Introduction

 

Towel industry in Pakistan was practically non­existent prior to 1965. It started on a very small scale in 1965. After covering some stages, the Towel Manufacturing Group was formed locally at Karachi and got recognized by the Ministry of Commerce in May 1972. Mr. M.Y. Khan, Mr. Abdullah E. Vaid, Mr. Khalid Saeed Sheikh and Mr. S.M.A. Rizvi held the office of chairman in the Group from the date of its recognition. In the year 1976 the group was elevated to the status of an Association on All Pakistan basis and got affiliated with the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry.
 
The Towel Manufacturers’ Association of Pakistan was recognized by the Government of Pakistan on 9th August 1976 as “B” class Association with Head office at Karachi and two Circles viz., Northern (i.e. Punjab & NWFP) and Southern (i.e. Sind & Baluchistan) provinces with their offices at Lahore and Karachi respectively. It got registered with Astt: Registrar, Joint Stock Companies, Sind who issued the Certificate of Incorporation on 1st October 1976. First election of the Association was held in December 1976 and it started functioning properly from 1st January 1977.
 
Since then the Govt. of Pakistan has entrusted this Association with the job of management and distribution of Quota of Towels, Terry fabrics & other made-up to its members. The founder members of this Association were, Mr. S.M.A. Rizvi, Mr. Khalid Saeed Sheikh, Mr. M.L. Ashraf, Mr. Zahur lqbal, Mr. Hassanali Chaturbhai, Mr. Bashir H. Alimohammad, Mr. Anis Hashmi, Mr. Mian Abdul Aziz, Mr. Yousef A. Gani, Mr. Ch. Muhammed Salim, Mr. Tanveer A. Sheikh and Mr. M. Arshad Sajid.
 
Most of the Towel Manufacturing Units became members of this Association. Being satisfied with the working of this Association the Govt. of Pakistan did not only recognize the Association the Govt. of Pakis­tan did not only recognize the Association but clas­sified it as an “A” class Association under Trade Organizations Ordinance 1961 vide SRO No. 684(1)/81 dated 27th June 1981. The Association was also designated to issue Certificates of Origin under Article 11(2) of the International convention relating to the simplification of customs formalities, 1923 in respect of Towels exported to non-GSP countries from Pakistan vide SRO No. 903(1)1181 dated 10th August 1981. Moreover, the State Bank of Pakistan has also authorized this Association to issue certificates (T-2) for submission to that Bank for sanction of Business Travel Quota for countries other than India vide State Bank of Pakistan letter No. 8066/ECP.8(ii)-B-83 dated 31st October 1983. 
 
The Head office of the Association was located in Old Ralli Brothers Building, Talpur Road, Karachi in February 1982. With the increase of the work load and consequently the staff, this accommodation was found insufficient. In 1987 an accommodation on 12th Floor of Kashif Centre, opp, Mehran Hotel, Shahra-e-Faisal, Karachi was purchased by the Association and properly furnished. 
 
Currently our office located at TMA House , 
77-A , Block ' A ' Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Society ,
Karachi - 74400