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Professor Dr. Allamah Nasir Hunzai passes away at the age of 100

Father of Burushaski language, Professor Dr. Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai, famously known as Allamah Nasir Hunzai, has passed away at the age of 100. Just a few weeks back, Barak Obama — the President of United States — had sent him wishes on his 100th birthday.

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Baba-e-Burushaski (father of Burushaski language) Professor Dr. Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai, famously known as Allamah Nasir Hunzai, has passed away at the age of 100. Just a few weeks back, Barak Obama — the President of United States — had sent him wishes on his 100th birthday.

Allamah Nasir was living in the United States where he breathed his last. According to a Facebook status posted by his son, the demised scholar wished to be buried in his hometown of Hyderabad in Hunza valley. His body will be brought to Hunza from Austin, Texas, in a few days followed by his burial according to Ismaili Muslim traditions.

Allamah Nasir was born and raised in Hyderabad, Hunza valley. He was never formally educated but wrote over a hundred books and made earliest contributions towards Burushaski literature. During his youth, he had also served in Gilgit Scouts. He is also the first person to translate the Holy Quran into Burushaski language.

Allama Nasir had an honorary doctoral degree awarded by the University of Montreal in recognition of his extensive work on Burushaski language and other religious writings.

The Government of Pakistan conferred upon him Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award in Pakistan.

Some of his later literature was highly controversial leading to a severe public reaction.

In 2013, his organization Khana-e-Hikmat was banned and accounts were frozen by the government of Pakistan under Anti-Terrorism Act of 1997. Khana-e-Hikmat was among the 7 banned organizations from Gilgit-Baltistan and 59 from entire Pakistan.

Imran Hunzai is a Digital Media Consultant and activist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. When free, he likes to travel, do photography and play Rabab. He also runs a HONY inspired blog called Humans of Hunza. Follow him on Twitter @ihunzai.

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Nestlé Pakistan to recycle 220,000 kgs of plastic waste in Hunza

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Nestlé Pakistan Clean Hunza Valley campaign
Photo: DC Hunza Office

Nestlé Pakistan, District Council Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan Waste Management Company (GBWMC) and Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) have signed an MOU for “Clean Hunza Project”. The project is supported by the company’s NESTLÉ FRUITA VITALS and NESTLÉ PURE LIFE brands.

Clean Hunza Project” shall focus on infra structure development for a waste segregation, management and recycling system for Hunza – a popular tourist destination – with District Council Hunza, GBWMC and support from KADO for raising awareness in the communities.

The collective action initiative will encourage waste management of 150,000 kgs of plastics annually in Phase I, followed by collection of 50,000 kgs paper packaging (used beverage cartons) in Phase II in the area with an increase of 10% annually.

Nestlé Pakistan Clean Hunza Valley campaign

The Project’s focus shall be on the segregation of Plastics and paper packaging at the waste site which, after the compressing and bailing process, shall be brought down the country for recycling. Nestlé Pakistan shall provide a compressing and bailing unit to the Hunza district government. The company will also be distributing 10,000 reusable bags in the community during 2020 as part of the project. KADO will extend support for different community awareness activities.

Waqar Ahmad, Head of Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Pakistan, while highlighting the company’s global commitment to tackle plastic waste, said, “This project marks the beginning of Nestlé Pakistan’s journey to reduce the environmental impact of plastic packaging by improving the management and recycling of various kinds of plastic packaging, in line with UN SDGs. Globally we aim to make 100% of our packaging recyclable and reusable by 2025.”

He further added, “The Clean Hunza Project is a pilot project with a focus on streamlining the management and recycling of plastic waste, with a forecast of increasing waste collection to 220,000 kgs by 2024. This project will result in lesser plastic ending up in water bodies downstream.”

Commending the cause, Babar Sahibdin, Deputy Commissioner Hunza District, said, “We applaud support from Nestlé for providing us with 10,000 reusable bags, which will create awareness amongst the locals to stop using plastic bags and incline them towards a more environmentally friendly solution. We appreciate Nestlé’s for providing the Compressor, Bailing and Recycling infrastructure and capacity building of our staff on waste segregation site.”

Talking about the initiative, Ghulam Mustafa, Chairman KADO said, “We fully support District Government Hunza and Nestlé Pakistan partnership and are proud to collaborate with them in reaching our shared goals.”

About Nestlé Pakistan

Nestlé is the world’s largest food and beverage company. It is present in 191 countries around the world, and its 328,000 employees are committed to Nestlé’s purpose of enhancing quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Nestlé offers a wide portfolio of products and services for people and their pets throughout their lives. Nestlé Pakistan is also a signatory of “Clean Green Pakistan” initiative.

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

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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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