Interview with Muhammad Asaf Khan | Code for Pakistan

Interview with Muhammad Asaf Khan

Interview with Muhammad Asaf Khan

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself.

A: My name is Muhammad Asaf Khan, and I belong to District Malakand. I completed my BSCS (Hons) Degree in 2009 from Karakoram International University Gilgit. I have around ten years of experience in web development. I work in PHP, WordPress, CodeIgniter, Laravel, and Ionic Framework.


Q: How has your education prepared you for this job?

A: Since I studied Computer Science in the Software Engineering field, so this helps me a lot to choose software development as a profession.


Q: So, where in life did it all begin for you?

A: My village, named “Thana” is known as a small schooling city, where it has more than 15 schools for a population of around 200,000. The literacy rate is high, so it was never hard for me to reach this level.

After my FSC examination in 2004, I went to Northern Areas of Pakistan (Gilgit) for a tour and visited my uncle’s house. I explored Gilgit, and I fell in love with the place. I found that there is a University named “Karakoram International University” and I took admission in BSCS Hons.

After Graduation, I came to Islamabad for an Internship in 2009, and I started working as a web developer. 


Q: How do you think your previous managers/coworkers would describe working with you?

A: During the past ten years, I worked with more than three companies. I always loved to work in a team and had a friendly environment. That’s why I am still in contact with my previous employers. 


Q: What project would you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date?

A: Manuscript Handler is one of the most significant career accomplishments for me. It took around four years to complete the functionality. I worked on it alone, from database design to front-end and back-end functionalities.

The platform is an online research article submission system. The system has six types of users, including Authors, Editorial Office, Editors, Associate Editors, Reviewers, and Publishers. Each article goes through each user panel according to their status.


Q: Is it better to be perfect and late, or good and on time?

A: As time is money, so being right and on time is better than perfect and late.


Q: What is something you’d be happy doing every single day for the rest of your career?

A: Making money without hard efforts. In today’s life, money matters. So it is better to work smarter than harder. 


Q: Were you keen to be selected in the KP Fellowship Program, or did you apply casually?

A: I was interested in working with the KP Fellowship Program, so I waited a whole year until the call for application was opened.


Q: What are your thoughts about the emerging technology culture in KP?

A: As a software developer, I appreciate that the KP government is taking more steps to make KP digital.


Q: On what project are you working here? How is it helping you to build your capacity?

A: Currently, I am working on the ASSAMI project with the KPITB Support Team. ASSAMI is a job portal, and this is the first time I am working on such a project. It always helps me to learn more about job portals.


Q: What three things do you need to be successful in this job? What are deal breakers for you?

  • Having sufficient time to work on the assigned tasks
  • Having the support of other team members
  • Collaborating regularly with each other

Deal breakers:

  • Inappropriate tasks handling.
  •  When a task is completed, other team members should merge it with their current version of code.


Q: What do Fellows say is your best quality?

I got some appreciation from a team member on my previous work done on ASSAMI.


Q: What do you feel about the environment here? Would you recommend any improvements?

Working from home was not a challenge for me. I even appreciate the daily scrum call at 9:00 AM, and other online Google meetings are good too.


Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what three things would you have and why?

My laptop, Internet, and Food 🙂 In simple words, this is a developer’s life.


Q: What do you do in your spare time?

I love to go out at the riverside on weekends.


Q: Would you like to say something to our readers?

If you are a programmer, never do stuff for free.
Time is precious, don’t waste it doing everything for free.

Product Manager