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International Children’s Day was celebrated with special children by Heydar Aliyev Foundation of Azerbaijan in Islamabad

An iftar dinner and distribution of gifts was organized on behalf of President of Heydar Aliyev
Foundation, first lady of Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva on the ocassion of International Children’s
Day and Holy Month of Ramazan for the special children from different premises of Directorate General
of Special Education.
Welcoming and congratulating children and audience on the ocassion of International Children’s
Day and Holy Month of Ramadan on behalf of President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, first lady of
Azerbaijan Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, Ambassador Ali Alizada said that Azerbaijan traditionally attaches
great importance to the protection of the rights of children. Ambassador noted that the protection of
children, improvement of their welfare, provision of their rights and freedoms and also coordination of
state policy in this sphere is one of the main responsibilities of the Azerbaijani government. Ambassador
emphasized that a special role in the protection of children in Azerbaijan and beyond belongs also to
Heydar Aliyev Foundation of Azerbaijan, especially to the president of the Foundation, Goodwill
Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, First Lady Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva. Since its establishment, by the
initiative of madam M.Aliyeva Heydar Aliyev Foundation has carried out important projects in the fields
of identifying, educating children, provision of protection, health, freedom and other rights of children and
these works continue successfully today.
Ambassador said that Heydar Aliyev Foundation started its work with Pakistan in 2005 with
constructing a new school for girls in Muzaffarabad, Kashmir. And from that year President of the
Foundation, the First Lady of Azerbaijan initiated a series of healthcare, education, development, social
and humanitarian projects in all provinces of Pakistan.
Ambassador underlined that implementation of different social and humanitarian projects in
Pakistan by the Foundation led by First Lady of Azerbaijan has the aim and serves to further strengthen
and deepen brotherly relations between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He stressed that the initiative and
support given by the Foundation to celebrate International Children’s Day and Holy Month of Ramazan
with special children today once again serves to humanity and has the purpose to attract attention to the
protection and provision of the rights of children, to make them happy in their holiday, to show them that
we are always with them, moreover through their performances which they showed, to present to the
public and society that disability is not inability, only what they need are protection, support and love. At
the end Ambassador thanked President of H.Aliyev Foundation for her initiative and support.
Chief Guest of the event Mr. Sheikh Anser Aziz, Mayor of Islamabad underlined high-level of
relations in all spheres between Pakistan and Azerbaijan. He appreciated the projects of Heydar Aliyev
Foundation implemented in different areas of Pakistan. Mayor Ansar Aziz mentioned Rara Highschool for
500 pupils, built by the Foundation in Muzaffarabad, Kashmir, after the devastating earthquake which hit
the region in 2005. He stressed that the Foundation not only built the school but also continuosly supplies
it with needed equipment, i.e. computers, printers, other school material. Mayor of Islamabad also
highlighted ohter projects of the Foundation, especially the which were carried out in the field of
healthcare, i.e. hepatitis B vaccination, check up and treatment, donation of ambulances and blood
collection bags etc. Furthermore, he called back distribution of aid packages to the poor people of
different districts during Ramazan and distribution of gifts, e-tablets, toys to centres for children with
restricted health condition in Eid-ul-Adha, in 2017. Mr. Aziz stressed that this is the manifestation of
sincere attitude of Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva towards Pakistan and reminded that due to all these works done
by the Foundation, its President – Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva was awarded with Hilal-e-Pakistan order. At the
end he thanked the Foundation and the Embassy of Azerbaijan for organizing an iftar dinner for the
special children of Islamabad and making them feel as part of this world.
After the speeches the program continued with the performances of special children from different
schools and gifts were presented to them by the dignitaries participating in the event.

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