ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain on Wednesday said the constant efforts of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) through its multiple projects in the country were making a visible difference in the lives of the people and Pakistan’s infrastructural development.
The president expressed these views while talking to Aga Khan Council for Pakistan President Hafiz Sherali, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr to handover a letter from Prince Karim Aga Khan in response to the president’s letter of felicitation on the diamond jubilee of the Aga Khan’s Imamat.
The president appreciated the role of the AKDN, Aga Khan Foundation and Aga Khan Health Services’ role in promoting many important social services projects, especially in the northern areas of Pakistan.
He said Prince Karim Aga Khan, like his grandfather, focused his efforts concerning the quality of life of Muslims all around the world.
In areas of health, education, cultural, revitalization, and economic empowerment, Aga Khan worked to inspire excellence, he said.
The president also underlined the role of Aga Khan’s grandfather Sir Sultan Shah Aga Khan in the Pakistan Movement as the first president of All India Muslim League (AIML).
In his message, acknowledging his family’s strong ties dating back to the foundation of Pakistan, Prince Aga Khan highlighted the long-established collaboration of the AKDN with public and private institutions in building a strong and vibrant civil society in the country.
He expressed gratitude to the president and the government of Pakistan for their continued support and partnership which led to a number of pioneering initiatives in the country.
Hafiz Sherali apprised the president about AKDN’s recent activities and its focus to alleviate poverty, provide increased access to finance for education, health and housing, early childhood development, and infrastructure (principally, water and energy) projects in the developing countries.
The president also conveyed best wishes for Prince Karim Aga Khan from the government of Pakistan.