SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI,
Officer (EDO) Works and Services, is passionately associated with
Ta'meer-e-Karachi program of the City District Government Karachi (CDGK).
Having a rich professional background to his distinguished career,
Shoaib was selected for the challenging task by the provincial and
Federal governments who sought President Gen. Pervez Musharraf's
instructions to assign him the challenging assignment. Carrying a senior
position in grade-19, Shoaib has worked at various key positions.
Currently, he is the In-charge of Planning, Designing, approval and
execution of Infrastructure, Development, Health Education, Housing
Environmental and Social Sector Schemes for Karachi, which is the
commercial and Industrial hub of Pakistan. He joined as Assistant
Commissioner in Islamabad in April 1986. Shoaib had responsibilities for
Overall Management of Sub Division, Law and Order, Labor relations and
Legal Duties and Field Works. He was selected by the high ups as
"one of the best officers" with inherited capacity to deal
with the challenging tasks. During his highly challenging career, he
served as the District Magistrate and Deputy Commissioner (South). Among
different professional responsibilities he served as the Deputy
Commissioner Karachi (East) Deputy Commissioner Karachi (Central),
Additional Secretary Education Government of Sindh, Executive District
Officer (EDO) Finance and Planning in CDGK, Director Protocol Government
of Sindh where he also served protocol duties with President of
Pakistan, Prime Minister, Governors and chief Minister and acted as host
of Government of Sindh. Director Land Management KDA, Director Marketing
Public Housing Scheme KDA, Director Octroi KMC, Senior Director Land and
Estate KMC, Director Administration KMC Deputy Secretary, Food and
Cooperation Government of Sindh, Project Director Ministry of Local
Government and Circle Regi. Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui did his Masters in
Social Sciences and Development Administration from the University of
Birmingham UK. He also did LL.B. (Law) and LL.M from Karachi
What made you more important than other officers for key posts?
SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI:
There is nothing special in me. I just worked and keep working with
only one thing in mind that I am answerable to the All Mighty Allah. It
is not I alone; everyone will be questioned about the use of
capabilities, powers, intelligence and responsibilities given by the
Allah. This sort of feeling gives me strength and courage to work
boldly. I never hesitate putting right things before superior's
who-so-ever he might be, no matter even if he is the Head of the State.
I take initiatives into what I feel is right and is in the interest of
citizens. The clarity of mind and conscious gives me more courage to
take bold steps without realizing what would be the reaction. One thing
more, if any good idea comes from anywhere, weather there is any person.
How do you produce more output than other officers?
SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI: For
me it is very simple. The first thing which I always do at every new
posting is that I activate all of my subordinates and colleagues by
conveying a single line massage-- that if they don't deliver for which
they are employed and paid for they are the worst people.. Consequently,
only good people are left with me while others take their own way. But
it also happened that in my past experience even dull people started
working with enthusiasm.
like to share the experience that provided you better opportunities to express what you have within you?
SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI: As
the Deputy Commissioner Karachi South, I had to deal with different
types of people. At one hand I was dealing with the residents of Defense
Housing Society (DHA), Clifton, Bath Island, and on the other side I had
to attend the people from Lyari area on the other hand. I had to deal
with hawkers of Empress Market while satisfying to the demanding trade
and business community. To cope with a large number of newspaper offices
in my jurisdiction including Karachi Press Club was one of my
responsible. I had to frequently face angry and protesting people and
redress their genuine grievances. I had to tackle men, women and
sometime children on hunger strike too.
Why people have negative feelings about the image of the bureaucrats?
SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI: Here
I would like to say only one sentence that officers or bureaucrats
should respect the posts and powers delegated to them by the nation. It
is self-respect which makes others to acknowledge good deed.
What makes you satisfied and happy about yourself and what makes you
SHOAIB AHMED SIDDIQUI: Not
happy but I can say I feel satisfied that I have put all the plans and
proposals on government record in my entire past carrier that were best for the interest of
the country and the nation, so apart from the
responsibilities and obligations given by the government my personal
contribution is there but sometimes I am sad when great Ideas and
proposals are not taken for implementation and execution.