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Eminent horticulturist Dr Abdul Karim Khan, who passed away last Sunday, was fondly called Baba-i-Baghbani Pakistan (Pakistan’s Father of Horticulture); he is widely acknowledged for pioneering horticultural and landscaping activities in Pakistan.
Born in Jaipur in 1924, Dr Khan’s career spanned over 70 years and began at the Agriculture Department in Kabul; in 1947, he shifted to Pakistan permanently, where one of his first undertakings was the establishment of the Horticultural Society of Pakistan in 1948.
A staunch advocate of women’s empowerment, Khan strongly believed that women would play an instrumental role in increasing awareness of and broadening the scope of horticultural activities in Pakistan. His unrelenting commitment to this cause resulted in the establishment of the Ladies Horticultural Club in 1964. Continue reading