Anthony Naveed Interviews a Christian businessman Nazir Barkat in series of HOPE
|I always remember and share “Farewell Hope, and with Hope farewell Fear”.....!
HOPE, an initiative of Pakistan Christian Post to introduce Pakistani Christian Business and self employed personalities as role model for our youth.
Today, we will introduce a well known business personality of Karachi. Mr. Nazir Barkat a slf motivated and leading personality in Real Estate business. He is playing a vital role to encourage youth for self employment. He is doing his best to intact youth with church activities and other social activities that facilitate them to discover the secret of success by supporting each others.
Q; WHO IS NAZIR BARKAT?
Answer: I am a born, faithful and practicing Christian. I was born and studied in Karachi. By the Grace of God, blessed to be a husband of Sabina Nazir and father of four Sons.
Q: WHAT IS YOUR BUSNIESS? BRIEF DETAIL OF YOUR BUSNIESS?
Answer: My business is Real Estate Construction and Builder town planner. Since last 25 years have involved in this field. I started my business from grass root level and purely a self made person. When I started my business from grass root level, my believe and trust was strong in GOD and day by day, growing more and more in business. Though I am based in Karachi but my business activities are in Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot, Quetta, Gawader and all major cities and well reputable housing projects in Pakistan.
Q; WHO MOTIVATED YOU TO DO BUSNIESS AND HOW YOU ENTER IN THE REALL ESTATE BUSNIESS?
Answer: At the time when I was about to finish my schooling, was worried to choose my profession. It was hard to select a profession for Christian’s youth for their life. Same for me, but I was not interested to get education for a better job only. I was always taking interest to read the life achievements of business personalities. Therefore with strong fait and only trust on GOD, decided to be do my own biz. I always keep in my mind that if other can do, I can also do this. That was the main element of my motivation.
Though right after my studies, have to do job for couple of year but in the same time, I use to engage myself with real estate business communities and learning the business ethics. I keep requesting GOD for guidance and help me in this. And finally I am fully involved in this field; initially stated my career and after few years, faced lots of troubles but by the Grace of GOD, were able to establish my own office.
Q: HENCE YOU HAVE YOUR OWN ORGANIZATION AND STAFF, WHAT IS YOUR NATURE OF JOB?
Answer: I do not think and feel to be a BOSS; I always feel and help to my junior businessmen's because in my initial days somebody helped now it is my responsibility to help, encourage and guide them. I have more than 15 energetic, dedicated and faithful Christian staff; they all are with me since 15-20 years.
With feel and proud would like to mention here that I was elected 5 times an executive board member of Defense and Clifton real Estate association.
Q: WHAT WAS YOUR GOAL?
Answer: My Goal was to be a successful businessman and thank God whatever was dreamed and aimed, blessed my almighty Jesus Christ.
Q: BESIDES BUSNIESS WHAT ARE YOU DOING IN YOUR SOCIAL LIFE??
Answer: Beside business, few years before at my home, have started and now it is become are part of our life that every Friday, Christian real estate business community meets every Friday, first we do pray and then sharing our problems and finding their solutions.
Further, for any national or local issue of our community, I always reach as earlier as possible with my community.
Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FUTRUE PLANS?
Answer: My Future plan or you can say it that is my dream to build mega housing project the for our homeless and poor people. The said project will be build under the name of ‘Believer City’ as in our majority do not has their own house and those who has living with-out basic necessities. In ‘Believer City’ we will facilitate our people with;
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Q: HOW THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMICAL STAUTS OF CHRISTIANS CAN BE IMPROVED?
Answer: The Social and Economical status of Christian in Pakistan can be improved to take interest in helping each another in all professional life especially in business. We have to encourage our children/youth to get educated. They must take interest in formal and informal education. Last but not least, we have to encourage our people to do business as business would be the backbone of our community.
Q: AS CHRISTIAN, HAVE YOU EVERY DISCRIMINATED OR YOUR FAITH CREATED ANY HURDLE FOR YOUR IN YOUR SUCCESSES?
Answer. Yes, I face lot of problems but I took every problem as challenge, I pray to my GOD and request HIM to use my as tool for his name.
Q: DO YOU THINK IT IS ALSO YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO STRUGGLE FOR UPLIFFTING OF YOUR PEOPLE?
Answer: Yes, I do agree that it is my responsibility and feel honor to struggle for uplifting of my people by encouraging them and to share our testimony with them that how we struggled and blessed by the GOD. According to me it is very important to guide them to choose the right track.
Q: IS CHRISTIAN YOUTH ON RIGHT DIRECTION?
Q: HOW IT CAN BE ACCELRATE IT?
Answer: Youth is more important for the any community because they young blooded always bring change. We are arranging and have to more work for career guidance also engage them in church activities and must teach them to help each other.
Q: WHAT KIND OF OPPORTUNITIES YOU ARE PROVIDING TO YOUR YOUTH FOR STRONG BINDING WITH RELIGIOUS ACTIVITIES?
Answer: as stated earlier, have started pray meeting every Friday Christian business community. with this group since last 15 years, we have arranged leadership seminars in various churches in Karachi. We are helping students for continuing their studies.
By the grace of God I am also national co-coordinator of Dr. Peter Youngren’s World Impact ministry. Last year we have arranged a 03 days mega gospel event and spread the word of GOD in more than 500,000 people’s gathering in Karachi.
Q: ANY MESSAGE TO CHRISTIAN BUSNIESS COMMUNITY AND YOUTH?
Answer: First of all, I am proud to be a Christian and Pakistani. I would like to convey to my Community and especially youth, first we have to know Jesus, follow his teachings, do you work but remember always that you are ambassador of Christ your each and every act would be a testimony.
With all my abilities and knowledge, I always available for my youth and community for any help and guidance.