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Ghulam Farooq Khan

Ghulam Farooq Khan

Ghulam Faruque Khan (1899–1992) was a Pakistani economist, bureaucrat, politician and industrialist. Because of his contribution to Pakistan’s industrial development, he is sometimes described as “The Goliath who Industrialized Pakistan”, and was the founder and Chairman of Ghulam Faruque Group.

Ghulam Faruque Khan Khattak was born on 7 October 1899 at Midnapore and was son of Khan Mir Aslam Khan Khattak (1841–1922), a famous landlord, civil contractor and businessman. Mir Aslam Khan was Pashtun of the Akor Khel Khattak tribe and was born in House of Nawab Khan Khattak and was the son of Rasual Khan Khattak of Shaidu Khan Khel, a village in tehsil Nowshera, District Peshawar of British India (now in the Nowshera District of Kyber-Pakthunkhwa, in Pakistan). Shaidu is now town of about 75,000 people, in the Nowshera district of the Khyber Pakhtoonkhuwa, Pakistan. Shaidu is home to the Akor Khel, ruling khel of the Khattak tribe, as well as to the Mohallah Khan Khel. The Khan Khel (Khan means the chieftain while Khel stands for a family or descendents) … clan came here when two sons of Khushal Khan Khattak, named Shahbaz Khan Khattak and Abdul Qadir Khan Khattak came from Akora Khattak to Shaidu. The two larger groups of Khan Khel are the descendants of these two brothers. The Akor Khel’s, a clan named after Akoray, still hold a prominent position in the Khattak tribe.

He earned the distinction of being electorally undefeated in every election he contested in his political career and defeated Arbab Noor Muhammad Khan in his home town Peshawar NA.2 in the 1972 election. He died on April 29, 1992.


  • 1921—Joined the Bengal Nagpur Railway (BNR) as Assistant Traffic Superintendent.
  • 1940–42—Transport Advisory Officer, Railway Board (BNR).
  • 1942–46—Controller of Coal Distribution (BNR).
  • 1946—Transport Manager,(BNR).
  • 1946—Chief Operating Superintendent, East India Railway (EIR).
  • 1946–48—First Muslim GM of East Indian Railways
  • 1948–48—Returned to Pakistan & was appointed as Secretary, Ministry of Industries, Government of Pakistan.
  • 1962—Governor of East Pakistan.
  • 1966—Council for the Ministry of commerce, Rawalpindi Pakistan.
  • 1949–52—Chairman, of Cotton Board & jute Board.
  • 1958—Founder Chairman, Pakistan Ordinance Factories (First and last civil Chairman).
  • 1958–61—Founder Chairman, West Pakistan Water & Power Developmen Authority.
  • 1983—Chairman, Investment Corporation of Pakistan.
  • 1983—Federal Minister for Commerce & Defence advisor of Pakistan.
  • 1972—N-W-F-P Provincial Minister for Finance, Planning & Development.
  • 19**—Elected to the National Assembly of Pakistan and thereafter nominated member to ther federal Council (Majlis-E-Shoora)(Council of Advisors),
  • 1985—Elected to Senate of Pakistan.
  • 1988—Re-elected to Senate of Pakistan.

The vision behind the development of the gas fields was of the late Mr Ghulam Faruque. Unknowingly you carry his spirit in your wallet. From the security printing corporation that prints the currency in your wallet to setting up PIDC & Pakistan First Cement Plant, to developing the Karachi shipyard & establishing WAPDA. They are the people, both expatriates and Pakistanis, who deserve all tribute for the part they played in starting the economy of Pakistan. Ghulam Faruque Khan not only create institutions but is an institution himself.
Ghulam Faruque Group

  • Cherat Cement Company Ltd
  • Cherat Papersack Ltd
  • Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills Ltd
  • Faruque (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Greaves Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Greaves C.N.G (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Greaves Air-Conditioning(Pvt.) Ltd
  • Greaves Engineering (Pvt.) Ltd
  • Madian Hydro Power Ltd.—A JV Company
  • Unicol Ltd.—A JV Company
  • Zensoft (Pvt.) Ltd
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