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He envisioned the future Sindh as a developed civil society, which would be intellectually mature, tolerant in behaviour and enlightened in outlook. He perceived a society with improved social indicators, inclusive of the highest possible literacy, qualified human resource, maximum employment opportunities and poverty alleviation, with a pervasive social security system so as to cater to the needs of the under-privileged.


The Governor, as the constitutional head of the province, accepted the challenges faced by the province, confronting the multiplicity of problems, while leading from the front. The testing challenges included the eradication of the rural-urban acrimony, inter-sectarian hostility, issues of governance, demographic diversity, low literacy percentage, low agricultural productivity, scant and deteriorating industrial units leading to low productivity and galloping unemployment. More importantly, in the post 9/11 scenario the formidable menace of extremism and terrorism and the Madressah-based religious bigotry had created an alarming situation. To handle this, the Governor introduced the concept of smart management which necessitated the use of incisive personal skills, very firm, resolute and persuasive acumen and immense appreciation of the politico-administrative horizon. Through these he has systemically been able to pacify the situation in Sindh, which had its positive impact upon rest of the country. The worst affected period was May-June 2004, during which the terrorists struck. However, soon thereafter the city was restored to normalcy largely due to the dexterous handling by the Governor.


Governor Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan (born March 2, 1963) studied in the prestigious Dow Medical College, Karachi. As a student he had a penchant for politics and emerged as a prominent leader of a popular student organization, APMSO, a student wing of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM). The MQM is the third largest political party of Pakistan and the second largest in Sindh, having representation in the Federal Parliament of Pakistan, the Sindh Provincial Assembly and the Azad Kashmir Legislative Assembly. The party enjoys a large following in all units of the federation because of its welfare-oriented egalitarian political manifesto impacted by Mr. Altaf Hussain, the populist leader of the toiling masses. After graduation, he remained the head of the Medical Aid Committee – poor patients’ welfare entity of the party. Gradually, he became a front rank political figure of the MQM. On his return from almost ten years of political exile in London, he was appointed to the position of the Governor of the province of Sindh. Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan assumed the charge of his office on December 27, 2002 as the youngest Governor of Sindh. He is the longest serving Governor of any province of Pakistan since its inception in 1947. Earlier in 1990, he was the youngest Minister in the Provincial cabinet of Sindh, holding the portfolios of Housing and Town Planning. Subsequently, he was also assigned the additional charge of Environment and Public Health Engineering Departments.