Aga Khan to visit India from May 12-19

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New Delhi, May 9 (UNI) Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of 20 million Ismaili Muslims around the world, will visit India from May 12-19.

After his arrival here on May 12 morning, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee will call on him at 1045 hrs.

He will later meet Vice President Hamid Ansari at 1130 hrs.

The 71-year-old spiritual leader will have a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 1700 hrs after which he will call on UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

The next day, May 13, he will call on President Pratibha Patil.

Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha L K Advani will also call on him in the evening.

He will leave for Hyderabad on Wednesday from where he will go to Mumbai the next day. He will also visit Ahmedabad and return to Mumbai.

From Mumbai, the Aga Khan will leave for Dhaka on May 19.

The Aga Khan, who normally wears a suit and a tie and lives in Paris, has set up the 'Aga Khan Foundation' which is involved in many philanthropic activities.

It has established educational institutions including universities in countries like the UK, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Syria and Egypt.

The Forbes Magazine has listed the Aga Khan as the 10th richest royal in the world, having a wealth of one billion Dollars.

The Aga Khan, whose original name is Prince Karim al-Husseini, was given the title by his grandfather when he was just 20 years-old and studying at Harvard.

His father, Prince Aly Khan, was not bestowed the title because he had married an American actress.


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