Khwaja Family Saga

As a true celebration of the trading spirit the family still trades without paying too much attention to political borders. In fact it won’t be too far off if one were to call the khwajas traders without borders.

Khwja family can easily trace back their roots to the mid 1850s, six generations deep.

Khwaja Usaf was a lifelong supporter of the Muslim league and took part in the Pakistan Movement. His responsibility was primarily to ensure funding to continue the Cause. On both the occasions when Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah visited Edwards College he was in the accompanying party. Khwaja Usaf was a trusted associate of Mr. Abdul Qayum Khan, the Muslim League’s legendary leader.

Khwaja Mohammad Usaf was a Pakistani businessman and philanthropist who served the Pakistan Movement during and after partition and helped shaped Country’s key institutions, the State Bank of Pakistan and National Bank of Pakistan.

Khwaja Usaf was born in Peshawar on 22 November 1915 to a business family trading in hides and skins, porcelain ware, tea, silk, gold, industrial products and edible goods.

He studied at Edwards College and later at Islamia College. His early dedication to sports, debate and most notably, academia, led to a scholarship being established in his honor for students of chemistry at Edwards College.

 

Khwaja Usaf was a trusted associate of Mr. Abdul Qayum Khan, the Muslim League’s legendary leader.

Upon graduation he joined his family’s trading business and traveled extensively within India, establishing offices in Karachi, Multan, Chittagong and Calcutta.

Khwaja Usaf was a lifelong supporter of the Muslim league and took part in the Pakistan Movement. His responsibility was primarily to ensure funding to continue the Cause. On both the occasions when Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah visited Edwards College he was in the accompanying party. Khwaja Usaf was a trusted associate of Mr. Abdul Qayum Khan, the Muslim League’s legendary leader.

In 1948, when the State Bank of Pakistan was being established, he was nominated by the Provincial Government to represent them on the Bank’s board and in 1949 when National Bank of Pakistan was established he was one of the first to buy shares in National Bank and became its Director representing Share-holders and retained this position till his death in year 1966.

Khwaja Usaf was instrumental in developing the identity of the young Bank and was active in all its key committees. Anticipating the expanding needs of the Bank, Khwaja Usaf played important role in erecting the fourteen-story building for National Bank in 1963/65.

This is a story of a trading family from the city of story tellers. The guests of the site may find it interesting to read a brief introduction about the Khwaja family, the driving force behind KMI. This is a story of a family of traders deeply involved in the community  they lived in.

Khwja family can easily trace back their roots to the mid 1850s, six generations deep.

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Khwaja Usaf was a lifelong supporter of the Muslim league and took part in the Pakistan Movement. His responsibility was primarily to ensure funding to continue the Cause. On both the occasions when Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah visited Edwards College he was in the accompanying party. Khwaja Usaf was a trusted associate of Mr. Abdul Qayum Khan, the Muslim League’s legendary leader.

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