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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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Introducing #GBCProspers – Stories from Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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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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Four including two brothers killed in an avalanche in Drosh, Chitral

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Chitral avalanche
File Photo via Pamir Times

At least four people have been killed in an avalanche in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s largest district of Chitral.  According to Khursheed Alam, the Deputy Commissioner Chitral, four dead bodies have been recovered. The avalanche occurred at around 3:00 AM on Sunday in Gorin Gol, an area in Shishikoh union council of Drosh, Chitral.

Abdul Wali Khan, the Assistant Commissioner Drosh, personally participated in the efforts for recoveries of bodies. Chitral Levies, local police, 1122 personnel, and community volunteers were engaged to recover the dead bodies. The rescue officials faced difficulties in transporting the injured to nearby hospitals due to blockage of roads. Pakistan Army had provided a helicopter for the rescue of the injured.

Earlier, Rescue 1122 personnel and volunteers rushed to the Shishikoh after over a dozen people went missing following a snow avalanche. Drosh region of Chitral received heavy snowfall since last Tuesday.

DC Chitral said in a press release that people were trapped beneath a thick mass of snow after the avalanche hit a village in Shishikoh’s Gorin Gol area.

The avalanche hit eight homes at around 3:00 AM said Sheema Ayub Khan, a spokesperson for the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Disaster Management Authority (KPDMA).

She added that three people have been rescued from the snow while at least three more were still trapped.

At least 10 people have been safely evacuated who were trapped under the avalanche.

The dead have been recognized as Momin s/o Khaista Khan, Amirzada s/o Khaista Khan, Saad Malook s/o Bahadur and Usman s/o Gul Mohammad.

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