Profile of Federal Ombudsman of Pakistan

Honorable M. Salman Faruqui


Mr. M. Salman Faruqui is serving as Wafaqi Mohtasib (Federal Ombudsman) of Pakistan since 2012.  He has rendered public service for more than half a century.  He is the recipient of the highest national award in Pakistan of Nishan-e-Imtiaz for his meritorious public service.

Mr. Faruqui earlier served as Secretary General to the President of Pakistan and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of Pakistan (with the rank of Federal Minister).  He was promoted as Secretary General to the Government (with the rank of Minister of State) in 1993, and held the positions of Ambassador-at-Large in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Secretary General-in-charge of several Ministries.

Mr. Faruqui served as Secretary to the Prime Minister (Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Prime Minister) and Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister (Mr. Muhammad Khan Junejo, Prime Minister).

He also served as Secretary to the Government of Pakistan in charge of Ministries of Environment & Urban Affairs, Local Government & Rural Development, Commerce (including present Ministry of Textile Industry) Communications (including present Ministries of Information Technology, Ports & Shipping and Postal Services) and Food, Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries.

Mr. Faruqui headed or is heading several public corporations [as Chairman or Managing Director/CEO) including Pakistan Telecommunications Corporation Ltd., (PTCL), National Highway Authority (NHA), National Engineering Services of Pakistan (NESPAK), National Power Construction Corporation (NPCC), Pakistan Environmental Planning and Agricultural Consultants Ltd. (PEPAC), Pakistan Postal Services Corporation, Sindh Sugar Corporation, Small Industries Corporation, etc.] He was one of the founders of Private Power & Infrastructure Board and Pakistan Software Export Board.  He headed Special Education and Social Welfare Division and was Managing Director of National Trust for the Disabled.

He served in the Province of Sindh for several years as Provincial Secretary-in- charge of several Departments. 

Mr. Faruqui revolutionized telecommunications sector and introduced optic fiber, digital phones (through highly acclaimed BLT system) and mobile phones in Pakistan. He also initiated international direct dialing for all telephone subscribers. He initiated the project of Indus Highway (Peshawar to Karachi), dualization of large sections of GT Road (N-5) and the first ever Motorway in Pakistan (M-2). In the Water & Power Sector, he initiated Ghazi Brotha project (the first hydel power project after the Tarbela Dam) and also implemented the 1994 IPP policy which for the first time introduced private sector in the power sector and eliminated outages throughout Pakistan. In the field of Human Rights, Mr. Faruqui started scores of Model Special Education Centers throughout the country for all disabilities. He successfully implemented ban on human plied cycle rickshaws throughout the country. He also launched the experimental Green Channel system at Karachi Airport and initiated the schemes of Dry Ports and Export Processing Zones in the country. Mr. Faruqui also completed the mini Port project at Gwadar and proposed deep seaport project there. He introduced private sector in the Ports and Shipping sectors and added Terminals for Container Traffic at both Karachi Port and Port Qasim.  Also initiated and completed exclusive Oil and Export Terminals at the ports. In the field of Economic Development, he was a key member of the government’s economic Team during which he contributed towards sustainable economic development.

Mr. Faruqui has been Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National School of Public Policy, Member of the Board of Governors of International Islamic University and Member of the Syndicates/Senates of the University of Karachi (his alumni), Quaid-e-Azam University and SMI University. He was the President of the Karachi University Old Students Association and the Convener of the National Union of Students. He led/represented Pakistan as a member of delegations (as a student) to Asian Study Seminar at Kandy, Sri Lanka, World Youth Conference in Behamdoun, Lebanon, 6th International Student Conference in Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and the 7th International Student Conference in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Mr. Faruqui has law and postgraduate degrees in Political Science, International Relations and Public Administration. He studied both in Pakistan and the United States of America.