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Abdul Kabir Kazi – MD SEF, a civil servant, ex-Army officer, an economist



KARACHI: While belonging to a well-educated and landlord family, Abdul Kabir Kazi son of Muhammad Siddique Kazi was born on November 13, 1969 at Tharu Shah, district Naushehro Feroz. His father was a prominent lawyer and a well-known zamindar of the area. Kabir has two brothers and four sisters.

Mr Kabir Kazi received his early education in his native town from Government High School, Tharu Shah in 1975 and clinched A-grade in the matriculation. He passed his intermediate from the Government Degree College, Naushehro Feroz in 1978 and secured A-grade.

With the decent and active personality, Kabir was extraordinary student in studies and always took part in extracurricular activities.

After doing his intermediate, Mr Kabir Kazi moved to Hyderabad, the second largest city of Sindh province, and got admission in the University of Sindh, the most prestigious education institution of the province. He completed his Bachelors of Arts (BA) in Economic in 1981 with flying colors.

Soon after his graduation, Kabir Kazi qualified for the commissioned post of Second Lieutenant in Pakistan Army. He joined the Army and served the most prestigious institution for more than eight years with utmost dedication and dedication.

Being the book lover and a wish to do something extraordinary in this life, Mr Kabir Kazi had qualified the most competitive examination – Federal Public Service Commission – in 1989 and got allocated in distinguished cadre of Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS).

While joining civil services of Pakistan, Kabir Kazi served as Assistant Commissioner in Punjab’s various district including Faisalabad, Bahawalpur, Rahimyar Khan. He also served as an Administrator of District Council Lodhran and Political Agent Rajanpur.

In 1998, the services of Kabir Kazi were transferred to Sindh and he was posted as Additional Commissioner of district Larkana for a brief period. He then also served as Additional District Magistrate and Administrator District Municipal Corporation (DMC) East and Malir districts.

He also served as Deputy Secretary (Services), Services General Administration & Coordination Department and also served as Secretary of the Sindh Industrial and Trading Estate (SITE) Ltd.

In November 2002, Kabir Kazi was promoted to BS-19 and was posted as Additional Secretary in the Finance Department where he worked for two years.

Moreover, Kabir Kazi was actively involved in implementation and management of a number of development projects funded and assisted by international partners such as World Bank, Asian Development Bank, USAID and Department for International Development supported by the Government of United Kingdom. His engagement with international agencies included experiences as Team Leader, Sindh Education Project (DFID), Public Sector Specialist (USAID/Sindh Basic Education Program), Program Director, Sindh Cities Improvement (ADB), Program Director, Devolved Social Services Program (ADB) and various other key positions.

Abdul Kabir Kazi was known as the best officer in Sindh who always accepted numerous challenging portfolios and he delivered up to the expectations of the government achieving the most difficult targets. He has also led the Karachi Neighborhood Project under Planning & Development Board (Government of Sindh) for which his services was acknowledged not just by the government but judiciary as well.

He also served as the Secretary Universities and Boards, Government of Sindh, Director General Bureau of Statistics, Secretary Sindh Higher Education Commission, Secretary Local Government, Secretary SGA&CD, Secretary to Chief Minister Sindh, Secretary Trade Development and Promotion (Government of Pakistan), Joint Secretary Commerce Ministry, and many other key portfolios.

In 2018, he was posted as most sensitive post of Secretary Home where he served till his retirement in November 2019.

With his passion for education development and vast experience to promote and improve the state of education in the province, the Government of Sindh engaged him as the Managing Director of the Sindh Education Foundation, a premier institution with the largest portfolio of public private partnership in the education sector; governed by the elite Board of Governors chaired by the Chief Minister Sindh.

Apart from Sindh Education Foundation, the Sindh Government has also appointed Mr Abdul Kabir Kazi as a Board Member of the Karachi Water and Sewerage Board for his expertise in Financial Management. In addition to the foregoing, as the Managing Director SEF Abdul Kabir Kazi also serves on the Board of the STEDA Sindh while he is also an active member in various committees notified by the Government.

In the past couple of years, the SEF, under his dynamic leadership has gone through notable transformation including organizational and a near 100 increae in portfolio through which SEF is now reaching out to more than 80,000 students across the province. According to Kabir Kazi, the education sector is no more a subject that can be addressed by a single department or entity. If we need to pursue the targets as set out in the Sustainable Development Goals and overcome the challenges that are being faced by this nation at present, we need to engage different stakeholders of public as well as private sector in dynamic arrangements under innovation policy and governance frameworks capable of yielding effective and efficient service delivery to the beneficiaries.

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Imtiaz Ali Abro – A fine administrator, a topper, legal and financial fellow, FPSC qualifier



KARACHI: While opening his eyes in the financially stable and a prominent family of Mehar Town of District Dadu, Imtiaz Ali Abro son of Mumtaz Ali was born on January 30, 1978.

Mr Imtiaz received his early education from the Government Primary Main School, Mehar while he received secondary education from the Government High School Mehar, both with scholarship and clinched A1 grade from BISE Hyderabad.

He passed his intermediate from the Government Degree College, Khairpur Nathan Shah, affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Hyderabad in 1996. He grabbed A-grade in the intermediate examination.

Imtiaz Ali Abro remained outstanding student in the school, as well as, in the college who always took active part in the extra-curricular activities, remained Captain of High School Team and also won debate and writing competitions in the school and college.

While finishing his college education, Mr Abro got admission in the most prestigious institution – Chandka Medical College – Larkana, the home district two former premiers Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, to be a doctor however he quit the MBBS degree in the second year.

Then, he moved to Karachi, the port city, where he got admission in the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) from where completed CA Foundation.

With an ambition to do something different in life, Imtiaz Ali Abro appeared in the entry test of province’s premier education institution – University of Sindh – and clinched 1st position. He did his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance in 2003 by securing the highest GPA 3.82 out of 4.

Immediate after completing his MBA degree, Imtiaz Abro started his telecommunication business in Karachi & Dadu . In the meantime, he also completed his LLB and LLM from city’s top university – University of Karachi – by securing First Class.

In 2005, Imtiaz Abro appeared in departmental commission of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) and qualified for the post of Assistant Audit Officer. He served the federal government for four and a half years.

In 2009, Imtiaz also appeared in the most competitive examination held by the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) that he qualified with flying colours. He joined the most prestigious post of Assistant Commissioner (BS-17) in Sindh Government.

Firstly, Imtiaz was posted as Assistant Commissioner Daharki, district Ghotki. He also served as Assistant Commissioner Naushero Feroze, Pithoro (Umarkot) Karachi Nazimabad and SITE area. He also served as Assistant Commissioner Landhi for more than three years. In 2015, he grabbed first position in AC-I and AC-II examination.

In 2017, Mr Abro was promoted to BS-18 and was posted as Deputy Director, Education and Literacy Department. He also served as Project Director Automation, Board of Revenue.

Imtiaz had also worked as Senior Director (Operations) in the Sindh Food Authority (SFA) where he served with utmost commitment for one and a half years. Then, he was posted as Additional Deputy Commissioner, Karachi’s Central district where he remained posted for four months.

He also served Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) as Senior Director at different portfolios and Financial Advisor for more than two years. He had also served as Deputy Commissioner, district Sujawal for some eleven months. He also briefly worked as Director Commerce and Industries in Government of Sindh.

Presently, Imtiaz Ali Abro is working as Director, Anti-Corruption Establishment, Sindh where he is working tirelessly to root out the menace of financial embezzlement from the government departments.

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Zahid Hussain Mirani – A lawyer, an investigator, a cricketer, a debater



KARACHI: Zahid Hussain Mirani son of Gulzar Ahmed Mirani was born at Garhi Yasin, a town of district Shikarpur on January 25, 1978. His father was a contractor. Zahid Mirani has two brothers and a sister.

Mr Zahid received his early education from the Government Primary School, Habib Mungrani while he got secondary education from the Government Shah Abdul Latif High School, Shikarpur, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Sukkur with flying colours in 1993.

He passed his intermediate from the Government C&S Degree College, Shikarpur, affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Sukkur in 1995. Yet again, he secured good grades.

Mr Mirani was an extraordinary student in his school as well as in the college. He took active part in debate competitions and loved to play cricket.

While finishing his college education, Zahid Hussain got admission in Sindh’s prominent educational institution – University of Sindh – from where he completed his Bachelors of Science (B.Sc) and Masters of Science (M.Sc) in Physiology in 2000.

Mr Mirani also did his LLB from Haji Maula Bux Law College, Shikarpur which was affiliated with Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur in 2006. He became member of the Sindh Bar Council in 2008 and started practicing in lower and upper courts. He received a good repute being as the most competent lawyer.

In 2011, Zahid Hussain Mirani appeared and qualified the Departmental Commission of the Anti-Corruption Department, a provincial watchdog, and became Sub-Inspector (BPS-14).

Firstly, he was posted as Sub-Inspector at Deputy Director Karachi office in October 2011. He went to Police Training Center Shahdadpur for the police training.

While returning from the one year training, Mr Mirani was posted as Circle Officer, district Jamshoro. He was then posted in the office of Deputy Director South Zone Karachi.

Mirani had also served as Circle Officer Thatta, Sujawal, Tharparkar and Umerkot districts where he unearthed and investigated several cases of financial misappropriations.

In 2017, Zahid Hussain Mirani was promoted to the post of Inspector (BS-16) and remained posted in the office of Deputy Director Mirpurkhas and Director’s office at Karachi. He had also served as Circle Officer Karachi Souh and East districts.

In 2024, Zahid Mirani was promoted to the post of Assistant Director (BS-17) and posted at the Directorate of Anti-Corruption Establishment where he is serving till date.

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Altaf Hussain Khawaja – A topper, an engineer, development expert, historian



KARACHI: While opening his eyes in the well-educated and prominent family of district Sujjawal, the coastal belt of Sindh province, Altaf Hussain Khawaja son of Mohammad Hashim was born on November 22, 1972.

His father Mohammad Hashim owned agricultural lands and known for his soft and kind behavior to the people of the area.

Altaf Hussain Khawaja has three brothers and three sisters.

Altaf received his primary education from the Government Boys Primary School Tarr Khawaja. He passed his matriculation from the Government Boys Secondary School Sujjawal, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad in 1988. He clinched A-grade.

Khawaja cleared his intermediate examination from the Government Muslim Science College Hyderabad in 1990. He grabbed A1 grade in the Board of Intermediate Education Hyderabad.

Mr Altaf was very active and attentive in studies and always took active part in extracurricular activities in the school as well as in the college.

With an extraordinary talent and his love towards education, Altaf qualified for admission in the most premier education institution – Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET) – from where he completed his Bachelors of Engineering (BE) in Civil in 1996. Yet again, he remained in the top five brilliant student in the university.

After finishing his university education, Altaf Khawaja started preparation and cleared the most competitive examination – Central Superior Services (CSS) held by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) however he could not make it to the allocation process.

Similarly, Altaf Khawaja cleared another examination conducted by the Federal Public Service Commission for the post of Income Tax Officer however he did not join it.

In year 2005, Altaf qualified another competitive examination conducted by the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) for the post of Assistant Executive Engineer (AEN), Works and Services Department, Government of Sindh. Finally, he joined the Sindh Government as AEN.

Firstly, Altaf was posted as AEN Buildings Division Matli in 2006 where he had served for a longtime. He had also served as AEN Education Works at Karachi’s Baldia Town.

In 2011, Mr Khawaja once again appeared and qualified the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) examination for the post of Mukhtiarkar, Board of Revenue of the Sindh Government which he had joined by availing lien facility.

He had served in various districts of the Sindh province and his last posting was Mukhtiarkar Sujjawal. He also qualified the RQE.

In 2016, Altaf Khawaja quit the revenue job and rejoined the Works and Services Department and was posted as AEN Highways Sub-Division I Karachi where he served for two years.

In 2018, Altaf was posted as XEN Building Division-II Karachi. He had also worked as XEN Health Works projects lower Sindh as additional assignment.

Mr Khawaja also served as Regional Engineer Sindh House Islamabad in 2020. He had also worked as XEN Health Works. In 2021, he was posted as XEN Health Works upper Sindh.

Altaf also served as XEN Provincial Buildings Thatta, XEN Provincial Buildings Division-II, XEN District Buildings Sujjawal and XEN Buildings Division-I and II.

In March 2024, Altaf Khawaja was promoted to the post of Superintending Engineer (BS-19). Presently, Altaf is working as Superintending Engineer (SE) Provincial Buildings Karachi.

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