Shoaib Sultan Khan shares his views on Pakistan’s challenges with poverty alleviation

… in 1992, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Gilgit-Baltistan and was impressed by the social activities being carried out by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP).

 

The prime minister told Mr Khan that the programme should be started at the national level.

 

– Shoaib Sultan Khan
Pioneer of the Rural Support Programme in South East Asia

BISP can never alleviate poverty: expert

Ikram Junaidi — Published in Dawn, May 31st, 2016

ISLAMABAD:  There are around 18 million households in the country and 42pc of them are below the poverty line.

'A Man named Khan' - Shoaib Sultan Khan
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Shoaib Sultan Khan, the head of Rural Support Programme (RSP) added, 72pc were vulnerable so they should be helped and pulled out of poverty. He said, poor people cannot do anything individually because of so many hurdles in their lives but they have the potential to change their lives.

Mr Khan is one of the pioneers of rural development programmes in Pakistan. He worked as a civil servant for 25 years and then served in the Geneva-based Aga Khan Foundation for 12 years and Unicef and UNDP for 14 years.

Mr Khan said in 1992 Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited Gilgit-Baltistan and was impressed by the social activities being carried out by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP). The prime minister told Mr Khan that the programme should be started at the national level.

“Later, I was called for a briefing during which Mr Sharif said he would provide Rs10 billion to start the programme in 102 districts. I said once the director of the programme is nominated, he cannot be dismissed and the government can ask me about the programme but cannot tell me how I should work,” he said.

Mr Khan said an endowment fund was established with the first installment but after four months the then president, Ghulam Ishaq Khan, dismissed the government of Mr Sharif and his successor, Benazir Bhutto, announced that the amount had been allocated illegally.

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