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Nadeem-ur-Rehman – A topper, humbled civil servant, book-lover

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KARACHI: While belonging to well-off family of Tando Jam (Hyderabad district), Nadeem-ur-Rehman son of Abdul Rehman Memon was born on May 5, 1969. His father partnered a construction business with his elder brother. Besides, construction business, he also possessed ample knowledge about Hikmat and owned a Dawa Khana at Tando Qaiser.

Mr Nadeem received his primary education from the Government Primary School, Tando Jam. He was an extra-ordinary student in the school who always clinched top positions in studies as well as extra-curricular activities that happened in the school.

After that, he got admission in the Cadet College Petaro from where he completed his matriculation with flying colours in 1984. He also outshined in his intermediate examination from Cadet College Petaro, affiliated with the Board of Secondary Education Hyderabad in 1986.

After passing out from Cadet College Petaro, Mr Nadeem Memon he sought admission in the Pakistan best engineering university – NED – however he couldn’t continue as his parents did not want him to stay more in the hostels following one of his sibling was already studying in the NED University for Bachelors of Engineering (B.E) who was found involved in dirty student politics at that time.

With this, Mr Nadeem finally got admission in the Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam from where he completed his graduation.

While largely inspired by his elder brother Abdul Jabbar Memon, Nadeem-ur-Rehman started preparation for the Pakistan’s most competitive examination – Central Superior Services –. In 1991, he appeared in the CSS examination however he did not qualify it with a very low margin difference.

Simultaneously, Nadeem also appeared in the Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC), again the toughest competition to join the civil services. This time, he not only cleared the examination but clinched the second position in the merit list which clearly shows that ‘hard-work, commitment with education and consistency always pays off’.

Lastly, Nadeem-ur-Rehman joined the civil services as Mukhtiarkar and also served as Assistant Commissioner/SDM, Deputy Commissioner and Commissioner in Sindh.

His remarkable performance that is always missed and will always be remembered included as Deputy Commissioner Umerkot and Commissioner Hyderabad. He also served as DC Mirpurkhas and Thatta.

As the Deputy Commissioner of Umerkot, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon worked to ensure provision of public services to the residents of the district, including healthcare, education, and infrastructure development. He also played a key role in maintaining law and order in the district, and in coordinating with other government agencies to implement development projects and initiatives.

One of the major challenges faced by Tharparkar is drought, which has led to a shortage of water and food for the local population. During his tenure, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon took several initiatives to address this issue. He oversaw the construction of several water supply schemes in the district, which helped to improve access to clean drinking water for the local population. He also initiated several programs to provide food and other necessities to the residents of the district during times of drought.

In addition to his efforts to address the issue of drought in Tharparkar, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon also worked on improving the efficiency of government institutions and officials in the district. He introduced several e-governance initiatives to streamline government processes and improve transparency and accountability.

At all, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon’s tenure as Deputy Commissioner of Tharparkar was marked by a focus on development, efficient governance, and disaster management. His efforts helped to improve the quality of life for the residents of the district, and his initiatives set a positive example for other administrative officials in the province.

Moreover, as the Commissioner of Hyderabad, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon initiated several development projects in the district including construction of new roads, hospitals and schools. He also worked on improving the efficiency of government institutions and officials, and introduced several e-governance initiatives to streamline government processes and improve transparency and accountability.

Mr Nadeem was also actively involved in disaster management and response efforts in the district. He played a key role in responding to natural disasters such as floods, and worked to ensure that the affected populations received timely relief and support Overall, Nadeem ur Rehman Memon’s tenure as Commissioner of Hyderabad was marked by a focus on development, efficient governance, and disaster management. His efforts helped to improve the quality of life for the residents of the district.

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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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