UAE’s Big Heart Foundation pledges $1 million for humanitarian projects in Pakistan 

Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi during her visit to the SKMCH&RC in Lahore. (Photo courtesy: TheBigHeartUAE Twitter Account)
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Updated 28 October 2020

UAE’s Big Heart Foundation pledges $1 million for humanitarian projects in Pakistan 

  • Boys and girls high school to be built in Rawalakot 
  • Equipment at women’s welfare development centers to be upgraded 

ISLAMABAD: The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) has said this week it has launched five new humanitarian projects worth over one million dollars to support “educational and professional sectors” in Pakistan.

The Big Heart Foundation was established in May 2015 by Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammad Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the UAE Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah.

“Under the directives of HH Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Chairperson of The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF), TBHF has launched five humanitarian projects, worth over $1 million, in support of educational and professional sectors in Pakistan,” the foundation said on its Twitter page. 

With the new funding, TBHF will build a high school for both boys and girls in Rawalakot, Pakistan. 

“This project, worth $580,000, was launched in cooperation with SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan and seeks to bring high-quality education to underprivileged children,” the foundation said. 

Another project, worth $200,045, has also been launched to upgrade equipment at women’s welfare development centers in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad and its northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. 

Originally set up as a fundraising campaign in June 2013, TBHF developed into a full-fledged foundation in 2015 “to act as an umbrella organization for overseeing the extensive international humanitarian support under the patronage of HH Sheikha Jawaher Al Qasimi.”


Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother to be laid to rest in Lahore today

Updated 28 November 2020

Ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s mother to be laid to rest in Lahore today

  • Begum Shamim Akhtar passed away in London last Sunday
  • Her elder son attended her funeral prayers in a mosque in Britain before her body was flown back to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: A leading Pakistani political family has made funeral arrangements in Lahore for an elderly member who passed away in London last Sunday and whose body was brought back to Pakistan earlier today.
Begum Shamim Akhtar, whose sons Nawaz and Shehbaz Sharif have spent decades in national politics, will be laid to rest after her family offers her funeral prayers on Saturday.
The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) founding leader and the country’s former prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, prayed for the departed soul in a small congregation at a mosque in London where he currently resides after securing a medical bail and flying out of Pakistan in November 2019.
The Sharif family has been facing a slew of corruption allegations since the Panama Papers were leaked in April 2016.
The country’s top court disqualified Nawaz Sharif from holding public office in July 2017, and he was convicted by an accountability court the next year.
His younger brother, Shehbaz, and nephew, Hamza, have also been facing corruption references and were released from prison on a five-day parole to perform Begum Akhtar’s last rites.
The elder Sharif also missed his father’s funeral in 2004 since he was denied permission to return to his country from exile in Saudi Arabia by the administration of General (r) Pervez Musharraf.