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Top 10 Pakistani brands with global footprints

Markhor (Footwear)

Shoes, crafted from leather by hand, are being produced by Markhor in Okara and picked up all around the world since 2010. The brand is named after an endangered breed of wild goat Markhor that is natively found in northern and central mountainous regions of Pakistan and Central Asia. This remarkable export activity is the result of the hard work of two young entrepreneurs, Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali. Over eight long years, they have successfully identified indigenous shoe-making talent, built its capacity to an international standard and found a market for its products beyond Pakistan.

Food & Beverages
Shan Foods (Africa, Australia, Us, Europe, Middle East)

Shan is a powerful global brand that has presence in over 65 countries across 5 continents. The journey of Shan’s remarkable success starts from 1981 when the dream of an entrepreneur, Mr. Sikander Sultan paved the way to success by pioneering in the spice business with a single room operation. Overtime, the company prospered, and Mr. Sultan decided to launch his very own brand, ‘SHAN’ and since then there has been no looking back.

Bar. B. Q tonight (KSA, Dubai, Oman, Malaysia, Singapore, Bangladesh)

Inaugurated on the 10th of November in 1988, Bar. B. Q Tonight started serving authentic Pakistani dishes and its signature BBQ dishes. Bar. B. Q Tonight is credited as one of the pioneers in true BBQ dining. It is the new standard for exquisite quality and taste, serving unique varieties of cuisines to cater to every flavor, and every tongue, in its own unique style.

Lal Qila (UAE and Johannesburg)

It is a restaurant depicting the legendary grandeur of splendid and noble past and adorned with courtesy of Mughlai era where they offer you to dine out authentic Mughlai, Tandori, Live Bar-B-Que & Traditional Pakistani cuisine.

Rooh Afza

Rooh Afza with its roots as a Pakistani brand, is available in 33 countries and is one of the first Pakistani brands to have been showcased at New York’s Times Square.


Pakola is now available in America, Africa, Australia, Canada, Middle East, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It the only carbonated beverage manufactured in Pakistan that is exported globally.

Some of the other food brands that have global presence are:

  • Student Biryani
  • National Foods
  • Salt n Pepper


Textile & Clothing
Gul Ahmed (UAE, UK)

Gul Ahmed always presents quality and innovative designs a per new fashion statements. Gul Ahmed has offering top brand like Gul Ahmed Lawn, Gul Ahmed Cotton, Gul Ahmed Normal Lawn, Gul Ahmed Premium Lawn, Gul Ahmed Khaddar, Gul Ahmed Gents Shalwar-Kameez, Gul Ahmed Signature Series and number of others.

Gul Ahmed is a composite textile unit and making everything from cotton yarn to finished products. Excellence in quality and service is the hallmark of all operations performed at Gul Ahmed. Firmly standing by its business values, Gul Ahmed is active in manufacture and sale of textile products.

Junaid Jamshed (Australia, NZ, UK, US, Canada)

Junaid Jamshed (late) stepped into fashion clothing industry by opening an outlet in 2002, since then J. had made a rapid progress by offering a variety of fashion clothing for both men & women. Moreover, J. has also launched its fragrance and makeup collection, which is quite popular among women.

Khaadi (US, Canada, UK, UAE)

Khaadi was launched back in 1998 by introducing hand-woven kurtas. With its launched, it became quite famous for its impressive embroidery designs, which reflected our traditional wear with a modern look. For competing with other fashion brands of Pakistan, Khaadi has also stepped into developing fragrances and jewelry collection for females.

Apart from the above, Chen One, Al-Karam and Amir Adnan are some of the other clothing brands that are available globally.

Banking Industry
Habib Bank Limited

The largest banking network in Pakistan, boasting over 1,500 branches locally, HBL Pakistan stepped into Sri Lanka in 1951. Today, HBL successfully operates in 29 countries including the USA, France, Belgium and Australia.

National Bank of Pakistan

NBP have presence in 21 countries. From East to West, their network starts from Japan, Hong Kong, China, South Korea, to Bahrain and KSA in the Middle East, to Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan in Central Asia, to France and Germany in Europe and USA and Canada and our close neighbors Afghanistan and Bangladesh. They cover the globe when it comes to the having branches or representative offices.

The writer is a Karachi based freelance columnist and is a banker by profession. He could be reached on Twitter @ReluctantAhsan

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