It was the morning of December 5th, a beautiful day in Islamabad. The morning chill coupled with a slight drizzle made it a wonderful day. I had a few meetings scheduled with our clients in the first session., 10:30 to 1:00.
I woke up a bit late but rushed off to the Cogilent’s office without breakfast at Evacuee Trust Complex (Software Technology Park 2). I reached office by 9:30 and spent thirty minutes getting updates from team members on different projects and left the office at ten for our first meeting. I was accompanied with our sales team lead for the meeting with one of our old and satisfied customers. During the meeting we discussed initiating some new projects and left with the promising prospects. I also promised to send them a draft proposal within the next few days.
Then we had a meeting with a new prospective customers whom we were persuing for the past many months. The meeting went well and we agreed to give them a formal presentation the next week.
The morning drizzling had stopped by the time we wrapped up our second meeting. I was tempted to take a drive up the lovely Margalla hills and savor the lunch at Pir Sohawa. Instead, I preferred to go back to the office to follow-up the clients work.
Around 1:00 PM, I entered the corridor of our office block and was surprised to see the main door closed. I assumed that the door is shut to avoid the noise emanating from our neighboring office which is under renovation. Peeking through the closed glass door, I could see numerous unknown and serious faced individuals. What surprised me the most was that our entire staff was huddled into a corner with helpless and shocked look on their faces. I entered the office quietly and no one took any notice of me. I inquired from one of our employees what had happened, who are these guys and what are they doing here. He told me that my home (I still remember the days when we used to sleep in the office for months) was raided on the offenses that we are using VOIP for making and terminating calls.
I wondered when we did it, or thought, about doing this kind of activity. I asked myself did you spent 16 years of education thinking about negative use of technology? Did you ever earned a single rupee from illegal activities?. The answer was straight no.
Then it was start of the ordeal. It was the start of a tragedy, battle between good and evil. It was start of a show of a proof of strength of unjust, corrupt, false, incompetents in Pakistan versus miserable, young, dynamic, innovative, innocent entrepreneurs in Pakistan. To be continued…………..
Faisal Chohan CEO Cogilent Solutions www.cogilent.com