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Father of Burushaski language laid to rest in his hometown of Hyderabad, Hunza

Father of Burushaski language, Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai, was laid to rest in his hometown of Hyderabad in the central Hunza district 23 days after his death. Allahah Nasir had died in United States on January 15, 2017. His burial took place in huge funeral attended by thousands of good wishers of Burushaski language and well known poets, liguists, authors and other social personalities from across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

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Father of Burushaski language, Allamah Nasir al-Din Nasir Hunzai, was laid to rest in his hometown of Hyderabad in the central Hunza district 23 days after his death. Allamah Nasir had died in the United States on January 15, 2017. His burial took place in a huge funeral attended by thousands of well-wishers of Burushaski language and well-known poets, linguists, authors and other social personalities from across Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

The funeral was well managed to accommodate thousands of people under tight security. Volunteers and law enforcement agencies did a tremendous job to overcome the space barriers of a small multi-purpose ground in the heart of Hyderabad town.

Earlier, the dead body of Allamah Nasir was flown from Texas to Lahore and later brought to Hunza by road. The funeral was supposed to be held on January 5, however, due to a major road blockage on Karakoram Highway, the body could not be brought to Hunza on time.

Hours before the body was brought for burial, thousands of people had gathered in Hyderabad to pay their final respect to the recipient Sitara-e-Imtiaz. Family and close relatives of Allamah Nasir were also among the hundreds of people who joined the procession from Gilgit.

Prominent people who attended the funeral included famous poet Abdul Khaliq Taj, member of Arbab-e-Zauq Jamshed Dukhi, linguist and historian Sherbaz Barcha, acclaimed mountaineer Nazir Sabir, former Speaker of Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) Wazir Baig, and Imam-e-Jumma wal Jamat Hoper Nagar Sheikh Mohammad Taqi Abidi.

Talking to the attendants, various prominent personalities paid their tribute in recognition of Allamah Nasir Hunzai’s immense contributions for not only Burushaski speakers and Ismailis but for a wide audience of global languages and religions.

Sherbaz Hunzai, Meher Angez, Abid Ali, Mir Aman, Barkat Ali and Amir Hayat Amir Hunzai recited the writings of Allamah Nasir himself.

Izhar Hunzai, the eldest son of Allamah Nasir, thanked the attendants for their presence to pay final tribute to his father. He recognized the services of the volunteers, security agencies, local government, the government of KPK and government of Gilgit-Baltistan for their support provided to ensure a disciplined funeral.

Allamah Nasir Hunzai has written over a hundred books and received an honorary doctoral degree for his extensive work on Burushaski language.

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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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