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• GIFTING OF CORNEAS TO THE PEOPLE OF PAKISTAN

 Our Association gifted 35 Corneas towards restoring eyesight to 35 Pakistanis. The Corneas were implanted among the blind poor people of Lahore, Islamabad and KPK Province.  The hapless victims have seen light after years of darkness and they are the breadwinners of poor families.

 
 Even a few little children as young as seven years old benefited from this humanitarian gesture. 
 
The Corneas were gifted by the Association in March 2017 on the visit of the President, Vice President and Secretary General of the Association to Pakistan.
 The People of Pakistan requested for more Corneas and this was highlighted to our Members and our well wishers, both in Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
 
They came forward to help in this meritorious act and a further 25 Human Corneas were requested from the International Eye Bank by the Association and these Corneas will be dispatched to Lahore, Islamabad and Peshawar by the fourth week of April 2017.
 
We are inundated with pleas for more Corneas from the People of Pakistan. We are making this request, from our members and non members in Sri Lanka, Pakistan and any other part of the world to come forward to join us in this meritorious deed as we have personally seen the plight of these hapless victims in the hospitals of Pakistan pre operative stage and their sense of gratitude, post operation.
 
 Anyone who likes to join in this endeavor, please contact the President, Vice President or the Secretary General of the Association urgently.
 
 

 
• OUR PRESIDENT’S MEETING WITH PAKISTAN PRIME MINISTER

PRIME MINISTER OFFICE (PRESS WING)

PRESS RELEASE

Islamabad the 24th March, 2017

Mr. Iftikhar Aziz, President Pakistan-Sri Lanka Friendship Trade & Investment Association, who has been conferred the ‘Tamgha-e-Khidmat’, called on Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif at PM House today. Mr. Aziz was accompanied by the Vice President and Secretary General of the Pakistan-Sri Lanka Friendship Trade & Investment Association.
While recalling meeting with his Sri Lankan counterpart Ranil Wickremesinghe on the sidelines of World Economic Forum early this year, the Prime Minister said Pakistan and Sri Lanka could collaborate for the achievement of objectives of SAARC.  “Both Countries should utilize the full potential of Free-Trade Agreement”, emphasized the Prime Minister. Our Government has provided comprehensive facilitation and protection of returns to investors as is evident from the pace of development projects, stated the PM.
The Prime Minister deeply appreciated  Mr. Iftikhar Aziz for the invaluable gift of corneas for the people of Pakistan. Mr. Aziz is gifting 10 corneas to the Prime Minister, 10 corneas to the Chief Minister Punjab and 05 corneas to Governor of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Mr. Iftikhar Aziz confirmed that he would be able to provide additional corneas in the next two weeks.
The Prime Minister congratulated Mr. Iftikhar Aziz for conferment of Tamgha-e-Khidmat Award from the President of Pakistan. The Prime Minister added that “this reflects the meritorious services that you have rendered towards promotion of friendship, trade and investment between the two countries”.

 
• OUR PRESIDENT HONORED BY THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN

Mr Ifthikhar Aziz's efforts in promoting friendship & bilateral ties between the two nations has been recognised by the Government of Pakistan & the President of Pakistan has honored him with the highest civilian award "Tamgha e Khidmath".

 
• MEETING WITH CHIEF MINISTER OF PUNJAB, MR SHABHAZ SHARIF

A token presentation of 10 Corneas made by Mr Ifhthikhar Aziz, President of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Trade & Investment Association to the Honorable Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Shabhaz Sharif this morning, 21st March 2017 at the Chief Ministers Residence in Lahore.

 
• VISIT TO KING EDWARD MEDICAL HOSPITAL & MAYO HOSPITAL IN LAHORE

The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Trade & Investment Association donated 10 Corneas to the patients in King Edward Hospital and Mayo Hospital in Lahore. They were implanted on the poor patients of these hospitals just a couple of hours after they were flown into Pakistan from Sri Lanka. Some of these poor patients have been in darkness for years and with our sincere donation, they were able to see the world once again. Some of them have been sole bread winners until they lost their eyesight. We are glad we were able to enable them to fend for themselves once again.

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