ZAFAR BAKHTAWARI - The last century the whole world witnessed the clash of capitalism and communism and Pakistan was equally under influence of this divide and because of this polarization of communism and capitalism the business leadership was never encouraged and promoted in Pakistan. Rather the history of Pakistan witnessed the character assassination of the prominent business families in Pakistan. This trend is still continuing even after the collapse of communism. China and Russia, which were the center of communism, are moving in the new direction which is respect for the businessmen and investors but in Pakistan there is still a need to promote this culture.

All over the world business communities are respected by people, institutions and governments. It can be seen that world business role models have inspired many people all around the world. Not only they have been an inspiration to many but also these role models have proven to be leaders in society and helped many societies in progress and development. Bill Gates, CEO of Microsoft, is greatly respected in United States by society and government, as with his fortunes he has helped in bringing prosperity in society. Gates is also working with many countries to eradicate polio from the world. His achievements have played an important role for the youth in USA and also rest of the world. Business role models are a significant part of a society but unfortunately in Pakistan business leaders are still struggling hard to achieve the status they deserve. Pakistani society needs to promote their business leaders more so that these successful entrepreneurs can be example for youngsters and people of Pakistan. Many successful business leaders in Pakistan are also running philanthropic and charity organizations but not not many people know it. Leading businessmen of Pakistan include S M. Muneer, Iftikhar Ali Malik, Mian Muhammad Adrees and Abdul Rahim Janoo. These are the few families which are actively involved in trade politics and are benefiting the economy and trade of Pakistan for a long time now. All these leading families in business have built charity hospitals and they are giving millions of rupees as donations to educational institutions in order to contribute towards the development and prosperity of our country but still they are under-appreciated by media and government. Media should highlight the great work of these families through which millions of people in Pakistan are benefiting.

Presently Pakistan is going through a phase of development and prosperity and in order to take this development phase in the right direction we need to highlight honest, dedicated and patriotic leadership in the country and bring them to the foregrounds. S M Muneer is one of the biggest business leaders of Pakistan. He completed his graduation and started business career in 1964. He is now chairman of Din Group of Industries including Din Textile Mills Ltd. The annual turnover of the Din Group of Companies is approximately $120 million. Din Group of Industries is also one of the leading names in exports of Pakistan. He has served as president of Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) & is currently vice chairman of MCB Bank Ltd. He has been awarded Best Businessman of the year award by FPCCI, “SITARA-I-ISAAR” in 2006 and “SITARA-I-IMTIAZ” in 2007 by the President of Pakistan. He has been awarded twice the Degree of Doctorate of Philosophy, by Governor of Sindh. He is the chairman of Chiniot Anjuman-e-Islamia, Pakistan, which is running various schools/colleges/hospitals and maternity homes & also involved in many other social and welfare activities.

In March 2014, S M Muneer was selected as CEO of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP). TDAP, like many other government ogranisations, was stuck in corruption but under S M Muneer corruption of 13 billion rupees was cleared and he made TDAP corruption-free department. The government should appoint 50 such persons as the heads of different financial and commercial organizations in the public sector. Muneer, after coming to the office, gave away all the perks and privileges and worked day and night with sincerity to safeguard the interest of Pakistan at all national and international forums. His broad visionary leadership helped TDAP to be a part of 118 trade expos all over the world. Along with this milestone, he successfully controlled the expenses of TDAP which were previously high. This year total cost of Karachi Expo, country’s biggest trade fair held in February, was Rs 15 crore but in past these expenses were more than Rs23 crore. Unfortunately corrupt mafia in the country started character assassination of such a dynamic leader. Besides, this corrupt mafia blamed S M Muneer for decrease of 4pc in exports of Pakistan. But the truth is that every person with the little knowledge of economy understands energy crisis in the country and international economic recession had adverse impact on exports of Pakistan. Prices of oil, gas, gold and agricultural products have shown a decline in recent months which also affected the overall exports. Countries like China, India, Bangladesh and Turkey were also affected by this decline in exports and these countries devalued their currencies in international market. Another major reason for decrease in exports is that FBR is not paying the refunds of exporters which are over Rs200 billion. It is clear that our country is going through a phase of development and economic boom and people like S M Muneer can lead the business community of Pakistan towards the right path. Muneer has shown dedication and honesty towards his job and we should put our trust in his exceptional capabilities.

S M Muneer is a role model for business community in Pakistan. There is a great need to bring such personalities forward in sectors like trade, economy and commerce. Business community should benefit from the expertise of Mian Muhammad Adrees after his retirement from FPCCI in 2016. Similarly Iftikhar Ali Malik, chairman United Business Group, is also a role model for our society as he personally took interest in the construction of FPCCI building in Islamabad and donated 10 million rupees in this regard.