Aqeel Karim Dhedhi
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Aqeel Karim Dhedhi (born 1957) is a Pakistani business tycoon who is the Chairman of the AKD Group. The range of services is financial services, telecom, infrastructure, manufacturing and natural resources.
Early life and career
Dhedhi's father was Haji Abdul Karim Dhedhi. Dhedhi completed his schooling at Karachi. Dhedhi initiated his career by taking part in export business with his brother. He started cotton business projects when he was in seventh class. He started trading at Karachi Stock Exchange (KSE) in 1976. in 1984, he built his own office in Karachi Stock Exchange.
Karachi Stock Exchange
Dhedhi has been a stockbroker at the KSE since 1986. Prior to this, he spent 13 years managing his father’s brokerage commercial projects. He was on the board of the KSE in 1996, 1997, 1999 and 2001. Dhedhi is also a member of the Lahore Stock Exchange.
Dhedhi was awarded the "Sitara-e-Esaar" by then president Gen. Pervez Musharraf for his services during the devastating earthquake that hit the northern areas of Pakistan in October 2005. He has also been awarded honorary PhD (Honoris Cause) degrees by private institutes like Biztek Institute of Higher Education and the Indus Institute of Higher Education.
Dhedhi is involved with groups including community based assistance, health services, leadership development of deserving younger generation, and women empowerment. He is a trustee and member of the Board of Directors of The Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital; The Indus Hospital; World Memon Organization and the Resource Development Committee of Agha Khan University Hospital. He also takes interest in health services, women empowerment, leadership development of young generation and community based assistance.
In 2011, Dhedhi came under investigation when the Policy Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) launched an evaluation of suspicious trading patterns of gas utilities companies SSGCL and SNGPL. In January 2014 as part of the investigation Dhedhi was along with other suspects placed on the "Exit Control List" for Pakistan denying him permission to leave the country. Aqueel Karim Dhedhi was already on the Exit Control List for his 1.6 billion rupee default to the Pakistan Telecom Authority. Later that month, the Sindh High Court instructed the National Accountability Bureau not to tamper with Dhedhi's records after Dhedhi filed complaint that no evidence had been presented against him in spite of two years of investigation and that his name was not mentioned in its report.
Insider trading at KSE
NAB Committee’s report confirmed that 120 billion rupees in stock brokers Aqeel Karim Dhedhi and Daud. Insiders were involved in trading. The AKD and Dawood brokers have already rejected the charges against them as baseless, stating they would challenge the allegation in a court of law.
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