services, the earliest noting is that of Anthony Cajetan (AJ) who rose to
become the Chief Appraiser of the Karachi Customs during the mid 1850s.
Maurice Raymond was the first Pakistani General Manager of the Karachi
Port Trust, the enterprising Cinncinatus D'Abreo, Collector of Customs and
Director of the Karachi Electric Supply Corporation (KESC) and Cyril
D'Cruz, Chairman of the Peshawar Electricity Board.
Joe D'Silva and Michael D'Lima also served the KPT. Then we had Latin
Britto and Dr. A.B. Fonseca elected in pre-partition India to the Karachi
Municipal Council, and later L.A. D'Sa as the Chairman of the Standing
Committee of the KMC.
Dr. A.P.R. Pinto and Dr. Hermann Drago were appointed by the Government of
Pakistan to the Karachi and Mirpurkhas Divisional Councils, and Ben F.
D'Souza to the Karachi Municipal Council. Joseph D'Mello was appointed
Chairman of the Pakistan Railway Board and Sydney Pereira rose to be
Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.
Dominic D'Souza of the PWD and F.X. Nazareth (grandfather of Yoland Vas -
mother of Desmond Vaz of St. Lawrence) were outstanding engineers of Sind
in those days. Narareth also designed and erected the KGA Gymkhana
'Augustus D'Cruz pavilion'. Another brilliant engineer was an Andrade
(father of KGA's Luke F. Andrades, and grandfather of journalist Lionel
Andrades) who worked on the design of the magnificent Monument dedicated
to Christ the King in 1931 on the grounds of St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Fr Arnold Heredia was responsible for setting up the Pakistan Christian
Industrial Services (PCIS) and the Idara-e-Amn-o-Insaf (Justice & Peace
Commission) in the 1970s. The PCIS built links with the industrial sector
in Pakistan, organized an employment bureau and helped Christians in their
quest for sustainable livelihoods. The 'Idara' looked at the rights of the
workers and pursued the cause of the poor, especially in the field of
labour. Both organizations are now extinct.
Fr Anjou Soares did pioneering work. He launched a big survey of the
Catholic Archdiocese of Karachi published in a few volumes which indicated
what the Church needed to do to keep up with the times. How much it
succeeded and to what extent, is not known. Catechetical Centre Karachi is
a result of his initiative. He went to the diocese of Hyderabad in the
1980s and began Jyoti Centre in Mirpurkhas, one of the leading
Catechetical centers in Pakistan. Amongst the outstanding work done by
nuns in the social sector, Sr. Ruth FMCK must be noted as she continues to
work tirelessly with the mentally handicapped in Dara ul Sakoon, Karachi.
This is one area where Goans could have done much better than what history
reveals. The reason for not attaining this success was evidently the
immigration process during which we lost some of our most brilliant minds,
civic geniuses and prolific personalities. In the 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s,
the community was at the crossroads, not really knowing what its long-term
goals were, in a country that was changing so fast, politically, socially,
ethnically and radically. Thus the mantle of Christian representation fell
upon anyone who could muster some political affiliation. The Church,
though an integral and influential conduit, chose not to share the
Thus, in the field of politics, we had a few highs in the likes of Francis
X. Lobo, Chairman of the Pakistan Masih League who took part in the 1972
Elections for a seat in the National Assembly and Cyril Mendes who was a
member of the PPP advisory Committee on Minority affairs during the
administration of Z.A. Bhutto. Later Cyril was made President of the
Minority Wing by ZAB. We also had Mrs. Philomena Pereira who was a staunch
PPP (Pakistan People's Party) political worker during the early Bhutto
F.X. Lobo was also the Chairman of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society for
several years before retiring. In latter years, 1990s, we also had the
young Alan Lobo contest a seat for the Sindh Provincial Assembly.