He became the first Pakistani to be awarded a Pride of Performance award for ‘entrepreneurship’.
Instituted in 1958, the President’s Award for Pride of Performance is one of the highest civil awards in Pakistan.
To date, this honour has been awarded to artists, sportspersons and scientists and is almost exclusively kept for arts, sports, literature, and medicine categories.
This year, however, one nominee has been added in the list of recipients link for his entrepreneurial services to the country.
Luqman Ali Afzal is a graduate of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). His first entrepreneurial experience came almost two decades ago when he borrowed money from his father to buy the shares of LUMS Khoka (canteen shop).
In one of his interviews with a private media outlet in 2015, he recalled the times when he used to frequent his university’s administration office to get a telephone extension for the Khoka so he could start free delivery to hostels.
Luqman’s first success story then is transforming a snack bar into an elaborate café with both ready-to-eat and gourmet meals on the menu.