Aslam Azad Donates Expensive
Systems to Saba Trust
By Saghir Aslam
Aslam Azad greets President Musharraf to brief him about
During his visit to the orphanage
building standing next to the Saba Trust head office in Rawalpindi,
Mr. Aslam Azad dutifully realized that it was time to offer
the Maghrib prayers. The temperature inside the building was
appreciably high and excessively discomforting that evening.
The self-made billionaire who has made a name for his philanthropic
undertakings wasted no time in agreeing to donate three heating
and cooling systems (the first and largest donation in Pakistan)
to ensure that visitors to the Saba Trust orphanage pray in
comfort. His exemplary generosity is sure to be blessed with
Sadqai Jaria, a charity that keeps on receiving reward from
We would like to share with you how Mr. Aslam Azad developed
one of the latest energy-saving systems. We call him a dynamic,
progressive, passionate and active entrepreneur A business
tycoon who has made his mark in designing and developing innovative
technology to successfully compete with foreign manufacturers.
We were extremely impressed by his progress attained in such
a short span of time. We call him the ‘heating and cooling
man in Pakistan’.
He has truly developed a unique system, yet despite his successes
he has neither become conceited nor haughty. He continues
to be a simple and sweetly disposed person. A man who cared
and donated his three latest central heating and cooling systems
so that that the entire 20,000 square feet building could
provide the soothing comfort of modern living.
Born in 1958, Mr. M. Aslam Azad received his early education
at his birthplace, Sheikhupura. He then proceeded to Lahore
for higher technical education. There, he got a diploma in
HVAC and practiced this trade to excel in the profession.
He is a qualified engineer with the aptitude, passion, desire,
expertise and skill to design and develop new and innovative
technology. He is never satisfied with his achievements and
is eager to excel and improve. He never lets go of any opportunity,
rather he zealously grasps opportunities. Despite a long string
of achievements, he continues to work with utmost zest to
achieve more and do better.
He is an active member of Pakistan HVACR Society which has
been highly active at various levels. He is also a member
of ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and
Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc.) and Board Governor ASHRAE
Northern Pakistan Chapter. He hardly misses any technical
or industrial exhibition held in any part of the world. Not
surprising, he has developed strong links with manufacturers,
engineers and entrepreneurs worldwide. He takes pains to keep
abreast of latest technological developments and market strategies.
Mr. Aslam Azad is a pioneer in introducing and locally manufacturing
Central Heating Systems in Pakistan. He is actively engaged
in the manufacture of air-conditioning and heating units of
international standards under the brand name “ECONOMIA”.
He is giving a tough competition to foreign products and thus
saving precious foreign exchange. His business has helped
in fighting unemployment by offering jobs to skilled and semi-skilled
labor. “ECONOMIA” has been able to introduce economical
equipment due to its reduced running cost.
The manufacturing/designing capability can overcome any challenge
to meet the client’s requirements on a tailor-made basis
as nothing is available off-shelf. ECONOMIA’s biggest
project, worth over 700 million rupees, was undertaken at
the Air Headquarters Islamabad. Now the main focus is on apartment
buildings. Work is being done on 200 to 3000 apartments in
each location to meet requirements of maintaining the symmetry
of building and offering low initial cost with less than 40%
running cost compared to any available equipment in market.
In 2006 “ECONOMIA” took the challenge of designing
clean room air handling units for hospitals and pharmaceutical
industries. Within 18 months, 30 pharmaceutical industries
got air-handling units, while over 250 were at various stages
of design, manufacturing and installation.
ECONOMIA is on the march and blissfully its progress has a
welcome aspect – the philanthropic streak of its owner
- vividly demonstrated by the donation of three heating and
cooling systems to the Saba Trust Orphanage.