Sikh Art & Film Foundation

May 2, 2014 | McGraw-Hill Conference Center (1221 6th Avenue, 2nd Floor, NYC)
May 3, 2014 | NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, NYC)


Fakir Syed Aijazuddin, OBE, FCA

Born in 1942, Aijazuddin was educated at Aitchison College (Lahore), at Pangbourne School and later Berkhamsted Public School in the U.K. He was qualified as a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales in 1965. Since then, he has served in senior managerial positions in both the private and public sectors in Pakistan and in Abu Dhabi (U.A.E.).

His assignments in Pakistan have included the planning and establishing the engine manufacturing facility at Bela (Balochistan) in 1971-3 and the progressive manufacturing programme for Massey Ferguson tractors in 1973-4.

He contributed significantly between 1974-79 to the establishment of the National Fertiliser Corporation of Pakistan (NFC), following the devolution of PIDC in 1974. As Director Finance & Planning, he was responsible for the financial management of three fertilizer units at Daudkhel, Faisalabad and at Jaranwala, and the execution of three major fertilizer complexes at Multan, Mirpur Mathelo and Haripur Hazara. As Head of Personnel, he rationalized the orderly transfer of PIDC employees to the successor corporation/units and developed the pay-scales applicable to all public sector corporations under the control of the then Ministry of Production.

During the nine years (1980-89) that he spent as Group Controller of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company in Abu Dhabi, he developed the corporate and financial management policy applicable to all its ten constituent Directorates (including the Business Lines of Oil / Gas Exploration & Production, Hydrocarbon Processing and Marketing). He represented ADNOC on the Boards of most of its 22 subsidiary companies.

Returning to Pakistan in 1989, he served as Chairman and CEO of International General Insurance (IGI) and CEO of First International Investment Bank Ltd., both companies in the Packages Group.

From 2005 until 2008, he was Director Studies (International Relations), National Management College, Lahore, where he also served on the Academic Council of the National School of Public Policy. NSPP is responsible for training all cadres of civil servants from induction as Probationers until final promotion as Grade 22 officers.

From 2009 until March 2012, he has been the Principal, Aitchison College, Lahore.  He substantially reorganised the College academically, administratively and financially. During his Principalship, he completed four major projects. Emphasis was given to Career Counselling, Internships, and university placements. As a result, admission to foreign and local universities improved and for the first time in years, Aitchison students obtained admission to Oxford, Cambridge, MIT.  He expanded the foreign languages programme by adding Chinese to the French and German options.  

He served as Minister for Culture, Tourism and Environment in the Interim Punjab Cabinet (November 2007-April 2008). He has been Chairman of the Lahore Arts Council and a member of the Board of the Lahore Museum. He was also the Chairman, Executive Committee of the Lahore Museum, an International Councillor of the Asia Society (New York) and the Country Representative for Asia House, London. He has also served on the Boards of the Lahore Stock Exchange, OGDC, PTCL, and National Transmission and Distribution Company (a WAPDA subsidiary), STEDEC, and more recently Bata Pakistan Ltd.

He has taught MBA students in Financial Accounting and Management Communications at LUMS and also Management Accounting at FCC University, Lahore. Since 1994, he has been the Honorary British Consul for the United Kingdom at Lahore, in recognition of which he was awarded the OBE in 1997.

He is a regular feature writer for DAWN, Pakistan’s leading national daily newspaper. He has published a number of books on art history, politics, diplomacy, cartography, and Pak-China relations. These include:

  • Pahari Paintings and Sikh Portraits in the Lahore Museum (1977).
  • Sikh Portraits by European Artists (1979).
  • Aitchison College - The First Hundred Years 1886 - 1986 (1986). 
  • Lahore - Illustrated Views of the Nineteenth Century (1993).        
  • Historical Images of Pakistan (1994). 
  • The Armless Queen and Other Essays (1994). 
  • Rare Maps of Pakistan (2000).
  • From a Head, Through a Head, To a Head: The Secret Channel between the US and China through Pakistan (2000).
  • The Bark of a Pen. A Miscellany of Articles and Speeches (2001).
  • The White House & Pakistan: Secret Declassified Documents, 1969-74 (2002).
  • Lahore Recollected: An Album (2003).
  • When Bush Comes to Shove & Other Writings (2006).  
  • The Counterfoils of My Years: 1942-1971 (2007)
  • Commanding Success: Aitchison College, 1886-2011. (2011)
  • From a Minister’s Journal (2013)
  • The Resourceful Fakirs: Three Muslim brothers at the Sikh Court of Lahore (2014).


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