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Kashif Hussain: Brave journalist, survivor of bomb blasts, broadcaster, a blogger

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KARACHI: Karachi is an extra ordinary city and its problems are also miraculous. Journalists working in this metro city are extraordinary too. One of the top of list name is Kashif Hussain. A brave media person and an eye witness of Karachi’s ups and downs when the city was burning and declared as a war zone.

Being the eldest son and first child, Syed Kashif Hussain son of Syed Shakir Ali was born at Faizabad colony of the district Khairpur Mir’s, Sindh on May 28, 1980. He got his primary education from the Government Primary School and matriculation from the Government Comprehensive High School, Khairpur in 1995.

Kashif Hussain fetched A plus grades throughout his education from primary to secondary however he secured B grade in his matriculation. He did his intermediate from the Government Superior Science College, Khairpur in year 1998 with flying colours.

In year 1999, Mr Kashif got admission in the Shah Abdul Lateef University, Khairpur where he did his Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Masters of Arts (MA) in Mass Communication with first division.

With an ambition to adopt  journalism as his career to serve the oppressed masses, Kashif Hussain went to Rawalpindi in search of a job where he joined an evening newspaper namely – Daily Atish – Daily Asaas and used to do Khuli Kachehri to raise social issue and public voice for almost one year and was that much stuck and occupied with work assignments couldn’t attend the funeral of his grand father due to work commitment with whom he was so much attached but his dedication to profession and learning zest made him what he is today. He also faced several problems like language barrier in Islamabad and Rawalpindi but he put all his efforts to move-on and improve his ability with time.

Fortunately, Kashif Hussain met the most senior journalist of Islamabad and ex-president of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Mr. C.R Shamsi who handed him a ‘letter’ for the most senior journalist of Karachi named late Abdul Hameed Chapraa sahab, former president of Karachi Press Club and PFUJ and well known strong and bold voice for the rights of journalist in Pakistan.

Kashif Hussain came back to Karachi where he luckily met Abdul Hameed Chapraa at Karachi Press Club and handed him a ‘letter’ of Shamsi sahab, Abdul Hameed Chapraa looked at him for short span and asked press club’s Qayyum Baba to provide tea and food until Kashif gets a proper job. Within few days, Kashif got a job in Daily Kainat newspaper and given responsibilities to cover special events for newspaper’s special pages, conduct interviews and local governments with utmost commitment and dedication.

In year 2002, Kashif Hussain got a job offer from ARY OneWorld (presently ARY News) with responsibilities to cover Sindh Assembly’s sessions, political parties, Sindh government and crime. Syed Kashif Hussain remained associated with ARY News from year 2002 to 2010. This was the time when Karachi was in grip of terrorism.

From Lyari to Kati Phari area, Kashif Hussain reported from every nook and corner of the city particularly on 12th May, 2007 when former Chief Justice announced to visit Karachi and opponents announced to block his entry.

“Because most of the road leading to the airport were closed, the Pakistan International Airline (PIA) had to delay all its flight due to the non-availability of cockpit and cabin crews who were unable to reach the airport in time,” Kashif Hussain recalled.

During the rampage, it was mostly the supporters of Chief Justice who lost their lives. Dozens of supporters were left dead in the massacre. More than 800 political workers were arrested.

Besides, Mr Kashif Hussain covered more than one hundred bomb blasts in the metropolis and fortunately he survived four bomb blasts including Muharram procession blasts, PACC blast and the deadly Karsaz blast on the convoy of former prime minister Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto. Kashif sustained minor injuries in Karsaz blast while his cameraman namely Arif Khan lost his life during that deadly attack on Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.

Moreover, Kashif also did year’s long coverage of American journalist Daniel Pearl starting from kidnapping to murder investigation. He also reported on Al Qaeda and Taliban related arrests from Karachi.

During the worst situation of Karachi most of the international media rely on Kashif Hussain information. Kashif Hussain also helped Sky News UK to cover 2010 worst flooding which affected almost 7.2 million people in Sindh province.

In his career as journalist, Kashif has covered four general elections and three local bodies elections. Kashif Hussain is amongst very few journalists who covered 6 Senate elections in the country. He has first-hand knowledge on the core issues of the Sindh province including water issues, distribution of financial resources, National Finance Commission (NFC) Award, Water Accord 1991, population census etc.

Kashif has also conducted high-profile interviews of Pakistan’s politicians including Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, Asif Ali Zaradari, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Pir Pagara, Asfand Yar Wali, Atta ullah Mengal, Rasool Bux Palijo, Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Makhdoom Amin Faheem and many well known political movers of Pakistan.

Kashif Hussain also served as President of Association of Television Journalist(ATJ) during the tenure of General Pervaiz Musharaf when he imposed emergency. He played an active role for the restoration of media and jailed for few days as he was among few who rejected dictatorship regime. Afterward during the tenure as Joint Secratery of PFUJ in 2015-17 continued the same. He also remained very proactive in the politics of Karachi Press Club (KPC) and Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ).

In year 2011, Mr Kashif joined Express News as senior political correspondent and worked there for a period of one year. Again in 2012, Kashif joined ARY News as its Chief Reporter at Karachi Bureau till early 2016. Then, he joined Channel 24 as its Bureau Chief for one year.

In 2017, Kashif Hussain once again joined ARY News as Deputy Bureau Chief and remained associated with the organization till November 2019. In March 2020, Kashif was offered position of Media Consultant at the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Secretariat Bilawal House, Media Cell, which he accepted and is working their till date.

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Suhail Ahmed Qureshi – The topper, Gold-Medalist, an Engineer, a book-lover

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KARACHI: While belonging to a prominent landlord and business family of district Shikarpur, Suhail Ahmed Qureshi son of Khuda Bux Qureshi was born on October 5, 1967. Suhail’s father owned rice factories, hundreds acres of agricultural land and other businesses.

Suhail Ahmed Qureshi has two brothers and two sisters and all of them are well-educated.

Suhail Qureshi received his primary education from Noor Ul Islam School Shikarpur. He passed his matriculation from the Government High School No 1 Shikarpur, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Sukkur in 1983. He clinched A1 grades in the board’s examination.

Mr Qureshi completed his intermediate from the Government C & S College Shikarpur which was affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Sukkur in 1985. Yet again, he grabbed A1 grades.

Suhail Ahmed Qureshi remained brilliant student since the school days who always took active part in the extra-curricular activities. He remained top position holder in the school as well as in college.

With his intermediate with best grades, Suhail Qureshi got admission in the most prominent educational institution – Mehran University of Engineering and Technology – Jamshoro in 1986 from where he completed his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) in Electrical.

Mr Suhail was awarded with the Gold Medal with his much appreciated project – Electrical Power from the Ocean Waves -. His project was also on-aired on the only state-run television channel – PTV -.

Aiming to do something different in his life, Mr Suhail appeared in the most competitive examination – Central Superior Services – held by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) in 1994. He had qualified the written tests however he was deprived of group allocation.

In 1996, Suhail Qureshi appeared in another competitive examination conducted by the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC). Simultaneously, Mr Suhail also qualified for the post of Assistant Director, Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited.

With a vision to serve people of the province, Suhail Qureshi decided to join the Sindh Government and started his career as Section Officer (SO) in 1996.

Firstly, he was posted as Section Officer in the Finance Department where he had served for many years. He also served as Section Officer in Food Department; Services General Administration & Coordination Department (SGA&CD); and Local Government Department.

With his vast experience of administrative issues, Suhail was once again posted in the SGA&CD in 2004 where he had served for around four years.

In 2008, he was promoted to BS-18 and was posted as Deputy Secretary in the Services General Administration & Coordination Department (SGA&CD) where he served till 2012.

In 2013, Mr Suhail was promoted to BS-19 and posted as Additional Secretary (Services-I) at Services General Administration & Coordination Department (SGA&CD). He was first officer of Provincial Secretariat Services (PSS) who was posted as Additional Secretary (Services-I) as usually the post was filled by the officers of Pakistan Administrative Services (PAS) or other federal services.

Later, Suhail was posted as Additional Secretary, Agriculture Department in 2016 where he served for a period of one year. In 2017, he was posted as Special Secretary in Health Department where he performed for two years.

He had also briefly served as Special Secretary in the Anti-Corruption Department. In 2019, he was made full-fledged Director, Anti-Corruption Department, an important post which was equivalent to IGP as per Anti-Corruption Act.

In January 2021, Suhail Qureshi was promoted to BS-20 and was posted as Special Secretary (Prisons), Home Department. He also served as Secretary of the Irrigation Department for two years where he carries the title of one of the longest serving officer in the Irrigation Department. In 2023, Suhail Ahmed Qureshi was posted as Secretary Health.

In January 2024, Suhail Ahmed Qureshi was posted as Secretary, Public Health Engineering where he is presently performing his responsibilities with utmost honesty and dedication.

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Masood Bhutto – A topper, civil servant, administrative expert, a doctor

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KARACHI: Opening his eyes in the well-educated and landlord family of district Larkana, the hometown of two former premiers Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed, Dr Masood Bhutto son of Rab Nawaz Bhutto was born on February 1, 1983.

His father owned agricultural lands of guava orchards in the outskirts of Larkana city. Mr Masood Bhutto has seven brothers and four sisters and all of them are well-educated.

Masood Bhutto received his early education from the Government Primary School at Ghulam Bhutto and completed his matriculation from the Government D.C High School, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Larkana in 1999.He clinched A-grade in the board’s examination.

Masood did his intermediate in pre-medical from the Government Degree College Larkana, affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Larkana. Yet again he grabbed good grades.

Being an extraordinary student in his school and college, Masood always took active part in the extra-curricular activities. He also won a number of quiz competitions at district level.

Later, Masood Bhutto qualified the entrance test with flying colours and got admission in the prominent medical institution – Chandka Medical College – from where he completed his MBBS in 2007.

With a vision to do something different in life, Dr Masood Bhutto moved to federal capital – Islamabad – where he did his House Job at Capital Development Authority (CDA) hospital in Urology Department. He, then, joined Islamabad Medical and Dental College as Senior Medical Officer in 2009 where he had served for a period of two years.

In the meanwhile, Dr Masood had also appeared in the Pakistan’s most competitive examination – Central Superior Services – and cleared it with flying colours. He grabbed 7th position and allocated FBR’s Inland Revenue Services (IRS).

Simultaneously, he also appeared in the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) and qualified it. He was allocated Ex-PCS cadre. Dr Masood Bhutto left the IRS services and opted for Ex-PCS and joined the Sindh Government.

Mr Masood was firstly posted as Assistant Commissioner Larkana where he served for the longest period in the History of Larkano District from pre partition to this time i.e. 2012-2017. He also served as Additional Deputy Commissioner Larkana for a period of one year.

The credit for the vast road infrastructure on the right and left Bank of Rice canal crossing from the city, beautification and drainage system of Larkana city goes to Dr Masood Bhutto as he was the man who led the anti-encroachment drive in the city. He also put up his efforts to assist PPHI project and assisted the establishment of NICVD Larkana.

He also assisted in the establishment of SIUT Larkano. His endeavoring efforts for the establishment of English Cambridge Comprehensive School system.  He also assisted in the establishment of Sindh University campus at Larkana. 

In 2018, Dr Masood Bhutto was posted as Chief Monitoring Officer at Kamber-Shahdadkot district where he had served with utmost dedication for one year. He introduced many competition programmes among the students in Larkana and Kamber Shahadadkot .

In 2019, he was promoted to BS-18 and was posted as Deputy Director East, Sindh Food Authority, the newly established authority to ensure hygienic food to millions of dwellers of Sindh province. He had also served Sindh Food Authority as Deputy Director South, Malir and Korangi districts.

In 2022, after completion of MCMC Mr Bhutto was promoted to BS-19 and posted as Director Finance, Sindh Food Authority where he is currently performing his duties with honesty and dedication.

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Munawar Ali Mithani – SPSC topper, FPSC qualified, civil servant, a topper, a lawyer, 

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KARACHI: Munawar Ali Mithani son of Ali Gohar Mithani was born on February 15, 1971 in district Larkana, the home district of two former premiers Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed.

The Mithani family was known as well-educated and disciplined one. Munawar’s father was a well-reputed senior police officer of Sindh Police. Munawar has two brothers.

Munawar received his early education from the nearby school namely Shah Mohammad Primary School Larkana. He passed his matriculation from the Government Pilot School Larkana by clinching A-grade in 1985.

He cleared his intermediate from the Government Degree College, Larkana affiliated with the Board of Intermediate Education Larkana in 1987. Yet again, he secured A-grade.

Since childhood, Munawar Mithani was an extraordinary student who always took part in sports, quiz competition, debate etc. He also loved reading books and writing on various issues and topics.

Mr Mithani qualified and got admission in the Sindh’s most prestigious educational institution – Mehran University of Engineering and Technology – Jamshoro and completed his Bachelor of Engineering (B.E) in Civil in 1991.

After his engineering degree, Munawar Mithani started preparation for the competitive examination by the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC). Simultaneously, Munawar did Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science and LLB from Shah Abdul Latif University, Khairpur.

In 1993, Mr Mithani qualified for the post of Mukhtiarkar through competitive process by SPSC and had joined the Sindh Government. He was the youngest officer of the Sindh who joined the government services at the age of 18.

Firstly, Munawar was posted as Mukhtiarkar Survey and Settlement, Karachi East where he had served till 1999. In the same year, he was promoted to the post of Assistant Commissioner (AC).

In 1999, Munawar Mithani also qualified Pakistan’s most competitive examination held by the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) and allocated the Office Management Group (OMG) however he did not join that federal services.

After serving in the port city, Munawar was posted as Assistant Commission (General) at Commissioner Larkana office. He also served as Special Judicial Magistrate (SDM) Wareh town. Then, he served in PARCO as Land Acquisition Officer for a period of three years.

In 2005, Mr Mithani had joined the NCHD as its General Manager, Jacobabad where he served with utmost commitment and dedication.

After that, he was posted as Deputy District Officer (DDO) Revenue at Jacobabad.

In 2008, he was promoted to BS-18 and posted as Executive District Officer (EDO) Jacobabad. He also served as EDO Revenue as well as Deputy Commissioner Kashmore in 2011. Munawar also served as Deputy Commissioner Khairpur district in 2013 where he served for couple of years. He also served in the Municipal Services Delivery Program (MSDP) funded by the US-Aid in 2016-17.

In 2017, he was promoted to BS-19 and was posted as Director, Social Protection Unit, Social Welfare Department, Government of Sindh.

In 2019, Mithani was posted as Deputy Commissioner Kashmore district where a served for four years.   In 2023, Munawar Mithani was promoted to BS-20 and posted as Managing Director of the Sindh Technical and Vocational Training Authoriy (STEVTA) where he is still serving.

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