ISLAMABAD - President Mamnoon Hussain on Monday said that the government is keen to exploit the economic potential of Gilgit-Baltistan particularly its energy and natural resources for the prosperity of people.
Talking to Prince Karim Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, who called on him at the Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President said that the government would continue to work with the Aga Khan Foundation for poverty alleviation and other social welfare and economic activities.
He appreciated the services of Prince Karim across the world and particularly for the people of Pakistan in diverse sectors including education, health and poverty eradication.
The President lauded the continued support of AKDN and Aga Khan Foundation in taking lead in a number of important social sector projects especially in Northern Areas.
He said that Aga Khan network’s continued engagement in Gilgit Baltistan was making positive impacts on lives of the people and infrastructure in the area.
Prince Karim appreciated the government’s efforts for the socio-economic development of its people.
His daughter Zahra Karim, Sultan Ali Allana, Iqbal Walji and Amyn Kassim-Lakha, accompanied Prince Karim.
Meanwhile, Prince Karim also called on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the PM House.
During the meeting, the PM said that the AKDN is a model for other development organizations, as it designs and executes its projects along modern and scientific lines, with focus on improving the quality of life of the beneficiaries.
During the delegation level talks, the Prime Minister said that Pakistan holds great investment opportunities and invited investment in energy sector projects of the country as it will not only help Pakistan overcome its energy crisis, but have a positive impact on the economy by generating activity and employment, increasing revenue generation, and improving the government’s ability to deliver services.
Possibility of providing fully funded scholarships to young Pakistani diplomats at the institution was also discussed.
Prince Karim Agha Khan’s delegation included Head of Social Welfare Department of AKDN, Princess Zahra Agha, President Agha Khan Foundation Pakistan, Iqbal Walji, Chairman Agha Khan Foundation Pakistan, Badruddin Vellami, President Agha Khan University, Firoz Rasul and Chairman AKCS Pakistan, Akbar Pesanani.
The Pakistani delegation included Minister for Finance, Ishaq Dar, Minister for Planning and Development, Ahsan Iqbal, Advisor to PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz and Special Assistant to PM, Tariq Fatemi.