MARCH 11, 1989


Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Pakistan from Saturday, March 11 to Tuesday, March 21. He arrived in Islamabad on March 11 where he had meetings with his Excellency President Ghulam Ishaq Khan and Her Excellency Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, as well as with other government ministers.

Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Hyderabad for three days from March 12 where he inaugurated a major new maternity home managed by the Aga Khan Health Services. He also performed the foundation ceremony for a girls' hostel and met with members of the Jamat.

On March 15, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited Gilgit in the Northern areas, accompanied by members of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan network.

On March 16, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the new 142-room Serena Hotel at Quetta, managed by Tourism Promotion Services (Pakistan), the Tourism arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development. The first of Serena's new hotels was opened in Faisalabad in 1987 during Mawlana Hazar Imam's last official visit to Pakistan.

During the 10-day visit, Mawlana Hazar Imam, as Chancellor of the Aga Khan University, participated in a number of events at the University in Karachi. These included a seminar on March 19 on the Role of an Academic Health Sciences Centre in a developing country at which Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was the keynote speaker. On March 20, a convocation ceremony was held marking the first graduation of doctors from the medical college. This ceremony was also attended by President Ghulam Ishaq Khan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam left Karachi for Europe on March 21.

Source: Canadian Ismaili (July 1989)

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