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Men Who matter: Ali Khan


He is a common face in any national or international level cricket match in the city. And for most of the budding sportsmen, especially cricketers facing problem with the purchase of the game's gear, he is the solution.

Meet Ali Khan or more popularly known as MFK.

The Khan clan has been residing in this city since last seven generations. "We are the descendants of the Moghul mokhasadar (landlord) of Yarada village," says Mr. Ali Khan. Being the eldest son of the family he followed his father Mohammad Faizullah Khan into the family textile business at an early age.

"My father started the textile business in 1940 in a very modest way in the Old Town area. Slowly from traditional textiles we moved to readymade garment section. In 1956, we established the first readymade showroom near A.V.N. College Down. And that was the beginning of our story with readymade garments."

Today he is the proud owner of a couple of readymade showrooms in the city like, MF Khan, Digjam and Fusion. "Name any top brand like Zodiac, Color Plus, Provogue, Reebok, Reid and Taylor and Adidas, we have them for you in any of our showrooms. Apart from dress material we deal in sportswear and attire for all occasions," says he.

Education trust

Owing to professional and family commitments, he could not reach the higher rungs of professional education but the desire for studies and the lifetime ambition of his father to start a school for the under privileged impelled him to start a degree college. Maxwell Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) was started by him in 1991. The college offers three combinations for B.Sc. with computer and B.Com. with two combinations.

Mr. Khan established a society in 1997 in the name of his father, MF Khan Educational Society, to extend financial assistance to students below poverty line for acquiring basic education.

Sports

Being a sportsman and an enthusiast himself, Mr. Ali Khan started the M.F. Khan Cricket Club to encourage budding cricketers. He is also actively involved in a couple of sports associations and had been nominated as observer by the Board of Control of Cricket of India for the match between England and Rest of India a few years ago. BCCI named him as the local manager for the Pakistan team in the one-day match between Pak and Sri Lanka that was played in the city a few years ago.

For organisers of sporting events he is one among the most favoured sponsor who is always ready to shoulder the responsibility.

S.B.

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