June 27, 2014

HBL initiates work on grassroots development of Football in Pakistan with the talented Street Children Football World Cup team









HBL initiates work on grassroots development of Football in Pakistan with the talented

[Pakistan: 26thJune 2014] Following the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing with

Azad Foundation in May this year, Pakistan’s first commercial bank Habib Bank Limited (HBL)

has initiated work on the grassroots development of Football in Pakistan. The joint partnership

between HBL and Azad Foundation is set to nurture the talent of the bronze medal winning

football team which represented Pakistan at Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in

March and April 2014 and will provide a platform to foster and promote future football talent from

Pakistan.

The project will simultaneously work for the uplift of underprivileged children and the promotion

of football at the grassroots level in Pakistan, chiefly through financial and institutional support.

Furthermore, this project underscores HBL's pledge to support and enable the Street Children

Team and highlight Pakistan on the world's football stage. With football fever gripping the

nation, this development is set to give hope to local fans of seeing Team Pakistan compete

alongside the heavyweights of the global football arena.

Speaking of the project, HBL’s Head of Strategy and Investments, Aman Aziz Siddiqui stated:

"At HBL, we strongly believe in nurturing and promoting Pakistani talent, irrespective of socio-
economic background or societal standing. Sport will always be an area where Pakistanis from

humble backgrounds can make a name for themselves and with a little support, can achieve

their dreams. HBL has a strong legacy of supporting Pakistani sports be it developing and

improving infrastructure, enlarging the technical base of the local sports industry, organizing/

supporting Pakistani tournaments and providing jobs or monetary benefits to sportsmen. For

us, supporting the Street Children Football Team is a privilege, as it provides us the opportunity

to work alongside a talented group of Pakistani sportsmen and enable them to achieve their

dreams in Pakistan and abroad.”

Naveed Hasan Khan, Chairman of the Management Committee of the Azad Foundation said:

“Azad Foundation is committed to improve the well-being and self-esteem of alienated and

marginalized street children, through unconditional positive support; with the view to reintegrate

street children with their family and society. Providing these children with a platform to further

enhance and develop their skills after their heartwarming performance earlier in the year is

indeed a step in the right direction and we are thankful that an institution such as HBL believes

in our mission."

HBL has been promoting sports in Pakistan for the last five decades, a development strategy it

adopted in 1969, when HBL for the first time developed and nurtured its own hockey team. Over

the years HBL has further taken up Cricket, Squash, Basketball, Table Tennis and Shooting

disciplines, thereby paving the way for other public and private sector organisations to lend their

support to national sporting initiatives.

HBL is the largest private sector bank with over 1,500 branches and 1,400 ATMs and has

presence in 25 countries. For more information please call 111-111-425 or visit: www.hbl.com &

https://www.facebook.com/HBLBank.

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Street Children Football World Cup team

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About HBL:

HBL was the first commercial bank to be established in Pakistan in 1947. Over the years, HBL has grown

its branch network and has become the largest private sector bank with over 1,500 branches and 1,400

ATMs across the country and a customer base exceeding five million relationships.

With presence in 25 countries, subsidiaries in Hong Kong and the UK, affiliates in Nepal, Kenya and

Kyrgyzstan and rep offices in Iran and China, HBL is also the largest domestic multinational bank. The

Bank is expanding its presence in principal international markets including the UK, UAE, South and

Central Asia, Africa and the Far East.

Key areas of operations encompass product offerings and services in Retail and Consumer Banking. HBL

has the largest Corporate Banking portfolio in the country with an active Investment Banking arm. SME

and Agriculture lending programs and banking services are offered in urban and rural centers. For more

information please call 111-111-425 or visit: www.hbl.com & https://www.facebook.com/HBLBank.

About Azad Foundation:

Azad Foundation envisions a world where the rights of all children are realized, where every child is

protected from violence, exploitation and abuse through State mechanisms and where children no

longer have to live or work on streets. Azad Foundation is committed to improve the well-being and self-
esteem of alienated and excluded street children, through unconditional positive support with the view to

reintegrate street children with their family and society. It shall ensure and establish that every street child

is enabled to contribute to the structure of society in the sense of harmony, peace and socially integrated

living. For more information please visit http://www.azadfoundation.org/

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