KARACHI - Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan completed 13 years in his office on Sunday, becoming the province’s the longest serving governor.

Ebad became governor on December 27, 2002, who also happened to be the youngest and 31st governor of Sindh.

According to a statement issued from the Governor’s Office, Ebad has been representing the federation in Sindh to the best of his abilities and responsibilities. Ebad also remained in the forefront in helping release Pakistanis detained by Somali pirates. He was also conferred Nishan-e-Imtiaz for his services as Sindh governor.

Dr Ebad began his political career as a worker of the All Pakistan Mohajir Students Organisation while studying at the Karachi’s Dow Medical College. He contested general elections in 1990 on a provincial assembly seat as a candidate of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-backed Haq Parast Group. He also became a minister in the Jam Sadiq Ali cabinet. He went underground to avoid arrest after an army operation was launched against the MQM in June 1992 and surfaced a year later in London, where he obtained political asylum.

In April, 2015, the MQM announced that Dr Ebad was no longer affiliated with the party. The MQM leadership directed party activists not to interact with the governor, terming the ‘representative of the establishment’. Despite political isolation he has been playing a crucial role in resolving issues related to Sindh.