Mawlana Hazar Imam’s family has maintained a close relationship with the United Nations for a number of years, following a tradition of service in international affairs.
Mawlana Sultan Mahomed Shah was President of the League of Nations, which was a precursor to the United Nations. Prince Aly Khan, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s father, was Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Mawlana Hazar Imam’s uncle, Prince Sadruddin, was the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees, United Nations’ Coordinator for Assistance to Afghanistan, and United Nations’ Executive Delegate of Iraq-Turkey border areas. Mawlana Hazar Imam’s younger brother, Prince Amyn, served in the United Nations Secretariat’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs from 1965 to 1968.