General Habibullah Khan Khattak was the Founder Chairman of the Bibojee Group of Companies. Today, the Group is an industrial empire with an extensive portfolio of businesses comprising three cotton spinning mills, a woolen mill, two automobile assembling plants with extensive marketing setups, a general insurance company, Pakistan’s largest tyre manufacturing company, a construction company and two Trusts for supporting education and wildlife protection.
During his career as a soldier, he rose swiftly through the ranks to become the Chief of Staff of the Pakistan Army at the young age of 45. He was mentioned in dispatches for gallantry in the Second World War and was later awarded Sitara-e-Pakistan and the American Legion of Merit.
He retired from the Pakistan Army in December 1959 at the young age of 46 but instead of resting on his laurels, he soon embarked upon a new career as an industrialist, which was to bring him even greater fame and respect.
Core Values: Perseverance, Dynamism and Professionalism
The business empire of General Habibullah was built on the above-mentioned core values and with his innate knack of identifying sick units and expertly reviving them he made his Group emerge as one of the fastest growing industrial conglomerates of Pakistan.
A man of vision, General Habibullah developed an informed insight into Pakistan's economy and was blessed with the Midas touch, essential for successful entrepreneurship. He is also credited with introducing the trend of professional management which was subsequently emulated by other Pakistani business houses. He believed that Human Resource is the most important and lasting asset of any business.
Philanthropy: The Love of Giving Back
In addition to being a gifted entrepreneur, General Habibullah was also a great philanthropist who believed in generously giving back to his country - his expertise, experience and financial resources. It was in that spirit that he founded the Waqf-e-Kuli Khan (WKK) in memory of his late father. WKK promotes education and is a fine example of Corporate Social Responsibility which has benefitted thousands of deserving students.
The General was also a well-known animal lover, who established The Pakistan Wildlife Conservation Foundation (PWCF) for supporting wildlife in Pakistan.
General Habibullah passed away on December 23, 1994 leaving behind a legacy of dynamic leadership, brilliant foresight and exceptional business acumen.
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