Prince Rahim Aga Khan Receives Pakistan’s Highest Civilian Award

The President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari confers the Nishan-i-Pakistan on Prince Rahim. PHOTO: AKDN / AKBAR HAKIMRahim

The President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari has conferred the Nishan-i-Pakistan, the nation’s highest civilian award, on Prince Rahim Aga khan. The award recognises individuals who have rendered services of the highest distinction to Pakistan, and was given at Aiwan-e-Sadr, the President’s official residence in Islamabad while visiting Pakistan to review AKDN projects in renewable energy, microfinance, and information technology, as well as meet government officials and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the Ismaili community.

Noting the Prince’s role as Chair of the Executive Committee of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development and Chair of the Aga Khan Development Network’s Environment and Climate Committee, the award citation stated.

“Prince Rahim Aga Khan, through his many leadership roles within the Aga Khan Development Network, has, for more than a quarter century, dedicated his untiring efforts to improving the quality of life of peoples in resource-constrained regions of Asia and Africa…His personal engagement in assuring that initiatives impacting the economic, health, educational and cultural well-being of poor and marginalised communities respond to evolving and contemporary needs, upholds a multigenerational legacy that traces its origins, in Pakistan, to the founding of the nation.”

 “I am honoured to accept such a distinguished award on behalf of the Aga Khan Development Network, my colleagues, our staff, and the many volunteers who work tirelessly to improve the lives of the people of Pakistan. I express my warmest gratitude to the President and Government of Pakistan for this immense recognition,” Prince Rahim said Upon receiving the Nishan-i-Pakistan,

The Aga Khan received this award in 1983 for his social and economic welfare activities in Pakistan, in the Muslim Ummah as a whole, and in the developing world. Past recipients include other world leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II.