The government of Pakistan has announced to bestow the Sitara-e-Imtiaz on Agha Hasan Abedi. He was patron of FAST, founder CEO of United Bank (the third largest bank in the country), and Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI), the only global bank to have been founded in Pakistan.
The announcement was made by President Mamnoon Hussain’s office on February 9, 2015, saying that the award will be officially made during a ceremony on March 23. “The late Agha Hasan Abedi was a famous banker and he backed many literary and educational institutions in Pakistan and other third world countries.” Born in India’s UP state in 1922, Agha Hasan Abedi earned a Master degree in English from Lucknow University. He is remembered in Pakistan for supporting leading health and educational institutions like FAST-NU, GIKI and SIUT.
He patronized FAST with a donation of Rs. 100 million, to promote education in computer science. FAST founded National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, which is now the first multi-campus university of Pakistan. It has five campuses situated in Islamabad, Peshawar, Karachi, Lahore and Chiniot-Faisalabad. Agha Hasan Abedi died on August 6, 1995 at the age of 74.