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September 2, 2010

Prospective candidates for chief secretary Sindh


September 2, 2010

KB Rind, Kamran Lashari and Imtiaz Qazi, all working in the federal government as secretaries, are said to be prospective candidates for post of new Sindh chief secretary following the retirement of Fazalur Rehman on Tuesday.
KB Rind had served as Sindh chief secretary for 11 months soon after the introduction of the devolution plan. He is considered as an ‘active’ chief secretary who used to personally conduct raids on bazaars to check prices and visit project sites. He has also served as chief secretary of Balochistan.
Kamran Lashari had once served as deputy commissioner in Karachi but most of the time he was posted in Punjab where he had also served as a commissioner in Lahore. His tenure there is considered significant for the development of the city.
Sources in the Sindh bureaucracy said that since 1972, when riots erupted in Karachi, the federal government decided that the Sindh governor and the chief secretary would be non-Sindhi speaking.
This policy was followed till the year 2002 when KB Rind became the first Sindhi-speaking chief secretary (from July 2002 to June 2003).
He was followed by Mutawakal Qazi (from June 2003 to July 2004), Aslam Sanjrani (from July 2004 to May 2005), Fazalur Rehman (from May 2005 to March 2007), Shakeel Durrani (from March to July 2007) and Aijaz Qureshi (from July to November 2007). Fazalur Rehman was again posted as Sindh chief secretary in November 2007 and continued till his retirement on August 31, 2010.
The chief secretaries were frequently transferred reportedly because they did not toe the line of the government.
Shakeel Durrani who remained as chief secretary for four months only reportedly exchanged hot words with the then chief minister Sindh. Durrani had presented a report about the May 12, 2007 incidents which was not considered ‘favourable’ by the government. Durrani reportedly had told the then chief minister: “I am not supposed to work as a section officer. If you

are a lawmaker, I am a protector of the law.”

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