Mukhtar Masood

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Mukhtar Masood, SI, (Urdu: مختار مسعود) is a Pakistani writer and bureaucrat. He has been awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of the highest civil awards by the Government of Pakistan.

Aligarh years

He was among the very few graduates of Sir Syed’s Muslim University Aligarh who completed the studies from class one to M.A. from one and the same place. His father Sheikh Attaullah was a professor of Economics and who in 1944 published in two volumes about 388 letters of Allama Iqbal. Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi was just four years ahead of him. The topmost humourist Rasheed Ahmad Siddiqi taught at Aligarh. The brilliance and the wit both in Yusufi and Masood showed clearly how deeply the two had been influenced by the Rasheed Siddiqi charisma. The duo seems almost an extension of the Siddiqi phenomenon. In 1936 Siddiqi built a new house and from Karachi came near and dear ones including the son Ehsan Rasheed who later became Karachi University’s Vice-Chancellor.

Civil Service Career

Only three candidates - Karamat from East Pakistan and Imtiazi and Masood from the western wing - succeeded in the civil service competitive exam held in January 1949. After getting into the superior services, he gradually rose to become a commissioner, federal secretary, chairman of the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation and Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan (ADBP) and secretary-general of the Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD).


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