Syed Wajid Ali

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Syed Wajid Ali
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Syed Wajid Ali at a family dinner
Born(1911-12-20)20 December 1911
Died14 June 2008(2008-06-14) (aged 96)
NationalityPakistani
OccupationIndustrialist
Known forInternational Olympic Committee
RelativesSyed Amjad Ali (brother)
Syed Babar Ali (brother)

Syed Wajid Ali (Urdu: سید واجد علی) (20 December 1911 – 14 June 2008) was a leading industrialist of Pakistan who is also known for his services to the Olympic Movement. He became the President of Pakistan Olympic Association in 1978 and stayed on the post for 26 years[1][2] until he retired in 2004 to become the longest serving president in the history of the association.[3] He is also known for promoting arts and culture as well as Red Crescent (Red Cross) in Pakistan.[3]

Career[edit]

Wajid Ali, was born on 20 December 1911 in Lahore, Punjab, British India. He was the second son of Sir Syed Maratib Ali, the younger brother of Amjad Ali.[4]

In the early 1940s, he quit the army to look after the growing family business. In 1945, he established a textile plant in Rahim Yar Khan, which was only wound up in 1997. He also became actively involved in the Pakistan Movement and closely worked for the cause alongside Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Fatima Jinnah. During the movement, he was nominated by the Muslim League on a three-member Committee to oversee the British government arranged referendum in the North West Frontier Province.

An Industrialist[edit]

In Pakistan, he set up and managed a number of industrial ventures. Among the major projects was a Ford car manufacturing plant, which was subsequently taken over by the Government in 1973 as part of the nationalisation process of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto. In his other industrial activities, he remained the chairman of some of the largest enterprises in Pakistan, including Packages Limited, Treet Corporation, Zulfeqar Industries, Loads Limited, and Wazir Ali Industries.

Introduction of television in Pakistan[edit]

Ali was the first person, who in 1961, signed a joint venture agreement with Nippon Electric Company of Japan to initiate a television project in Pakistan. Later, this proved to be a visionary first step in introducing television in Pakistan before it was introduced in India, Indonesia, Malaysia and some other Asian countries. Ubaidur Rahman, an electrical engineer who later became General Manager of Pakistan Television Corporation, Lahore Center, was appointed by him to lead this television project with the Japanese. The project team conducted a series of pilot transmission tests. Then the control of this project was given to President Ayub Khan's government in 1962. A small studio within a tent in the Radio Pakistan compound in Lahore was set up to begin the television project work. Here a transmission tower was also constructed. Finally the first TV black and white transmission from Lahore took place on 26 Nov 1964 and television was introduced in Pakistan.[5]

Death[edit]

Ali died after a protracted illness on 14 June 2008. He was buried at Miani Sahib Graveyard in Lahore, Pakistan.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Syed Wajid Ali passes away". Dawn. 16 June 2008. Archived from the original on 4 July 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Gen Arif elected PAkistan Olympic Association president unopposed". Dawn. 12 March 2004. Archived from the original on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wajid was icon of Pakistan sports Dawn (newspaper), Published 18 June 2008, Retrieved 17 December 2018
  4. ^ Markovits, C. (2008). Merchants, Traders, Entrepreneurs: Indian Business in the Colonial Era. Springer. p. 84. ISBN 9780230594869.
  5. ^ http://www.brecorder.com/weekend-magazine/0:/1156322:history-of-ptv-some-facts/, Syed Wajid Ali's contribution to Pakistan Television Corporation on Business Recorder newspaper, Published 28 Feb 2015, Retrieved 17 August 2016