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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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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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