Muhammad Ghous Siddiqui
In 1951, a deputy inspector general in the country’s most well respected police service in the princely state of Hyderabad Deccan, India, was preparing to invest his family’s future in a new country called Pakistan. After settling in, he decided not to continue with his law enforcement career and in 1952 joined the General Iron and Steel Works in Karachi as General Manager while studying gas engineering. His name was Muhammad Ghous Siddiqui.
In 1959, Siddiqui took a bold decision and used his meagre savings to travel to Birmingham, England and then to Frankfurt, Germany for industrial engineering courses. Upon returning to Pakistan in 1960, he became associated with the Karachi Gas Company (later transformed into the Sui Southern Gas Company Ltd.) and by 1963 had become its Chief Engineer.
With the commercial exploitation of natural gas in Pakistan in 1955, a gas revolution had taken the nation by storm and had been rapidly gaining momentum. In the early sixties, Siddiqui became a pioneer in the art of converting industries powered by furnace oil into gas.
In 1965, after leaving the Karachi Gas Company and fuelled by a passion of entrepreneurship, he formed the company called Blue Flame and began manufacturing water heaters, stoves, ovens and cooking ranges. Fiercely driven to do more for the people, in 1976, Siddiqui established the General Engineering and Manufacturing Company (GEMCO).
Till the early eighties, GEMCO then expanded dynamically by developing several highly successful bread plants around the country’s commercial and political capital and also engaged into the manufacturing of gas pressure regulators which dominated the local and regional markets.