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Aijaz Mahesar – Topper in English literature, sociologist, development economist, civil servant

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KARACHI: Kazi Aijaz Ahmed Mahesar, commonly known as Aijaz Mahesar – Topper in English literature, a sociologist, a development economist and a civil servant with his love for literature still alive. His areas of interest in general reading are history, geography, anthropology, comparative religion and classic as well as modern day literature.

Aijaz Mahesar opened his eyes in a prominent political and a well-off Agrarian family of Sindh on March 2, 1968 at Kazi Muhammad Arif, Taluka Mehar, District Dadu, Sindh. His father, Kazi Mushtaq Ahmed Mahesar is a landlord and a leading businessman of the area.

Aijaz received his primary education from the Government Primary School, Kazi Arif and he completed his secondary education from the Government High School, Mehar. He passed his matriculation from the Board of Secondary Education, Hyderabad, clinching A+ and A grades. His college education was split between Muslim Science College Hyderabad and Government Degree College Larkana

After finishing his intermediate, Aijaz Mahesar got admission in English Department, University of Sindh – from where he completed his Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Literature. He did his first Masters in English Literature from the University of Sindh in 1991 and secured First Class First position (Gold Medalist). Soon after his Masters, Mr Aijaz was offered to teach in Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro. He joined MUET as a Lecturer (BS-17) in December 1991 at the age of 23 years.

While doing his job as lecturer, Mr Aijaz Mahesar started preparation for Central Superior Services – and other competitive exams. In the process he was selected for Lectureship in College Education Department of Govt of Sindh which he did no join. However, when he qualified the Pakistan Banking Finance Service Commission and was selected as Officer Grade-II in the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), he resigned from MUET. He served in various branches of Hyderabad and NBP’s regional head office.

In 1995, Kazi Aijaz Mahesar appeared and qualified CSS exam. He got allocated in Office Management Group (OMG). After qualifying the Common Training Program in Civil Services Academy, Walton Lahore and STI, Islamabad, he began his career in civil services from Finance Division, Islamabad as BPS-17 officer where he served in various wings including expenditure, internal finance and regulation in 1997. He then moved to the Ministry of Ports and Shipping and served there till 2002 both in the capacity of BS-17 and BS-18 officer. In the meantime, Aijaz Mahesar also completed his second masters’ degree, this time in sociology.

In 2003, Aijaz Mahesar’s services were placed at the disposal of Govt or Sindh where he was posted as Deputy Secretary, Culture, Tourism, Sports and Youth Affairs Department. He also served as Deputy Secretary, Finance Department in 2004. He was posted as Regional Director, National Program for Improvement of Watercourses in October 2004. He also served as Deputy Secretary to Governor Sindh in 2005.

Aijaz then joined Decentralization Support Program (DSP), an initiative of Asian Development Bank, first as Deputy Director and then as its Project Director from 2006 to 2008.

All through these years, his academic pursuits continued alongside his regular jobs. At this point of time Mr Aijaz Mahesar also completed his MS (leading to PhD) with Major in Development Economics, Economic Foreign Policy of Pakistan and Change Management from SZABIST in 2008.

Mr Aijaz briefly served as Director at Peoples Housing Cell, Chief Minister’s Secretariat, where he collaborated with United Nations Development Program to construct a signature project of energy-efficient, low cost houses in Thatta and Badin Districts before moving on to serve as Additional Finance Secretary (Budget & Expenditure), Government of Sindh from January 2009 to August 2010.

Mr. Aijaz then moved to Planning & Development Department where he was posted as Additional Secretary and Program Coordinator, Community Development Program (CDP) where he served from August 2010 to July 2015. During this period, he qualified Senior Management Course from National Institute of Management, a subsidiary of National School of Public Policy. In addition to this, Mr. Aijaz had also done short courses from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Pakistan Institute of Management (PIMs) during this period.

Mr Mahesar was then transferred to Government of Pakistan at Islamabad where he served as Joint Secretary, Ministry of Industries and Production and as Joint Secretary, Cabinet Division, Islamabad from July 2015 to July 2017 where from his services were transferred to Government of Sindh and he was posted as Special Secretary, Health Department.

From January 2018 onwards he has served as Secretary to Govt of Sindh in Public Health Engineering & Rural Development Department; Secretary Industries & Commerce Department; Secretary Excise, Taxation & Narcotics Control Department; Secretary Services, SGA&CD and Secretary Livestock & Fisheries Department. During this time, he underwent and qualified National Security and Warcourse (2020-21) from the National Defence University, Islamabad in 2020. Presently, he is posted as Secretary Agriculture, Supply & Prices.

Mr. Aijaz Mahesar is also a Fulbright Scholar and have had the chance to pursue his academic interests in Universities like ITD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, United States of America, Central University of Finance &. Economics, Beijing, and International Institutes like Academy of International Business Officials (AIBO), China and SPRING Singapore. He also has participated in international conferences representing Govt of Sindh and Pakistan at various forums.

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

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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

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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

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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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