The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Sir Aga’s role in the Pakistan Movement and post-establishment of Pakistan is too important to be ignored and TastePakistan takes pride in saluting this man of honour for his great services to Indian Muslims and Pakistan.
By Saad Iftekhar Mir – Many historians have been accused of distorting history when it comes to recording the facts and events leading to Pakistan’s establishment in 1947. While our textbooks, print and electronic media highlight the achievements of Quaid-e-Azam, Allama Iqbal and Sir Syed Ahmed Khan to a great extent, many other heroes of the Pakistan Movement have been silently ignored to the backseat and never given their due share of accolades for playing a vital role in Pakistan’s establishment and strengthening in the years following its establishment. Now is the time to honour these legends and end double standards on part of historians so that our future generations can get to know about the real individuals without whom Pakistan would have never been present today. One such legend was Sir Aga Khan. The spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims, Sir Aga’s role in the Pakistan Movement and post-establishment of Pakistan is too important to be ignored and TastePakistan takes pride in saluting this man of honour for his great services to Indian Muslims and Pakistan.
One of his greatest contributions was to take the lead in raising funds for establishment of the Aligarh University. He raised nearly Rs 3 million for the Aligarh University in 1911 and was also appointed the Pro-Vice Chancellor of the varsity in 1921 … He donated money in cash for scholarships to the most deserving students for foreign studies, which the trustees named the Aga Khan Foreign Scholarship. During his presidential address at the Mohammadan Education Conference in Delhi, Sir Aga said that he wanted to establish an institution capable of giving the Muslim youth not only the finest education in India, but also provide training of international standards.
At that time when Muslims were not ready to impart quality education to their girls, Sir Aga had encouraged Muslims to also get their girls educated and during an interview had remarked “Personally, if I had two children, and one was a boy and the other was a girl, and if I could afford to only educate one, I would have no hesitation in letting the girl pursue higher education.” Sir Aga was a revolutionary man who knew that education holds the key to progress of the Muslims.
He was a great promoter of Hindu-Muslim unity
An international statesman, Sir Aga had the privilege to represent India at the Disarmament Conference and also unanimously elected as chairman of the League of Nations.
After Pakistan’s creation, he gave his personal money to run the affairs of the new country.
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