Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Zubair Razzak Palwala

Mr. Zubair Razzak Palwala was born in March 1964 at Karachi. He completed his basic education from BVS Parsi High School and D.J. Science College. After completing Bachelor’s in Commerce from University of Karachi, he joined A.F. Ferguson & Co. Chartered Accountants. He completed the article ship in 1991 and passed the intermediate examination from ICAP. Further, he completed his MBA in 2003.

Presently, Mr. Palwala is serving as Company Secretary and Group Director Banking Relations & Corporate Affairs in The Searle Company Limited.

Mr. Palwala has exposure of dealing with the international agencies and international investment funds. He executed sharia compliant income note agreement of US$ 10 million with IFC in Washington DC, USA. He also attracted around US$ 6 million in 2015 from sales of shares of a public unlisted company to an international investment fund.

Mr. Palwala has actively participated in one of the biggest acquisitions in the history of pharmaceutical industry, on leverage buy out (LBO) basis, whereby, borrowings were arranged at Rs. 11 Billion.

He served 3 years in Philips Electrical Industries of Pakistan after which he joined IBL group in 1994 and since then he is affiliated with the said group. Mr. Palwala led the First UDL Modaraba and had also supervised the retail business i.e. Habitt, Dunkin Donuts and carried variable portfolios such as Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary of The Searle Company Limited, Group Director Finance for various group companies & Managing Director of United Distributors Pakistan Limited.

He had been the Member, Vice Chairman and Chairman of Modaraba Association of Pakistan and attended various national/international investor conferences including Pakistan Investment Conference.

Mr. Palwala is a Certified Director having completed the Directors Training program conducted by the ICAP.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Dr Muhammad Mukhtar Ahmed

Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar Ahmed is Pioneer Retina surgeon of Pakistan. His meticulous services have been recognized within the country as well as abroad. He has earned several National & International awards, including Pride of Performance awarded by President of Pakistan. He was also given Life time achievement & living legend Award.

He has served in various assignments and appointments in Pakistan and remained associated with number of Institutions in Pakistan. He is Medical Director of Al-Ain Institute of Eye Diseases. He is Chairman of Ethical Committee Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan since its inception. He is Medical Director (Honorary) of LRBT, and also Member Board of Trustees of LRBT Pakistan. He has been Head of the Eye Department Liaquat National College. He also is Examiner / Supervisor for the Vitreo-Retinal Fellowship of College of Physicians and Surgeons of Pakistan.

He was the First President of Vitreoretinal Society of Pakistan. He has been the President of Ophthalmological Society of Pakistan Karachi branch. He was also Head of Adamjee Foundation Retina Clinic and Vitreo retinal department of Al-Shafa trust eye hospital Pindi. OSP has installed an ethical gold medal in his name as “Dr. Mukhtar Ethical Gold Medal.” It is given to any ophthalmologist whose practice is adjudged as the best ethical practice.

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A G Khalid: Masterful creative wizard

A G Khalid has been hailed as the guru to the majority of the graphic designers in the present generation in Pakistan. Many of saplings planted by him have grown into gigantic trees now. Most of his own creative designs have stood the test of the times. He surely is the living legend of the communication, design and graphic industry. He’s acclaimed to be the first person to have gained command in technology in Pakistan and then he passed on the skills to his contemporaries and students. He founded the graphic department in some of the most prestigious media organizations to be regarded as the trend-setter in the world of arts and design.

Starting his career as Art Director at Circuit Advertising, he was the creative link to have complemented the group of seasoned journalists who launched Newsline magazine with great fanfare in 1989. The following year he was lured to spearhead the Art department of The News as the Jang Group set off to bring about a revolution in newspaper trade. The logo of The News, designed by him, has continued to shine for many years even after he left the organization.

He was the Executive Director (Design) of The Carrot Company, the first state of the art production house to have pioneered the 2D graphic solution in Pakistan. He spearheaded Manhill Advertising and produced compelling designs for corporate. He then founded and headed the Art department of ARY Digital Television Network for four years before joining K & N Foods in 2004 where he has played momentous role in the phenomenal growth of the company, whose designs and products have remained market leaders for more than 15 years now.

At the KTF Education, he was engaged in teaching Pakistan’s first-ever software for desktop publishing and design. He then passed on the legacy to the new generation of artists by teaching them at the esteemed educational institutions like University of Karachi, SZABIST, Iqra University, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Asian Institute of Fashion Design and Central Institute of Arts and Crafts.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Haji Mohammad Rafiq Pardesi

Haji Muhammad Rafiq Pardesi is a Pakistani business tycoon based in Dubai UAE. Haji Rafiq started his career by stepping into his family business of textile in 1982 in Dubai UAE. Haji Rafiq strategically focused on both trade and regional diversification which led his family business to enter into real estate and gold bullion in UAE, Pakistan and Africa. Haji Rafiq took his family to the new height of success and after proving his mettle he accepted new challenges and introduced HMR Group in 2015 under his exclusive captaincy.

His leadership led the family business won numerous awards in textile trading, gold bullion and real estate in Pakistan and UAE. Haji Rafiq entered into partnership with Emaar and Al Ghurair groups of UAE and established joint ventures businesses in UAE and Pakistan for real estate development and gold refining. Goldcrest towers in JLT, Dubai; the World Trade Centre, Islamabad; and Crescent Bay Karachi are key real estate projects where pivotal role played by Haji Rafiq Pardesi exclusively and with joint venture partners.

Besides his remarkable business acumen and success, Haji Rafiq is also known for his philanthropy. Under his leadership, Barkati Foundation is providing free of cost education to under privileged children in schools, universities and Madrassas (Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Hafiz e Quran, Islamic scholars & Mufti education).

Haji Rafiq Pardesi has the honour to become the first ever civilian honorary member of The Alamgirians Association- Military College Jhelum, Pakistan. Haji Rafiq Pardesi was awarded “Who is Who Professional Award” (Pakistan Chapter) in the category of Luxury Real Estate Development in 2016. In recognition services for the nation the Nazaria e Pakistan Council awarded Gold Medal to Haji Rafiq in 2017.

Haji Rafiq Pardesi has association with various bodies as under:

  • Director, Pakistan UAE Business Council of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
  • Member, Pakistan China Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Pakistan Tanzania Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Pakistan Morocco Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Sub Committee Diplomatic Mission & Embassies Liaison, The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry KCCI)
  • Member, Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Member, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Member, Swiss Business Council, Dubai, UAE
  • Member, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Honorary Member, The Alamgirians Association, Military College, Pakistan
  • Member Advisory Board, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi.
  • Trustee, World Memon Organization
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Barkati Foundation Trust, Pakistan.
  • Member, Board of Trustees of many Masjids, Madaris & Schools in Pakistan.
  • Ex President, Pakistan Business Council UAE
  • Ex Vice President Pakistan Association Dubai UAE

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Arshad Khalil


An Entrepreneur Par Excellence

Arshad Khalil, one of the pioneers in the field of Information Technology in Pakistan, has mentored thousands of youngsters who have earned fame and recognition over the years. 

He has been associated with graphics and IT related industry all his working life. A post graduate in business and commerce, he acquired education from the University of Karachi and the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan. 

After completing education, he joined family business of manufacturing of printing types and after that of printing press and allied industries. He marketed Apple Computers hardware and software in Pakistan during 1990s. In this period was, he also involved in selling Agfa Image setters, Lushcer textile printing software and Wacom digitizers. 

In 1990, his company had supplied Apple Computers to the Jang Group when they ventured in the publication of their iconic English newspaper ‘The News’ which possessed the first fully computerized set-up in the media industry of Pakistan.

Arshad Khalil introduced Arena Multimedia in Pakistan by opening the Shahrah-e-Faisal Centre and then attracted other entrepreneurs to invest in other Arena Multimedia Centers as Master Franchisee in the country.

Arena Multimedia is a chain of Multimedia training centers and has centers in Karachi and other cities of Pakistan, teaching Multimedia courses. They are credited to have revolutionized computer education, having trained thousands of personnel, the majority of whom enjoyed success in their professional life.

Arshad Khalil, an entrepreneur par excellence, still proudly owns and looks after the first Arena Multimedia Centre, besides being chairman of Jin Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd, a software export company, having offices in Islamabad, Multan and Karachi.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Saba Akbar Abadi

Saba Akber Abadi, settling first in Hyderabad and finally in Karachi after migrating from India, leaves a remarkable legacy to relish.

Quietly and humbly, a far-sighted poet, Saba wrote national songs even before the creation of Pakistan.

Known for his silent, yet inspiring contribution to Urdu poetry; naat, marsia, ghazal, rubai and unique research on the Persian poetry of Ghalib, Omar Klayam and Amir Khusro is Saba Akbar Abadi.

His role in Pakistan Movement is worth highlighting. “Zamzama-e-Pakistan,” a creative collection of Saba’s three patriotically pulsating poems, published on May 14, 1946 in Agra, was the first publication dedicated to Quaid-e-Azam before the creation of Pakistan.

While courageously fighting the poetic battle for Pakistan under extreme circumstances, Saba produced Zamazama-e-Pakistan the thunderous roar and the blitzkrieg of the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent for a separate homeland and a promising Pakistan.

Profile by Parvez Jamil

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mahtab Akbar Rashdi

Mahtab Akbar Rashdi a lady with great enthusiasm and spirit came into the education scenario of our system with a will to do something for the young generation of our country. She faced all hurdles so bravely that she doesn't even call it a hurdle. She made her appearance on media from Radio Pakistan and from there onwards she started her journey towards television. The viewers of PTV remember the days when she appeared on the PTV like a storm and made a respectful space in every heart of the Pakistani viewer by her confident and luminous hosting for the various shows she conducted. Having experienced all superior designations in Govt. and in education field.