Mrs. Shaista Sohail (PAS) joined government service in 1986. She was Lecturer in Economics, Government College for Women Okara prior to joining as Assistant Commissioner, Karachi South after securing 19th position in CSS examination 1985. She served, in the Chief Commissionerate of Afghan Refugees, Ministries of Women Development & Tourism, Sports and Culture, Director Land CDA, Deputy Secretary Commerce (WTO), Economic Counsellor to WTO, Geneva, Joint Secretary Policy & Planning, Ministry of Industries, Member Estate, CDA, Joint Secretary Debt Management Japan, Economic Affairs Division, Additional Secretary to the President of Pakistan and as Special Secretary Cabinet Division. She belongs to Pakistan Administrative Service and holds an M.A in Economics from Punjab University, Lahore, 1984 and a Doctorate in IR from Geneva School of Diplomacy, Switzerland, 2007. She received, ‘Best Contributor’ award in the “Service Export Net Meeting’ of 30 plus countries organized by ITC, Geneva in Chamonix, France, October 2007. She was the Treasurer of DMG Association of Pakistan in 2003-04. She was elected President of the students union of Lahore College for Women 1981, Head Girl Cathedral School, Hall Road, Lahore, 1977.
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.