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4th Edition of Gulmit Premier League Kicks Off in Gojal Upper Hunza

The 4th edition of Gulmit Premier League – GPL has started at F.G. Boys High School ground in Gulmit, Gojal, Hunza. Deputy Speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) inaugurated the event. The opening match was played between Gulmit Tigers and Mountain Boys.

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The 4th edition of Gulmit Premier League – GPL has started at F.G. Boys High School ground in Gulmit, Gojal, Hunza. Deputy Speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) Jafar Ullah Khan inaugurated the event. The opening match was played between Gulmit Tigers and Mountain Boys.
More than 15 teams from Gulmit village are participating in the premier league. The league was formerly played at Gulmit Polo Ground but this year the venue has been moved to Boys High School near Karakoram Highway (KKH).
The league matches will continue till 12th August. The final will be played on 14th August, 2016.
GBLA Deputy Speaker Jafar Ullah

GBLA Deputy Speaker Jafar Ullah is seated among other leaders of Gulmit.

Talking to GBee.PK, Deputy Speaker Jafar Ullah Khan appreciated the efforts of people of Gulmit and the management of Gulmit Premier League in successfully organizing the event continuously for the 4th time. He said that their government is taking steps for promotion of sports in the region.
He said that the government of PML(N) is making sure that all districts in Gilgit-Baltistan are getting their part of funds allocated for promotion of sports. He added that only sports can bring people together and keep the youth busy with positive activities.
Local elders, youngsters, both male and female; came out to witness the inaugural ceremony of Gulmit Premier League.
Gulmit Premier League is played every year in July but due to the month of Ramadan this year, the event was moved to August.

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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In Pictures: His Highness Aga Khan’s First Visit to Hunza in 1960

Imran Ahmed Hunzai

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Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
Photos: Abdul M. Ismaily

On this day in 1960, His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan made his historic first visits to Hunza and laid down the foundation of what we know as a model valley today. Since then, Hunza has come a long way and developed into a model valley for many. Every year on 23rd October, Ismailis of Hunza Valley celebrate this day as “Salgirah” to commemorate Aga Khan’s visit to Hunza for the first time.

During the first visit of His Highness Aga Khan to Hunza, photographer Abdul M. Ismaily took numerous photos that remained unseen for decades. However, in 2016, Simerg Photos released a number of pictures of this historic visit with the permission of Abdul M. Ismaily’s family.

On this happy occasion for the Ismailis of Hunza, GBee is pleased to share some of the photographs from Aga Khan’s first visit to Hunza in 1960.

Attached by pulley to the third cable was a wooden box, five feet square, with sides rising 18 inches. This was the only way to Hunza. The five journalists which included two Americans were horrified, and despite urging from Pir Ali Allana, the Aga Khan’s advance man, none would get into the box. Far across the river, men pulled on a rope, and, swaying and shaking, the box shot out over the swift-flowing stream of Hunza River. Today, the Nasirabad Bridge stands in this place.
Ismaili Volunteers with community leaders during the preparations to receive H.H. The Aga Khan at Baltit Polo Ground in Karimabad, Hunza.
Col. Ayash Khan, the brother of Mir Jamal Khan, the last royal ruler of Hunza, is seen standing in a uniform with members of the royal family of Hunza outside the royal palace in Hunza where His Highness the Aga Khan resided during his visit in 1960.
Aga Khan first visit to Hunza Valley 1960
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960

H.H. Aga Khan in conversation with Mir of Hunza.
Aga Khan in Hunza 1960
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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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A Hunza school girl at Al Murtaza School in Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
AKAH in collaboration with other AKDN and government agencies is campaigning for “Clean Hands for All”. Photo: Imran Hunzai / AKDN

Aga Khan Agency of Habitat (AKAH) in close coordination with other Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) agencies, Government Departments, civil bodies and media groups celebrated Global Handwashing Day 2019. 

A number of activities and events were designed and organized at the school level across districts in Gilgit- Baltistan. These activities aimed at campaigning for better hygiene. 

school kids in Aga Khan Diamond Jubilee School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
Global Handwashing Day 2019: Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, through its School Health Improvement Programme (SHIP), is sensitizing school children and management across vulnerable communities for hygienic practices, including handwashing with soap.
A Hunza kid washing hands
AKAH is spreading smiles through providing access to safe drinking water and educating communities for handwashing with soap, under its Water And Sanitation Education Programme (WASEP), to prevent diseases and save lives.
AKESP Global Handwashing Day 2019
Students at AKES, P school in Chatorkhand are demonstrating handwashing in an event organized to campaign for hygienic practices on Global Handwashing Day.
school kids in Al Murtaza School Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan
The students of AKES, P school in Murtazabad Hunza are learning the steps of Handwashing with the help of health hygiene trainers.
Representatives of AKDN on Global Handwashing Day 2019
Representatives of AKDN agencies emphasized addressing “Handwashing disparities to prevent diseases and save lives”, in events organized to mark Global Handwashing Day, 2019.
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