Aisam appointed UNDP Goodwill Ambassador

Published: November 8, 2010

UNDP will make the formal announcement in a ceremony in Islamabad today.

ISLAMABAD: The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) appointed tennis ace Aisamul Haq Qureshi and singer Hadiqa Kiyani as goodwill ambassadors, on Monday.

UNDP will formally make the announcement in a ceremony in Islamabad today (Monday). Aisam,  however, will not be attending the ceremony as he is in Madrid. His parents will represent him, instead.

Aisam and his mother Nosheen Ahtasham have other credits to their names as well. Both of them have received the pride of performance awards.

The current list of UNDP ambassadors includes the likes of entertainment and sports bigwigs Antonio Banderas, Christiano Ronaldo, Zinédine Zidane, Didier Drogba and Maria Sharapova.

Aisam was runners-up in both the men’s doubles final and mixed doubles final in the US Open in New York last week. He is Pakistan’s most successful tennis player, as the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ of Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi and Rohan Bopanna secured the number 6th spot in ATP World Rankings.

Aisam’s speech at the end of the mixed doubles final was a proud moment for Pakistanis as he delivered a heartfelt message about Pakistan’s image.

“My parents are watching in Pakistan and I love you all,” Qureshi said.

“I want to say something on behalf of all Pakistanis. It is the wrong perception that Pakistan is being a terrorist country. We are a loving, caring people and we want peace as much as you guys want it. May God love us all.”

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Reader Comments (9)

  • Maham Tanveer
    Nov 8, 2010 - 2:04PM

    Allah has always blessed Pakistan with His masterpieces..we r proud of Aisam..he is sharing status couch with Zidane, Ronaldo and Sharapova..MashAllah!Recommend

  • Danish
    Nov 8, 2010 - 5:03PM

    Congrates dude. u Rock!!!Recommend

  • Sajjad Ahmed
    Nov 8, 2010 - 5:09PM

    Right man for the Extraordinary Appointment. Love that.Recommend

  • MuRti.!!
    Nov 8, 2010 - 6:33PM

    Congratulations ! An unforgettable moment for Aisam ! He deserved it .Recommend

  • Nov 8, 2010 - 6:41PM

    It’s a great honour for Pakistan and Pakistanis. Aisam-ul-Haq is the perfect person chosen as UNDP’s Goodwill Ambassador. We look forward to more achievements by this young man who has really worked hard to reach this milestone with full support of his family.

    But it is sad to realize that in spite of making a number of records in cricket, none of Pakistani cricketer of the current team has earned any international recognition like Aisam (DDQ – Double Doubles Qureshi) and it is simply because they have no cause to follow like Aisam. They have become money making machines ignoring their national responsibility as country’s ambassadors.

    It is hoped that Aisam’s example may encourage other youngsters to follow his footsteps and bring more honour to Pakistan in the future.Recommend

  • shehzaaad
    Nov 9, 2010 - 12:50AM

    Hadiqa has been doing so much for the flood victims its so commendable im very happy the UN has noticed her great work:)
    she has been to the the flood areas given them food medicine and clothing and now shes building 1200 houses and rebuilding an entire village

    May Allah bless Hadiqa and her constant strength:)

    I am also proud of Asiam…keep up the the great work Recommend

  • Shani Syed
    Nov 10, 2010 - 1:33AM

    Keep it up Aisam!

    The nation is proud to have sons like you, you symbolize peace and integrity, We as a nation need to win our integrity back and its brave and honest lads like you who can ive this messageto the world that we Pakistanis are a peace loving nation.Recommend

  • Fasih Ali Khan
    Nov 10, 2010 - 2:39PM

    I am so proud of Aisam ul Haq. I wish him all the best.Recommend

  • Ali Sadozai
    Nov 10, 2010 - 5:23PM

    TRUE PAKISTANI HERO

    we all are proud of you AISAM…
    your message of “peace” has bring great honour for Pakistan..Recommend

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