Arbab Ghulam Rahim, 7199/Ayub

Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim 2007

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim, kit no. 7199/Ayub House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1971 and left the college in 1976 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 15 September 1957, and was married to Mrs. Sadaf. They have six children.

During his last year at Petaro, Arbab Ghulam Rahim was appointed the JUO of Ayub House.

After leaving Petaro, Arbab Ghulam Rahim decided to study medicine, and graduated as a doctor from the Sindh Medical College, Karachi. However, subsequent to his graduation, he chose to go into politics and has remained a prominent politician in the province of Sindh. He is a member of the Pakistan Muslim League. His family has been in politics for decades. He started his political career when he was in the fourth year of his university education at SMC, when he was elected as Chairman of Zila Council for Mirpurkhas in 1981 under the regime of Gen. Ziaul Haq.

He won elections as a Member of National Assembly (MNA) four times, and as Member of the Provincial Assembly (MPA) from his constituency in Mirpurkhas Dist. several times. In the 2002 elections, he won his seat from PS-60 constituency and was appointed a minister in the Sindh government

In 2004, the Chief Minister Sindh Ali Mohammad Mahar resigned, and Dr. Arbab was elected by the Sindh Provincial Assembly as the Chief Minister of Sindh. He held that position until the end of 2007 when new elections were held. Although the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) lost the 2008 elections, Dr. Arbab won his own seat as an MPA.

During his tenure as Chief Minister, Dr. Arbab was instrumental in getting many projects approved for Cadet College Petaro.

Dr. Arbab played a key role in inviting President Musharraf as the chief guest during the Golden Jubilee celebrations at Cadet College Petaro. On 24 February 2007, he delivered a speech to the audience on this auspicious occasion. Please click here to listen to this speech.

After the PPP came to power in 2008, Dr. Arbab was victimised politically and abused and man-handled by his opponents. Although he was a member of the Sindh Provincial Assembly, he was forced to flee Pakistan amid threats to his life.

He is presently settled down in Dubai, biding his time to return to Pakistan when there is a change in government.