Syed Qaim Ali Shah, a distinguished senior politician hailing from Sindh and a stalwart of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), has been bestowed with the prestigious Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award in Pakistan. The announcement has not only recognized Shah’s dedicated political career but also celebrated his significant contributions to the country’s governance and constitutional development.
Despite the occasional light-hearted social media memes about his age and memory, the recognition serves as a testament to his profound impact on Pakistan’s political landscape. His son, Ali Ali Shah, took to Twitter to provide insight into the reasons behind his father’s deserving acknowledgment. He expressed his delight and shared the remarkable achievements that led to this honor.
“I am delighted to learn that my father, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, is among the recipients of Nishan-e-Imtiaz,” Ali Ali Shah wrote.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah holds a unique distinction as the sole surviving parliamentarian who was a pivotal member of the committee responsible for drafting Pakistan’s constitution in 1973, and he was also among its signatories. His commitment to the nation’s foundational legal framework marks him as a statesman of enduring significance.
With an illustrious political career spanning over six decades, Shah’s influence in electoral politics is unparalleled. He holds the distinction of being the longest-serving parliamentarian, with ten successive terms of service. This includes two terms as a Member of the National Assembly (MNA), seven terms as a Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA), and one term as a Senator.
His political journey began in 1962 when he became a member of the Basic Democracies (BD), a precursor to local government institutions. He later ascended to become the elected Vice Chairman of Khairpur City in 1965. A string of electoral victories followed, solidifying his reputation as a seasoned and successful politician.
Shah’s association with the late Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s cabinet further underscores his integral role in Pakistan’s governance. He held the position of senior minister in the Sindh Cabinet from 1972 to 1974, contributing significantly to policy formulation and administration. Additionally, he served as Chief Minister of Sindh three times during his remarkable career.