Mr. Muhammad Ayub Sheikh, currently serving as Secretary of the Ministry of Statistics, is one of Pakistan’s leading civil servants with a distinguished career spanning more than 35 years. He is a member of the Pakistan Administrative Services. Previous key administrative, management and judicial positions held by Mr Sheikh include: Secretary, Ministry of Kashmir Affairs & Gilgit-Baltistan; Secretary, Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations & Coordination; Chairman of the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution; Member (Judicial) Board of Revenue Sindh; and Secretary (Implementation) Services and General Administration Department, Government of Sindh. He has also served as Secretary to the Chief Minister of Sindh and (2006–2008) and as a member of the Sindh Service Tribunal. Between 2003 and 2004, Mr Sheikh held the post of Special Secretary, Local Government Department, Government of Sindh, where he was responsible for coordinating all tiers of local government across the province. Other previously held posts include: Secretary, Board of Revenue Government of Sindh; Commissioner, Sukkur Division; Deputy Commissioner, Jacobabad; and Sub-Divisional Magistrate, Larkana-Kambar. Mr Sheikh is a law graduate and has an MBA in Finance and Accounting. He has also completed several advanced leadership programmes in public policy and management including the Excellence in Leadership Course at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (USA).
The Statistics Division deals with the subjects assigned under the Rules of Business, 1973. Under Rule 3(1(Schedule I) & 3 Schedule II ), Statistics Division’s aim is to provide solid data base to the planners, policy & decision makers in the government, researchers and other data users in various socio-economic sectors. Pakistan’s Central Statistical Office (CSO) was established in 1950 as an attached department of the Economic Affairs Division. The primary aim of the office was generation and dissemination of timely and reliable data commensurate with the requirements of the Government and other users. The status of CSO was raised as Statistics Division in 1972 making it fully responsible for formulation of policies and plans in the statistical fields and their implementation. In 1978, the Population Census Organization (PCO) and the Agricultural Census Organization (ACO) were also transferred to the Statistics Division.