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Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund, discusses development in Pakistan — and the passion that drives it — for the Interfaith Lecture Series Wednesday afternoon in the Hall of Philosophy. Photo by Lauren Rock.

Isa: Development requires profound love, knowledge, action

Pakistan means different things to different people. It is a diverse, versatile, fluid nation. To some, it represents the epicenter of the clash of civilizations, for others it is the cradle of culture and civilization.

“Pakistan stands at the cusp of practically everything — of geography, economics, ethnicity, tradition, culture and politics,” Qazi Azmat Isa said.

On Wednesday, Isa continued the Week Five theme of “The People of Pakistan” with a lecture titled “Maintaining the Quality of the Heart: Pakistan, Passion, and the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.”

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CEO Isa shares PPAF’s success with creating economic, social change in Pakistan

Two years ago, floods buried much of Pakistan, killing thousands and sweeping away the homes of millions. Families were left living on roads or in camps, desperate for help.

The story is all too common for Pakistan: suffering and despair, with little help from anyone. But for more than 1,000 people, there is a happy ending thanks to a place called Ittehad, a village built for flood victims in Punjab Province. Ittehad was made possible by Qazi Azmat Isa, CEO of the Pakistan Poverty Alleviation Fund.

Isa, who has formerly worked on rural and social development for the World Bank and helped create the separate alleviation fund, will talk about development in Pakistan and his passion behind it at 2 p.m. today in the Hall of Philosophy. He will discuss how his organization builds communities, empowers women and works in difficult areas such as Waziristan.

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