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Member of the Managing Committee
Karachi Chamber of Commerce
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Chairman of Labour Sub-Committee
Karachi Chamber of Commerce
Cigarette Manufacturers' Association of Pakistan
Founder : About Him | Okhai Memon Youth Services | OMYS
Mohammad Usman was born on the 1st June 1935, in Karachi.
He was the eldest child of Haji Hasham Haji Ahmed Kath who started as a modest businessman in India in early 20th century. He came to settle in Pakistan and his vision broadened. He was engaged in retail and wholesale business of herbal commodities, tobacco and its products in Karachi. The family was well off financially amongst the members of Okhai Memon Community, which had settled over the years in Memon Society in Lyari Quarters and Kharadhar area after migrating from Okha Mandal, Saurashtra, India. Mohammad Usman was a handsome and precocious child. He obtained primary education in a Gujrati Vernacular School alongwith the basic religious education in the locality's Madressah. In 1946, his father got him admitted in Sind Madressahtul Islam, a historic English medium school. He was soon recognized as promising, smart and a very studious student. He was popular amongst fellow students, as he was soft spoken and endearing. These qualities later on emerged as leadership traits in his personality and his enthusiasm for the service to the community and people of Karachi. While in school, he joined scouting and was active participant in useful scouting skills. He was also an ardent member of students literary group, headed by his teacher, Hassan Ali Daudani who gave affectionate attention and special tutoring to him. Mohammad Usman's school friends were Abdul Sattar Paryani, Ahmed Khatri, Usman Essa, Bashir and Razak Marfani. Mohammad Usman passed his Matriculation examination in the First Division in 1953. He joined S.M. Arts College for higher studies. Since he had an intellectual bend of mind, he took psychology and philosophy as elective subjects of study. Mohammad Usman showed intense devotion to learning under his teacher Dr. Manzoor Ahmad, a well-known scholar. Apart from the college curriculum, Usman was fond of reading extensively books on the diverse subjects, such as classic English and Greek literature, philosophy, existentialism and history. He had a good collection of books in his personal library. During college years, Mohammad Usman was greatly inspired by Mr. A.K. Brohi, an eminent lawyer and thinker. Mr. A.K. Brohi in his articles writes about Usman. Mohammad Usman had a sensitive personality. Social problems affected him deeply. He had concern for less fortunate people, particularly the poor of the community. He contributed many articles in the college magazine and to the newspapers. His writings created considerable interest both in private and public circles. Some of his articles are titled as "In search of happiness", "Education and Individual" and "The Problems of Okhai Memon Community". Mohammad Usman completed four years of college education and passed B.A. examination in First Division from Karachi University. He had desired to study abroad and had secured admission, alongwith Mr. G.R. Namoos to study Philosophy. But subsequent events precluded him to continue higher studies. He had great liking for acquiring more knowledge and it was obvious that he could have achieved the intellectual heights, had he embarked upon the higher academic pursuits after graduation. He wanted to spend his life creatively, which could bring forth his real worth as well as to contribute whatever he could towards the betterment of the society he lived in. His father, however, convinced him to join family business. Being an obedient son, he acceded to the wishes of his father and joined the family's newly acquired cigarette manufacturing company. Initially, he encountered some intricate situations but remained determined to seek new avenues of business especially in the industrial ventures. The Family wanted to expand their business so he played a key role in setting up a similar enterprise of cigarette manufacturing at Chittagong and further extended to another industrial project of a large sugar manufacturing mills in the rural Sind at Tando Allahyar. He also went into export of molasses, a by-product of sugar mill and initiated construction of storage terminal at the Karachi Port. In short span of time, he created name in business circles so much so that he was elected as the member of the Managing Committee of Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and also nominated as Chairman of its labour sub-committee. He was also elected as Chairman of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association, Sind Zone and also the Chairman of Cigarette Manufacturers' Association of Pakistan. He became very popular in social life and contributed to many welfare and literary bodies. Usman traveled extensively around the globe attending business meetings and seminars related to international trade and business. He also attended International sugar convention and accompanied trade delegations to India, Srilanka and Philippines. He conceived the idea of having an association of community's young literate members for doing social work. At the gatherings of youths of the community, it was unanimously agreed to form the Okhai Memon Youth Services. He was elected founder President, when it was formally established in 1968. He motivated the members of Okhai Memon Youth Services and they together rapidly expanded their activities by introducing new concepts in social work which generated strong active feeling of interest amongst the Okhai Community Youth. Today, Okhai Memon Youth Services is one of the most active, meaningful and benevolent welfare organization in Karachi, providing educational, medical and financial support to the needy members of the community. By and large, Usman's outlook was not confined to his community, he had a will to look beyond the horizon and work for the society. Usman was always willing to respect opinions and behaviour of other people even if these differed from his own. Mohammad Usman was also a lover of arts and literature. His fondness for art was immense. He assisted Syed Ali Imam, a very well known artist of international repute in setting up of 'Indus Gallery', for display and sale of paintings. Indus Gallery is today a premier Gallery where nearly all the great painters of Pakistan have displayed their works. He had a fine aesthetic sense. He collected invaluable paintings of some of the great artists of Pakistan. He also encouraged and patronized the young upcoming artists as well. He was conscious of keeping good health, and would advise young people to have regular exercises, and in this respect he published a booklet on aerobics for distribution to help them keep physically fit. With the passage of time, he developed an interest in horse riding, which he pursued with fondness and liking and which proved nemesis. But Alas, on the fateful day of 11th February, 1973, Usman while trotting ahead of other two friends, went into coma, after falling from the horseback, He suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. He was immediately rushed to the Holy Family Hospital where he was put on an artificial respiratory system. He remained unconscious for four days and breathed his last at 7.00 am on the 15th February, 1973. In the memory of Mohammad Usman, Usman Memorial Foundation was formed in 1973 with the consensus of his family members, friends and well wishers.
Muhammad Usman was born in Karachi on 1st June , 1935.He was called Usman Ghani in his early age, rather until he be desired to be called himself as Muhammad Usman Ghani after his school education.He was first child of Haji Hasham Haji Ahmed Kath who was doing their tobacco business in Karachi.In 1957, Muhammad Usman completed four years college education and passed his B.A. Examination (in First Division), the strong base for higher academic education was already established and it was clearly understood that he would embark upon higher academic qualification in his yearning for attainment of wider knowledge and learning.He was, however, called upon, in about 1957, to shoulder business responsibility through his father's strong persuasion.It was a hard decision for him to make where by he was to desist from formal academic pursuits.Obedient son as he was, he acceded to the wishes of his father.One he had plunged into the business he found there also new avenues to interest him and to introduce new concept and ideas.From tobacco trade to cigarette factory and brisk sugar trade to big sugar industry he kept on developing his family business and industry, on the modern lines.Apart from his indulgence in own business he also took close interest in the matter of business class in general.He was elected as member of the Managing Committee of Chamber of Commerce, Karachi, and was Chairman of Labour Sub-Committee.He was Chairman of the Pakistan Sugar Mills Association (Sind Zone) and Cigarette Manufacturers Association of Pakistan.His forceful representation both personal and through his writing in the form of articles and Press Statements invoked considerable interest both in private and public circles.At the moment of crisis, be it sugar crisis or labour trouble in the country he was to rise make forthright and unprejudiced representation.He participated in various business delegation and traveled extensively almost over the World.Usman was basically however personality sensitive to the social problems as his deep concern for the well being of the less fortunate people around him was easily visible.To quote Mr. A.K. Brohi, eminent lawyer and thinker with whom Usman had intellectual attachment and whose thoughts and writing were believed to have inspired Usman even during his college days,
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Mohammad Iqbal Usman
Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Usman is Chairman of Al-Abbas Sugar Mills Limited. He is fellow member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan since 1960. He is also a member of Taxation Committee, Karachi Stock Exchange. He is also Chief Executive of Security Fund Management Ltd. and Security Stock Fund Management Ltd. He is also a director on the boards of several companies. e has vast experience in the profession and had practiced under the name of Iqbal Usman & Co. Chartered Accountants up till 1980. Further, he also has significant experience of stock market as investor and advisor to stock brokers. Muhammad Iqbal Usman - Chairman
Chairman of the committee, Dr. Mohammed Usman, while presenting the report yesterday, said the agency, if established, would hasten the periodic organisation of mass marriages among the divorced Muslim faithful, as well as widows and widowers.
Gulf Daily News
Pakistan Club chairman and Overseas Pakistanis Advisory Council member Mohammed Usman is the patron-in-chief of both teams.The tournament will be a re-match between the Manama Eleven and Hawar Eleven kabbadi teams.There will be trophies and cups for the winner and runner-up.The Man of the Match award will be given on the basis of individual performance.