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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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Muhammad Mushtaq Ibrahim Soomro – An urban town planner, architect, expert in building laws, a historian

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KARACHI: Born into a prominent agriculturist and business family on June 5, 1972, Muhammad Mushtaq Ibrahim Soomro hails from Shah Panjo Sultan, a small village in Mehar taluka, district Dadu. Mushtaq’s father, Muhammad Ibrahim Soomro was a senior bureaucrat who served the Sindh Government for decades. He has three brothers and two sisters, all highly educated and well settled.

Mushtaq received his primary education from the renowned NJV School. He completed his matriculation with A-grade from Abbasi Academy, Bahadurabad, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Karachi (BSEK) in 1987.

He then moved to Hyderabad, where he completed his intermediate education with another A-grade from the prestigious Public School Hyderabad under the Board of Intermediate Education Hyderabad in 1989. He was a bright student known for his active participation in extracurricular activities, Mushtaq won several awards for his writing skills.

With a vision to pursue a distinctive career, Mushtaq secured admission to Pakistan’s premier engineering university, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro, graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) in 1996, once again achieving 2nd position.

Upon completing his university education, he was offered a lecturer position at Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro. Simultaneously, Mushtaq cleared a competitive selection process and joined the then Karachi Building Control Authority as Assistant Controller of Buildings (BS-17) in 1998, an autonomous body under the administrative control of the Local Government and Housing Town Planning Department.

Initially posted at Circle D, Mushtaq later served in the Design Section and gained field experience in building rules and regulations for five years. In 2003, he was appointed officiating deputy director. In 2011, with the formation of the Sindh Building Control Authority (SBCA), Mushtaq served as Deputy Director in various regions, including Larkana. He held positions such as Deputy Director Gulshan Town-I, Deputy Director Saddar Town-II, and Deputy Director Gulshan Town-II.

Finally promoted to BS-18 in 2014, Mushtaq served as Regional Director for the Larkana Region and Deputy Director (Coordination), SBCA HQ, Karachi. During this period, he also pursued and completed his semesters of Masters in Regional & City Planning from Mehran University of Engineering and Technology (MUET), pending thesis submission due to official commitments.

In 2019, he was promoted to BS-19 and firstly posted as Director of Research and Regulations. Recognised for his integrity and dedication, Mushtaq has held multiple roles in BS-19, including Director Administration, Maintenance, Research and Regulations, Procurement, Finance and Accounts and Licensing and Records.

In October 2022, owing to his expertise in legal matters, building bylaws, and urban town planning, his services were retained by the Local Government and Housing Town Planning Department, Government of Sindh, where he undertook several special assignments.

Following a brief stint, Having Diploma in Leadership & Management and Finance & Accounts, Mushtaq Soomro returned to SBCA in September 2023 as Director Administration and Finance, HQ, and Regional Director for the Hyderabad Region. Presently, he is performing duties as Transition Officer (industries) in the SBCA, assisting in formulating rules and regulations for the industrial sector alongside his primary role as Director Administration and Finance having office at SBCA HQ Karachi.

Mushtaq has had an impressive array of service credentials at SBCA, including serving as SBCA’s Focal Person and liaison officer for the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) for many years. He has been member of the committee notified for the draft Service regulations of SBCA. He has also been the Coordinator and Head of the SBCA Reforms Committee, instrumental in introducing the stage-wise ‘Single Window (paper-less) Facility’ for online processing of construction permits under the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Programme.

Mushtaq has also been a Member of the Standing Committee on Karachi Building and Town Planning Regulations (KB&TPR) and has played a pivotal role as Focal Person and Member of the team of technical draftsmen for the legislation and framework of the newly formed Sindh Master Plan Authority. His contributions also include technical drafting of the Sindh High Density Development Board Rules and serving as the Focal Person for the National Coordination Committee on Housing, Construction, and Development (NCCHCD) / Prime Minister’s Naya Pakistan Housing & Development Authority.

Additionally, he has chaired the Committee on One Window Operations at Khairpur Special Economic Zone (KSEZ) in alignment with the SBCO / KB&TPR, based on proposals from the Investment Department, Government of Sindh. He has been also member of the technical committee assigned the task to prepare energy conservation building code of Pakistan by National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority.

Additionally, he has been key member of the committee who drafted the Regional building and town planning regulations for the other regions of SBCA except Karachi. He is also visiting faculty member at Pakistan Institute of Management. In the face of challenges, Mushtaq has proven to be an impediment for the old guard with his unwavering commitment to excellence. Despite facing continuous pressures and defamation attempts, he has consistently demonstrated steadfast dedication in carrying out his official duties.

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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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