Ehtisham was the
youngest son of Mohammad Sharif, a landlord of
Nawabshah, Sindh, who had sizeable land holdings
in that area, so much so that the railway station
near his lands was named Sharifabad.
Ehtisham was also a
nephew of Allama Mashriqi, the founder of the
He was appointed the
Junior Under Officer (JUO)
of Iqbal House in 1972-1973.
Soon after completing his Intermediate at
Petaro, Ehtisham was at his family farm at Sharifabad during holidays.
While he was sitting with his elder brother Inaam
outside the family house on 13 August 1973, unknown assailants fired at
them from the dark surroundings, and Inaam was
killed on the spot. The firing was suspected to be
a result of a family feud.
severe injuries. His body was paralyzed and he was
transferred to JPMC at Karachi. This state of
paralysis continued, and a couple of years later he
finally succumbed to his condition and died at
Karachi on 14 January 1975. His body was taken to Nawabshah where he
During his period of
treatment at JPMC,
Asif Ali Zardari, 991/J (who was a close
friend of Ehtisham) used to visit him regularly
and would send him home-made food. Asif always
took good care of his friends.