After Dalai Lama, Aga Khan gets Canadian honour

Toronto, May 29 (IANS) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper Friday bestowed honorary citizenship on the Aga Khan and laid the foundation stone of what would be one of the largest Muslim art and culture centres in North America.

The Aga Khan is the Imam of over 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims spread around the world.

“Conferring honorary citizenship upon His Highness the Aga Khan is a recognition of His Highness’s leadership as a champion of international development, pluralism and tolerance around the world and of his remarkable leadership as Imam of the worldwide Ismaili community,” the Canadian Prime Minister said.

The Canadian parliament had passed a resolution last year to confer the honour on the Aga Khan who becomes the second religious figure after the Dalai Lama to get the country’s honorary citizenship.

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