Agha Khan agrees to extend AKDN activities countrywide

Staff Report
ISLAMABAD: President Mamnoon Hussain in a meeting with prince Karim Agha Khan on Friday, in the federal capital, asked Khan to extend the development activities of Aga Khan development network (AKDN) in other parts of the country apart from Sindh and northern areas which was agreed to by Khan; an official statement said.

He appreciated that Khan is 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.

Hussain stated that Aga Khan foundation (AKF) is rendering commendable services in the fields of education, health and for rural development in various parts of the country.

He appreciated the services of AKF 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 in the freedom movement.

While thanking Hussain for being accorded warm welcome upon his arrival in Pakistan, Khan said that he is thankful to the people and the government of Pakistan (GoP) for warm hospitality.

He apprised Hussain about future development projects of AKF. Khan stated that his institution has devised a comprehensive strategy to improve the standard of education in Pakistan adding that in this regard Aga Khan medical university (AKMU) will be transformed into a full-fledged university in which more academic departments will be established in line with the current requirements.

Khan was warmly received and was given a guard of honour.

Khan along with his daughter princess Zahra Aga Khan and his delegation called on Hussain. Capital administration and development division (CADD) minister Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, foreign secretary Tehmina Janjua and senior officials were present in the meeting.