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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.

Imran Ahmed Hunzai



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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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019




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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Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) appoints its first-ever female CEO




Mehnaz Parveen, CEO, KADO Hunza
Cover Photo Credits: Jamil Alvi

Karakoram Area Development Organization, better known as its acronym KADO, has appointed Mehnaz Parveen as its first-ever female CEO. The vacant position of Chief Executive Officer at KADO Hunza was announced on 2nd August 2019.

Mehnaz Parveen, the new CEO of KADO Hunza, is a resident of Passu, Gojal. She has been working at Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) as a Director and Institute for Preservation of Arts and Culture (IPAC) prior to FACE. She has also been associated with Indus Blues as a Production Designer. Indus Blues is an award-winning Pakistani documentary that focuses on the fading musical instruments in Pakistan.

Mehnaz Parveen holds a degree in journalism from Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi. She also studied documentary filmmaking from Madison Area Technical College, Watertown, Wisconsin, USA.

Mehnaz Parveen with Jawad Sharif, director of Indus Blues, and hosts of GEO New’s morning show GEO Pakistan. Photo: Jawad Sharif (Facebook).

She has been in a leading position for Music Mela events in Hunza and Islamabad. Music Mela is an event organized by the Foundation for Arts, Culture & Education (FACE) in collaborations with partner organizations and brands.

Mehaz Parveen is also the co-founder of Seabuckthorn Hunza restaurant which is based in Islamabad’s sector F8. The restaurant serves Hunza Traditional Foods.

The new CEO brings on table years of experience working with indigenous communities from Kalash to Tharparkar. Mehnaz Parveen, during her time at FACE, has worked tirelessly for improving the livelihoods of these indigenous communities and for the promotion of culture and folk music of these areas.

Karakoram Area Development Organization (KADO) is an indigenous initiative aimed at to improve the socio-economic conditions of people in Gilgit-Baltistan.”

KADO has been working actively since the mid-90s for the promotion of culture, entrepreneurship and giving training to differently-abled and young people across Gilgit-Baltistan and even Chitral.

With a headquarter based in Aliabad, Hunza, KADO has spent over a billion Pakistani Rupees, mostly grant and aid money, during the past two decades. KADO is currently operating projects like the Gems and Jewellery Development Centre, Karakoram Handicraft Development Project, Hunza Arts and Cultural Forum, Hunza Environmental Committee, Information Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D), Rehabilitation Center and HiMaT ILDP.

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