|Umar, recently took early retirement at the age of 50 amid rumours of joining PTI, made the announcement at a press conference with party chief Imran Khan in Islamabad. He was long rumoured to have harboured political aspirations. In recent months, the blogosphere had been increasingly vocal about Umar’s political leanings, which he had hinted at strongly by participating in the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf’s “Professionals Forum”. When Umar took over as President and CEO of the company in January 2004, Engro was largely just a fertiliser manufacturer with a small petrochemical subsidiary. Under his leadership, however, the company turned into a diversified industrial conglomerate, with interests ranging from fertilizers, foods, petrochemicals, chemical storage, energy and commodity trading. Imran Khan on Siachen tragedy Khan, during the press conference, said that Pakistan and India should both withdraw troops from Siachen and the move should not be “unilateral”. According to the press release issued by the party, Khan said that Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Chairman Nawaz Sharif has enough resources to visit Gayari, but “our hearts and prayers are with the soldiers and their families” who got buried under an avalanche earlier this month.