Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 19 / Trend /
The opening ceremony of a school for girls constructed by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation in 2007 and rebuilt in 2012 was held today in Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry said.
The school was named after Azerbaijani First Lady, Heydar Aliyev Foundation President Mehriban Aliyeva.
The ceremony was attended by Pakistani Minister of Education Sadiq Dar, Information and Broadcasting Minister Basil Naqvi, Secretary for Emergency Situations Sardar Rahim Khan, member of the Pakistani parliament Sadaf Sheikh, Azerbaijani Ambassador to Pakistan Dashgin Shikarov, as well as media.
After the opening ceremony, the participants familiarized with the school area, classrooms, a library and a laboratory, and expressed satisfaction.
Shikarov informed the guests about the large-scale projects undertaken by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation president in Azerbaijan and Pakistan, as well as in other foreign countries.
The ambassador also said that monthly scholarships of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation were allocated to five excellent pupils of the school.
Pakistani Education Minister Sadiq Dar said that Azerbaijan was among the first countries which helped Pakistan after the earthquake in 2005.
He stressed that a modern school for 500 pupils was built instead of a school for 150 pupils, which was destroyed during a natural disaster.
Sadiq Dar thanked Mehriban Aliyeva for her work and told the participants of the ceremony that the state bodies of the country appreciated the Azerbaijani first lady's concern for the Pakistani people, and in particular children, and decided to name the school in honor of Mehriban Aliyeva.
All pupils received school supplies and books published by the embassy in Islamabad.