Qurban Jan, born on, 14th November 1945 in Gulmit Gojal, Hunza, is among the very few well recognized bureaucrats, highly qualified, known for their honesty and competency, belonging to Hunza, Northern Areas of Pakistan. Mr. Jan has, over the years, put on the stature of an influential and inspiring personality known not only for superior intellectual ability, but also for great management and organization skills. He lives an image of honesty and his life history is defined by fine examples of resilience and fervor coming across severity and challenges of life.
Mr. Jan started his early education in Hunza valley in the mid 50’s and moved on to complete his matriculation certificate from ‘PAF Public School Lower Topa Murree’ in 1963. Mr. Jan was then selected for PAF College. Unfortunately given the law of the time, he was disqualified from becoming a pilot on the grounds that the than ruler of Hunza didn’t consent him to continue his studies and professional dream. It was a time of poverty in the region and high taxes, severe economic conditions, and strict rule of monarchy.
Disheartened and hopeless, but resilient, Mr Jan moved on to get a bachelor’s degree in ‘English Literature’ followed by Master’s degree in ‘Political Science’, from University of Karachi, between 1968- 1972. Being among the first few of the educated people of the region, Mr. Jan’s abilities were put to the test when he was able to pass the Central Superior Services Exams (CSS) , 1975 batch. He was most probably the first person from Hunza to accomplish this success. Since then only a couple of individuals have been able to clear the CSS exams.
It was not only an impressive realization and nobility for the region but became a fine example for the masses to get access to achieve dreams of life through education, hard work, resilience and persistency. Born in a poor family and area that was oblivious of the educational necessity; he put forth an example of possibilities for the masses to follow in his footsteps as well parents to invest in their children’s education. The Hunza state was demolished and the people acquired the right to educate their children without any resistance of inconsiderate laws of the times. Since than Mr. Jan served his homeland, Pakistan as an honest and resilient bureaucrat and has enjoyed a stature and image of respected and valued persona in the society.
After successfully passing CSS exams and trainings he has been working in different quarters of the Government, such as, Assistant Accountant General, Islamabad (1977) Deputy Accountant General, Director Accountant General, Northern Areas of Pakistan (between 1978- 87), Deputy Director Audit of Foreign Services of Pakistan (1987-88) Secretary, Finance ,Planning & Development NAs (1990’s) G.M Audit, National Highway Authority, Islamabad (NHA) 1998-2003, and Secretary Health & Local Government (2003- 2005) until his retirement in November 2005. He also worked as the Treasurer of Karakoram International University for a year (2006-07).
Mr. Jan is well aware of the bitter reality of poverty and the hard work that earned him the self-made respect, reputation and name in the social circles. Along with the government services, Mr. Jan has been serving the community, working as the honorary Chairman of, The Aga Khan Education, Gilgit from 1979-84, Member of Ismaili National Council 1989-95, member AKRSP Board 1997-2002, Member Silver Jubilee Development Authority since 1984 to the present.
During his times as a student at Karachi University, Mr. Jan moreover was a student & social activist spreading awareness regarding the importance of education for people of Hunza in particular and NAs in general, seeking the rights of the people of Hunza to be given the freedom and access to education and work of their choice. He organized student led committees in Karachi in mid 60’s, serving as secretary general of the Tehreek-e-Azadi Hunza – Nagar, in the companionship of people like Mir Baz Khan, Gul Muhammad, among others. Mr. Jan’s life is filled with instances of hard times, hard work, strong moral aptitudes, grievance, living & experience of utter poverty and strong conviction to development of the homeland.
Mr. Jan holds a great deal of working experience, of diverse proportions, from bureaucracy to social work and serving the community. Some of the major development programs in Hunza where people are aware of his contributions and efforts for the Shimshal valley road and the newly built hospital in Gulmit in 2005. There are many more such examples.
Mr. Jan holds liberal and modern views with regards to social and political facets, is articulate, transcends the generational gap & attitude. Holds a great deal of experience, has proven leadership skills over the decades working on issues of health, education, finance and other thematic areas of development, and hopefully can benefit the masses with his knowledge and skills in the future.