AKD Group Lineage Starting in 1947 with interest in real estate and commerce, the late Haji Abdul Karim Dhedhi (may he rest in peace) laid the foundation of what is today the AKD Group, one of the leading business enterprises in Pakistan. Mr. Aqeel Karim Dhedhi is the Chairman of the AKD Group and with his entrepreneurial vision; the Group has evolved into a vibrant set of business enterprises operating in key growth sector of Pakistan's economy. The Group's exposure areas include: Financial Services: with market leading exposures in brokerage/financial advisory and asset management. Infrastructure: with exposure in real estate development, construction and allied industries as well as infrastructure operations Natural Resources: exposure to oil and gas exploration and production as well as natural resource mining Technology: concentration in telecommunication services and value added content in Pakistan as well as across the MENA region Mr. Dhedhi strongly believes in the 'first mover advantage' and this philosophy is clearly seen in many of his initiatives. AKD Securities was the first to launch a state-of-the-art Online Stock Trading Service in Pakistan and remains the leader in this area today. The first institutionalized venture technology venture capital fund in the country was launched by AKD in the year 2000. The AKD Group is a major force in Pakistan's real estate market with extensive interests in numerous residential and commercial real estate projects all across the country. The Group has recently undertaken the development and construction of "The Arkadians" which is one of Pakistan's largest residential and commercial real estate projects. AKD Capital was one of the first to have been awarded a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) license in Pakistan.