Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak

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Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak, Sameed Khattak
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Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak

Sameed Khattak

Publishing Date: Saturday, February 28 2015

Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak was born on the 7th of October, 1899 at Midnapore, India. He was son of famous social worker and civil contractor of British Times, Khan Mir Aslam Khan Khattak of village Shaidu in Nowshera District. Ghulam Faruque Khan was the 8th descendant of prominent Pashtun Poet, Warrior and Chief of the Khattak tribe, Khushal Khan Khattak. He graduated from the Aligarh College and then joined the Bengal-Nagpur Railway in 1921 as Assistant Traffic Superintendent. He also served as Transport Advisory Officer of the Railway Board (1940-1942), Controller of Coal Distribution (1942-1946), Transport Manager of Bengal-Nagpur Railway (1946), Chief Operating Superintendent (1946) and First Muslim General Manager of East Indian Railways (1946-1948). Later, after 1948, he came to Pakistan and served as chairman of Pakistan Jute Board and Cotton Board (1949-52), Founder chairman of the Pakistan Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC) (1952-58), and also served as founder chairman of the Pakistan Ordnance Factory. He was also entrusted to set up the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and became the chairman of East Pakistan WAPDA in 1958. He was responsible for concluding the Indus Water Treaty. Ghulam Faruque Khan was a dynamic bureaucrat. In administrative jobs requiring planning, initiative, organization and skill, few could equal him and Later on, he held other important government posts such as Governor of East Pakistan (1962); Federal Minister for Commerce, and Defence Advisor (1965-1967); chairman, Investment Corporation of Pakistan, Secretary of Ministry of Industry, and Minister for Finance, Planning and Development of NWFP Province. He also held posts in the National Assembly, Federal Council and the Senate. Because of his contribution to Pakistan's Industrial development he is sometimes described as The Goliath who Industrialized Pakistan.

Image: Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak

Image: Signatories of 1973 Constitutional: President Bhutto seen with Mufti Mahmood, Shah Ahmed Noorani, Sardar Shaukat Hayat, Ghous Bux Bizenjo, Arbab Sikander Khan Khalil, Khan Abdul Qayyum Khan, Ghulam Faruque Khan, Sardar Sherbaz Mazari, Maj Gen Jamaldar, Prof Ghafoor Ahmed and party colleagues, Abdul Hafiz Peerzada, Maulana Kausar Niazi, Yahya Bakhtiar, Malik Muhammad Akhter and Rafi Raza

Image: Ayub visiting the Fenchuganj fertilizers project near Sylhet, Bangladesh with Governor East Pakistan and Chairman PIDC Ghulam Faruque

Ghulam Faruque was also a prominent entrepreneur. He founded the Ghulam Faruque Group in 1947, a prominent commercial and industrial house in Pakistan, which has diversified interests in cement, sugar, construction, engineering and shipping. The group ranks amongst the most prominent commercial and industrial houses in Pakistan and is recognized for its entrepreneurial skills and valuable contribution to the economy. The group is now managed by his family.

Image: 1972 NWFP Provincial Cabinet showing Mr. Ghulam Farooq Khan, Khan Amirzadah Khan, Muhammad Afzal Khan, Arbab Sikandar Khan Khalil, Moulana Mufti Mahmood, Moulana Abdul Baqi and Mr. Haq Nawaz Khan

Image: Mr. Yusuf A. Ismail, His Excellency the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia, His Excellency the Commerce Minister of Kuwait and the Commerce Minister of Pakistan Mr. Ghulam Faruque Khan.

The industries operating under this group are as such:

  1. Ghulam Faruque Group (GFG)
  2. Cherat Cement Company Ltd.
  3. Cherat Papersack Ltd.
  4. Cherat Electric Ltd.
  5. Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills Ltd.
  6. Faruque (pvt) Ltd
  7. Greaves Air-Conditioning(pvt) Ltd
  8. Greaves Engineering Services(pvt) Ltd
  9. Unicol Ltd.- A JV Company
  10. Madian Hydro Power Ltd. - A JV Company
  11. Zensoft (pvt) Ltd

Ghulam Faruque Khan was awarded with a number of insignia such as Officer of the Order of the British Empire (1944), Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire (1946), Commander of the Order of Merit, Spain (1956) and Hilal-e-Pakistan (1958). He died in 1992 after an illustrious life and career, aged at 93.


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Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak, Sameed Khattak
Published in Khyber.ORG on Saturday, February 28 2015 (