February 04, 2014 – via AKU Newsletter.
It is with deep sorrow that we inform the AKU community of the passing away earlier this morning of our Chairman, Board of Trustees, Ambassador Saidullah Khan Dehlavi.
Ambassador Dehlavi was appointed member of the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees in 2000 and became its Chairman in July 2001. A career diplomat, he was a senior member of the Pakistan Foreign Service when he retired in 2001 as Ambassador to the European Union. He served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to France and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO in Paris, as well as Ambassador to Switzerland, the Vatican, Yugoslavia, Albania and Ireland. Earlier he served in Ankara and New Delhi, and as Director of the Foreign Minister’s Office and then as Director General for South Asia in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Ambassador Dehlavi was a recipient of several international decorations, including the Légion d’Honneur from France.
Ambassador Dehlavi is survived by his wife, Talat, his daughter Maliha, his son and daughter-in-law Ali Muhammad Khan and Shalalae and their son Ibrahim.
In remembering Ambassador Dehlavi, we celebrate the immense contribution he made through his passion and commitment for the development of AKU, Pakistan and humanity at large. We find strength in his message of deep respect for pluralism and tolerance. We pray that Allah may rest his soul in eternal peace.