Orphaned at a time when he needed the support of his father, Showkat Allie fought odds to complete his education. Finally, he decided to impart education and created future for his family, reports Syed Aadil
He was in first year of graduation and his father’s death by cardiac arrest pushed him to be the head of the family. At the tender age of 18, life, all of a sudden, took a frightening turn for Showkat Ahmad Allie. But death never keeps a calendar and Allie took some time to understand it fully and start facing the challenges ahead.
A resident of Shangus in Islamabad, Showkat resolved not to get bogged down by the situation fate landed him in. Apart from shouldering the responsibility as the family-head, Showkat took care of his mother and sister. But he refused to give up the education. He did his BSc and, somehow managed to get the job of a medical representative. Highly mobile to hawk the medical products, he soon decided to study further, enrolled with IGNOU and did his Masters in Computer Technology. His idea was to have formal education but his responsibilities prevented him, forcing to avail the distance education mode.
Showkat says his job as medical representative fetched him sufficient resources to sustain his small family. Soon the increased responsibilities triggered an appetite for more resources and he started looking around for ‘other’ options.
“With this job my savings were meager especially after my marriage,” Showkat says. “I required more money for my additional responsibilities that has marriage of my younger sister as the top priority.”