Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi, end of an era

By: Pir Niaz Jan Sirhindi
All men are the best creations of the Almighty ALLAH. Yet the qualities of each and everyone are not the same and similar. A man within his short span of life may come in touch with many men, but all are not admired equally. Up to the very moment of my life, I have found many men and studied the life and works of many men both alive and dead. Amongst them, I admire Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi, the evergreen personality.
By lineage Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhandi, meets Islam’s second Caliph, Amir-ul-Momineen Hazrat Syedna Umer Bin Khattab (R.A) in 48th generations. Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi meets in 14th Generations with Hazrat Imam Rabbani Mujaddid Alf-Sani Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi (R.A) (Sirhind Sharif, Punjab, India) , the leader of the Naqshbandiyya Sect, who was proclaimed from the monastery of Sirhind Sharif, rebellion against the self-proclaimed religion “Deen-e-Elahi” of the Mughal emperor Jalaluddin Muhammad Akbar. That is why they called as “Farooqi” and in the Indian subcontinent they known as “Sirhindi”. Hazrat Imam Rabbani Mujaddid Alf-Sani Sheikh Ahmed Sirhindi’s (R.A) famous book “Maktobat Sharif” in Sufism or Tareeqat became very popular in the Islamic world.
Pir Khalid Saaed Jan Sirhindi was the eldest son of Pir Muhammad Saeed Jan Sirhindi (DOD: 1429 Hijri). Pir Muhammad Saeed Jan Sirhindi had an attractive and dignified personality. He remain the member of Provisional Assembly of Sindh, He was the epitome of clean politics and Sirhindi family’s dignity. He proved his political and social status with his enthusiastic leadership in front of so many old famous politician families of Hyderabad (old) district. Pir Khalid Jan SIrhindi was the grandson of the famous Sindh’s religious figures Qutab-ul-Aqtab Hazrat Aagha Pir Abdullah Jan(Shah Aagha) Sirhindi (DOD: 3 Rabi-ul-Awal 1393 Hijri) and they are the descendants of the great saint of Sindh, Siraj-ul-Oliya Hazrat Aagha Abdul Rehman Jan Sirhindi Mujaddidi Farooqi Hanfi (R.A) (DOD: 1315 Hijri) , who is buried in the Sindh’s religiously famous mausoleum namely “Maqbro Shareef” which is situated near to Kahthar, Hyderabad, Sindh.
Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi was born on April 6, 1954, in Tando Saindad, District Tando Muhammad Khan, Sindh. He got his early education in Tando Muhammad Khan. After that he went to Hyderabad and Kotri for further studies. He got graduation from University of Sindh, Jamshoro.

Presiding a meeting as Chairman of the District Council, Hyderabad

He was naturally endowed with innumerable abilities and convinced of free practical politics. This was the reason why he was elected as the Chairman of Hyderabad District Council as a result of non-party local body elections in General Zia regime. During this period, he was always full of public service spirit. He practiced innumerable for the collective benefits of the people. His political role has always been non-recurring and unblemished. Despite this, on every platform, he bravely demonstrated in the public interest. Even his political opponents could not live without praise for his overall noble character. He was a man of family tradition, well-dressed and well-mannered. He was very generous and hospitable person.
His respected father’s training has been instrumental in shaping and refining his personality and character. He had a great sense of being the eldest son of his illustrious father. He was brilliant administrator, always involved in lot of charity works and very famous in hospitality. He was very spacious and generous. He always spoke with utmost love and respect.
At the age of 25 years, he was elected Chairman of the District Council, Hyderabad (Old) for 8 consecutive years from 1979-80 to 1986-87 in couple of tenures. At that time District Hyderabad (Old) was an important city in the politics. At that time, it was impossible to get political success in District Hyderabad (Old) without the help & support of well-known political families including Makhdoom, Jamoot, Syed and Talpur family, but it only Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi succeeded in defeating them all and ruled on District Hyderabad (Old) for 8 years continuously. During his 8 years tenure, District Hyderabad’s (Old) four talukas including Hyderabad, Hala, Tando Allahyar and Tando Muhammad Khan laid a network of roads, schools, bridges, hospitals and passenger compartments.
When Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi was elected chairman of the Hyderabad District Council in 1979, he received a budget of only Rs. 2.5 million to run the entire District and he used his wisdom, dedication, enthusiasm, honesty and sincerity to get optimum utilization of this insufficient budget for the development works of entire district Hyderabad. His last development budget in 1987 was Rs. 34,499,870/-. Due to his historical public works, his name is still alive in the hearts of the people. There were couple of no-confidence motions raised against him, the first was presented by Mr. Abdul Sattar Sureewal, a member of District Council, which was unanimously rejected with majority by the District Council and Second was presented by Mrs. Manzar Rahool Panhwar, a member of District Council, which was got the same result as rejected majority in District Council, Pir Sibgtuallah Shah (Pir Pagra) has tried his best but not succeeded by doing so. His both tenures remained more successful.
During the regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, the then Governor of Sindh, S.M Abbasi, twice offered him ministries in the Federal Cabinet and Sindh Province Cabinet, but he refused to take over the ministries in view of party policy.
His friendship circle was too vast and wide. Due to his wisdom, intelligence and gentle temperament, people from far flung areas of Sindh used to come to him for their judgments. He always encouraged and guided the youth and as a result, his eldest son Pir Ahmed Saeed Jan Sirhindi has been elected as Chairman of Tando Saindad’s Union Council in the Sindh Government’s Local Body Election 2015.
After a long illness, Pir Khalid Saeed Jan Sirhindi passed away on Monday, October 25, leaving behind all the memories, stories and tales. He has been buried with lot of sorrow, tears and sobs in his family’s famous graveyard “Maqbro Shareef”.
He will always be remembered as the one of the best politician and role model for new comers to follow. He lived up to the famous saying that “As the Leaders, so the Nations”. He always be missed by all masses. His departure marked the “End of an Era”.

A memorable picture of Pir Khalid Jan SIrhindi with the then Sindh Governor Ashraf W. Tabani

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