Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim Aga Khan at the Ismaili National Council Pakistan’s Institutional Dinner

Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim at Ismaili National Council Pakistan's Institutional Dinner
Mountaineer-siblings Samina and Mirza Ali Baig present a memento to Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim at an institutional dinner hosted by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan. Rahil Imtiaz Ali/TheIsmaili

Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim see opportunities ahead in Pakistan

TheIsmaili.org – 27 May 2016 – Islamabad: As their working visit to Pakistan drew to a close, Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim expressed optimism and a sense of opportunity about the tasks that lay ahead of the Aga Khan Development Network in improving quality of life for the people of the country.

“For me and Princess Zahra, the main takeaway is that we’ve heard the word ‘optimism’ several times today, and I think that’s what I’m feeling now,”

said Prince Rahim, speaking at a dinner hosted by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan on Wednesday evening. Noting that while there are challenges ahead, he said that these “are not insurmountable — we have to look at them as opportunities and a chance to help people who are in need.”

Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim at Ismaili National Council Pakistan's Institutional Dinner
Musicians led by Pakistani-Ismaili singer Shehzad Roy perform before Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim at the institutional dinner. Al-Jalil Ajani/TheIsmaili

The two had travelled to Gilgit in northern Pakistan earlier in the week, where they inaugurated a new medical centre and visited a school, a professional development centre for educators, and a recently built Jamatkhana.

Speaking at the institutional dinner, Hafiz Sherali, President of the Ismaili Council, remarked on the ambitions of the AKDN’s work in the region.

“[It] will provide more access for marginalised communities to education, healthcare, rural development, risk mitigation and economic opportunities. Your presence is reassuring for all of us that Pakistan has a bright future,”

President Sherali told Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim.

More at the source: The Ismaili

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