Shaukat lauds services of Aga Khan family
Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Monday that the invaluable services rendered by the successive generations of Prince Karim Aga Khan’s family both during the struggle for our independence and also after the creation of Pakistan are a testimony of their commitment, love and faith in Pakistan. He was talking to Prince Karim Aga Khan who called on him here on Monday.
The Prime Minister said that Prince Aga Khan’s contribution in setting up centers of excellence in the field of educational and health care will go a long way in improving the quality of education and health in Pakistan. No less important, he said, are the investment being made by Prince Aga Khan network in the business and commercial sectors of Pakistan’s economy. He particularly appreciated the efforts made by Prince Aga Khan for promotion of tourism in Pakistan.
Prince Karim Aga Khan said that Pakistan had made impressive economic gains which has made it an attractive destination for investment. He said that the Aga Khan network will continue to invest both in commercial and business sectors in Pakistan. He said that the Aga Khan Foundation is working on various plans to start various ventures in Pakistan especially in educational and tourism fields. Prince Karim Aga Khan particularly appreciated the efforts being made by Pakistan to promote inter faith and inter cultural harmony to advance international peace, harmony and understanding. Later, the Prime Minister hosted a dinner for Prince Karim Aga Khan.
Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday lauded services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world, particularly for the people of Pakistan in education and health sectors and socio-economic uplift of the poor. The PM also noted with appreciation the continuous support of the Aga Khan Development Network and Aga Khan Foundation in taking lead in a number of important social sector projects, especially in Gilgit-Baltistan.
He expressed these views during a meeting with Prince Karim Aga Khan here and assured him that the government would continue to work with the Aga Khan Foundation for alleviation of poverty and completion of other social welfare and economic activities. The government is keen to exploit the economic potential of Gilgit-Baltistan especially the energy and natural resources for the prosperity of the local residents and the entire Pakistan, he added.
Both sides agreed to work together for making small hydro-power projects in northern areas to provide electricity to rural areas. Aga Khan expressed his desire to create linkages between Aga Khan’s universities in Central Asia and Karakoram University in GB. He appreciated government’s efforts for the socio-economic development of the people and assured that various projects being undertaken by the Aga Khan foundation for the socio-economic uplift of the people of GB would be vigorously pursued. He also lauded government’s support to the Aga Khan Network.
Copyright Associated Press of Pakistan, 2014