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Interview by Captain Intizar Mehdi


August 20, 2003 is truly a red-letter in the annals of maritime history of Pakistan when the Federal Government of Pakistan appointed Captain Anwar Shah to the rank of Director General Ports and Shipping, the highest civil rank government officer looking after maritime affairs in Pakistan. His appointment as ‘Director General Ports and Shipping’ from merchant marine professional is the best choice and it is also recognition of professionalism in maritime industry by our Federal Government.


Young Deck Cadit Anwar Shah


Born on 2nd July 1945 to late Mr. Farooq Ahmad Shah, young Anwar Shah completed his studies in Karachi. He joined cadet training ship “LYRAS” in July 1962 for six months training and thereafter in January, 1963 he joined “SAFINA-E-JAMHOORIYAT”, his first ship in Pan Islamic Steamship Company and in 1971 Mr. Shah rose to the highest rank of his profession “Master" in the same company. In 1973 Capt. Shah came ashore and he was appointed at the head office to look after surveys, repairs and insurance. He served from 1975 to 1978 in the capacity of Marine Superintendent in Pakistan National Shipping Corporation. Capt. Anwar Shah was also sent to Singapore for one year as Regional Representative of Pakistan Shipping Corporation. He looked after Fleet Personnel & Administration in Pakistan National Shipping Corporation from 1978 to 1980 and during this period he was Chairman of National Maritime Board, Seamen Charitable Trust and Seamen’s Recruitment Board.


Shah Sahib was selected by Federal Public Service Commission in 1980 for appointment as Nautical Surveyor in Ministry of Communication but he preferred to continue his service with Pan Islamic Steamship Company, where he served as Port Captain, Manager (Insurance & Claims), Manager (Commercial) and in 1992 he was promoted as Senior General Manager (Commercial), he continued to serve in this capacity till 1998.


Thereafter he became the Chief Executive Officer of a marine surveying firm and ultimately he rose to the zenith of maritime profession when on 20th August 2003 he was appointed to the rank of Director General Ports and Shipping. Immediately after he took over as DGP&S, his first task was to conduct inquiry of M.T Tasman Spirit, a motor tanker which had run aground before his appointment. He successfully completed this task. Due to his personal efforts government of Pakistan granted 25% concession in port charges to enhance the employment opportunities for Pakistani Seafarers. He expedited and finalized the new Pakistan Seafarers Employment Rules and formed advisory committees to accelerate the activities of his Directorate. His recent achievement is to get office accommodation for Government Shipping Officer a convenient location for seafarers


Capt. Anwar Shah

In Command of a Ship


Academic Qualification:

  • Bachelor of Science (First Class)

  • LLB

Professional Qualifications:

  • Master (F.G) Certificate of Competency

Professional Highlights:

  • Presented working paper to

  • ILO Conference at Manila, Philippines

  • Development of Karachi port at World Bank Workshop (nominated by the Government of Pakistan)

  • UNESCAP Workshop at Karachi in 1999 (nominated by the Government of Pakistan)

  • Member of Prime Minister’s Task Force on Ports and Shipping (1997)

  • Advisor of National Assembly Standing Committee on Communication for preparing/ finalization of Merchant Shipping Bill (1999)

  • Member of Shipping Expert Panel of SAARC (nominated by the Government of Pakistan).

  • Head of Pakistani delegation to IMO meeting in London commencing on November 24, 2003

  • Court Assessor to the Port of Karachi (nominated by the Government of Pakistan)

  • Vice President of Master Mariners Society of Pakistan.

  • Life Editor In chief of maritime journal “MARINER”.

  • Fellow of Chartered Institute of Logistic and Transport (UK).

  • Member of Royal Institute of Navigators (UK).

  • Member of Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA)

  • Member of Multi-Model Transport Committee of Government of Pakistan.

  • Director of Pak Romania Business Council and Pak Korea Business Council of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

  • Secretary General of Pak Romania Friendship Association.


Family Life:

Captain Anwar Shah was married to a young beautiful graduate of Fine Arts “Naheed” on August 26, 1972 whilst commanding “SAFINA-E-ARAB”. Naheed brought good luck to him and Allah blessed the couple with “NAYMAT” a son and “REHMAT” a daughter. Their son Faraz Shah is Design Engineer General Motors and very well settled in USA. Their daughter Farheen Shah has done MBA from a prestigious university and she is Financial Analyst in a multi national Citi Bank in Karachi.


Writing is Shah Sahib’s favourite hobby and he writes articles for MARINER and magazines. He also writes papers for seminars. In his leisure he loves to play golf, read books and magazines particularly “National Geographic”. He is also very fond of watching TV channel “Discovery” whereas his wife Naheed likes to play piano at home.


Captain Anwar Shah never restricted to only marine faculty but he also participated in Federation of Pakistani Chambers of Commerce and Industry, SAARC foundation and many other NGOs. He is actively participating in Literary Committee of Karachi Gymkhana. He is founder member of Master Mariners Society of Pakistan and he is a very strong advocate for promotion of maritime technology in our country.


Capt. Anwar Shah with his family



In the end of his interview he extended his thanks to Almighty Allah for his blessings on him and on his family. He said “My greatest desire in life is to serve humanity irrespective of cast and creed and fight miseries. I owe all to my beloved country PAKISTAN and it is my earnest desire to do something for my profession.





Captain Anwar Shah  in Centre with Master of Queen Elizbeth II, a Luxury Liner Cruise Ship of P & O Lines - NOSTALSIA











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