Pakistan’s influential Daily Times newspaper and Women Volunteers Organization named First Lady of Azerbaijan, President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva “The Symbol of Humanism – The Person of the Year 2012”. A presentation ceremony was held at Serena Hotel of Islamabad, January 22nd.
The event was attended by Acting Chairman of Pakistan’s National Assembly Fasal Karim Kundi, Deputy President of the Senate Sabir Baluj, committee chairmen of the National Assembly and the Senate, members of the National Assembly, other state and government officials, well-known persons, rectors of influential universities, correspondents and ambassadors of a series of countries in Islamabad.
Chairperson of the Women Volunteers Organization Samina Shah gave comprehensive information of the projects implemented in Pakistan following the initiative of and with support from Azerbaijan’s First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva. It was noted that a school for girls was built in 2007 following Mehriban Aliyeva’s initiative and with her support in the Pakistani city of Muzaffarabad that suffered from a strong earthquake. In 2012, the school was basically repaired and reconstructed. Within the framework of series of humanitarian aids in Pakistan, the Foundation has arranged medical examination of children that found asylum at “Edhi Home” orphanage, and vaccination was done against Hepatitis B. Free-of-charge medical examination was arranged for the poor at Peshawar city’s “Akbar Care” Cerebral Paralysis Institute and Women and Children Hospital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region’s Lakki Marwat city, open heart surgeries were financed at Islamabad city’s “Kulsum International” clinic, an ambulance provided with state-of-the-art blood-transfusion equipment and a laboratory, as well as 2000 blood-transfusion packages presented to Hamsa Foundation (Peshawar), financial aid provided for the new building of Khyber Eye Foundation, Iftar tables were arranged in Ramadan Holiday in all regions of Pakistan, sacrificed animals were cut at Gurban Bayram and distributed among the poor in Lakki Marwat district and Punjab region.
Mrs Samina Shah said that, considering all the above, the Daily Times newspaper and Women Volunteers Organization named Mehriban Aliyeva “The Symbol of Humanism – The Person of the Year 2012”.
A video reflecting noble and benevolent activity of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Mehriban Aliyeva, as well as charity actions held by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in foreign countries including Pakistan was showed.
Acting Chairman of Pakistan’s National Assembly Fasal Karim Kundi presented the Award to Azerbaijan’s Ambassador to Pakistan Dashgyn Shikarov.
The ceremony was finalized with a concert program performed by famous schoolchildren instrumental band.
The presentation ceremony was broadly covered in Pakistan’s influential mass media such as “Pakistan Observer”, “The News”, “Daily Times” and “The Nation”, “DNA News”, “Centreline”, also PTV, DRY News, Vakt TV, CNBC and other local channels.