SPEECH AT THE LUNCHEON HOSTED BY THE ISMAILIA COUNCILS IN KENYA IN HONOUR OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA - 1982-10-12Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency the President, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen
To be in Kenya again in my Jubilee year, remembering vividly my Takht Nashini, which seems only yesterday, is a most moving experience.
Your Excellency The President, Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, Distinguished Guests.
Your Excellency the President, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It gives me profound pleasure to be in Versova again to open the housing project which I inaugurated here almost exactly five years ago and to be performing the ceremony in the presence of such distinguished guests.
The Trustees of the Muniwarabad Charitable Trust and I are most happy and honoured to have His Excellency the President with us this morning. It is indeed a privilege and a very great encouragement to have him here.
Your Excellency The President, Your Excellency The Governor of Sind, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Distinguished Guests
SPEECH AT THE INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR SPONSORED BY THE ASSOCIATION OF BUILDERS AND DEVELOPERS (ABAD) ON SHELTER FOR THE HOMELESS - 1983-03-16Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency The President, Your Excellency The Governor of Sind, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Dr Ramachandran, Distinguished Guests
It is an honour for me to have been invited here today to participate in the inauguration of this important international seminar and I have welcomed the opportunity because the issue of improving the living conditions of the poor has long been of the deepest concern to me, just as it was to my grandfather, Sir Sultan Mohammed Shah Aga Khan.
Your Excellency The President, Your Excellency the Vice-President, Honourable Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is with great pleasure that I rise to welcome His Excellency President Daniel arap Moi this evening and to have the opportunity of returning his kind hospitality.
Your Excellency the Prime Minister, Your Excellency the Governor of Sindh, Honourable Chief Minister of Sindh, Dr. Geraldine Kenney-Wallace, President of McMaster University, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Trustees, Faculty Members, Distinguished Guests, and Graduating Students, As-salam wa alaykum
Your Excellency the Vice President, Your Excellencies, Members of Parliament, Ladies and Gentlemen
It is for me a sincere pleasure, indeed, to be back in India, this great country with which my family and I have had close historical links that go back no less than five generations. Your generosity and courtesy have been so gracious to me.
Your Excellency, Mr. Ahmedali Merchant, Members of the Education and Housing Boards, Ladies and Gentlemen.
It gives Me the greatest pleasure to be here in Sherqilla for a ceremony which is a milestone in the progress of the Diamond Jubilee Schools both in the Northern Areas and in Pakistan as a whole. I was deeply sorry that the uncertainty of the weather prevented Me from coming here in March. However, the disappointment helps to make today much more memorable.
The Aga Khan School, Sherqilla, is a project of which everyone in the Jamat and in the village can be proud.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I have had the pleasure of visiting Bangladesh on five previous occasions and each has left me with the richest of memories. To be here again to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of my Accession to the Imamat of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims is therefore to renew ties of longstanding friendship and my wife and I are both honoured and delighted to be welcomed this evening in terms of such warmth particularly appreciate Your Excellency's remark that you consider me as a fellow Bangladeshi. I could not wish for a greater complement.
Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to welcome His Excellency General Ershad and the Begum Ershadhere this evening and to be able to reciprocate the warm hospitality given to my wife and I on Tuesday evening. Our visit to Dhaka has indeed been made memorable by the kindness shown to us at all levels.
It has given me great pleasure to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of my accession to the Imamat of the Shia Ismaili Muslims here in Dhaka.
You have paid My family a great honour by inviting Me here today to receive an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from this famous centre of learning. I am most grateful to you all, and as a Muslim, it makes Me especially happy that this ceremony should be taking place at a university whose development has been so intimately linked with the historic province of Sind.
As you pointed out in your very generous tribute to My forebearers, and particularly My grandfather, both My family and the Ismaili Community have enjoyed close associations with Sind over many centuries.
SPEECH AT THE OPENING SESSION OF THE AKF/WHO CONFERENCE ON THE ROLE OF HOSPITALS IN PRIMARY HEALTH CARE - 1981-11-22Posted March 24th, 2010 by heritage
Your Excellency President Zia-ul-Haq, Your Excellency Dr Jogezai, Dr Mahler, Mr Perinbam, Distinguished Guests
To you all I extend a warm and sincere welcome to the inaugural session of this conference on 'The Role of Hospitals in Primary Health Care'.
Your Excelency,The Honourable Senator Perrault,
The Honourable Mrs. Grace McCarthy,
Deputy Premier of British Columbia,
Your worship The Mayor of Burnaby,
Ladies and Gentlemen:
Today is a particularly significant and, indeed, happy occasion for the Ismaili Community in Canada and for my wife and for me.
I am most grateful to, Yoour Exelency, the Lieutenant Governor, for honouring us with Your presence and for performing the Foundation Ceremony of the Burnaby Jamat Khana.
Your Excellency President Zia-ul-Haq, Your Excellency the Governor of Sind, Honourable Ministers, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen
Your Excellencies, Honourable Minister, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
The welcome my wife and I have received here in Bangladesh has been heartwarming and I sincerely thank you, Mr, Minister, for the kindness of your remarks with regard to my family's work and ideals. Our ideals and those of Bangladesh are both inspired by the same faith, which lays such emphasis on the brotherhood of man. The improvement of the human condition must be a principal obligation of every Muslim, whether those he helps are of his own faith or not.
Your Excellencies, Honourable Ministers, President Morani and Members of my Federal Council for India, Distinguished guests
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It gives me great happiness this afternoon to be present at this ceremony which honours one of Pakistan's leading citizens who, for myself and my family, has also been a very dear friend.
Your Excellencies, Mr Irani, Mr Galliner, Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen
I have rarely spoken publicly in the developing world or in the industrialised world, or indeed in any international forum about the Press. I wish to take this exceptional occasion to pay a deep personal gratitude to a truly remarkable African who was himself at one time a journalist, then who led his country's struggle for independence and who finally became the first President of Kenya, and an outstanding African statesman. I refer to Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Your Excellencies, Mr. Ahmedali Merchant, Members of the Education Board, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen.
I am delighted to be here today at last, after the disappointment of having to cancel My visit in March because of the weather, and to be joined on this important Silver Jubilee occasion both by distinguished guests and by so many members of the Jamat. It is heart-warming for Me to see you all here.