The exhibit, which was first inaugurated in Paris in 2008, is a unique, experiential journey showcasing the contributions of Mawlana Hazar Imam to human development.
Pakistan’s Federal Minister for National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination, the Honorable Makhdum Aamir Mehmood Kiani, was the chief guest at the inaugural viewing and dinner on 2 April. In his address, the Minister lauded the longstanding partnership between the Government of Pakistan and the Aga Khan Development Network.
Foreign diplomats, business leaders and members of civil society were among the distinguished guests who attended the event.
In his remarks, Iqbal Walji, Chairman, Aga Khan Foundation, Pakistan, spoke about the positive impact of the AKDN’s strong partnership with the government of Pakistan, which shows “important complementarity between the long-term vision of the government of Pakistan and of His Highness. Both acknowledge that meaningful change takes time, patience, and investment.”
Over the past six decades, Mawlana Hazar Imam has transformed the quality of life for millions of people around the world. In the areas of health, education, cultural revitalisation, and economic empowerment, he has worked to inspire excellence and improve living conditions and opportunities in some of the world’s most remote and troubled regions.
Hafiz Sherali, President, Ismaili Council for Pakistan, speaking at the event, highlighted, “Mawlana Hazar Imam’s emphasis on Islam as a thinking, spiritual faith that teaches compassion and tolerance and upholds the dignity of mankind. Rejecting the notion of an inevitable conflict between peoples, Hazar Imam has called this a ‘clash of ignorance’ rather than one of civilisations."
The exhibition, which has been viewed to-date by over 100,000 people around the world, features over 250 powerful visuals in an immersive, multi-media interactive format using technology such as virtual reality and other forms.