Governor Sindh Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad takes oath as Sindh governor

KARACHI: Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Syed Saeed Ash'had administering the oath to new Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad at the Governor House on Friday. Seated beside him is Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Maher. --The News photo by M Farooq Khan

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Arrives in Karachi.

Ishrat Ebad takes oath as Sindh governor
Ishrat Ebad takes oath as Sindh governor
(Updated at 1930 PST)
KARACHI: Chief Justice Sindh high Court, Justice Syed Ashad, Friday administered oath to Dr Ishrat Ebad as new governor of Sindh. The oath-taking ceremony was attend by prominent personalities including politicians and military figures.

Ishrat takes oath as governor
Vows to end urban, rural misunderstandings
By Tahir Hasan Khan - The News

KARACHI: Dr Ishratul Ibad took oath as the 31st governor of the province at an impressive and largely attended ceremony at the Governor House on Friday. Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Syed Saeed Ash'had administered the oath. Sindh Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Maher, high level officials, diplomats, Muttahida leaders and activists and prominent citizens attended the ceremony. Dr Ishratul Ibad is the youngest governor of Sindh. He was born on March 3, 1962 in Karachi. He studied medicine and after completing his MBBS joined Muttahida Qaumi Movement. He contested and won provincial election and served as a minister in the province. Later he left the country and lived in London in exile with his party chief Altaf Hussain. Officials of the provincial administration said the home department had withdrawn the two cases against Dr Ishratul Ibad, which were registered against him during the Muttahida strike, called on February 7, 1990. The Muttahida, after the October 10 election in the country, joined the coalition government of Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali and Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Maher in Sindh. It had demanded that the governor of Sindh would be its nominee. Accepting the demand President Gen Musharraf appointed Dr Ishratul Ibad as Sind governor.It was the first oath-taking ceremony in the history of the Governor House for which hundreds of guests were invited. Party activists tried to raise slogans on the occasion but were forbidden by the party leaders. Earlier, Dr Ishrat and his family members arrived in city on a special flight. High officials, leaders, legislators and a large number of the Muttahida activists received him warmly and took him in a procession to Nine Zero Azizabad where party workers, carrying Altaf Hussain's portraits and party flags, welcomed him. Talking to newsmen after the oath taking he said improving law and order situation and removing urban-rural misunderstandings would be on his to priority. He vowed to promote harmony, resolve problems of the people and serve people of the entire province without any discrimination. Dr Ishrat rejected the impression that he was governor of one party. He said: "It is my pleasure that President appointed me as Governor to serve the people of the province." He said he would follow orders and instructions received from the President. Earlier, Dr Ishrat spoke to newsmen on arrival at the airport. He informed that he contacted the Sindh PPP chief Nisar Khuhro and PML-F chief Pir Pagara and other personalities of the province on telephone soon after his designation as governor, and sought their co-operation for development of Sindh. He said he would also meet the leaders of religious parties and other people belonging to different walks of life. To a question Dr Ishrat said he would take oath under the 1973 Constitution. About return of Muttahida chief Altaf Hussain to the country, he said life in exile was painful and miserable and nobody would be happy to live that life for a long period. He said Altaf Hussain was not happy in exile. He said the Coordination Committee of the party would decide about his return. Asked about 'No Go areas', he said being representative of the President he would follow the directives and instructions received from him. The Muttahida leaders said Dr Ishratul Ibad resigned from the basic membership of the party. Talking to newsmen after the oath taking ceremony, Chief Minister Ali Muhammad Maher said he and the Sindh governor would serve the people of the province and remove the urban rural misunderstanding. He further said that coalition partners of the Sindh government were busy in consultation and this was the main cause for delay in the formation of provincial cabinet. He announced that the ban imposed on jobs would be lifted very soon.

Mr Altaf Hussan congratulates new governor
By our correspondent - The News

KARACHI: The leader of Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Altaf Hussain has said that the appointment of Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad as governor was not only his first victory but also the victory of 98 per cent suppressed and the poor. He was addressing the party activists and leaders who came to welcome the governor at Nine Zero. Congratulating the new governor, Altaf said that it was the result of sacrifices of thousands of workers who died and faced difficulties in jails. He advised the new governor to speak to those who criticised him and accommodate the opposition properly. Altaf also thanked President Musharraf, his colleagues Tariq Aziz, Gen Ahsan and Gen Ehtisham for appointing Dr Ishrat and removing the sense of deprivation of the urban people. He asked Governor Ishrat to impose ban on extortion and collection of donations from the people through an ordinance. Meanwhile, the party workers observed thanksgiving prayers all over the province.

Ibad sworn in; vows to end rural-urban divide
By Habib Khan Ghori - The Dawn

KARACHI, Dec 27: Dr Ishratul Ibad of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement was inducted as the 31st governor of Sindh on Friday. He was administered the oath by Sindh High Court Chief Justice Saiyed Saeed Ashhad at a ceremony held on the lawns of the Governor's House. Soon after the oath-taking ceremony, the new governor told newsmen that all efforts would be made to eliminate rural-urban divide in the province. "Any person living in Sindh and hailing from any province would be provided constitutional and legal protection. The law and order problem would be resolved and a sense of security would be created among people," he said. Announcing that he had resigned from the basic membership of the MQM, Mr Ibad invited all political parties to come forward and play their role in resolving the outstanding problems of the province. "We would like to take all parties, including the opposition parties, along to evolve consensus how to resolve the issues confronting the province and formulate a strategy for the development of the province." He said that every issue would be addressed on merit and law and order would be maintained. In reply to a question about the "no-go areas", he said that being the governor he was a representative of the president and it was his duty to see to it that all orders of the president were implemented in letter and in spirit. Earlier, the commission of appointment was read out by Sindh Chief Secretary K.B. Rind soon after Mr Ibad arrived at about 6.40pm. He was led by the chief justice and accompanied by Chief Minister Ali Mohammad Mahar. The ceremony, attended among others by the representatives of armed forces, judges, lawyers, PML-Q leaders and businessmen, was started with the recitation from Holy Quran. ARRIVAL: Earlier, on arrival from Islamabad at the Karachi airport, Mr Ibad said he had come with determination to serve all people residing in Sindh without any discrimination of colour, race and religion. "I would take up the case of Sindh with the federation," he said. He said that President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali had assured him of resolving all problems facing the province. Referring to those who had protested over his appointment, he said it was due to some misgivings and he would like to talk to them. He held out the assurance that during his tenure no one's feelings would be hurt. Dr Ibad said he would contact all people in the opposition and revealed that he had already talked to Prof Ghafoor Ahmad and Nisar Khuhro and they had expressed their good wishes for him. In reply to another question, he said that 1973 Constitution was a reality and parliament had come into existence on the basis of the Constitution and he would take the oath under the same Constitution. Answering yet another question, he said as far as his knowledge was concerned, there was no case against him. Mr Ibad was given a warm welcome by the party workers and supporters with slogans of Jeay Altaf and Jeay Muttahida. He was taken in a procession to the MQM's headquarters "Nine Zero".

It will remove sense of deprivation. Altaf Hussain
By Our Reporter - The Dawn

KARACHI, Dec 27: The chief of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, Altaf Husain, said on Friday that the appointment of Dr Ishratul Ibad as the governor of Sindh is a victory of the middle class and 98 per cent of the deprived people. Speaking to party workers at Nine-Zero, who had gathered to welcome Dr Ibad, Mr Husain thanked Tariq Aziz, Gen Ehsan and Gen Ehtesham for being helpful in removing the sense of deprivation among the urban people. He asked the new governor to take the opposition along and solve the problems being faced by the people with the spirit of mutual accommodation. Supporters of the Sindh Taraqqi Pasand Party staged a demonstration outside Karachi Press Club to protest against the appointment of Dr Ibad as Sindh governor. They also deplored the regime for appointing a person who, they alleged, was wanted in several cases, which had not been decided by courts.

Photographic Glimpses


Ishrat-ul-Ibad to take oath as governor today The News
By our correspondent
KARACHI: Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad will take oath as new Sindh Governor at the Governor House on Friday (today).
Ibad takes oath today The Dawn
KARACHI, Dec 26: Dr Ishratul Ibad, the Muttahida Qaumi Movement's nominee for the post of Sindh governor, would take oath of office on Friday. According to some sources, soon after arriving from Islamabad, Ibad would be taken to the MQM headquarters, Nine Zero...

Illumination at the Head Office of the MQM "Nine Zero" and streets around it on the nomination of Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan as the Governor of Sindh.

Dr Ishrat Ul EbadClick on image for large portrait of Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad

Ebad named Governor Sindh The News
ISLAMABAD: Dr. Ishratul Ebad has been nominated as Governor Sindh, it was officially announced here Wednesday. "Notification in this regard will be issued shortly," the announcement added.

Dr Ishrat due in city tomorrow The News
Addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday, party leaders Ali Ahmad Brohi, Aslam Bhutto, Zahida Abbasi and Farida Baloch said that criticism against a nominee from the middle class for governor proved that the religious and nationalist leaders were anti-democratic....Click Here

Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad - Governor Sindh - Mubbarkbad

Ishrat meets Jamali The News
Ishrat-ul-Ibad meets Prime Minister in Islamabad The News

Ibad set to become governor: Talks held with Musharraf

Cases against MQM to be reviewed: Ibad The Nation

Ishratul Ibad calls on president The News
The Acting Convenor of the Muttahida Rabita Committee, Ishratul Ibad, called on President General Pervez Musharraf here on Monday.  He conveyed the message of felicitation and complete support to the president from leadership of Muttahida Qaumi Movement...Click here

Governor Soomro resigns - Ishrat-ul-Ibad returns

Ishrat-ul-Ibad meets President in Islamabad The News
Governor Soomro resigns
The News
KARACHI: Sindh Governor Muhammadmian Soomro has resigned from his post, sources said on Sunday. Muttahida Qaumi Movement's nominee for the post of Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, who is likely to replace Muhammadmian Soomro, arrived home on Sunday.
Ishrat-ul-Ibad returns The News
KARACHI: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement's nominee for the post of Sindh Governor, Dr Ishrat-ul-Ibad, finally returned on Sunday. According to officials Ishratul Ibad, a former provincial minister of Sindh, was given full protocol as Governor and he was staying at the Governor Annexe at the Sindh House, Islamabad, the bungalow used as official residence by Sindh Governor whenever he visits Islamabad for official purpose.
Ishrat gets official protocol on arrival The Dawn
ISLAMABAD, Dec 22: The Muttahida Qaumi Movement nominee for the office of Sindh governor, Dr Ishratul Ibad, arrived here in the early hours of Sunday.

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad arrives in Islamabad
Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Arrives Pakistan
22 December 2002
Acting Convener of MQM Central Coordination Committee Dr. Ishrat-ul-Ebad Sunday arrived in Islamabad along with Deputy Convener of MQM CCC Mr. Aftab Ahmed Shaikh. Senior Deputy Convener Dr. Farooq Sattar, Deputy Convener Shaikh Liaquat Hussain, Deputy Convener Ms. Nasreen Jalil and others welcomed him at the airport.

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Departure to Pakistan
Click here for Details

Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad
Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Departure to Islamabad, Pakistan
Mr Altaf Hussain, founder and leader of Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) seeing Dr. Ishrat Ul Ebad off at the International Secretariat in London before his departure to Islamabad, Pakistan on 21 December 2002
Click here to get larger images