Nestled amid the towering Himalaya, Hindukush and Karakoram ranges, communities in Pakistan?s Northern Areas have undergone a silent socio-economic upheaval in the past 20 years.
With $100 million, a development network headed by Prince Aga Khan, spiritual head of the Ismaelite sect, overhauled the region from a network of sleepy, marginalized communities in 1982 to a vibrant region boasting schools, healthcare, hydro-electric power schemes and even a micro-finance bank. The Northern Areas is home to 1.2 million people spread across 1,123 villages.
Spiritual leader of the Ismailis Prince Karim Aga Khan arrived here on Sunday evening on a short visit. Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar and other government officials received the Aga Khan at the airport. During his visit the Aga Khan will meet Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz, Senate Chairman Muhammadmian Soomro and other federal ministers.
The buyers of Habib Bank Ltd have decided to retain its senior officials including President Zakir Mahmood. They will take over the bank management after paying for 26 per cent of the bank shares in the middle of next month.HBL sources told Dawn the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development Fund (AKFED) that bought 51 per cent HBL shares last month had asked Mr Mahmood to continue as its president with his present team. They said the Fund had apprised the State Bank of its decision to retain Mr Mahmood, and the central bank had approved it.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has announced an initial contribution of Rs30 million in support of the earthquake relief being provided by the government which will be matched by Habib Bank Limited with a further Rs30 million donation towards the President?s Emergency Relief Fund.
A press release issued on Monday also said that AKDN helicopters have been put at the disposal of the authorities to assist in humanitarian efforts.
CWS AID: The Church World Service-Pakistan/Afghanistan has chalked out a plan for rehabilitation of earthquake victims.
The spiritual leader of Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan would be visiting Pakistan on December 2. During the six-day tour, the Prince will meet President General Pervez Musharraf, Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali and the Pakistani cabinet members.
The Prime Minister Jamali will host a luncheon in the honour of the visiting dignitary on December 3 whereas the visiting guest will attend the dinner hosted by the President Gen Musharraf on the very same night.
President General Pervez Musharraf on Monday inaugurated the country's first private financial institution, The First Micro-Finance Bank Ltd. The institution is dedicated to address the problems of endemic poverty, starting out with a capital of Rs 500 million contributed by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and the Aga Khan Foundation.
Canada will convert around 2 billion dollars of debt into fresh aid for education promotion in Pakistan which would translate into around 100 million dollars for education.
This was announced by outgoing Canadian High Commissioner in Pakistan, Mrs Margaret Huber, at a reception arranged for her under the aegis of the English Speaking Union at a local hotel Monday evening.
The Aga Khan University (AKU) in collaboration with the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham, USA, has been awarded a grant from the Fogarty International Centre of the United States National Institute of Health, to co-develop research training courses in Karachi and abroad for Pakistani health professionals wishing to advance their expertise in occupational and environmental health.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, who is on a visit to Pakistan, Wednesday called on President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali at Aiwan-e-Sadr and Prime Minister House to exchange views on a number of issues of mutual interest.
Prince Karim Aga Khan held detailed discussions with the President and the Prime Minister regarding investment cooperation in various fields especially in the telecommunications, financial, social and economic development sectors.
Spiritual head of Ismaili sect and Chief of Aga Khan Foundation Prince Karim Aga Khan arrived in Pakistan on Tuesday night on his visit to Pakistan. Minister for Water and Power Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpa as well as other senior officers welcomed him at the airport.Amid tight security the Prince was escorted to President's House where he would stay tonight.
He would meet Prime Minister Mir Zaffarullah Khan Jamali on Wednesday (today).
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, President General Pervez Musharraf & Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali standing solemn silent in the respect of National Anthem at a reception, hosted by President in the honour of Prince at President House.ISLAMABAD - The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan held separate meetings with President General Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali here on Wednesday.
Imran: Good evening ladies and Gentlemen, we have a very distinguished visitor here this evening. Somebody who has always been a great friend of Pakistan, he is the Spiritual Leader of the Ismaili Muslims, an illustrious son of Islam, and as I said earlier, every time he visits, the People of Pakistan look forward to it. Look forward to his interventions and to his great vision, which is always translated eventually into reality. I'd like to welcome His Highness the Aga Khan.
-Aga Khan: Thank you very much indeed.
Imran: Welcome to Pakistan.
Aga Khan: Thank you very much.
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan has stated that Pakistan represents an attractive destination for investment and Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development intends to expand its operations in financial services, telecommunications and tourism business.
This was stated by the distinguish guest during his meeting with Finance Minister, Shaukat Aziz here on Wednesday. He stated that Pakistan has tremendous potential as a Tourist destination particularly in the Northern Areas as well as along the coast line around Gawadar and these should be developed to attract tourists from all over the world.
Sindh Governor Dr. Ishratul Ebad Khan has announced allotment of 500 acre land in Karachi for the educational projects of Aga Khan Foundation (AKF).
He made the announcement at a reception he hosted on Saturday night at Governor House here in honour of Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismaili community. The Governor appreciated the contribution of and services of AKF in the field of health and education. He assured all assistance on behalf of Governor of Sindh to the Foundation.
The Aga Khan Foundation and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) have joined forces under the Pakistan-Canada Social Institutions Development Programme (SIDP) to support initiatives and efforts for strengthening the role of civil society in country's development.
His Highness the Aga Khan, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today visited Muzaffarabad, capital of Azad Jammu, and Kashmir and Balakot, North West Frontier Province, areas severely affected by the 8 October earthquake.
President General Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday said Pakistan welcomed the recent thaw in relations with India, reiterating the country stands for peace in the region.
'Pakistan stands for peace in South Asia and the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues with India including the core issue of Kashmir through a meaningful dialogue based on sovereign equality,' President Musharraf told top commanders who participated in the day-long 85th Corps Commanders Conference at General Headquarters (GHQ). He said Pakistan would never sideline the Kashmir issue.
We are delighted and honoured to have as our guest tonight, His Highness the Aga Khan, spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, who is currently visiting Pakistan. Thank you for joining us.
PTV: Let me begin by asking you about the projects you inaugurated here in Pakistan, the Micro Credit Bank and the Serena Hotel. What is the particular significance of these projects?
President Gen Pervez Musharraf has appreciated the donations made by Prince Karim Aga Khan and applauded the relief efforts made by the Aga Khan Development Network in areas affected by the October 8 earthquake. He was talking to Prince Karim Aga Khan who called on him at the Aiwan-i-Sadr on Thursday. Prince Karim is visiting Pakistan to express solidarity with earthquake victims.They also discussed regional and international matters of mutual interest, including Pakistan?s role in the war on terror, situation in Afghanistan, composite dialogue with India and developments in the Middle East.
President General Pervez Musharraf has said a conducive policy framework and support mechanism has been ensured to encourage private investment in the micro finance sector and the private sector and development organisations must take full advantage of these measures to contribute towards real poverty eradication in the country.
He was speaking at the inauguration ceremony of the First Micro Finance Bank set up by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development here on Monday.