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Rasheed Khalid

The News

Published Date: Nov 27, 2014

Glowing tributes paid to Shoaib Sultan Khan


poverty is possible but not through top down policies but through social
mobilisation and collective action of the communities who were facing
the brunt of non-exclusive growth.

This was the crux of
discussion at ‘An evening with Shoaib Sultan Khan’ organised by
Sustainable Development Policy Institute here Monday.

Shams-ul-Mulk, former chairperson Wapda, was in the chair.

Ranjha, Parliamentary Secretary Information and Broadcasting, said that
Shoaib’s life proved that one can excel and serve the humanity even
without having influential clout or wealth. He said that federal and
provincial governments should replicate the role model of rural support
programmes set by Shoaib.

Shafqat Kakakhel, former
Assistant Secretary-General, United Nation, said that Shoaib was most
loyal pupil of Akhtar Hameed Khan, who changed the life of people living
in Komilla and Orangi through community mobilisation. Mr Kakakhel said
that Shoaib worked beyond national boundaries and his work is being
replicated under National Rural Livelihood in current five year
programme of India. Mr Shoaib introduced pilot projects in South Asia
especially in India, said Mr Kakakhel as head of South Asia Poverty
Alleviation Programme.

Poetess Kishwar Naheed, who also
heads Hawwa Craft Centre, said that Shoaib taught people of Gilgit how
to develop, improve and beautify their area. One could see reflections
of Che Guevara and Mao Tze Dong in his personality. He was not a
politician or biased but his neutrality, humility and hard work created
honesty in the citizens, she concluded.

PML-N MNA Daniyal
Aziz said that Shoaib helped in improving the lots of the grassroots.
Daniyal praised the programme of devolution and local governments which
originally was introduced by Gen Musharraf. He said that we can
transform bureaucracy to actually work for the uplift of the poor.

Mumtaz, Chairperson, National Commission on the Status of Women, said
that we saw in Akhtar Hameed Khan and Shoaib Sultan how a person can
mobilise people to work for the betterment of their living and life.

Sultan in his talk was overwhelmed by the sentiments expressed by the
speakers. He thanked the SDPI for the evening. Mr Sultan in his
‘Centenary Lecture on Akhtar Hameed Khan’ paid glowing tribute to his
mentor whom he succeeded in Orangi project. He said that he was always
proud of being a disciple of Mr Khan.

Earlier, Dr Abid
Qaiyum Suleri in his welcome address said that Pakistan in the world is
known for negative news in the international media. This evening, he
said, is organised to project positive work done by a legendary person
Shoaib Sultan under the guidance of another towering legend Akhtar
Hameed Khan.

Shams-ul-Mulk said that to him, Shoaib’s
best contribution is social mobilisation of affectees of Ghazi-Brotha
project. He said that a project which is good for public should be
better for communities even if it is against legal standards.

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