“If there is one person above all others who personifies what is best about the world of Islam, it is Your Highness.” – Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of the Pakistan Society
65th annual dinner of The Pakistan Society in London, UK was held at the Dorchester Hotel on Thursday October 25, 2018. His Highness the Aga Khan was the chief guest present at the event. Pakistan’s Acting High Commissioner Ayub Khan, several leading Pakistani business professionals and officials of the Pakistan Society also attended the dinner.
Prince Karim Aga Khan, who this year celebrated his Diamond Jubilee as the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismaili, said: “It is a great pleasure for me to attend this year’s Pakistan Society dinner, having attended previously in 1962 and in 2003. My community and the Aga Khan Development Network have strong ties with Pakistan, and the Ismaili Imamat is deeply committed to the future of the people of this country.”
The Acting High Commissioner for Pakistan Muhammad Ayub said in his speech: “We are very delighted to have among us His Highness, The Aga Khan. His presence, indeed, is recognition of the good work of The Pakistan Society.
The Pakistan Society Award for 2018 was presented at the dinner to Shoaib Sultan Khan. Sir Nicholas Barrington, Honourary Vice President of the Pakistan Society, in the citation address said that the award is being given to Shoaib Sultan Khan “an internationally renowned authority on rural development and alleviation of poverty, who pioneered schemes in the Northern Areas of Pakistan in association with the Aga Khan Foundation”.