Hailing from a respectable Syed family of the Province of Sindh, Syed Qaim Ali Shah displayed signs of leadership even in his early childhood. He enjoyed matchless respect and esteem of his friends and even his family members. His deep insight into the problems of the less-privileged and down-trodden segments of the society and an in-born urge to solace them, motivated him to share the ideals put forth by the Chairman of the Pakistan People Party late Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto in late 60s.
As a committed worker of the Pakistan Peoples Party, he enjoyed top positions in the Party hierarchy and also had to pay heavy prices for his unfaltering support for the PPP. His contribution during the movement for the restoration of democracy in the country is recognized by all and sundry. He has been the Chief Minister of Sindh and also heads the PPP organizational setup in the province.
Syed Qaim Ali Shah was elected as a Member of the Senate of Pakistan in March, 1997, for a period of six years. He is a Member of the Senate Standing Committees on Interior and Housing and Works.