ISLAMABAD: Azerbaijan launched first ever humanitarian and welfare projects of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation (HAF) in Pakistan.
The HAF initially donated Rupees. 4 million to Saifullah Foundation to carry out healthcare and other projects for poor segments of society.
Announcing this in a ceremony on Monday here, the Azerbaijan ambassador to pakistan Dashgin Shikarov said: “Today’s event reaffirms the strong ties of brotherhood that exist between two nations and marks the start of our commitment to improve the lives of brothers and sisters in Pakistan.” This is the beginning and more donations are in the pipeline for brothers of Pakistan, he said.
The Heydar Aliyev Foundation headed by the First Lady of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva is the Founder and President of this Foundation and also serves as a Goodwill ambassador for UNESCO and ISESCO.
The Foundation supports the development and infrastructure of medical, healthcare and childcare institutions throughout the developing world.
Aside from hepatitis B vaccination of Edhi home residents, the first grant under the humanitarian project in Pakistan will be spent on open-heart surgeries of poor patients through KIH, support for Akbar Care Institute for Cerebral Palsy, Peshawar; medical and welfare support for Women and Children Hospital, Lakki Marwat; and educational stipends for deserving students identified by the Saifullah Khan Trust. The project will feature interventions in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Punjab and Sindh, with a focus on health care and education, donation to orphanages and the destitute, and assistance to families of those who laid down their lives for the country.
Thanking the ambassador for his support and recognition for the work undertaken by SFSD in the conflict-affected areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Salim Saifullah paid tribute to the work undertaken by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation internationally, and assured that the social service and philanthropy of the Saifullah Khan family will continue to provide quality educational, medical and healthcare services to the people. As part of its ‘Support to Education’ project, the Foundation also constructed a school destroyed in the 2005 earthquake in Muzaffarabad.
In February, a resolution condemning aggression against Azerbaijan was drafted and sponsored by Senator Salim Saifullah Khan, the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Relations chairman.
This resolution was successfully adopted by the Senate, which also condemned the Khojali Genocide by Armenian forces.