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Rizwan Shezad

The Express Tribune

Published Date: Nov 24, 2014

Living legend: Colleagues, friends pay tribute to Shoaib Sultan Khan


Following in the footsteps of his mentor, the late Akhtar
Hameed Khan, Shoaib Sultan Khan has emerged as a pioneering force for
rural development and poverty alleviation in Pakistan.

These views were expressed by analysts at “An Evening with Shoaib
Sultan Khan”, organised by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute
as part of its “A Tribute to Living Legend Series” on Monday.


Former assistant secretary general at the United Nations Environment<br />
Programme Shafqat Kakakhel said Shoaib was the most loyal pupil of<br />
Akhtar Hameed Khan, who changed the lives of thousands of people through<br />
town planning.
After retirement from the civil service, Shoaib founded the Aga Khan<br />
Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in 1992 and was chosen to head the UN<br />
Asian Rural Support Programme in 1994. He introduced rural support<br />
programmes in several South Asian countries including India.
Poet Kishwar Naheed said the silent personality of Shoaib is<br />
different from other “stiff-necked” civil servants. “He also has<br />
reflections of Faiz Ahmed Faiz in his personality. Shoaib is an<br />
excellent listener like Faiz Sahab,” said Naheed, terming Shoaib a<br />
PML-N Member National Assembly Daniyal Aziz said Shoaib helped him<br />
become what he is today. “I have not seen a better mentor, teacher and<br />
experienced man than Shoaib Sultan Khan,” he said.
Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University Quetta’s former<br />
vice-chancellor Dr Shahida Jafrey said Shoaib made villagers learn how<br />
to stand on their own feet.
Sharing praise, National Commission on the Status of Women<br />
Chairperson Khawar Mumtaz said we saw in Akhtar and Shoaib how one can<br />
mobilise people to work for betterment of their living conditions.<br />
“Mobilising people and empowering them has remained their policy,” she<br />
Shoaib was overwhelmed by sentiments expressed by his colleagues,<br />
friends, and admirers. “I do not know what to say, but the real credit<br />
goes to the one million people of Gilgit-Baltistan, professionals,<br />
volunteers and many others who turned my dreams into reality.”
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