By Abdullah Zahid
DUBAI: Renowned businessman of Karachi, Siraj Kassam Teli on Tuesday died of a heart attack.
He was admitted in a UAE hospital for chest infection and breathed his last during treatment. He was 67.
Siraj Kassam Teli was a distinguished industrialist and belonged to a renowned family that has been active in business since the inception of Pakistan.
As Chairman of the Businessmen Group (BMG), Siraj Teli was recognized for his extraordinary leadership of the Business and Industrial community over the past 19 years. He brought about revolutionary and progressive changes in trade politics and in the functioning of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the SITE Association of Industry and other platforms of public service and social work.
He also served as Director of Pakistan Beverage Ltd., (Pepsi-Cola)Karachi, Hyderabad and Quetta. Apart from the beverage sector, he possessed considerable experience in textiles, dairy products and energy.
Siraj Teli’s outstanding contribution to the national economy and public service, philanthropic work, and extra-ordinary indulgence in Ashura incident the then president of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari conferred the award “Sitara-e-Imtiaz”.
Political leaders including Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail, Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani and President PTI Karachi Khurram Sher Zaman expressed sorrow and prayed for the departed soul.