Who is Murad Ali Shah?

Published: July 27, 2016
Shah, the successor to Qaim Ali Shah, belongs to a family of politicians. PHOTO: INP

Shah, the successor to Qaim Ali Shah, belongs to a family of politicians. PHOTO: INP

KARACHI: Syed Murad Ali Shah, the successor to Qaim Ali Shah, belongs to a family of politicians. He is serving as the Sindh finance minister.

His father Syed Abdullah Shah also had the additional portfolio of finance when he served as chief minister of Sindh during Benazir Bhutto’s second government.

Murad, 54, is a graduate of the Stanford University from where he received MSc degrees in economic systems and civil structure engineering. In 1986, he gained a BE Civil Engineering degree from the NED University.

Murad Ali Shah will be new Sindh CM

He hails from Jamshoro. His family belongs to Lakyari Syed, the descendent of Shah Sadaruddin Lakyari (Lakhi Shah Sadar) near Sehwan Sharif. From 1986 till 1990 he served as an engineer at Wapda, Port Qasim Authority and the Hyderabad Development Authority before joining the Citi Bank.

Shah was elected to the Sindh Assembly in the 2002 elections. He was again elected to the provincial assembly in the 2008 election, and assigned the portfolio of finance in the cabinet of Chief Minister Qaim Ali Shah.

He was barred from contesting the 2013 elections because of his Canadian citizenship. However, he gave up his second nationality to run in the election. He was elected to the Sindh Assembly for a third consecutive time. He was subsequently assigned the finance ministry in the provincial cabinet.

There is a perception that Shah looks more a bureaucrat than a politician and is not social. However, people in his constituency think otherwise. “Like his father he knows most of the voters in his constituency,” social activist Mustafa Meerani, who lives in Shah’s constituency, said, adding Shah has established schools, dispensaries, constructed roads and provided jobs to poor people on merit.

Forever Qaim

Being a relative of Pir Pagara, Shah has always gained moral support from PML-F circles. This can be judged from the fact that during the 2002 elections when the PPP started lobbying to form government in Sindh and tried to convince the late Pir Pagara (Shah Mardan Shah) to support it, he responded to them saying, “I will only support you if you give the chief minister’s slot to my Lakiyari Lal (Murad Ali Shah).”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 27th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (13)

  • Umer
    Jul 27, 2016 - 11:34AM

    Its not City Bank.. Its Citi Bank :)Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2016 - 1:09PM

    Even you go that wrong, its Citibank ;)Recommend

  • Muhammad Umer Karim
    Jul 27, 2016 - 3:35PM

    What was his date of BirthRecommend

  • Brekhna
    Jul 27, 2016 - 4:36PM

    Sindh is so lucky that a second Syed is about to serve them. All Sindhis must give Nazar and Niyaz this Thrusday, better to the syeds and pirs. Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2016 - 5:02PM

    Sindh and Specially Karachi is in dire need of dedicated leadership, if people who think out of the box. With Murad Ali Shah ‘s reputation of development work for his locality, I am pinning hopes on him. Only if the Zardaris give him a free hand and not convert him to a non performing CM like Qaim A Shah!Recommend

  • H Chaudhry
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:01PM

    Looks like a great replacement! PPP had these well educated people in its rank and they must be given chances. I say its effect of Shahbaz Sharif. SS has set standard of performance or perish. PTI should also replace Khattak with some one more energetic.Recommend

  • Tahira Awan
    Jul 27, 2016 - 8:58PM

    PPP in Sindh has not learned any thing from PMLN Punjab.

    Shabaz has got an upper hand being brother of PM and he is utilizing his time only to promote Punjab, whereas PPP in Sindh has nothing done any thing despite Qaim Ali Shah remained CM for more than two tenures.

    Hands of CM Sindh are tied at the back by Zardari and Bilawal.

    I am ashamed that for the sake of business I left Punjab and settled in Karachi where there are too many mafias to pay in addition to paying actual and correct taxes to Federal and Provincial Governments.Recommend

  • Jul 27, 2016 - 9:34PM

    who is murad ali shah ? lol …..he is just another corrupt who belongs to peoples party….not the Pakistan peoples party….please do not call it Pakistan peoples party.Recommend

  • Kashif
    Jul 28, 2016 - 12:19AM

    Finally PPP did some sensible decision, Sindh needs good governance and better performance. Murad Ali Shah seems very educated and talented politician with no record of corruption. His reputation is well known. PPP leadership should let him govern with full authority. No backdoor CMship from Adi Faryal please. He should also be involved in the selection of ministers.

    After Qaim Ali Shah, I think now is time to get rid of Ishrat ul Ibad too, and bring some fresh and better governor – Saeed Ghani, Taj Haider, Adib Rizvi, Hussain Haroon, Jami Chandio, Professor Mazhar-ul-haq Siddique, etc.Recommend

  • syed & syed
    Jul 28, 2016 - 2:24AM

    I wish all success to MAS and hope he will find ways to loot money and again go to Canada and obtain nationality again. He is an educated man and hope he will understand Karachi and SindRecommend

  • Haaroon Awan
    Jul 28, 2016 - 1:38PM

    Murad Ali Shah himself said to be student of Qaim Ali Shah;this change is not more but to carry on unfinished tasks of Previous and for political matters settlement.Recommend

  • irfan
    Jul 29, 2016 - 1:02PM

    Expect no improvements in Sindh and at the end Sindh will blame Punjab for slow progress. Recommend

  • shahid ali
    Aug 10, 2016 - 9:54PM

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