The Lakson Group

The Lakson Group was established in 1954 by Mr. Hassanali Karabhai, and is one of the largest and most diversified business groups in Pakistan.

Today we manage and own companies including agri-business, call centres, consumer non-durables, fast food, financial services, media (broadcast and publishing), paper and board, printing and packaging, surgical instruments, technology (data-networking, BPO and software), and travel.
All of our group companies have been founded and organically grown by our founders and principals.

Our Corporate Heritage

1954 through decades of seasoned investment


The Sponsors of Lakson have been managing 4 publicly listed companies and several private companies (some of which are Joint Ventures with Fortune 500 companies) for over 50 years.

Lakson’s four publicly quoted companies have an aggregate market cap exceeding USD 1 billion.

Lakson has a 100% ownership of Pakistan’s second largest media company that publishes the Daily Express, Express Tribune (in partnership with the International New York Times) and the Express News broadcast channels.

In our successful exit from the tobacco industry, by selling Lakson Tobacco to Philip Morris International, the Sponsors earned the same price per share for their 50.1% controlling stake as minority shareholders earned.


Lakson is one of the most widely respected and diversified business groups operating in the country today.

We have long-standing affiliations with several Global Fortune 500 companies.

The Sponsors of Lakson have a proven history of paying dividends and royalties through the companies they manage.

Integrity & Independence

Lakson does not directly or indirectly own or operate a brokerage firm or bank which we see as a conflict to investor’s interest.

Lakson Investments won the ‘Global Entrepreneurship Summit’ by the ALL WORLD NETWORK in December 2012

Other Awards and Accolades

Top 25 Companies Award from Karachi Stock Exchange:

  • Lakson Tobacco (1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004 & 2005)
  • Century Insurance (1997 & 1998)
  • Century Paper & Board Mills (2002, 2003, 2004 & 2005)

Colgate-Palmolive was awarded the Corporate Excellence Certificate from the Management Association of Pakistan for the years 2001, 2002, 2003 & 2004.

Colgate Palmolive won the Corporate Excellence Award from the Management Association of Pakistan in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015.

Century Publications won the Mass Media Award in 2002.

Century Paper and Board Mills was awarded the “Best Corporate Award” by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan (ICMAP) for the Annual Report in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007 and 2010. Century Paper was awarded ISO- 9002 – QMS certification in 1998 and certification on Integrated Management Systems (IMS) in 2011.

Lakson Tobacco won the LTU (Largest Tax Payers Unit) award in 2008.

McDonalds Pakistan was awarded for Outstanding Quality and Supply Chain Excellence in 2010.

McDonalds Pakistan was awarded for best rating in the region for Customer Satisfaction Opportunities and People’s Commitment in 2009.

McDonalds Pakistan was awarded the Best Customer Service Award in Food and Beverage segment at the Service Punch 2014 organised by Active8.

Century Paper and Board Mills was awarded “Environment Excellence Award 2015” by National Forum for Environment & Health (NFEH).

Sybrid won the Best in BPO award at the Pasha ICT Awards 2016.

ICE Animations won the Best in Animations Award at the Pasha ICT Awards 2016.

Sybrid won the ICT Award in Innovation in the Healthcare Category in 2017


Lakson Medical Complex (LMC) was established in 1997 by the Hasanali Karabhai Foundation.

  • LMC aims to cure eye diseases & eliminate curable blindness from Pakistan
  • Eye hospitals built in Swabi & Sahiwal at the cost of USD 860,000 per hospital
  • State of the art Equipment-Takagi Japan, Volk USA, Carl Zeiss Germany, Medical Vision Italy
  • ISO 9001: 2000 Certification QMS on Q-pulse in-process
  • Over 300,000 total beneficiaries

Diabetic Center in Mardan, NWFP.

K-12 School in Kotri, Sindh.

The Foundation supports Financial Aid Programs & makes Charitable Contributions.

The Hasanali & Gulbano Foundation donated USD 6 million to the Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi towards the cost of establishment of Aga Khan University Hospital’s Centre of Excellence.

The family have been actively involved with Special Olympics Pakistan and supported their activities nationally for over twenty years.