Building Education in Pakistan
Pakistan High Commission
21 January 2007
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s envoy to Britain, has appreciated the efforts of Adeela Shafi of the Earthquake Appeal Team (Bristol) with Dr. Ahmed Moustafa for their fundraising to build a school in the earthquake struck town of Batal.
The funds were raised in an innovative way by the auction of the Islamic art donated by the renowned contemporary Islamic artist Dr. Ahmed Moustafa – an Egyptian national. This generous donation to Pakistan of 45 limited edition pieces were auctioned in December in Pakistan‘s three premier cities, Islamabad, Lahore and Karachi culminating in the impressive sum of £ 166,000. The event brought the established auction house, Christies to Pakistan for the first time to conduct the auction.
One of the limited edition prints was the exact replica of the artwork ‘where the two Oceans Meet’ commissioned to Dr. Ahmed Moustafa by Her Majesty the Queen as her gift to Pakistan on its 50th Anniversary in 1947. This piece of art was one of those that sold for Rs.10 lakhs or £ 8,500. The functions were all well attended.
The school is being designed by Mr. Naeem Pasha, the well known architect who designed the National Art Gallery in Islamabad. Building of the school is expected to start on April 1, 2007.
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi wished them every success in this endeavour.