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Tuesday, 29th April 2014: HBL, Pakistan’s preeminent bank, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Azad Foundation for the uplift of underprivileged children through the promotion of football at the grassroots level in Pakistan. This MoU underscores HBL’s pledge to support and enable the Street Children Team Pakistan to place Pakistan on the world’s football stage. HBL and Azad Foundation also celebrated the success of Team Pakistan for winning the bronze medal in the Street Children Football World Cup held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in March/April 2014.
Mr. Nauman K. Dar, President and CEO, HBL, and Mr. Naveed Hasan Khan, Chairman of the Management Committee, Azad Foundation, signed the agreement. Also present at the occasion were Mr. Aman Aziz Siddqiui – Head of Strategy, HBL, Group heads and other senior management of both the organizations.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Nauman K. Dar stated, “HBL is a national institution that considers its duty to ensure the inclusion of all segments of our society, by enabling their dreams. This understanding with Azad Foundation resonates not only HBL’s sports and communication strategy but also actually empitomizes HBL’s vision of enabling dreams. Our prayers are that these super stars present here today make Pakistan proud. HBL for its part will do the utmost to ensure that they have all the tools that they require to win more laurels and inspire the nation with their God-given talent and tremendous efforts. “
Mr. Naveed Hassan Khan said, “Azad Foundation was established to take children off the streets. Football is but one way in which we have managed to achieve this, by the grace of God. We are grateful that an organisation such as HBL believes in our mission. Mr. Aman Siddiqui added, “HBL’s vision of enabling dreams is a revolutionary idea whose day has come.”