Air Vice Marshal (R) Farooq Umar the author of this book is known to me since 1960, when he was a young newly commissioned pilot officer attending his jet conversion school at Mauripur Karachi, after graduating from PAF Academy Risalpur and after his thundering success, and winning in one go, the sword of honour, the best pilot trophy and the academics trophy.
I found young Farooq to be an outstanding officer and an enthusiastic young pilot. Since I was impressed by him, therefore in order to guide him as an elder I prompted him to continue doing his very best in the next step i.e. the jet conversion course, and not to slow down by living in the laurels of yesterday. I am glad he did what I advised him to do, and so he successfully topped in the jet conversion course also, and a few months later he topped again in the basic weapon course of the fighter leader school headed by the legendary Air Commodore Mitti Masood and ably assisted by Air Commodore Nazir Latif and Air Marshal Shabbir Hussain Syed, all of them legends in their own right. His performance remains a record in Pakistan Air Force history.
After that I lost contact with Farooq for some time, but when I met him again 4 years later, in 1964 he had matured into a dashing Flt Lt who had been handpicked by Air Marshal Asghar Khan, the Commander in Chief of PAF to become his last ADC. During the flight safety meeting at Peshawar which I had gone to attend, I noticed with pleasure and surprise that Farooq had a stack of books on electronics piled up in his room at the officers mess Peshawar I came to know that he in his free time was quietly doing a diploma course in electronics and avionics with military aid advisory group of USA in Bada Ber, thus far I had not known a combat pilot the GD(P) Branch taking interest in avionics engineering, this was news to me and it impressed me again.
The next time we met was a year later during the 1965 War at Sargodha. Farooq was flying F-104 star fighters, while I was commanding a F-86 Sabre Squadron. I noticed Farooq had become an aggressive pilot and flew day and night Air Defence Missions during the entire 1965 Indo-Pakistan War with impressive results. Two years later in 1967, I myself was promoted and made the Squadron Commander of the first French Mirage-III Squadron in Pakistan. Knowing Farooq’s back ground and his level of motivation and excellence, I obviously selected him to join me and become one of the first 6 instructor pilots in Pakistan which I had the honour of commanding. He stayed with me until the 1971 War and did exceedingly well, moving from success to success thus having been awarded Sitare Jurrat, Sitare Basalat and Tamgha Basalat between 1967 and 1971 War.
I have now been informed that Farooq is also in the process of writing a biography covering his own life time in Pakistan Air Force, which will be worth reading when it gets published. This friend of mine having been successful in running PAC Kamra, PIAC (until it remained profitable up to 1996), also during his tenure as President PHF he resurrected Pakistan hockey to win the world cup and world champions trophy and much more. In short, I saw Farooq go from one success to another and it is now that I have begun to understand and decipher the philosophy behind his success in his life from this particular book which I have just read recently and then re-read it again and again, and thoroughly enjoyed. I feel the useful tips given in this book will go a long way in helping the young readers of today to lead a successful life, by following the guidelines encapsulated in his book, the ten principles of success.
I wish Farooq Umar the best of luck in his efforts to motivate the youth of today to light a fire from within themselves and to succeed in becoming better human beings and better citizens. Farooq is absolutely right to say that nothing is impossible in life provided one is serious in doing so. His attached DVD and attached internet and YouTube links giving examples of success in his own life and the life of others including handicapped people would be a source of great inspiration for the youth of today. In my own experience the best way is to emulate the example of others, learn from them and then to apply those examples in your own life practically to attain success.
6th November, 2012. Air Commodore (Retd)
The First 6 Mirage Pilots at BorDeUx in France near the Spanish border with French instructors standing in front of Mirage dual air craft. MM Alam in the center