Prince Alwaleed Receives Former PM of Pakistan
HRH Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, Chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC) and Chairman of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation, received at his office in Riyadh, H.E. Shaukat Aziz Former Prime Minister of Pakistan. The meeting was attended by Ms. Heba Fatani, Senior Executive Manager, Corporate Communications Department and Dr. Nahla Nasser Alanbar, Private Executive Assistant to HRH the chairman.
The meeting began as H.E. Shaukat Aziz thanked the Prince for giving him the opportunity to meet with him. During the meeting, the two discussed general issues related to their respective countries. The two also discussed a number of general local, regional issues and the global economic climate as well as philanthropic issues, in addition to HRH’s investments.
Prince Alwaleed and Princess Ameerah Al-Taweel, Vice Chairwoman and Secretary General of Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation visited Pakistan arriving at Multan International Airport with 10 tons of relief aid in August 2010, and toured the flood affected areas. Upon their arrival, the Prince and Princess Ameerah were met by Prime Minister Gilani and his spouse, and HE Abdulaziz Alghadir, Saudi Ambassador to Pakistan who toured the devastated areas with the Prince.
The 10 ton relief aid that was transported on HRH’s private plane consisted of 3,500 Malaria medicine, 20,000 Diarrhea medicine, 1,500 blankets and 1,000 sanitation kits, and the aid was handed to the concerned parties for distribution. Moreover, Helicopters were on standby to immediately transport Prince Alwaleed, Prime Minister Gilani and the accompanying delegation to get an aerial view of the destruction caused by the flood in the southern Punjab and Sindh. HRH and the Prime Minister toured the affected areas and visited the relief camps to witness at first hand the devastation.
Also in 2010, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation made an immediate SR10 million donation for the flood victims of Pakistan that has affected 20 million people. The donation was announced live during the televised campaign to help Pakistan’s victims that was initiated by the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah. The announcement was made by Dr. Sheikh Ali Al Nashwan.
In December 2010, Princess Ameerah inaugurated the Art Exhibition ‘Perception’ that was held in the Embassy of Pakistan, the event was under the patronage of Her Highness. The exhibition showcased the works of five Pakistani artists, the substantial amount of the proceeds went towards helping the flood victims in Pakistan. Princess Ameerah showed her support to the artists and victims of the floods with an SR162,000. The ceremony was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, local artists, prominent businessmen and members of the Pakistani expatriate community.
In 2007, the Foundation donated SR375,000 to Acumen Fund to develop and improve the homes of poor people in Pakistan.
Prince Alwaleed had contributed to a number of humanitarian causes in Pakistan. In 2005, HRH visited Pakistan on two occasions, the first was in March and the second visit later that year was to witness at first hand the earthquake hit areas of Pakistan. During his trip HRH was met by Mr. Shaukat Aziz and the two toured the devastated sites. His visit followed the announcement of a SR20 million donation to the earthquake victims. The two-fold donation comprised of tents, blankets, medicine and cash. The medical supplies were valued at SR5 million. HRH donated ten thousand tents valued at SR6 million and 30,000 blankets valued at SR3 million. The cash amounted to SR6 million. In addition to that donation, HRH also gave a donation to finance the construction of 20 schools in the affected areas during his visit.
During the trip to Pakistan in 2006, HRH was bestowed the Hilal-i-Pakistan honorary medal during an official ceremony for conferment held at the President's residence (Aiwan-e-Sadr) in Islamabad