Islamabad: Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, today called on President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr on Monday. Welcoming Prince Karim Aga Khan, the President appreciated the services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world particularly for the people of Pakistan in the education and health sector, poverty eradication, and socio-economic uplift of the poor strata of society.
The President lauded the continued support of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation in taking lead in a number of important social sector projects, especially in Northern Areas of Pakistan and said that Aga Khan network’s continued engagement in Gilgit Baltistan was making positive impacts on lives of the people and infrastructure in the area.
The President assured that the government will continue to work with the Aga Khan foundation for poverty alleviation and other social welfare and economic activities. He said that government was keen to exploit the economic potential of Gilgit –Baltistan especially the energy and natural resources for the prosperity of the people of the area and the entire Pakistan.
The President wished Prince Karim Aga Khan long life, good health and prosperity.
Prince Karim Aga Khan thanked the President and government of Pakistan for the warm welcome and hospitality and appreciated the government efforts for the socio economic development of its people. He also assured continued support of his network to the government and people of Pakistan and said that various projects being undertaken under the Aga Khan foundation for the socio- economic uplift of the people of northern areas of Pakistan will be vigorously pursued and completed in time.
Prince Karim Aga Khan was accompanied by his daughter Zahra Karim Aga Khan, Mr. Sultan Ali Allana, Mr. Iqbal Walji and Mr. Amyn Kassim-Lakha.
From Pakistan Side, the meeting was attended by Mr. Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs,Mr. Nadeem Hassan Asif, Secretary to the President, Mr. Ahmad Farooq, Additional Secretary, Ms. Tasnim Aslam, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mrs. Saba Mohsin Raza, Press Secretary to the President