Starting in 1947 with interests in real estate, followed by stock-broking, late
Haji Abdul Karim Dhedhi (may he rest in peace) laid the foundation of what today
is the AKD Group, one of the premier business enterprises in Pakistan.
Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi, son of (late) Haji Abdul Karim Dhedhi, is the Chairman of
the Group. Led by the Chairman's vision, the group has evolved into a vibrant set
of business enterprises operating in key sectors of Pakistan's economy, including
financial services, telecom, infrastructure, manufacturing and natural resources.
Mr. Dhedhi strongly believes in the 'first mover advantage' and this philosophy
is clearly seen in many of his initiatives. AKD Securities was the first to launch
a state-of-the-art Online Stock Trading service in Pakistan and remains the leader
in this arena today. The first institutionalized technology venture capital fund
in the country was launched by AKD in the year 2000.
The AKD Group is a major force in Pakistan's real estate market with extensive interests
in numerous residential and commercial real estate projects all across the country.
The Group has beneficial ownership in Karim Centre, situated in Saddar, Karachi.
Among other projects, AKD Group has also ventured into the development and construction
of Creek View & Creek Terraces opposite Golf Club Karachi. AKD Capital was one of
the 1st two companies to have been awarded Real Estate Investment Trust (REITs)
AKD Group also has interests in various sectors including textiles, telecommunication
& technology etc. In addition, AKD Group is a partner with Port of Singapore Authority
(PSA) to set-up a Free Trade Zone (FTZ) in Gwadar.