Islamabad, 16 December 2013 – In separate meetings with the President, the Prime Minister, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and the Finance Minister of Pakistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam received praise for the leadership role taken by the AKDN in the country’s development, and for its effectiveness in improving the quality of life of those whom it reaches.

The government leaders noted successes resulting from the combined impact of the AKDN's social sector projects and the recent government reforms in Gilgit Baltistan, in the northern areas of the country.

During a morning meeting, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security & Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, briefed Mawlana Hazar Imam on the Government's foreign policy. Hazar Imam then met President Mamnoon Hussain at the Aiwan-e-Sadr (the presidential residence), where the President expressed appreciation for Mawlana Hazar Imam's personal services to the people of Pakistan and made particular note of the impact of AKDN institutions in education, health, poverty alleviation, and all-round improvements in quality of life. Later, Senator Mohammad Ishaq Dar, the Minister of Finance, briefed Hazar Imam about the state of Pakistan's economy.

In the evening Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cited the AKDN as a model for other development organisations. Over a dinner hosted at the Prime Minister's House, he pointed out that there were many areas that would benefit from new capacity, highlighting the needs of Pakistan's energy sector in particular.

Mawlana Hazar Imam was accompanied by senior institutional leaders, including Princess Zahra, Director of the Social Welfare Department of the AKDN, who also sits on the Aga Khan University Board of Trustees.