ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain Friday said that Prince Karim Aga Khan was rendering invaluable services for global peace and stability, brotherhood, tolerance as well as for the welfare of humanity in different parts of the world, including Pakistan.
The president said this while talking to Prince Karim Aga Khan, who along with his daughter Princess Zahra Aga Khan and a delegation, called on the president at the Presidency.
Earlier on his arrival at the Presidency, Mamnoon warmly received Prince Karim. A guard of honour was also presented to the visiting dignitary. Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and senior officials were also present at the meeting.
The president said that Aga Khan Foundation was rendering commendable services in the fields of education, health and rural development in various parts of the country.
He asked Prince Karim Aga Khan to extend development activities of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in other parts of the country apart from Sindh and northern areas.
President Mamnoon appreciated the services of Aga Khan Foundation during the 2005 earthquake and noted that his Grandfather Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan was a very close companion of the Founder of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who rendered valuable services during the freedom movement.
While thanking the president for warm welcome, Prince Karim Aga Khan said that he was thankful to the people and the government of Pakistan for the warm hospitality.
He apprised the president to future development projects of the Aga Khan Foundation.
He said that his institution had devised a comprehensive strategy to improve the standard of education in Pakistan, adding the Aga Khan Medical University would be transformed into a full-fledged university in which more academic departments would be established in line with the current requirements.
Separately, Prince Karim Aga Khan called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Prime Minister’s House.
Earlire, the prince arrived in Pakistan on Thursday on an official visit to the country on the invitation of President Mamnoon Hussain. The prince will visit Chitral and Gilgit to meet his followers.
Published in Daily Times, December 9th2017.