, I was in a state of shock. I was just not ready to accept it. I know death is inevitable but somehow whenever someone who is part of your life, leaves this world, it is a hard thing to come to terms with.
Ahmed was a stalwart of our industry. He graduated with a BE in Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology in 1970 and got his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration Karachi. He started his career with United Bank Limited in 1973 and spent over 27 years working in IT in banking. He founded Millennium Software Private Limited in 1997 and had since been a part of the P@SHA community. Ahmed was a former President of the Computer Society of Pakistan and had been a Charter Member of the TiE Karachi Chapter since its inception, having been on the Governing Council at the time of his death. He was actively involved in the formulation of the first IT Policy in 2000.
Ahmed was always very much a gentleman – very soft spoken, gentle and kind, a friend and mentor to many. In meetings we have been a part of over the years, his quiet smile was a norm even when some of us totally lost it and argued passionately about something. It is not that he didn’t express his views but he always did it quietly and softly without getting overly excited about it. He was often the anchor during some of the more difficult decisions that we made.
I always called him Allaudin Sahab because I felt he was a formal person. It was only in 2004 when I led a delegation to the Nasscom Leadership Conference that I found out that Ahmed had another side to him. He could be naughty, jovial and full of fun – not quite the distant banker. In the coach that took the delegation around, he cracked jokes and pulled people’s leg and was very much a part of the group. That was when I started to call him Ahmed. In fact I told him during the trip that I had always been in awe of him. He smiled and I could tell that he was amused.
It is rare in this day and age to know someone who everyone likes and who no-one has anything bad to say about Ahmed Allaudin was such a person. I don’t think I have ever heard anyone say anything nasty about him. That was the quality of the man. He was always helpful, always supportive and a great team player.
Ahmed, this world has lost a good soul. May you Rest in Peace. We will all miss you. You have left behind a large number of friends and colleagues who greatly respected you. You will be remembered with great fondness.