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Ismaili Muslims Across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral Celebrate Imamat Day of Shah Karim Aga Khan

The regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are home to over a million Ismaili Muslims – the followers of His Highness Aga Khan. Every year on 11th July, Ismailis celebrate 11th July as Salgirah to commemorate the day on which the current Aga Khan had succeeded Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III as the 49th imam of the community. Continuing the tradition of celebrations, Ismailis across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral celebrated Imamat day with colorful events.

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Hunza boys performing Api Cso Nut in Karimabad Hunza

The regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral are home to over a million Ismaili Muslims – the followers of His Highness Aga Khan. Every year on 11th July, Ismailis celebrate the day as Salgirah to commemorate the day on which the current Aga Khan had succeeded Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III as the 49th imam of the community. Continuing the tradition of celebrations, Ismailis across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral celebrate the Imamat day with colorful events.

In Hunza, different villages held events that were attended by both Ismailis and non-Ismailis. Tourists from Pakistan and other countries were not restricted from joining the celebrations and even giving them a chance to perform dances.

On 11th July morning, recitation of Holy Quran was held at different Jamatkhanas. During the daytime, the famous traditional dish of Harisa was prepared which was later distributed to homes. Young men participated in the preparation of the dish along with elders. In the evening, fireworks lit the whole valleys. On the next day, a cultural event was organized that featured traditional music, dances and food.

Explore Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations in pictures.

A lit-gate is installed on a road in Karimabad, Hunza

Gates with lighting were installed in a number of mohallahs.

Young boys preparing Harisa

Harisa is one of the traditional Hunza food items that is prepared on events like Imamat day. Young boys in Hunza preparing Harisa.

Governor Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan

The Governor of Gilgit-Baltistan Mir Ghazanfar Ali Khan speaks to the audience of Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations at Baltit Fort, Karimabad, Hunza

Imamat Day Salgirah celebrations in Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan

The Hunza valley was lit with fireworks on 11th July evening.

Tug of War between two villages in Karimabad

Young boys participate in tug of war. Tug of war is a traditional Hunza game that has been a main feature of major events and celebrations across Hunza.

Hunza traditional music band

The Hunza traditional band (Bericho) playing a local tune.

Young Hunza Girls performing tableau

Young Hunza girls performing a sufi-tableau.

Ismaili Scouts Group Hunza

Ismaili boy scouts participating in a marchpast at Baltit Polo Groun in Karimabad, Hunza.

Hunza Pipe Band

The Karimabad Ismaili Pipe Band entertaining audience with an instrumental performance.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

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The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

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Introducing #GBCProspers - Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Every day when we wake up, we struggle hard to make a name for ourselves, our families and our country. We see a handful of names in the limelight while hundreds and thousands of names remain in an obscurity no matter how big or small that person’s contribution to the society is.

At GBee, we believe that a society cannot prosper without the small yet meaningful contributions of its members.

This is why, we are announcing the launch of an on-going campaign which we are now officially calling #GBCProspers. This campaign aims to celebrate the contributions, small and big, by the common citizens that collectively reflect in the social, cultural, religious, musical and economic prosperity of the mountain communities.

How to access the stories?

The stories published under #GBCProspers campaign can be found on a dedicated topic section. Each story will also be published in its relevant district page on Facebook and GBee’s Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Alternatively, you can search for the hashtag #GBCProspers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the latest as well as the stories published in the past.

How to submit a story?

Stories can be submitted at our email editor[at]gbee.pk with #GBCProspers in the subject, on our WhatsApp number +923555075849 or directly at your relevant district page on Facebook.

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