Dated: 09th July, 2015
An Iftar Dinner was hosted for the patients of Pakistan Thalassemia Centre and Pakistan Sweet Home Children, on the behalf of Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, First Lady of Azerbaijan and President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation and goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO. The function was attended by Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Leader of the opposition in the AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider, Managing Director Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal (PBM) Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh, the Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan Dashgin Shikarov and the embassy officials besides other guests. Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Resources Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said that Government is taking concrete measures to provide the quality healthcare facilities to every citizen of Pakistan. He also appreciated Barrister Abid Waheed for his remarkable pro-poor services as Managing Director of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal Speaking on the occasion, Leader of the opposition in the AJK Legislative Assembly Raja Farooq Haider highly appreciated the efforts of HAF and First Lady Mrs. Mehriban for love and care for PSH children Thallasemia patients. He congratulated the MD PBM for successful completion of this project and hoped that the same will be replicated in other cities of Pakistan. The minister also appreciated the efforts of Heyder Ali foundation of Azerbaijan for their cooperation in various welfare projects of Pakistan Bait-ul-Mal. Addressing the audience Ambassador Dashgin Shikarov conveyed the affection and solidarity of the First Lady and people of Azerbaijan with the children of Pakistan Sweet Homes and patients of Thalassemia Center. Talking about the activity of Heydar Aliyev Foundation (HAF) the ambassador said that the foundation is contributing to the social and economic development of the country by implementing various projects in education, public health, culture besides implementation of number of large scale projects in Azerbaijan and other countries of the world including Pakistan. He highlighted the shared religious and cultural values of people of Azerbaijani and Pakistani and stressed to further strength of ties between two brotherly countries.
In his welcome address the Managing Director of Bait ul Mal Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh expressed gratitude to the First Lady of Azerbaijan for sharing the love and joy of holy month of Ramazan with children of PSH and thalassemia patients. He apprised the audience that the Heydar Aliyev Foundation has been extending its cooperation in various porjects of Pakistan Bait ul Mal. He emphasized that the Foundation was amongst the first to donate for establishment of Thalassemia Center last year. MD PBM Barrister Abid Waheed Sheikh told that Pakistan Thalassemia Centre has been providing quality healthcare facilities for the treatment of poor and deserving patients. He further informed that all the necessary medical care including clinical tests and blood transfusion is free of cost. The iftar dinner that was attended by more than 250 people including children of PSH and patients of Thalassemia Center. The iftar dinner was followed by blood donation activity for Thallasemia Centre. The Ambassador of Azerbaijan and the other diplomats of the Embassy and numerous volunteers donated their blood for Thallasemia patients. The Ambassador also announced donation of 500 blood bags for Pakistan Thalassemia centre. Azerbaijan’s Ambassador also donated his blood for Pakistan Thalassemia Centre.