It is with deep sorrow that we announce the demise of LUMS alumnus, Shujaat Mirza, MBA Class of 1991, on September 27, 2017, aged 53. He passed away at the Hong Kong airport, where he had gone for a business meeting.
Mr. Mirza was the CEO of Advance Fashion Limited & Stylers International, ex-CEO of US Denim Mills, and a cherished member of the LUMS alumni community.
Mr. Mirza is survived by his wife and three children, two daughters and a son.
We offer our deepest condolences to his family. May God rest his soul in peace and give strength to his family to bear this immense loss.
Former colleague, Kashif Bashir, LUMS MBA 2008 while remembering the deceased said:
“Mr. Mirza had a close working relationship with LUMS and had been a contibutor to various initiatives including the Ikanway Auditorium at LUMS, sponsoring an MBA student every year with the his class and supporting the LUMS National Outreach Programme.
He set up Nishat Dyeing and Finishing and later US Denim Mills and Advance Fashion Limited. A great leader and a kind human being, he has left his teams and previous colleagues in tears.
I worked very closely with him for five years, July 2008 – January 2013. I never saw him angry or yelling at anyone, despite pretty harsh business and economic conditions and some very lousy mistake on my part or my colleagues. There is no example of him firing anyone, due to reasons other than dishonesty, cheating or outright rebellion.
A very kind person at heart, he was a mentor to a lot of leaders in today’s textile industry. Anyone could go to him openly and discuss his problems and somehow he always had the time to listen to us despite the fact that he was the CEO and a great one too. Those who have worked with him directly are in tears due to his untimely demise, as he was just 53 years old.
Such was his behaviour with his professional subordinates that I cannot imagine the relationship he had with his family which includes a grieving widow, two daughters and a son. Just thinking about their grief is enough to sadden anyone. We cannot imagine what they must be going through.
Please spare a couple of minutes to offer fatiha for the deceased soul and join us in praying to the Creator for his endless and countless blessings on Mr. Mirza’s soul and a humble request for his maghfirah and highest rank in Jannat ul Firdous.”