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Shahnawaz Dahani: Pakistan’s emerging fast-bowler, G3 of Sindh

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KARACHI: With innocence on his face and poor background, Shahnawaz Dahani, is an emerging fast-bowler from Khuhawar Khan Dahani, a small village which is around 12 kilometers far from Larkana city, has become the proud of Pakistan. He was born on August 5, 1998.

Dahani’s father died in his early age leaving behind Shahnawaz Dahani, his mother, an elder brother Amjad Ali Dahani and a sister. His family owns a half-acre agriculture land in the village which he used to cultivate for the livelihood while his elder brother is a police constable.

Dahani got his primary and secondary education from a government school in his native village. He did his matriculation from Government Pilot School, district Larkana. He did his intermediate and Bachelor’s of Commerce (BCom) from Government Commerce College, Larkana.

While talking to Sindhnews at his landlord’s Autaq (traditional place for guests) after his return from Pakistan Super League PSL 2021, Shahnawaz Dahani said he started playing tape-ball cricket at the age of 12 years.

“We did not have opportunities to play cricket in any ground however the support and appreciation from the villages, family and people of the areas compelled me to work hard. My father (late) never wanted me to play cricket as he always wanted me to be a government officer and that’s why I worked hard even in my studies to fulfil dreams of my parents”, he said.

“We then established Dahani Cricket Team comprising talent cricketers and started playing matches in the district-level. We have won several trophies, tournaments in district Larkana and other district of the province. I have been given a title of G3 rifle by the villagers and the people of the district following my running speed”, he added.

In year 2016, I started playing hard-ball after joining Al-Shahbaz Cricket Club, Larkana. In year 2017, I was selected for the Larkana Region Under-19 with the support of my mentors Muhammad Siddique Abro and Abdul Rahim Abro.

I was asked to visit Larkana for trials of hard-ball and I borrowed shoes and socks from one of my friends. I was chosen to play for the Larkana Region Under19 for Larkana Region in that season and started by taking 9 wickets in the 2-Day Regional Inter District Under-19 Tournament 2016-17 which was a good beginning for me and a very good introduction to the world of hard-ball cricket.

Furthermore, the right-arm medium fast bowler says he had played Grade 2 cricket for Larkana region for one to two years. Then I was selected to play for Larkana Region in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy Grade 2 2018/19 where in 7 matches I clinched 26 wickets, with best figures of 4/70.

In year 2019-20, I was selected as a white-ball specialist for Sindh and got to play 2 matches in the National T20 Cup where I took 3 wickets. I was given a chance to play in the First XI for Sindh and I debuted for them in November 2019 against Southern Punjab, taking one wicket.

There was a lot to learn such as how to use the Kookaburra ball effectively, how to bowl against top-quality batsmen and also the fitness levels needed to bowl long spells over 4-days and I really did enjoy that experience. The encouragement I got from Sarfaraz Ahmed and other senior members of the squad was incredible and they all told me that I had great potential and could only get better in the future.

It’s indeed a great honour and something which fills me with great joy to be able to say that I am from a small village near Larkana and have played top level domestic cricket. Whenever I go home, I have many people waiting to see me and ask me about my experience in First-Class cricket and a lot of the time I get invited to play in local games as well, and of course for meals at my fellow villager’s homes. It’s a matter of pride for my mother and my family who watch every time I have appeared on TV, and I am thankful to the Almighty for all that I have achieved so far.

I was drafting of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for PSL 2020 however I was not selected however the luck was with me this time and I was contacted to be part of Multan Sultans for this season. I have played four matches in the PSL 2021 and took nine wickets in PSL. I have been the 2nd best bowler of the PSL 2021.

“The goal of my life is to play for Pakistan, promote its image in the world and get Pakistani star on my chest”, Shahnawaz Dahani concluded.

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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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