A galaxy of renowned leaders from different fields paid tributes to Syed Babar Ali at a grand gathering organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute on the last day of 22nd Sustainable Development Conference under the title: Living Legends of Pakistan Plenary: Life and Work of Dr Syed Babar Ali (Order of the British Empire).
The businessman, philanthropist, educationist, founder of Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) speaking on the occasion Syed Babar Ali said that he enjoyed every moment of his life and wish to continue his pursuit for the rest of his life.
He also thanked SDPI and his friends to celebrate his life and work. SDPI’s Executive Director Dr Abid Qaiyum Suleri presented him the Living Legend shield in recognition to his meritorious services for humanity.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Commerce, Textile, Industry & Production, and Investment of Pakistan Abdul Razak Dawood narrated the story of how the LUMS was established by Babar Ali.
He said that the country has dearth of people who have sense of commitment, character and humanity to make the difference and contribute to the society.
He added that “It’s not the number of years Babar Ali lives, it is the number of hearts that he touched and he touched my heart too”.
Chairman of Higher Education Commission Dr Tariq Banuri said that the true history is constituted by those people who made and build this country through their matchless contributions, and they are the real heroes.
He said Babar Ali is among those living legends who build institutions like LUMS which indeed was a great contribution in nation-building.
Former Finance Minister Sartaj Aziz said Babar Ali is an institution builder, great business leader and above all a patriotic Pakistani, who always care for others around him.
Former Chairperson of National Commission on the Status of Women Ms Khawar Mumtaz commended the Babar Ali for his efforts and love for conservation of art and heritage as well as his contribution for conservation of environment and wildlife.
Chairperson of SDPI Board of Governors Ambassador (retd) Shafqat Kakakhel said that Babar Ali is a role model for Pakistan, who inspired many generations.
Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of Pakistan Dr Parvez Hassan said that Babar Ali empowered and inspired so many individuals in various fields and is a role model in his life. He said Babar Ali is a man of principle, who never compromised on merit.
Former Vice-Chancellor of University of the Punjab Prof. Dr Khalid Hamid Sheikh said that Babar does not care about his personal projection but his focus always remain on uplift of the society.
CEO of Service Sales Corporation (Private) Limited, Member, Board of Trustees of LUMS Shahid Hussain said that Babar Ali has the unique and huge capacity to connect with people and nurture the relations.
Chairman of the Rural Support Programme Network Shoaib Sultan Khan said that one of the beautiful traits of the personality of Babar Ali is to serve humanity.
Former Secretary of Commerce Shamim Ahmad Khan said that Babar was above all prejudices and always care of the merit which was one of the best elements of his philosophy of doing and executing projects.
He said that Babar’s autobiography ‘Learning from the Others’ provides major lessons to growing entrepreneurs to learn from his experience.