Interview with Attaullah | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Attaullah

Interview with Attaullah

Q: Is there something your town/city is famous for, or something interesting or unique about it?

A: I belong to Darra Adam Khel F.R Kohat. Darra Adam Khel is known for its hospitality; the people of Darra Adam Khel are very welcoming and make all visitors feel at home. These days the coal industry is booming in the region.


Q: Favourite subject in school? A favorite course at university?

A: BS(CS) from Agriculture University, Peshawar in Computer Science. I had initially joined UET Bannu for Engineering, but I moved to Peshawar soon after because I couldn’t adjust to the environment. 


Q: Work experience?

A: I have over two years of experience in software development. I have worked for one year at Parexions and over one year at The Nerd Camp. In addition to it, I’ve also worked for six months at Trust Technology Solution. I am currently working with PHP CodeIgniter and Laravel frameworks.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

A: I am a sports enthusiast. I love playing different sports like football, cricket, etc. I actively play android based online games. I like reading books, mostly autobiographies.


Q: Why did you apply to the KP Government Innovation Fellowship?

A: I applied to the Fellowship Program to improve my skills. I wanted to improve my communication skills and become more exposed to dealing with people on a day-to-day basis.


Q: Which government department were you assigned to work with? What solution did you work on?

A: I was assigned to work with PMRU – Performance Management & Reforms Unit to develop an Open Data portal. Through this portal, the data which was previously inaccessible will now be open to the public, leading to the empowerment of citizens.


Q: What did you accomplish and learn during your Fellowship?

A: I improved my communication skills and confidence level. I am confident in talking to clients, getting my message across effectively.


Q: Any other achievements you want to share?

A: I think one of my significant achievements in life was helping out a less fortunate cousin to complete his matriculation. Seeing him continue his studies feels more like an achievement to me.


Q: How has your experience of the Fellowship program and working with the government been like? What were the challenges? What were the positive aspects?

A: Working with the government can get tedious at times, and one has to deal with unnecessary bottlenecks. Other than that, it has been amazing to gain more understanding and experience about how a provincial government operates and forming good, useful connections in the community.


Q: What was your favorite part of being a Fellow?

A: I loved the space we worked at. Everyone was super friendly and helpful, especially the leadership.


Q: What have you learned?

A: Time management and efficient delivery of a project.


Q: What was the unique quality you brought to the Fellowship?

A: Having a good understanding of Open Data Standards and the tools involved like CKAN. Also having the ability to deliver my tasks promptly.


Q: What do you hope will be the impact of the work that you did? What do you hope this will achieve?

A: I think the project will help make processes more transparent. It will also make things more convenient for the general public and enable easy access to information.


Q: What is one civic/social problem in your community/hometown that you think needs to be solved urgently?

A: Somehow, improve communication between the public sector organizations and the citizens to avoid any conflicts and miscommunication. Also, to eliminate the bribery system from the education system.


Q: What is your favorite book/movie/tv show, and why?

A: One of my favorites is ‘Ye Khamoshi Kahan Tak’ by Shahid Aziz. The book is based on war and terror and its effects on the people of the area. Belonging to a war-affected region, I can relate to it on many levels. 


Q: What is something people would be surprised to know about you?

A: I think people would be surprised to know that I am an excellent cook. Living in a hostel throughout my academic life, I had to cook for myself, and that improved my cooking skills.


Q: How would other people (friends, colleagues) describe you?

A: As somebody who is very helpful.


Q: If you could have any superpower, what would you choose and why?

A: The ability to fly because I like traveling and exploring new places and who wouldn’t want a free ride around.


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