Syed Qaim Ali Shah is the Chief Minister of Sindh, Sindh President of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and an elected Member of Provincial Assembly (MPA) from PS-29 (Khairpur-1). Formerly, Shah has been Federal Minister for Industries and Kashmir Affairs, a senator and a two time Chief Minister of Sindh (17th & 26th)
For his role as a founding member of PPP and his political experience, Shah enjoys the reputation of a being a Pakistani political maestro of sorts.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah was born to Syed Ramzan Ali Shah Jillani. Shah’s household was counted amongst Khayrpur state’s more influential and educated families. After completing his early education in Naz High School, Shah was married by his family to a relative before he proceeded to Karachi for higher education.
In Karachi, Shah enrolled at Karachi University and received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Later, he read law at S. M. Law College and received an L.L.B degree. During the course of his studies at SM Law College, Shah benefited from the company and guidance of his then professor, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, building a bond that would last for the duration of his professor’s life.
Shah entered politics by getting elected the chairman of Khairpur’s district council under Field Marshal Ayub Khan’s system of Basic Democracy in the 1960s. After that, there was no turning back. His close association with Bhutto led to his joining Zulfikar Ali Bhutto’s PPP shortly after PPP’s creation in 1967.