Bashir Ali Mohammad
Bashir Alimohammad is a business leader in Pakistan who is chairman of the Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited and the Pakistan - Britain Advisory Council. He is also the head of the Pakistan Business Council. He is the son of the late Haji Ali Mohammad, the philanthropist and entrepreneur who introduced Pakistan’s first nationally branded-drink Pakola in 1950.
Mohammad's major business interest is as chairman of the diversified Gul Ahmed Group which includes Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited, Gul Ahmed Energy Limited, Metropolitan Bank Limited, Swisstex Chemicals (Pvt) Limited, and Arwen Technologies (Pvt) Limited. In the past, he has been the chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association and also served on the Export Promotion Bureau of Pakistan.
On May 4, 2005, he suffered a heart attack on a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was part of a trade delegation along with Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz of Pakistan, who was with him during the flight.
Over the years his family, due to its association with the Pakola beverage, had come to be known as Pakolawalas.
Mohammad is also on the fundraising board of the Aga Khan University Hospital. The family is recognized as being extremely charitable and continues to assist as a philanthropist with charitable institutions within Pakistan. They are especially known for establishing medical centres and providing funds to assist people with education and housing. The Nishat Group is also known for providing vast employment opportunities throughout Pakistani society. It is in his credit that he appointed renowned researcher Dr.Syed Mehboob at Gul Ahmed's research and development department. Dr.Syed Mehboob is the pioneer of research in Pakistan's Textile organizations. Dr.Syed Mehboob later served at Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry as Director Research and Development an produced several research reports. Bashir Ali Mohammad was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award, the highest honor that can be bestowed on a civilian by Pakistan's government. He received the award from President Pervez Musharraf.
On October 19, 2010, during the Annual Conference of the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (TKMF) in São Paulo, the Committee of Management of the Federation elected Mohammad as the new President of the Federation for the following two years. He is the first Pakistani to hold this post.
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