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MUQBIL AHMED FUTEHALLY (1911-1994)

As a young man, Mr. Muqbil Ahmed Futehally spent a substantial part of his early career in Japan, where he managed the Japan operations of his family’s India-based cotton trading business, N. Futehally & Co. He later moved to Karachi, where he built on his experiences of cotton trading in Japan, earning him the nickname “Cotton King”. An astute entrepreneur, he forged lasting alliances and maintained close ties with the leading industrialists of the time, including the Habib and Adamjee families, and was a driving force behind the founding of several successful companies and diversified businesses in early post-independence Pakistan, including Schindler-Futehally Merin Limited [elevators], Pakistan Gum and Chemicals Limited [guar gum], Carter-Wallace Limited [pharmaceuticals], N. Futehally & Co. Limited (cotton) and his own flagship company, Futehally Chemicals (Pvt.) Limited [textile chemicals, cosmetics and detergents].

An avid horticulturist and sportsman, he spent his free hours lovingly tending to his own prize-winning gardens as well as those of the Sind Club and the Karachi Boat Club, and playing and watching Cricket. Mr. Futehally was an active philanthropist and is fondly remembered by all who knew him as a quiet, gentle giant of a man with a big heart.

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