February 07, 2018 / BY AKD

4 fascinating facts that you need to know about Aqeel Karim Dhedhi

A philanthropist, a business tycoon, an expert stock trader and one of the most influential people in Pakistan, everyone knows who Aqeel Karim Dhedhi is. So what’s left of him to talk about, his business strategies are certainly out there for bidding entrepreneurs to study and his humble beginnings are well known too. However, much of Dhedhi’s personal life and socio-political ideologies remain unknown and whilst Dhedhi has never been shy of public speaking, he is a private man. That is why, these relatively unknown facts about Aqeel Karim Dhedhi will fascinate you:  

He made his first business deal in 7th grade!

Seems like Aqeel Karim Dhedhi is a born businessman and he proved it when he used to make casual visits to his father’s office when he was merely 12 years old. He eventually even accompanied his father and brother to business trips It will be a shock for some, especially considering AKD’s patriotic acts for our country’s development, to learn that Dhedhi spent a long period of his childhood in the Middle East.  

He dropped out of school!

His mindset was that of a businessman. He lived in numbers and finance and already had sights set on a professional career which is why schooling never interested him. It is said you can’t teach business savviness and street smartness and that is evident in AKD’s case. He joined the family business back then and has not looked back since. AKD has even spoke about an incident where a mistake he made caused the family business a loss of Rs.8000. The figure may not seem much to us and looks minute compared to AKD’s current fortunate but at that time, the young career that he had, it impacted him profoundly and changed him forever. That day, AKD learned the value of money!  

He is a devout Muslim

Religion makes a man who he is and Aqeel Karim Dhedhi is a man shaped out of the attributes of Islam. The king of Pakistani stock trading has mentioned time and time again that all his success is due to the blessings given by God. His house has no art pieces or wall pictures, which are considered by many Islamic scholars as Haram. AKD’ hosts some of Pakistan’s most famous Islamic scholars Mufti Muneeb-ur-Rehman, head of Ruh-e-Hilaal Committee. and the orator of Tableeghi Jamaat, Tariq Jameel. AKD is firmly passionate about developing a better knowledge of Islam.  

He was awarded the Sitar-e-Esaar!

Aqeel Karim Dhedhi’s numerous philanthropic works are known worldwide and respected by thousands.  Currently, he is serving as a trustee and board member of health centers like The Indus Hospital, The Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and the Resource Development Committee of Agha Khan University Hospital. For his social service efforts, which are both financial and mental, he was awarded the Sitar-e-Esaar, a civil award commending his undying support for humanity, by the Pakistani government. This is exactly why AKD is one of the nation’s most beloved public figures!

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