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Goldsmith to Governor – gold-smuggler, rift-creator, land mafia

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KARACHI: Kamran Tessori son of Akhtar Tessori was born on May 5, 1974 in Karachi, the heart of Sindh. His father Mr Akhtar was a contractor who entered into the business of gold and started a company namely ‘Tessori Gold’ and earned millions of rupees.

Apart from his family’s gold business, Mr Kamran Tessori took over the family business and simultaneously started businesses of money-exchange and real estate.

Kamran is the only person of Tessori family who entered into the politics in late 90s and had joined newly established Pakistan Muslim League Quaid-e-Azam (PML-Q).

In a very short span of time, Kamran Tessori became ‘right-hand’ of former chief minister of Sindh Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim. Even the elected representatives of the PML-Q used to approach Mr Kamran Tessori to get their work done from the then CM. Within this period, Mr Tessori became billionaire.  

In the tenure of Dr Arbab Rahim, Mr tessori was accused of gold smuggling of some 300 kg gold to Dubai and then bringing it back to Pakistan. His big gold center on Zaib-Nisa Street in Sadar was also closed for couple of years due to this issue.

Dr Arbab Ghulam Rahim also allotted him with 80 acres of land near historic graveyard – Chaukandi – which was actually part of the said graveyard.  He also owned more than 400 files of Lyari Expressway for which he was paid huge amount as compensation.

After the Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) came into power in Sindh, former home minister Dr Zulfikar Mirza lodged FIRs against Kamran Tessori for his involvement in land grabbing in district Badin that compelled him to take shelter at the residence of PML-Q leader Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain at Islamabad. He also took shelter from property tycoon Malik Riaz Hussain.

Soon after this episode, Kamran Tessori joined Pakistan Muslim League-Funtional (PML-F) led by Pir Pagara.

In 2013 election, Mr Tessori was the key player in a 12-party alliance headed by Pir Pagaro because of his closeness to Imtiaz Shaikh, he had a big contribution in the distribution of tickets of said alliance, and due to his role at that times many controversies were also raised.

After quite some time, Kamran Tessori tried to open doors to join Mutehida Qaumi Movement (MQM) however he couldn’t make it. However, after MQM parted ways with its leader Altaf Hussain on August 23, 2016, Farooq Sattar opened doors of MQM-Pakistan for Mr Tessori.

Mr Tessori had faced strong resistance from other MQM-Pakistan leader however Dr Farooq Sattar made him member of the Rabita Committee and allotted him party ticket to contest election from Karachi’s Mehmoodabad area which he lost.

Kamran Tessori has close affiliation with all factions of the MQM. Earlier MQM-P developed cracks after awarding him ticket of Senator and senior leader of MQM Farooq Sattar had to leave MQM-P. Kamran Tessori recently rejoined the party and suddenly nominated and made Governor of Sindh. This is how Mr Kamran Tessori had completed his journey from a businessman to the successful political leader.

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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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