The residents of Ganish town in Hunza have asked the Aga Khan Culture Service Pakistan to vacate a 700-year- old fort which was being brought under AKCSP control in the name of renovation.The heirs of the Ganish Fort argued that the AKCSP took possession of their fort illegally and without their permission. 'A large number of tourists are visiting the fort every year, but the proceeds earned through tourism are not being paid to its legal heirs,' they said.
The Aga Khan Foundation Pakistan (AKFP)] is hosting a two-day workshop to identify key applicable practices, opportunities, approaches and challenges on how public-private partnership can contribute to sustainable social development and a stronger synergy between the government and civil society in Pakistan.
Aga Khan Foundation (Pakistan) in cooperation with USAID, is implementing 'Releasing Confidence and Creativity (RCC): An Early Childhood Development Programme'. This programme is being implemented in 50 communities of Balochistan and another 50 in Sindh.RCC seeks to support practices and structures in communities, schools, NGOs, and the government that effectively promote early childhood development.
The Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) will be presented as a case study in poverty reduction before the international conference on poverty to be held at Shanghai, China, next month.
This was disclosed during a discussion which was convened at the World Bank office here on Monday as a preamble to the Shanghai Conference. Country director John Wall presided over the discussion.
Prince Karim Aha Khan, the spiritual leader of Ismailis, called on Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz at Prime Minister?s House on Sunday and the two discussed the regional and international situation.The prime minister told the Aga Khan that his government wanted him to invest in Pakistan as there was great potential for investment in tourism in the country.
Canada has pledged C$8.2 million to support rural development programming in Northern Areas and Chitral.The Institutional Development for Poverty Reduction (IDPR) programme will be funded through the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).
Canadian Charge d'Affairs Stuart Hughes, announced this at the project launch ceremony here on Friday.
Also present at the ceremony were Cida country director for Pakistan Doug Williams as well as senior government officials, representatives local governments of Northern Areas and Chitral and members of the community.
The government led by Prime Minister Zafarullah Khan Jamali has undertaken a record privatisation of Rs4 billion in its initial months which is unprecedented as compared to any previous track record , said Privatisation Minister Dr Abdul Hafeez Sheikh.Talking to reporters informally after inaugurating the 8th National Exhibition of Visual Arts, the minister said that Rs4 billion privatisation includes that of Rs 3bn through stock exchange divestment and Rs1 billion through direct sale of ICP Mutual Fund. The minister assured that the pace of privatization would be accelerated in due course.
Prince Karim Aga Khan on Tuesday said the West needs to improve its understanding of Islam and also recognise the issues that are agitating the mind of the Muslim Ummah. Prince Karim Aga Khan, who is on a visit to Pakistan, said this while talking to a group of editors.Aga Khan deliberated upon the various facets of US' understanding of Islam and lamented the bias against Islam in the West. Commenting on the post-Sept 11 developments, he emphasised the need for a better understanding of Islam and the issues perturbing the Muslim mind around the world by the West.
The spiritual head of the Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan, currently visiting Pakistan, called on Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali at the Prime Minister's House here on Saturday.According to a statement issued here Prince Karim Aga Khan and Prime Minister Jamali exchanged views on matters relating to the development projects undertaken by the Ismaili community in Pakistan.
The prime minister lauded the contribution being made by the community in the socio-economic development of the country, especially in the health and education sectors.
Spiritual leader of the Ismalli community, Prince Karim Aga Khan, called on President Gen Pervez Musharraf at the Aiwan-i-Sadr on Friday.Welcoming the Aga Khan, the president appreciated the various philanthropic and development projects undertaken in Pakistan at his initiative.
President Musharraf praised the keen personal interest of Aga Khan in health, education and other welfare projects in the social sector. The Aga Khan lauded the recent economic achievements of Pakistan, and said the country offers an investment-friendly climate.
The network of the Aga Khan Development Foundation is taking measures for the victims? rehabilitation in AJK, said Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, on Monday. Speaking at Thori, Prince Karim said the foundation was trying to provide maximum assistance to the victims. He said the foundation?s future projects include provision of basic facilities, planning of land, education and health. He said everyone should unite for the rehabilitation of the victims. online
AGA KHAN SPEAKS ON IMPORTANCE OF CIVIL SOCIETY INSTITUTIONS IN RESPONDING TO CRISIS Emphasises the Desperate Need for Education beyond National Boundaries - 2005-12-03Posted February 25th, 2010 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Chancellor of Aga Khan University (AKU), today emphasised the importance of civil society institutions such as AKU, in providing the rapid and effective response to those affected by the 8 October earthquake disaster.
New Jubilee Insurance (NJI) Company Limited announced on Wednesday that it had acquired the general insurance business of Commercial Union in Pakistan effective Jan 1, 2003.A company press release quoted Masood Noorani, MD NJI as saying: 'This is the first time that the business of a prominent foreign insurer has been acquired by a Pakistani insurance company and is a proud achievement for the company as it celebrates its 50 years of successful operation in 2003'. The company stated that it was the pioneer and market leader in Health Insurance business in the country.
Aga Khan and Musharraf Discuss Regional IssuesNew microfinance and tourism initiatives focus on poverty and economic development - 2002-03-12Posted February 25th, 2010 by heritage
His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam of the Ismaili Muslims, and Pakistan?s President Pervez Musharraf yesterday launched two major initiatives: one to address the problem of endemic poverty, and the other to realise more fully the potential of an underdeveloped sector of Pakistan?s economy. These were also amongst topics discussed between the two leaders in private meetings.
Prince Karim Aga Khan called on President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Jamali here on Monday and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest.In his separate meetings with the president and the prime minister, Prince Karim Aga Khan held detailed discussions regarding investment cooperation in various fields, especially in the telecommunications, financial, social and economic development sectors.
He appreciated the direction of the government's economic policies which had helped in restoring investors' confidence.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, who recently visited the subcontinent, was instrumental in 'breaking the ice' that has led to the recent thaw between India and Pakistan, a Pakistani newspaper reported on Sunday.'It seems the Aga Khan devoted much of his time behind the glare of publicity in April in breaking the ice between New Delhi and Islamabad,' The News quoted diplomatic sources as saying.
At least two knowledgeable ruling politicians and a few senior Pakistani officials are crediting intense background efforts of spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan, for diplomatic breakthrough between Islamabad and New Delhi that in the past few days again ignited hope of a durable peace.Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee surprised the world in the past two weeks when he suddenly reversed the belligerent Indian stance of equating Pakistan with Saddam Hussain's Iraq by offering 'decisive' peace talks and restoration of full diplomatic relations with Pakistan.
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) has announced a substantial investment to initiate tourism, commercial and urban redevelopment in Afghanistan.The fund will establish a world-class hotel in the center of the country?s capital Kabul, Prince Amyn Aga Khan, the younger brother of His Highness the Aga Khan, has said.
Benazir Bhutto, the Pakistan People?s Party chairperson, has said that Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan will be mourned not only by his family, friends and the Ismaili community but also by ?the larger world where he was well known and respected?.In her condolence letter to the late prince?s widow, Ms Bhutto wrote: ?So many will mourn the passing of a sensitive man of enormous intelligence, understanding and compassion. I will mourn him for all those reasons. I will mourn him too as a good friend of my family over many decades.?
Minister for Kashmir Affairs and Northern Areas Makhdoom Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat called on spiritual leader of Ismaili community Prince Karim Aga Khan at Serena Hotel, here on Tuesday.
Faisal thanked Prince Karim Aga Khan for paying visit to Azad Kashmir to express solidarity with the earthquake victims.
The minister also thanked the prince for extending assistance for the quake victims.
Faisal Saleh Hayat lauded the development and welfare activities of Aga Khan Foundation in Northern Areas.