The late Colonel Mohammad Ata-Ullah, S.K. O.B.E. founded Indus Valley Construction Company (Pvt) Limited, in 1958 and was its first Managing Director till 1975.
Graduating as a doctor in 1928, he joined the British Indian Army in 1930. He had a remarkable career travelling all over the world and serving in a number of capacities. The year 1933 found him in the middle of the North West Frontier. As a doctor and administrator he served in Central India, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon and Muscat. On the creation of Pakistan in 1947, Col Ata-Ullah became the first Director Health Services of Azad Kashmir. After a distinguished career he retired from the Pakistan Army.
However his irrepressible desire for making the most of his life now opened new and challenging avenues for him. He became a consultant in logistics and Resident Manager, Pakistan, for the Hunt International Petroleum Company, which was prospecting for oil in Pakistan in the early fifties. His ardent love for mountaineering led him to join the 1953 American Expedition to K-2, the second highest mountain in the world.