MAMOSA Report; Jan 2, 2017 — Chief Minister of Sindh province, Syed Murad Ali Shah was awarded a distinguished alumnus award and presented a research excellence award at NED University of Engineering and Technology University in Karachi last Tuesday.
Thereafter, accompanied by three cabinet members and senior officials, Shah left for China to attend meetings on projects related to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).
According to reports, the chief minister gave presentations to the JCC in Beijing and had three important projects included on the list of CPEC projects. They are Keti Bandar Power Park, Karachi Circular Railways and the Special Economic Zone at Dhabeji.
Under the CPEC there were energy-generation projects also in the Sindh province as it had huge coal resources in Thar, besides wind energy and solar power in Jhimpir and Thatta areas.
Who is Murad Ali Shah?
Shah replaced Sayed Qaim Ali Shah several months back. He has political affiliation with Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and has previously served as Finance minister of the province.
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.
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.
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.
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).” (Express Tribune)