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.
Masood Bhutto – A topper, civil servant, administrative expert, a doctor
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.
Munawar Ali Mithani – SPSC topper, FPSC qualified, civil servant, a topper, a lawyer,
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.
Anita Shah Lakyary – An inspiring personality, a writer, a civil servant, Hubert Humphrey Fellow
KARACHI: People often look for inspiration to work hard in their life. Some make progress by following the people who they are attracted to with their personality, with their art, with their writing or with any other aspect. Anita Shah, mother of two, a writer and a working woman is one of the many exemplary characters for most of the women.
Anita Shah Lakyary was born on 15th of November, 1974. She has done her matriculation from Himayat ul Islam Girls High School in Hyderabad. She passed Intermediate from Nazreth College. Further, she did her BSC from Zubaida College and MBA from University of Sindh.
Her versatility is proved by the degrees of LLB, MA in Sociology and did course of Post Graduate Diploma Certificate from Institute of Women’s Studies, Lahore. Afterwards, as a visiting scholar she went for British council fellowship. She is also a Fulbright Scholar from a Hubert Humphrey fellowship.
She says ‘As all the women are multi-taskers, I have also been a multi-tasker all my life, simultaneously I managed my career’. Currently she is working in Government for which she passed Provincial Secretariat Service (PSS) examination of Sindh Government in 2001. Before that she was assigned as Research Associate in University of Sindh and taught there for less than two years.
When asked about her inspirations, she says, ‘since childhood we had observed our parents only. They were very fond of reading and were extremely hard working. They used to tell us stories at night. When I became capable of learning in first or second standard, I used to buy short stories and read them. I have always tried to make the most of my time. There have been many inspirations for me and one of them was my mother. She never let us skip our school ever. Besides that, Benazir Bhutto, as a personality, she has been my inspiration and ofcourse she is adored in the whole world’.
Anita Shah loves reading biographies, autobiographies as well as fiction stories. According to Anita, her parents belonged to rural areas so they did not live their whole life in Hyderabad only. She has experienced the village life as well and she makes sure that her children also experience the life outside the cities and make them realize that the life is not only limited to Hyderabad and Karachi.
In the beggining when she went abroad to study she faced many challenges in personal as well as on professional ground. Beacuse her career as a journalist was different than an ordinary doctor or an engineer. It was difficult time for her to hear all the criticism from the society but she never gave up because she was supported by her parents. Gradually, the society also accepted her as a working lady because they felt her sincerity and enthusiasm towards her career.
This charming lady, dressed gracefully with her hair nicely tied and glasses put on is a very humble lady in speaking. Her office was a quite big room with the walls painted yellow and black table set in the half left portion of the room. The table was arranged with a pile of papers, pen holders, a paper weight and a telephone. The windows were exposing bright sunlight in the room and her certifactes of journalism were hung on the wall in front of her table.
There were about ten chairs in her office, arranged in a line set against the walls. According to her friend, Sindhiya Ursani, Anita Shah has a humble nature and is a very cooperative lady and an example for all the women. Parallel to that, the views of Parwez Bughio about her are that she is one dynamic personality with huge experience and knowledge. She is one of the leading intellectual women in Sindh.
Anita is very much concerned regarding our educational system. She believes students should get a proper education in a proper way without any disturbances and boycotts that she faced in her life when she was studying in University of Sindh. Her articles are published in Kawish mostly because that is the mostly read newspaper.
She writes in Dawn newspaper too. Her advice for our nation is that we should stop blaming others for any kind of loss. Everybody should play their own role in society and the society will progress itself. Therefore, every individual should work on improving their own character, excellence and position.
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