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Muhammad Khan Abro – A man who never gives up

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KARACHI: Nowadays, writing a book is a difficult job to do and writing untold truth about the life incidents including poverty, sadness, family background, overall crisis about personal life is a daunting task which needs proper concentration, courage and the best memory.

Muhammad Khan Abro is the man who has broken all the barriers while writing about his past unforgettable experiences proudly as people these days do not tell truth about their past life even to their young generation.

Muhammad Khan Abro’s life faced various worst-ever ups and down in his life since childhood however he never gave up and kept fighting with the norms of the society and achieved success in his life.

The courageous Muhammad Khan Abro has written each single happening whether it was good or bad in his largely appreciated book titled Wanjan Soor Sandha Kayo [ Let Break the Spell of Pain ] which is published by the Sindhica Academy, Karachi.

As far as his sharp memory is concerned, I met his for the first time in his office however he left me surprised when he identified my father who was close-friend when both were young and struggling in the metropolis for the people. He immediately referred me as ‘Bhateejaa’ (son of a brother). There is no doubt Muhammad Khan Abro has a sharp memory which a writer must have to write-down what he had faced and what he had gone through.

The book contain stories of his past life as usually people write for one’s life after he leave the world but this book can be termed as ‘written part of life’ that gives a glimpses of life of a poor boy who opened his eyes in a poor family when his village Bulhan, a small village of Boobak town near Sehwan Sharif, the resting place of world famous Sufi saint Hazrat Lal Shahbaz Qalandar. It is dedicated to those persons, who lit the light in the gloomy life of the author. These persons are authors’ mother, father and teacher.

Muhammad Khan Abro has passionately told his story that how his family migrated from tiny village Buhlan to Sehwan following Black Floods back in 1956. His village was under floodwater and gushing water was running below his cot inside his house.

The author has recalled old days of town, when it was brimmed up with life. Its routine social course was mingled with sublime interactions. In those days, co-existence was cultural code of town. Later on, the partition changed the town’s complexion. Hence, Sehwan like other towns of Sindh became a ghost town, and its streets gave the desert look. However, life retained its pace, and people migrated from nearby villages and occupied the vacated houses. But, those houses took time to become homes for new occupants. In that interval, spiritual hollowness captured the town.

Amidst period of isolation and monotony, the author finds a purpose of life, when he joins Jeay Sindh Students Federation. Prior to it, he has attended, Jeay Sindh Students’ grand gathering at Sindh University, Jamshoro. In fact, the author’s presence in that gathering was merely as an attendee, but environment changed him – he became a new person, he cherished a new dream and borne cost for its realization. He did worst type of manual jobs – sold ice cans, and transported fish form Sehwan to various cities of Sindh – Hyderabad, Larkana, and even Balochistan.

Finally, he passed matriculation and intermediate examinations. Another topic which author has sporadically mentioned is his deep involvement with the cause of Sindh. In addition to that, he has openly shown his love for GM Syed.

The author’s memoirs about Jeay Sindh Students Federation’s activism tells us a lot about those times that how nationalist politics elevated profiles of common persons. The case in point is author’s success in students’ elections of Government Boys College, Sehwan. The success in elections quickly and permanently changed his status in Sehwan, one of the power-centered towns of Sindh.

The author’s selectively narrated pieces tell that how power operates at local level. He has also openly pointed out that in 1970s, Pakistan Peoples’ Party forcefully used government officials for winning students’ elections in colleges. The author has quoted two examples – one example is of an education officer, who was pressurized by the then Minster Mr. Abdul Waheed Katpar. The Minister threatened the official to stop his boy from joining the panel of Jeay Sindh Students Federation. In another situation, one candidate named Qurban was forced through local landlord to withdraw his candidature.

Apart from it, the author has also narrated numerous events of internal politics of Jeay Sindh Students Federation that how the central leadership used to manage units or districts’ elections. In the whole narration Jeay Sindh Students Federation, Sindh University and GM Syed are most frequent themes.

Muhammad Khan Abro’s book invites us to reflect that how society operates at local level, and how interest groups support and contradict each other.

What I learnt by reading this book is that no one can stop you from achieving goals of your life if you have a will to do it. Muhammad Khan Abro used to help his mother in collecting Cow Dung early in the morning to ensure lighting of fire for food etc, cleaning his house and then go for studies and labor job.

The other inspiring thing that attracted me is there is no age limit to study and if you are willing just break the barrier and get education whenever you want. In my opinion the book is a ‘must read’ to read about the life experiences of Muhammad Khan Abro, structure of the society, good and bad things of the past etc.

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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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