Naeemul Haque — a PTI veteran who stood by Imran Khan through the highs and lowsArchive
Naeemul Haque, who died after a two-year battle with cancer on Saturday, was a PTI stalwart who remained at (now) Prime Minister Imran Khan's side since the start of his political career 23 years ago.
A banker and businessman by trade, Haque, 70, was one of the co-founders of the ruling PTI and held several important positions within the party.
Born on July 11, 1949, in Karachi, Haque obtained an MA degree in English Literature from the University of Karachi (1970) and then pursued LLB at the Sindh Muslim Law College (1971). He practised law with Khalid Ishaq before joining Jamil Nishtar’s team at the National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), according to information released by his family.
As a young banker, he was part of the team that established the NBP branch at UN Plaza in New York City, after which he moved to London in 1980 as a merchant banker for Oriental Credit Limited.
During his career, he also served as an advisor/managing director of Aero Asia Airlines, chairman and CEO Metropolitan Steel Corp and managing director Credit & Leasing Corporation.
He became close friends with Imran Khan, who used to play county cricket at the time, during his professional stint in Britain in early 1980s. Imran would frequently visit Haque and his wife, Nazli Jamil “Nazo”.