Shehryar Gul is a Deputy Commissioner in the Deputy Commissioner’ Office in Mir Pur Khas, Sindh; and known as one of the most progressive public servants in the province. Throughout his career in the public service he has worked to innovate within government systems, gather data to drive decisions and use technology to better serve citizens. During the 2018 elections, Shehryar managed to ensure a free and fair vote, despite significant political pressure and efforts to mobilize government machinery in support of certain candidates. He says: “I feel the input of people is the best input if you want to work for the nation”.
Batool Asadi is the Additional Commissioner Revenue at the Commissioner Revenue Office in Quetta, Balochistan. Batool is renowned for her courage in the face of integrity challenges and was the first female civil servant to serve as a field Assistant Commissioner in interior Balochistan. She quickly became known within the communities in which she worked as a person of deep honesty and commitment to the truth; and is working to reform government in Balochistan from within. She says, “Stop complaining, start believing in yourself and work with honesty and dedication”.
Aamir Shehzad is a Social Welfare Officer at the Office of Social Welfare in Islamabad. This is generally one of the positions most susceptible to corruption as Aamir is in charge of registering NGOs, which can be quite lucrative. But throughout the office he is known for his integrity and accountablity- turning away those that try to pay him bribes or pressure him to act in their interests. Despite being relatively new to government, Aamir is setting new standards within Islamabad and beyond and showing the integrity that a new generation of civil servants can bring to government. He says, “Self satisfaction motivates a person to work with integrity”.
Amjad Iqbal is District Commander of the Elite Force in Shangla, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He is renowned for his bravery, honesty and commitment to the rule of law. After raiding a gang smuggling drugs in 2016 he became the target of criminal networks including several assassination attempts- but his commitment to the law has never waivered. Amjad credits his commitment to the Pakistani people as the key to his safety. Every day, Amjad is indicating just how far our government officials need to go to support accountability in Pakistan. He says, “I have taken an oath to my department that I’ll never take bribe and no matter how challenging it gets will always work to support the victim”.
Azadi Fateh is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Mass Communications af Federal Urdu University in Karachi. She believes strongly that integrity begins with education, and in the power of knowledge to change Pakistan. She has fought corruption and insecurity on university campuses through offering students access to peace and conflict resolution classes and finding opportunities for them to study abroad; and has worked to formalize the university’s relations with the Karachi Press Club, to support a new generation of journalists who can push for accountability. She says, “I always have faith in education as an instrumental tool for change and development, only by ensuring merits and of rule of law. An educated community can lead towards an inclusive healthy society”.
Saqib belongs to the Pakistan Administrative Service (PAS) and is from the 25 CTP batch. Integrity and professionalism are the attributes which he has carried throughout his service. He believes that integrity should not be gauged only through financial matters but also on work ethics and professional commitment. Although he has served on numerous important and sensitive assignments like District Coordination Office (DCO) Rawalpindi, DCO Attock, Executive District Officer (EDO) (Finance & Planning) Rawalpindi, Secretary (I&C) Punjab and Secretary Information Technology in Balochistan. Currently he is serving as commissioner Bahawalpur in Punjab Province.
With over fifteen years in the public sector, Farid started his career as an Assistant Commissioner in the Industrial area of Islamabad. He has worked as a Deputy Commissioner and as a Director at Land and Rehabilitation Capital Development Authority (CDA). From 2014 – 2016 he served as the deputy Secretary to the Prime Minister after which he moved to Karachi as a Deputy Commissioner to lead the process of clearing the 28-kilometre-long Gujjar Nala in Karachi, removing more than 14,000 households and structures that have encroached on land for the past 50 years. Farid was offered millions of rupees of bribe to let the illegal settlers remain there. Upon refusal, he faced numerous threats to his life, but he never caved in. Farid believes in serving the people, particularly those who are poor and are mostly voiceless in Pakistan. Currently he is working as a Deputy Commissioner Jamshoro in Sindh province.
Afifa represents one of the most progressive and empowered faces of women in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. For the last sixteen years, as a member of the Institute of Management Sciences at the University of Peshawar Afifa has acted as a role model not only for her students, but also for senior and junior colleagues. She is always dedicated to her work, always available to the students, and never hesitates to go the extra mile to assist her students. On occasions, Afifa has been approached by the influential families, who tried incentivize her to help their children clear exams with good marks – she never caved in. She is known among her students as someone who stresses on personal integrity and honesty as a must-have value in life.
Zafar Khan works for the Pakistan Agriculture Research Council (PARC). With over twenty-five years experience, he has served in numerous positions though most recently as Director of Accounts. Many times throughout his career he had the chance to take a bribe but he remained committed to remaining honest. As an honest, hardworking professional, he has demonstrated and transferred his professional and technical knowledge to those he works with and encourages them to display the same characteristics.
Rubab Durrani started her career in Public sector in 1987 as a lecturer. In 2005, she was appointed as a principal of a girls college. Three years later, she was promoted to the post of joint director of colleges. She has conducted many programs at both national and international level for the betterment of provincial education and in particular girls education.
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RAI MANZOOR HUSAIN NASIR
Designation: Secretary, Punjab Cooperative Board for Liquidation
Rai Manzoor Hussain Nasir is Secretary at the Punjab Cooperative Board for Liquidation, where isn’t happy unless he’s doing the best work he can. In addition to working long hours, and thoroughly preparing for every day’s meetings, he treats all of his colleagues with great respect. He even gives the public access to contact him at any time, so that they’re voices are heard. Although he is particularly careful to use all official money correctly, he firmly believes “money can’t buy the satisfaction of helping people. That satisfaction is the ultimate reward.”
Farukh Attique is Deputy Commissioner of Mastung, Balochistan where he’s dedicated his career to serving the public with justice. Despite security concerns, Farukh tries to keep an open door policy for the citizens he serves and prefers to interact with people face to face. His dedication to openness has also led him to support measures allowing the public access to all public sector documents because he believes “shared information is reliable information.”
MEHER UN NISA
Designation: Media Coordinator, Planning and Development Department – Sindh
Meher Un Nisa is the Media Coordinator for the Planning and Development Department of Sindh. Her role there involves bridging the gap between the department and the people it serves, many of whom don’t know about the projects planned that may impact them. By sharing information widely she helps build accountability and transparency in the communities. She truly believes “there is no greater honor than serving and working for the people of the Islamic Republic as a public servant.”
“We should play our role to promote honesty and integrity through our work no matter how big or small the role.”
Imtiaz Khan Khichi is Assistant Commissioner of Depalpur, District Okara. He knew from childhood that he wanted to work in the civil sector, to fulfill his dream “to work for the welfare and the wellbeing of the public.” In his role, he’s been known to work very long hours in tasks such as protecting citizens’ lands against encroachment. He hopes to inspire others to join the civil service and strive to perform their jobs with justice.
Fida Hussain works as a lab assistant in the government post graduate college in Mardan. He exemplifies integrity by performing every aspect of his job with great dedication, from providing quality lab experiments to respecting his students and colleagues. Outside the classroom, he encourages students to be disciplined and respectful in their personal lives as well. He dreams of achieving development through consistent honesty in the public sector. There is a common perception that public sector employees don’t work hard, which inspired Fida to join it, “to change that perception with my honesty and diligence.”