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Shakirullah Durrani

Shakirullah Khan Durrani
5th Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan
In office
1 July 1971 – 22 December 1971
Preceded byMahbubur Raschid
Succeeded byGhulam Ishaq Khan
Personal details
Born(1928-03-03)3 March 1928
Died20 November 2009(2009-11-20) (aged 81)
SpouseSamina Durrani
ChildrenTehmina Durrani

Shakirullah Khan Durrani (also known as "Shakir K. Durrani.", and also transliterated as "Shakir'ullah"; Urdu: شاکر اللہ درانی; 3 March 1928 – 20 November 2009) was a Pakistani banker who served as the managing director of Pakistan International Airlines and Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan. His daughter Tehmina Durrani is a wife of former chief minister of Punjab and current Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif.

Banking career

After leaving military service, Durrani started a career in banking. After some years in England, Durrani returned home to be appointed Deputy Managing Director of Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation (PICIC) in 1962.[1][2]

In February 1966, the Pakistani government established the Investment Corporation of Pakistan (ICP), a government-owned mutual fund with the objective of enlarging the investor base and developing the capital markets in Pakistan,[3] and Durrani was appointed its first managing director.[1][4]

In September 1969, the Pakistani government nationalized Pakistan International Airlines and appointed Durrani as its new managing director.[1]

In July 1971, he was appointed Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan but when the Pakistani military government lost a disastrous war against India in December, SU Durrani's meteoric rise was over. When Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto became president and Chief Martial Law Administrator of Pakistan in December 1971, Durrani was put under house arrest and later sent to prison. No charges were brought against Durrani.[1]

After his release from prison, Durrani resumed his banking career. In the 1970s, Bankers Equity Limited (BEL) arranged a joint venture between him and a large Japanese leasing company --- Orient Leasing (later ORIX),[1] one of largest commercial aircraft lessors. BEL took 25% of the equity; the Japanese took 40%; Durrani's business partner took 4% with Durrani taking the rest (31%). SU Durrani was appointed Chairman of the Orient Leasing Pakistan Limited (OLP) with Humayun Murad as General Manager and his nominee. The Japanese managed the company till 1990, when the company went public. The Japanese directors took up assignments in Europe with the 43-year-old Humayun Murad appointed as managing director and Durrani remained as Vice Chairman.[5]

Durrani later took on a number of projects in his home district, Charsadda, aimed at helping Pashtuns and Pakistanis, including job creation and funding humanitarian projects, development and charities. These projects included a fructose factory and Frontier Ceramics.[6]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e Idris, Kunwar (21 November 2009). "From Subaltern to SBP Governor: Durrani". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  2. ^ "APPRAISAL OF PAKISTAN INDUSTRIAL CREDIT AND INVESTMENT CORPORATION, LIMITED". World Bank. 5 February 1963. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Investment Corporation of Pakistan". Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  4. ^ "The Imperial SEC? – Foreign Policy and the Internationalization of the Securities Markets, 1934–1990". Retrieved 9 September 2021. In 1966, USAID introduced the SEC to a Pakistani who was the managing director of the Investment Corporation of Pakistan and close to the president of Pakistan
  5. ^ "DUBAI MAJID AL FUTTAIM, JAPAN ORIX IN LEASING JV". Khaleej Times. Dubai. 12 June 2001. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  6. ^ "Annual Report 2000" (PDF). Frontier Ceramics. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
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