It was a gamble to leave lucrative construction business to manufacture washing detergent for a market that is obsessed with multinational brands. Suhail A Shah maps Javaid Ahmad Malik’s journey from a helpless orphan to a budding entrepreneur
On 15th of April 1994, while India and Pakistan locked horns on a cricket field at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, militants laid an ambush for the Indian troopers in Thajivara village of Bijbehara in South Kashmir’s Islamabad district.
Javaid Ahmad Malik, a 31 year old entrepreneur, was a 5th standard student back then. He vividly remembers his father Ali Muhammad Malik, an ardent cricket lover, dropping his family off at a safe place in a nearby village before coming back to grab his transistor for the live cricket commentary.
“Everybody, except my father fled the village,” recalls Malik, who after braving all the odds has went on to become an entrepreneur, a detergent manufacturer, “That was the last cricket match my father witnessed,”
As the gunfight between militants and the troopers got intense, the senior Malik a Carpet weaver by profession, tried to make an escape from the village. He however was spotted by the troopers.