Former Ombudsman

Since the establishment of the Office of the Ombudsman Punjab, following eminent personalities have served as Provincial Ombudsman Punjab:

Javed Mahmood
Mar 2013 - May 2016

 

Khalid Mahmood
Dec 2008 – Dec 2012

     

Abdur Rashid Khan
May 2004 – May 2008

 

Justice (R) Sajjad Ahmed Sipra
Feb. 2000 – Feb 2004

     

Justice (R) Manzoor Hussain Sial
Jan 1997- Jan 2000

 

Justice (R) Munir Ahmad Khan
Oct 1996 – Dec 1996

     

Javed Mahmood

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Javed Mahmood took oath as the 6th Ombudsman for the Province of Punjab on 13.3.2013. Mr. Javed Mahmood after completing his education from Government College, Lahore joined civil service in 1980 and was placed in the DMG Group (now Pakistan Administrative Service). During his career, he remained posted as Assistant Commissioner Chiniot and Lahore, Deputy Secretary, C.M. Secretariat, Deputy Commissioner, Lahore, Director General, LDA, Additional Secretary and Secretary, C.M. Secretariat. He also remained posted on various key posts in the Federal Government. He served the Punjab Province as Chief Secretary for two times. He resigned from government service in 2013 as Secretary, Planning Division, Government of Pakistan. Thereafter, he joined as Ombudsman Punjab.

Khalid Mahmood

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Khalid Mahmood was sworn in as the 5th Ombudsman for the Province of Punjab on 8th December, 2008. Educated at Government College Lahore, he holds Master’s degrees in History and in Political Science. He got a law degrees in History and in Political Science. He got a law degree from the Punjab University, Lahore, and later did his L.L.M. from Harvard Law School, U.S.A.

After qualifying the CSS exam in 1967, Mr. Khalid Mahmood was placed in the Tax Group and retired as a Secretary to the Government of Pakistan 2005. He held a number of important positions in the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and other Federal Government agencies including that of Secretary (FBR), Commissioner of Income/Wealth Tax, Member Income Tax Appellate Tribunal, Member Finance, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), Director, Kot Adu Power Company (KAPCO), Director Finance, Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL), Director General, Civil Services Academy, Lahore, and Principal, Pakistan Administrative Staff College, Lahore.
His last appointment while in Government service was as Chairman, Technical Education and Vocational Training Authority (TEVTA) Punjab. On the basis of his extensive and varied experience, he has a deep understanding of the problems faced by citizens coming in contact with Government agencies.
His keen interest in sports particularly cricket, provided Mr. Khalid Mahmood opportunities to serve Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in various capacities: Honorary Secretary (1975-1976), Member PCB Council (1988-94), Manager of Pakistan Cricket Team touring England, South Africa and the West Indies (1992-1993) and as Chairman PCB (1998-1999).
Mr. Khalid Mahmood is also a writer and a columnist. His report on “Corporatization and Restructuring of WAPDA” depicts the valuable experience gained by him while serving in WAPDA. Similarly, after visiting England as Manager of Pakistan Cricket Team, his publication “Eye of the Storm” was well received by the general public particularly cricket lovers in Pakistan. He contributed as a series of columns for daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Lahore, in 1997.

Abdur Rashid Khan

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Abdur Rashid Khan was sworn in as the 4th Ombudsman for the Province of Punjab by the Governor on the 17th May, 2004. He holds Master’s degree in English Literature from Government College, Lahore with 1st position in Punjab University. Later, he also got a Law Degree from the Punjab University Law College Lahore. He also has Postgraduate Diploma with distinction in Development Studies from Cambridge University, England.

After completing his education Mr. Abdur Rashid Khan joined the (now defunct) Civil Service of Pakistan and served on various field assignments in Sub Divisions, Districts and Divisions as well as Attached Departments and Autonomous Bodies in top positions. He also held important positions as Secretary to the Government of Punjab in different departments. On his transfer to the Federal Government, he served as Additional Secretary Interior Division and as Secretary to the Government of Pakistan Population Welfare Division.

His last appointment while in government service was as Director General, Civil Services Academy, Lahore. He, thus, has vast experience of field and secretariat assignments of both the Provincial as well as the Federal Governments and an in-depth knowledge of the difficulties faced by citizens coming in contact with government agencies.

Abdur Rashid Khan attended a two week seminar organized in New Delhi by Asian Productivity Organization. He participated in a six week programme on Personnel Management in University of Connecticut Hartford U.S.A. As Federal Secretary Population Welfare he represented Pakistan in the 36th session of United Nations Commission on Population and Development at the United Nations Headquarters New York in April 2003. He led a delegation of the Interior Division to Turkey and also visited Iran and United States as member of high level delegations. He attended the 9th Asian Ombudsman Association meeting in Hong Kong in November, 2005 and also acted as a panellist in one session of the meeting.

Justice (R) Sajjad Ahmed Sipra

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Justice (R) Sajjad Ahmed Sipra was administered oath as Ombudsman (Mohtasib), Punjab on 12th of February, 2000 by the Governor of the Province of the Punjab at the Governor House, Lahore.

Justice (R) Sipra graduated from Government College, Lahore and obtained his Law Degree from the Punjab University Law College, Lahore. During his academic years, in addition to securing a position in the University in an Examination, was elected/selected or appointed to various posts of distinction and leadership, and had organized, participated and presided over innumerable debates, seminars, symposia and conventions. In addition to being elected to University Students Union, he was chairman of Inter Collegiate Body comprising of Presidents of all the College Students Unions of Lahore. He also was Chairman of Editorial Board of the English Magazine of Punjab University.

He was selected as a Group Leader for a visit to the United States of America. As an Associate Secretary of International Organization of World Universities Service, he led the Punjab University delegation to the Camp organized by the said organization. As one of the delegates of West Pakistan Universities, he participated in the Education Week held in the then East Pakistan. Under his leadership a group of foreign students, then studying in Pakistan, toured Northern Areas of the country.

Justice (R) Sipra started his legal practice at Lahore and in due course was enrolled as Advocate of High Court of West Pakistan (as it then was) and the Supreme Court of Pakistan. He was Legal Advisor to many Companies i.e., textile mills, ghee mills, jute mills, construction companies, import/export firms, R.D.F.C and other government departments; and was on the panel of lawyers of various Banks, Financial Institutions and WAPDA etc.

After having been Federal Counsellor, he was appointed as Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan at the principal seat of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. In 1988, he was elevated as Judge of the Lahore High Court and retired in 1999. He represented his country in the two conventions i.e. “Convention for The Establishment of International Criminal Court” and “Convention against Terrorist Bombing”, respectively, hosted by the United Nations in 1997. He was an active member of both the Syndicates of Universities of Engineering and Technology, Lahore and Taxila respectively.

Justice (R) Sipra is a life member of SOS Village Lahore, Horticulture Society of Pakistan, Youth Hostels Association of Pakistan, Punjab Public Library Lahore, Quaid-e-Azam Public Library Lahore and Dyal Singh Library, Lahore.

Justice (R) Manzoor Hussain Sial

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Justice (R) Manzoor Hussain Sial, who has to his credit vast experience in education, judicial and legal profession, extending over a period of three decades, was administered oath of the office of “Ombudsman Punjab” on 26th January, 1997 by the Governor of the Punjab at Lahore.

Born on 25th March, 1931 in village Ali Khan Sial of district Jhang, Mr. Sial graduated from Government College, Jhang in 1953 and obtained Master’s degree in Philosophy from Islamia College, Lahore in 1955, and Law degree from University Law College, Lahore, in 1957. Having acquired the above qualifications, Mr. Sial, initially, opted for teaching profession and taught Philosophy at Islamia College, Lahore and Government College, Sheikhupura. Thereafter, he decided to join legal profession and started legal practice in Lahore in 1963. He was enrolled as Advocate of Lahore High Court in 1965 and Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1970. He practiced and taught law for about ten years and during that period he was elected as Member, Punjab Bar Council.

He was elevated to the Bench and appointed as Judge of the Lahore High Court on 10th July, 1979.While on the Bench, Mr. Sial, retained his interest in education and was nominated as Member, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Lahore, as also Member, Syndicate and Senate, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. He was on the panel of L.L.M. Examiners of Punjab University, Lahore. He also worked as the Custodian of Evacuee Property, Punjab.

Sial, represented Lahore High Court and participated in the international seminar held on “Alternate Dispute Resolution” at Islamabad and Law conference in Milwaukee Wisconsin, U.S.A.       He was twice appointed as Acting Chief Justice of Lahore High Court in 1992-93. He was elevated and appointed as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 26th May, 1993 and represented Pakistan in the Chief Justices’ SAARC Law Conference held in Nepal in 1995. He retired as Judge of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on 24th March, 1996.

Last year on the invitation of Swiss Government, Mr. Sial visited Switzerland from 1st March to 9th March 1998 and had useful meetings with Ombudsmen at Zurich and Bern, and Judges of the Supreme Court at Lausanne and Lucerne (Switzerland). In May 1998, Justice Sial attended the Third Asian Ombudsman Conference, held in MACAU, and projected the image of Pakistan, besides gaining useful experience by exchanging views with Ombudsmen of Asian Countries.

Justice (R) Munir Ahmad Khan

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Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan, the first Ombudsman Punjab was born in village Kotla Naseer, District Rajanpur in August 1929. He matriculated from Government High School, Dera Ghazi Khan in 1945 and graduated from Government Degree College, Dera Ghazi Khan. He obtained Bachelor’s degree in Law from Sindh Muslim Law College in 1952. He was a brilliant student of law. He started practice as a lawyer in Sadiqabad, District Rahimyar Khan and soon became one of the leading lawyer of his time.

He was appointed Judge of Lahore High Court in 1981 and elevated to Supreme Court of Pakistan in 1994. After retirement, Mr. Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan was appointed as the first Ombudsman of the Punjab and took oath of office on 22.10.1996. The institution of Ombudsman was at the nascent stage and it faced numerous problems, e.g., absence of trained staff in the working of the new institution, shortage of office accommodation and transport etc. added to the pile of problems he faced. Just after his taking over as Ombudsman Punjab, hundreds of complaints started pouring in from all corners of the Province. These problems could only be tackled by a methodical and resolute Administrator and he displayed his mettle.

Justice (R) Mohammad Munir Khan immediately after taking over as Ombudsman, focussed his efforts on securing trained staff, adequate budget, transport and office equipment etc. Without losing time in November 1996, he moved the government to sanction required posts of officers (Investigating officers etc.) subordinate staff and also submitted budget estimates. The matter was under correspondence with the Finance Department when unfortunately, after serving only for two months and six days as Ombudsman, he was murdered on Dec 28, 1996. May his soul rest in peace. His initiatives and unswerving will, provided the essential basic strength and impetus to establish the Office of Ombudsman on sound footing.