Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Man of Integrity


Originally posted: 20 June 2010


زندگی ہے مگر قرار نہیں___

اب کوئ موسم-بہار نہیں___

ہم سےبچھڑے ہیں آپ کیا بابا
اب تو رشتوں کا اعتبار نہیں__


Late Mian Muhammad Shah Din  had the courage to say no, had the courage to face the truth, and he always did the right thing because it was right. He believed "toughness was life." In any ongoing battle between conscience and self-interest, he always preferred to sacrifice his self interest.
Late Mian Shah Din
"An Ocean of Knowledge" --
- "A Man of Principal"



 Mian Shah Din  Chief Staff Officer  [middle] first seated row
Tariq Mian  [ middle] on the carpet
  










مرنے والے کی جبیں روشن تھی اس ظلمات میں
جس طرح ستارے چمکتے ہیں اندھیری رات میں
مرنے والے مر تو جاتے ہیں لیکن فنا ہوتے نہیں
وہ حقیقت میں کبھی پیاروں سے جدا ہوتے نہیں

As An Unapproachable Officer
Once, while presiding over an “Enquiry Committee” (ordered by Governor Punjab 1976), Mian Shah Din (PSS) resisted all pressure from higher authorities and delivered his verdict on merit --and ignored the chief minister, the principal secretary to the governor and governor sahib.

Consequently, he was immediately sacked. However, a few years later, he got re-instated and blessed with promotion in 1980.

After his restoration, as Deputy Secretary/Chairperson PCDC Punjab Govt, he went on his official tour of Mianwali - where he was greeted by at least 500 officials (aprox)/ civil staff at the Railway station ( claimed by a senior PAF Officer posted there at the time. 

According to that military officer, Mian Sahib surprised impressively all the official greeters who came there to recieve him (Mian Sb), because the secretariate boss declined pleasant offers from the local departmental heads and the senior executives trying to accomodate him during his presence there.  He preferred to arrange his accomodation on his own.
During his tenure with the government, he earned and enjoyed good reputation, as he never surrendered to the unlawful orders of ministers or any higher authority.

Zero tolerance: Mian sahib regularly called meetings for department heads in his own Office regarding the deceased pensioners. He used to chargsheet any boss if found negligent towards the survivors of deceased (orphans and the widows).

During his tenure as Secretary Pensions (PCDC),  no widow was ever found neglected by any department throughout the province.
Furthermore, he always took necessary official action against lazy and selfish officials.
Within rules and regulations, he actually did discipline a few officers including a lazy SE (Superintending Engineer) for non compliance.

LECTURES: 
Carried out Dawah Work on regular basis among the bureaucrats, police officials and the magistrates at the district level -including the government servants in Lahore area and the vicinity. His lectures were solely for promoting the honest working environment among the public servants to earn Rizq-e-halaal. As a dedicated speaker, he delivered lectures to boost up the morale and strengthen/repair the damaged conscience and morality of the government servants-in order to bring in a corruption free atmosphere in the country. He always preached the noble Qur’an and used Iqbal’s kalaam for explanation.
Most of all, he spent his life making sure that the orphans and the widows were looked after appropriately.
  • During General Ayub's tenure as Army Chief, Mian sahib (a civil officer) had to join the Army as Captain. (exercises purposes)
  • Mian sahib was selected for 1970-71 foreign training at Civil Service Staff College London England; he graduated the course with distinction.


Attended by
Mian M Shah Din (District Chief)
Col. Iqtidar Ali Shah Dara
[Director, West Pakistan Civil Defence]
& Chairman Pakistan Hockey] 
and
nine other District Heads of Departments
with staff members.
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In 1953 he completed his Masters degree in Urdu Literature with Thesis on Allama Iqbal.
  • He started his career as Staff Officer (Gazetted position)
He would be remembered as a role model for the younger generation  for the following special reasons:
  • Top position in Competitive Exam by West Pakistan Public Service Commission
  • 2nd position in F.Sc Non-Medical
  • First position in Matriculation Exam
  • Wrestler
  • Hockey Player
  • Prize winner for swimming across the Chenab river in winter and walking 45 miles --competition in Military exercise.
         
    Mian Shah Din addressing
 
  • Books: Pension Rules, Policy matters, Organization and Methods, and Other Work--Plus Taqwa, Charity and a big heart for the needy and the destitute
******He would be remembered for his pious deeds for pleasing Allah SWT******
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Held the following Gazetted Positions:
  • Deputy Secretary  Services and  General Administration Department.
  • Provincial Secretary (Pensions) Pension Cases Disposal Committee (PCDC)-Punjab
  • Section Officer Establishment, Organization and Methods, West Pakistan
  • Section Officer (Welfare) Punjab
  • Section Officer (POLICE) Home Department -Punjab Government
  • Deputy Director (Civil Defence) on deputation
  • Estate Officer  Punjab Government --responsible for allotment of  Residences to government servants, judges and the bureaucrats in (GOR 1, GOR 2, GOR 3)
  • Chief Staff Officer (West Pakistan Civil Defence Headquarter)
Right after emigrating to Canada, Mian Sahib offered his services to the "Board of Education Toronto" to volunteer as "Teacher" ---- however, was highly appreciated and thanked for his interest.
كل نفس ذائقة الموت 
Mian Sahib breathed his last on June 14th, 2010 (2 Rajab 1431).
Burried: June 15th, 2010 in Glen Oaks Memorial Gardens, 3164  9th Line,  Oakville Ontario Canada.
May  Rab-e-zuljalaal  bless his soul with the best place in (jannah tul firdous) aameen

  • Chief Staff Officer Mian Shah Din,
  • Deputy Commissioner/District Magistrate,
  • and the Mayor approaching the Demo Ground 
  • (PROTOCOL Police Officers)
   


Comments:
(1)
Tariq Bhai,
I would say you are lucky that your. Tarbiyat was done by a man like him and a bit of unlucky that you lost him.
I shall always remember him in my prayers and wish and hope all our brotheren have such niice father and loving and obedient sons like you and Imran Bhai
Tasadduq bhai endorsed what you wrote and I consider myself unfortunate to have missed a glimpse of the person.
May Allah bless him with jannah and with best of both the worlds to all of us Inshaallah Aamen
Imam Nafees had some nice advice for us all and sincerely wish that all of us follow it in relation to our parents Aamen
Wassalam
Shahnawaz Khan
Sent from my BlackBerry® smartphone
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COMMENT (2)
Janab Shah Nawaz Sahib,          Assalam-o-Alaikum waRahmatullah waBarakatuhu
I had the opportunity to sit with Marhoum Mian Sahib few times. It was very enjoyable to talk to him. Comparing myself with him, his memory was incredible. He narrated several Iqbal's poems. Last meeting I had with him it was in the hospital. He was little drowsy that evening but he felt my presence momentarily & shook hand. I still feel the tenderness of the hand of a man with great caliber. May Allah SWT bless his soul
with comfort & tranquility in the hereafter. Amin!
Wa' Salaam,
Tasadduq
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COMMENT(3)
Janab Tariq Mian Sahib,
Assalam-o-Alaikum waRahmatullah waBarakatuhu
Thanks for your call on Friday. It gave me so much moral & spiritual strength, you would not believe it. Undoubtedly you Ma' Sal Allah have a very remarkable public relation virtues, which I am lacking. After talking to you, this Friday evening it made me to ponder upon the Tafseer lesson ; ` At the day of Judgment my Salaats & good Deeds will be taken away by the people whom I have mistreated.' Although I try hard to back off in some difficult situations but I am still a human being. So please do pray for me & please do coach me to achieve the level of politeness you have acquired & decent manners you display in dealing with others. Promise ? I have a habit of bad mouthing, finger pointing & criticizing others . Which is not a good recipe of my ` Nijjat' in Akhirah'.
The article  'A man of integrity' is thought provoking in our corrupt society in Pakistan now a days. While there were two very sad incidents recently back home where two families died with self-inflicted poisons.
But still the public do not learn the lesson. The dangerous pace of material greed still has no damper in sight. The people of integrity are gradually departing us leaving a huge & vast vacuum.
At the bottom of your post there is an icon called ` link to this post'. Mehfil brother should also visit it.
Your encouragements are my spiritual food without any fear of cloistral. I need it desperately.
Wa' Salaam,
Tasadduq
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COMMENT (4)
Brothers Tariq Sahib & Imran Sahib
Assalaamu Alaikum
مرنے والے کی جبیں روشن تھی اس ظلمات میں
جس طرح ستارے چمکتے ہیں اندھیری رات میں
مرنے والے مر تو جاتے ہیں لیکن فنا ہوتے نہیں
وہ حقیقت میں کبھی پیاروں سے جدا ہوتے نہیں
Baray Mian Sahib lived an ideal life and with Allah S.W.T's blessing departed to eternity.
All you can do is pray for him and follow his path of steadfastness. You will literally
experience him guiding you on Sirat-e Mustaqeem.
Wassalaam
Sajid

زندگی ہے مگر قرار نہیں___
اب کوئ موسم-بہار نہیں___
ہم سےبچھڑے ہیں آپ کیا باباr
اب تو رشتوں کا اعتبار نہیں__



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COMMENT (5)
Dear Tariq,
Mian sahib was a practical honest Muslim and an intelligent and witty person. I had a few sittings with him after Shazma was married to my brother in law and cousin Azhar. You can guess his character by just counting Allah's blessing upon him in this world in the shape of his contented heart and his blessed children, who are for sure going to be SADQA JAARIYA for him. He brought up more than three daughters and as per our Prophet SAW promise Inshallah shall be sharing with him in Jannat. May Allah rest his soul in peace and bless his children and us all with a guidance to right path in the footsteps of his Prophet SAW.
Humayun Azhar Chaudhry
Senior Electrical Engineer  KEO International Consultants. Doha QATAR


Mian Shah Din (Chief Staff Officer),  Syed Nusrat Hussain (Deputy Commissioner) and the City Mayor proceeding towards the STAGE


Mian Shah Din served the nation with utmost integrity


Mian ShahDin  and Azhar sahib   early 2010 Toronto
  



Mian Sahib sitting while his subordinate Mr Rafique  is addressing





 Mian Sahib Staff Officer (sitting) while his subordinate Mr. Malik addressing .





Mian  Muhammad Shah Din  
West Pakistan Sectt













  • Gazetted Positions held by Mian Sahib

  • Chief Staff Officer      West Pakistan
  • Deputy Director         Punjab
  • Estate Officer            West Pakistan Secretariat, 
  • Resposible for alotting official residences on strict merit basis: GOR 1, GOR 2, GOR 3, Bhawalpur House Lahore
  • Section Officer   (Services & General Administration Dept) West Pakistan 
  • Secretary                (Pensions)    [PCDC]   Punjab 
  • Deputy Secretary  (Welfare)       Punjab  Secretariat










  • Following famous Officers admired  "Inspirational lectures and administrative competence" of Mian Shah Din

    1. AZK Sherdil                       CHIEF SECRETARY PUNJAB
    2. Syed Nusrat Hussain        Divisional Commissioner/Chairman Cotton Board
    3. Sayyed Hassan Zaheer    Federal Secretary Cabinet Division   Pakistan
    4. Ch. Irshad Ahmad             Finance Secretary  Punjab
    5. Sardar Karim Nawaz       Secretary S&GADept Punjab
    6. Syed Akhlaq Hussain      Collector Sea Customs/Chairman Sugar Corporation


    25 comments:

    H.A said...

    Dear Tariq,
    Mian sahib was a practical honest Muslim and an intelligent and witty person. I had a few sittings with him after Shazma was married to my brother in law and cousin Azhar. You can guess his character by just counting Allah's blessing upon him in this world in the shape of his contented heart and his blessed children, who are for sure going to be SADQA JAARIYA for him. He brought up more than three daughters and as per our prophit SAW promise Inshallah shall be sharing with him in Jannat. May Allah rest his soul in peace and bless his children and us all with a guidance to right path in the footsteps of his Prophet SAW.
    Humayun Azhar Chaudhry
    Senior Electrical Engineer
    KEO International Consultants.
    Doha QATAR

    Tariq Mian said...

    More information is invited.
    Thank you all for your opinion.

    Anonymous said...

    Complex Post. This record helped me in my university assignment. Thanks Alot

    Anonymous said...

    Integrity is a rare item in Pakistan.

    masafer said...

    I had the opportunity to sit with Marhoum Mian Sahib few times. It was very enjoyable to talk to him. Comparing myself with him, his memory was incredible. He narrated several Iqbal's poems. Last meeting I had with him it was in the hospital. He was little drowsy that evening but he felt my presence momentarily & shook hand. I still feel the tenderness of the hand of a man with great caliber. May Allah SWT bless his soul
    with comfort & tranquility in the hereafter. Amin!

    Amin Ch. said...

    Pakistan needs this type of role models to rid the administration of inefficient civil servants.

    Lonelysoul said...

    He was a great man.May God bless his soul.
    I am son of Late Sardar Karim Nawaz,Secretary S& Gad Punjab Govt
    whom you have mentioned above.

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    TariqMian said...

    @ Lonelysoul,
    Thanks for your visit and your words about my late dad.
    My late dad used to talk good about merhoum sardar sahib.
    Please connect with me through my email
    I went to your blog but that's been neglected by you I guess.

    tariq said...

    LONELYSOUL, PLEASE COME IN

    TariqMian said...

    @ HA,
    I can't access your blog.
    Thanks for wonderful comments.

    Tariq.MJ said...


    زندگی ہے مگر قرار نہیں___
    اب کوئ موسم-بہار نہیں___
    ہم سےبچھڑے ہیں آپ کیا بابا
    اب تو رشتوں کا اعتبار نہیں__

    Tariq.MJ said...

    Ya Allah paak please give best place to all my merhoom relatives and friends. Ya Allah paak musalmaano ko unity ke hadayat ferma aameen

    Tariq.MJ said...

    Emmmm

    Tariq.MJ said...

    I have been approached by many friends to write a book on the life of Mian Shah Din, but I am sure this temporary dunia is a stage where we should continue to fight self hypocrisy and strengthen our taqwa.
    Self cleansing followed by honouring haqooq ul ebaad and Haqooqullah indeed.
    we should stay connected with Allah subhana wa taala under all circumstances 24/7 .......

    great butt said...

    ''''''''
    The death of someone close to us leave us shocked with grief. We cannot understand how one minute this person was here and the next they are gone. The truth is that those we love are never truly gone. The body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever.
    May Allah give him place in Jannatulfirdous'''''''''

    great butt said...


    ''''''''
    The death of someone close to us leave us shocked with grief. We cannot understand how one minute this person was here and the next they are gone. The truth is that those we love are never truly gone. The body may have run its course, but the soul lives forever.
    May Allah give him place in Jannatulfirdous'''''''''

    Tariq.MJ said...

    Who is this great butt?
    Thanks for your feedback.

    Rabia - Canada said...

    Masha'Allah wonderful memoir of our Grandfather. May Allah make his journey easy and reward him highly for all the good deeds. Truly, he was a teacher! a knowledge tree full of lessons and good wisdom. A shining light! his face always radiated with steadfastness, perseverance, hope and endless mercy from Allah Sobhanu wa Ta'ala. A true gem has physically departed but will remain in our hearts forever.

    Ahmad Siddique said...

    This is one of the best written biographies I have ever seen, and it is certainly one of the truly inspiring ones, because it is of someone very special in my life, personally whom I have long known. My Grandfather, marhoom, had been blessed with character, integrity, honesty, and righteousness in his actions and words. The shine in his eyes and the noor on his face alone was enough for most of us to feel motivated in life, inspite of all the hardships it throws our way. He had devoted his life for the goodness of mankind and for helping the needy, the weak and the poor - with the powers of his authority and personally in his neighborhood as well wherever he lived. This is why, a lot of people would visit Mian Sahib, to discuss their problems and seek an advice. One of his advice to his children and grandchildren , which I now quote to others is, LIFE IS NOT TOUGH BUT TOUGHNESS IS ITSELF LIFE, which is entirely true as we experience life and as life makes us who we become by the end. But it was relieving to hear this from someone so experienced and spiritually enlightened as my Grandfather. He was blessed with amazing memory which even in the late age was unchanged, and he used to quote verses with precise references from the Holy Quran or Allama Iqbal's poems and many other amazing works. He remembered names of people from the many young children, grandchildren and grand-grand children to people he had come across in life over time. The balance in his personality, between deen (/akhira) and duniya, compassion and self-discipline etc is a shining example of what we can learn from him as a role model. Achieving the balance in practice is the real challenge in life, inspite of all the awareness that we might even have. And Mian Sahib lived it by example of his life. I pray Allah (SWT) bless us all, and make our lives more meaningful - so that after we depart for the hereafter, a little more than few people be touched by it in remembrance of any good that we might have done or really achieved while we are here.

    May Allah (SWT) comfort my Grandfather among the highest ranks in Jannat-ul-Firdous. Ameen!

    Tariq.MJ said...

    Ahmad Siddique, you wrote my post for today
    A special post on Mian sahib on 14 June 2015

    Anonymous said...

    Well done mamoo,a very comprehensive biography of our beloved nana abu.Nana abu was a living legend and walking example of Takwa and Eman.His trust in Allah was just a small reflection of the purity and determination he was blessed with.Nanu abu has departed from this World but for momin life is always ongoing.May Allah bless him with best rewards in the next life.May Allah keep him alive in our duas and thoughts.He used to raise his hands all the time asking for forgiveness and success,not only for himself but for every member of family and others too.We must never forget him.The land of pure has produced many many gems despite all the problems and he was surely one.His voice still echos,his presence still felt.I shall be visiting civil service staff college,inshAllah in nana abu's memory..inshAllah
    Azhar Siddique

    C.S.H said...

    Just always remember, you are your fathers son and let his integrity and his passion be thou guide! It's never easy my friend... But they live on in our hearts forever! Peace dear tariq

    Tariq.MJ said...

    Thank you Crystal for your excellent thoughts.

    Tariq.MJ said...

    I am grateful to those who shared my feelings.
    once again let me thank all of you who took a momemt to participate in the discussion.

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