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Sindh’s news chief secretary – Who is Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam Ifran ?

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KARACHI: Dr. Muhammad Fakhre Alam Irfan is from the Pakistan Administrative Service (erstwhile DMG) – 20th Common. BS-22 Federal Secretary, currently posted as Sindh’s Chief Secretary on August 18, 2023.

Before his posting as chief secretary Sindh, he was serving as Secretary Ministry of Housing & Works, Islamabad.

He did his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Birmingham, Public Service (2001 – 2002).

Dr. Muhammad Fakhre Alam Irfan is a revered bureaucrat. He is a role model who, listen to his subordinates attentively and address their complaints, suggestions, concerns, and personal issues.

Under the leadership of Dr. Muhammad Fakhre Alam Irfan, Ministry of H&W’s was continuously focusing on advancing and improving housing sector, and to make it easier to provide, more cost-effective and more enjoyable residence for the people of Pakistan.

Mr. Muhammad Fakhre Alam Irfan has amassed an extensive and commendable tenure in various high-profile governmental positions, showcasing his unwavering dedication and exceptional leadership qualities.

Serving as the Principal Secretary to the Governor for the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa since November 2013, he has impeccably navigated the intricacies of governance for over 9 years and 8 months, ensuring the smooth functioning and efficient coordination of administrative affairs.

Prior to this, Mr. Irfan held the pivotal role of Secretary Health for the same government, contributing his astute insights and profound expertise for a period of 5 months from July 2013 to November 2013.

Additionally, his noteworthy service as Commissioner for the Government of Pakistan, spanning 2 years and 3 months from May 2011 to July 2013, further attests to his resolute commitment in facilitating comprehensive development and addressing pertinent societal issues.

Mr. Muhammad Fakhre Alam Irfan’s remarkable professional journey exemplifies his unwavering dedication and unwavering commitment to public service, rendering him a distinguished figure in the governmental landscape. Mr. Fakhre Alam has vast experience of International Relations, Public Policies, Human Rights, Foreign Policy, and Economic Development.

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Rashid Ansari – Mafia of Sindh’s mines and minerals!

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KARACHI: The multi-billions dollar mines and minerals spread across the Sindh province are presently under clutches of a powerful person who is himself a One-Man Mafia, compelling all his officials to bow-down before him.

Rashid Ansari has become a symbol of threat to almost every official working at the Directorate General of Mines and Mineral Development Department, Government of Sindh for the last couple of years. And, nobody is willing to take action against his massive corrupt practices involving billions of rupees, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Sindh’s caretaker minister for mines and minerals Mir Khuda Bux Marri took bold step and initiated multiple inquiries against him, suspending him from the post of Deputy Director (Technical), Mines and Mineral Development Department, sources disclosed.

While taking stern notice of the situation and malpractices, Chief Secretary Sindh Dr Muhammad Fakhre Alam issued a notification suspending Rashid Ansari immediately for 90 days.

“In exercise of powers conferred by Rule-5(1) of the Sindh Civil Servants (Efficiency & Disciplines) Rules, 1973, the services of Mr Rashid Ansari, Deputy Director (Tech) (BS-18), Directorate General, Mines and Mineral Development Department are hereby placed under suspension for 90-days with immediate effect, on account of misconduct”, according to a letter exclusively available with Sindhnews.

“During the period of suspension, the headquarters of the aforementioned officer shall be at the Mines and Mineral Development Department. He shall draw pay and allowances, during the period of suspension, as admissible under the rule”, the notification adds.

Sindhnews repeatedly tried to contact Rashid Ansari for his official version however his cell phone remained unattended till filing of the report.

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DG Khadim Hussain refuses to grant mining leases to relatives of caretaker minister

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KARACHI: Making it for the first time, Director General, Directorate General of Mines and Minerals, Government of Sindh, has refused to grant mining leases illegally to the relatives of Sindh’s caretaker minister Mir Khuda Marri, it is learnt.

The insiders told Sindhnews that the caretaker minister was allegedly pressuring the DG Khadim Hussain Channa to grant more than 11 mining leases to brothers and relatives of the minister.

However, Mr Channa clearly refused to obey his orders resultantly the caretaker minister had a clash of worth with the senior officer, sources disclosed.

Soon after the clash, caretaker minister Khuda Bux Marri refrained the officer from attending the office and roaming the influential circle to get the officer transferred, the sources said, adding that caretaker minister had also requested the caretaker chief minister Sindh to transfer the officer.

So far, more than 20 mining leases have been granted to the close relatives of Mir Khuda Bux Marri however not a single lease granted to anyone after the decision of the Sindh High Court.

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CLICK Mafia – World Bank’s $23 million becomes useless  

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KARACHI: As the officers of the Sindh Government are used to of minting money, the assistance/loan of around US $ 23 million has also been fallen victim of corruption as the schemes initiated under Competitive and Livable City of Karachi (CLICK) project have been declared ‘substandard’.

The CLICK project is proposed to be financed by the World Bank’s loan under Investment Project Financing (IPF) and the Sindh government.

As per details, the monitoring team of the Planning & Development Department unearthed over Rs 32 billion embezzlement in the development schemes under the World Bank’s CLICK project in Karachi.

The team monitored 157 schemes in the first phase and 100 schemes were declared substandard whereas the report also revealed the use of old paver in the road construction. Moreover, the planning and development department has informed the World Bank about the substandard work in Sindh’s CLICK project.

It is pertinent to mention here that last year massive corruption and irregularities were unearthed in the sale of expensive KMC in Karachi’s Baldia West in which 4-acre land was sold via ‘fake challan’.The irregularities were unearthed in the sale of KMC land in Orangi’s Gulshan-e-Zia.

The four-acre land of a workshop and nursery was sold via fake challan with the nexus of a project director. Sources said that the land was used to bury the offal and waste of animals from 2004 to 2016.

The land came under the administration of KMC Baldia West section after the enforcement of the Town Municipal system in 2002.The market value of the said KMC land is more than Rs1 billion which was allegedly sold at extremely low prices via fake challan with the nexus of a project director.

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