" Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch with Chou-En-Lie 9th June 1965 "
Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch
Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch was one of the leading activists in Pakistan Movement who subsequently became the advisor to the President of Pakistan, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan. He was also the Father of the city Karachi, when Karachi was the capital of Pakistan. Haji Muhammad Iqbal Baloch played a major role in the development of Balochistan & Pakistan, especially Gwadar. At a time when Gwadar was not a part of Pakistan but of Oman, realizing the importance of Gwadar and its natural deep seaport and forecasting it to be a part of progressive Pakistan, he pushed the initiative of consolidation to President Ayub Khan due to which Government of Pakistan purchased Gwadar from Oman and made it a part of Pakistan in 1958. CPEC base-work actually started during his time, and due to his foresight he built a deep relationship with Chinese leadership, Mao Zedong and Chunen Lye. He introduced Pakistan International Airlines into the remote corners of Balochistan and spearheaded the integration of remote areas with business and commerce.
President of GBDA (Gwadar Builder and Developer Association)
- Member of CPNE (Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors)
- Member of PBA (Pakistan Broadcasters Association)
- Vice President of CPEC Media Forum
- Member of Gwadar Chamber of Commerce
Ahmed Iqbal Baloch
Chairman - Visionary Group
Ahmed Iqbal Baloch followed his father’s footsteps selflessly and introduced modern TV media and businesses into mainstream Balochistan. He inherited extensive skills in program development, management and public welfare, with exceptional leadership confidence & belief. An excellent writer, an upholder of cultures, a passionate poet, trainer, mentor, public speaker, motivator, a proven team builder and a self‐starter. A capable friend of the people, a source of guidance bridging the rich and poor.
Having had considerable experience in the satellite Media TV Channel, VSH NEWS as CEO, he attained substantial political & diplomatic skills, strategic and tactical insight and implementation in the most demanding and challenging environment with the national interest of Pakistan. VSH TV is contributing to bridge the local people in their own language through broadcasting Balochi programs. These programs raise confidence, understanding, and the people's commercial participation in all developments in Balochistan including CPEC. Millions of unserved Balochs watch this sole Balochi language TV channel to come out of isolation and stay connected with mainstream Pakistan in order to maintain business and culture.
Gwadar Gymkhana club, being a private initiative, following the footsteps of his forefathers, is a brain child of Ahmed Iqbal Baloch. A welcoming club for national integration and harmony of all sectors of Pakistan to integrate in the hub of international business and commercial gateway of CPEC.