Umar Tufail is a Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in the Khairpur District of the Sindh Province. He helped spread peace in Kashmore, one of the most dangerous areas of Sindh, and the young officer’s work has been praised by members of the community. He is a person of integrity, fully committed to serving people, and strictly against bribes, favoritism, corruption and nepotism. He was instrumental in arresting the main suspect in the murder of a 13-year-old girl, Rimsha Wasan, in February this year. In another murder case, that of a of 9-year-old boy, Umar arrested a landlord in Khairpur despite enduring many threats to his safety. Tufail is widely acknowledged as one of the people playing a major role in promoting peace and accountability in the most dangerous parts of Sindh.
Zahid Ali Khan Khattak is a Medical Superintendent (MS) at WAPDA Hospital Mangla in the District of Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK). He is renowned for his commitment to work and passion for serving the community. When he first joined the hospital, there were massive problems of corruption and mismanagement, so he inquired about the processes and discovered a corruption case involving the sum of PKR 1.6 million. Zahid was able to identify the culprits and recover the full amount. He has since automated and continued to maintain the system. He also believes in women empowerment and is an advocate against women harassment. He has contributed to female doctors’ inclusion and creating a harassment-free environment in the hospital. He has been awarded the Quid-e-Azam Gold medal for his achievements by Tehreek-e-Istehkam-e-Pakistan Council (Regd).
Rizwan Akram Sherwani is Director of Excise and Taxation in Lahore, Punjab Province, and is regarded as a highly competent, brave and honest government official. He has taken on many initiatives, including introducing a toll-free hotline number for the public to access all tax-related information directly, which played a major role in boosting transparency. He also introduced the Press Citizen Dialogue Forum, aimed at addressing citizen’s issues related to tax in a friendly atmosphere. Furthermore, Rizwan initiated the “Motor Taxation Management Information System”, which helped the government eradicate corruption by tracing all illegal number plates which were being sold at higher prices. In his more than 20 years of government service he has worked on numerous government projects that have brought significant change.
Rohana Kakar is Secretary of the Regional Transport Authority (RTA) in Quetta, Baluchistan Province. Rohana was the first female to be appointed to this post after 1966 because of her bravery and hard work. She maintains high professional integrity and is committed to her job, remaining in the field day and night resolving public transport issues. She has done a great deal to curb malpractice in public transport such as the cancellation of illegal permits and licenses. She has been threatened many times, especially by transporters who demand favors in obtaining licenses and renewing their expired permits but she consistently refuses. Rohana takes strict action against those caught driving without licenses and for this purpose she introduced Driving License Mechanism and made driving tests mandatory for everyone. Her efforts in modernizing public transport are remarkable, keeping in view the lack of resources in Baluchistan.
Imran Zia is District Monitoring Officer in Haripur District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) Province. He is considered to be honest, fair, truthful, and easily approachable to the public as he strongly believes in serving the people. He conducts background checks and inspections on various institutions, including secondary schools. This involves performing a check on the schools’ administration, faculty punctuality, and student enrollments. During the checks, he often receives bribery offers but he consistently refuses. Imran reported and helped in closing down a school in Haripur District that had been illegally taken over by intruders. He says, “I will never compromise on merit and fair working; favors will never be entertained during my tenure, regardless of the source.”