Syed Qaim Ali Shah

Syed Qaim Ali Shah

Syed Qaim Ali Shah

Syed Qaim Ali Shah is a famous Pakistani politician who served as the Chief Minister of Sindh for three terms. He is the President of Pakistan People party for many years. He is a politician of influential background who has been associated with Sindh politics a long time ago. This article has all the information about him, including Syed Qaim Ali Shah Biography.

Name:Syed Qaim Ali Shah
In Urdu:سید قائم علی شاہ جیلانی ‬‎)
Famous As:MPA
Education:Bachelor of Laws
Date:13th September 1928
Political Party:Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP)
In Office
Role:Chief Minister of Sindh
Dates:2 December 1988 – 25 February 1990
President:Ghulam Ishaq Khan
Prime Minister:Benazir Bhutto
Preceded By:Akhtar Ali Ghulam Qazi
Governor :Qadeeruddin Ahmed Fakhruddin G. Ebrahim
Succeeded By:Aftab Shaban Mirani
In Office 2
Role:Chief Minister of Sindh
Dates:6 April 2008 – 20 March 2013
President:Asif Ali Zardari
Prime Minister:Yousaf Raza Gillani, Raja Parvez Ashraf, Mir Hazar Khan Khoso
Governor :Ishrat-ul-Ibad Khan
Preceded By:Abdul Qadir Halepoto
Succeeded By:Zahid Qurban Alvi
In Office 3:Role:17th Chief Minister of Sindh
Dates:30 May 2013 – 27 July 2016
President :Mamnoon Hussain
Prime Minister :Nawaz Sharif
Preceded by :Zahid Qurban Alvi
Succeeded by:Syed Murad Ali Shah

Syed Qaim Ali Shah Biography

Syed Qaim Ali Shah Biography

Qaim Ali Shah is a lawyer by profession and interested in politics from a very young age. He started his career in 1960 under Ayub khan leadership. He belongs to a popular and democratic party that has a long year struggle against dictatorship and restoration of democracy.

Shah is a well-known face of his party and has been representative of his party policies over media. He remained the Chief Minister of Sindh for 3 times. One of his daughter Nafisa Shah is likewise serving in the same field of politics.

Qaim Ali Shah Age

On September 13 1923, he was born in Khairpur. Currently, he is living in Karachi.

Education of Shah

He received his primary education from Khairpur. Afterward, he received his bachelor’s degree in art subject from Karachi University and his LLB degree from Sindh Muslim Law College.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah Family

He belongs to political family background. His father Syed Abdullah Shah worked as a chief minister of Sindh during Benazir Bhutto’s second government. Qaim Ali married to three women and is blessed with 4 sons and 7 daughters. All his children are highly educated, and almost all of them are working in government services.

From his first spouse, he has two sons and two daughters named Syed Muzaffar Ali Shah who is agriculturist Dr Syed Liaquat Ali Shah ( eye specialist). His daughters Najma Shah and Shamshad Shah are housewives.

From his second spouse, he has two son and four daughters. His elder son Syed Asad Ali Shah has served as the adviser of Sindh Chief Minister for Finance from 1993 to 1996. One of his daughter Naheed Shah Durrani is CSS official and is currently working in Sindh government as the Special Secretary Finance.

His first wife died due to terminal and his second wife died due to breast cancer. His daughter Nafeesa Shah has functioned as a member of the National Assembly.

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Political Career

Initial Career

In 1960 he was elected as the Chairman of Khairpur district under the system of essential democracy of Ayub khan.

Joined PPP

In 1967 Pakistan people party was formed and soon after its creation Qaim Ali shah joined it due to his close bond with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. PM Zulfiqar appointed him as a Federal Minister for Industries and Kashmir Affairs.

In 1970 election he participated as a candidate of Pakistan people party and defeated his opponents Syed Baqir Ali Shah (Provincial President of National Awami league) and Ghous Ali Shah. In 1980 he also participated in the Movement for the Restoration of Democracy (MRD) against General Zia-ul-Haq.


In 1977 after General Zia ul Haq, he was prisoned along with Bhutto and other cabinet ministers. Many of the cabinet ministers like Ghulam Mustafa Jatoi, Mir Hazar Khan Bajrani and Makhdoom Khaliq-uz-Zaman left the party, but Qaim remained loyal to his party.

He remained in jail for 11 years. After Zia-ul-Haq death he was appointed as the president of Pakistan People’s Party.

As a Chief Minister of Sindh

After winning the General election of 1988, he became Provincial Chief and immediately was made 17th Chief Minister of Sindh on December 2 1988. In 1988 election he defeated his opponent Syed Ghaus, Ali Shah, by securing maximum votes.

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Member of Provincial Assembly

He was elected as the Member of Provincial Assembly in the year 1990, 1993, 2002 and 2008. He won all the election of his career except the general election of 1997 when PPP was removed from parliament. After some time he demanded a senate seat, and in late 1997 he won senate seat successfully.

As a Chief Minister of Sindh

On April 7, 2008, Shah became the 23rd Sindh Chief Minister for 2nd time by securing 90 seats out of 168 seats and completed his 2nd term on March 21 2013. In 2013 he was elected as the Chief Minister of Pakistan for 3rd time and remained served there till 2016. He was replaced by Murad Ali shah in July 2016.