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A man deprived of education is now the cause of education in Baltistan

Muhammad Jan was deprived of education when his mother passed away. Adversity denied him the precious gift at a very young age, yet it left him with a deep realization of what he had lost. Years later through his organization, he became the main cause to educate those who could not educate themselves.

Syed Mohsin Ali

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Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

Muhammad Jan was deprived of education when his mother passed away. Adversity denied him the precious gift at a very young age, yet it left him with a deep realization of what he had lost. Years later through his organization, he became the main cause to educate those who could not educate themselves.

Baduwa Health and Education Foundation was conceived when he was at the shrine of Baduwa along with his other fellow beings in the early 2000s. He saw the potential in the collaboration of his fellows for a noble deed. Therefore, he discussed the prospect of the organization for educating the poor and needy children of their area.

Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-BaltistanHis fellows agreed and a committee was formed which later in 2004 was registered as Baduwa Health and Education Foundation. Now after more than a decade, his endeavor has brought a significant change in his hometown of Khaplu.

Primarily based on a hostel facility, his organization bears all the living and educational expenses of all the merited children. In order to ascertain the merit of the needy, he himself goes for the survey and only then parts with the funds. Talking about the accomplishments of his organization, the pleasure in his voice was evident:

With the grace of Allah, three hundred of our students have cleared matriculation.” He said. “Six engineering majors have been graduated and sixteen of our students are now doing jobs in different fields. While about twenty-six students are studying in different Pakistani universities.

“We had a student whose family was in dire financial straits when we began supporting him. Now he is working in the State Bank of Pakistan. Another of our student has just graduated from Karachi and is now serving as a lecturer. One female student is doing her masters in Quaid-e-Azam University with the fully-funded scholarship from a donor that we could bring in.”

Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

According to Muhammad Jan, his job holding students are now contributing funds for the organization which, along with the contributions from local and foreign donors, is the main reason for its success. He related about his Korean friend who just recently donated several computers in order to build a computer room for his students.

Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

The successful journey of his organization was not without its difficulties and challenges though. According to him, he had to donate his own land due to the shortage of funds in the beginning. Even then, he was consistently accused of the mismanagement of funds by many people. However, he is now very hopeful for the future of his organization which is getting stronger every day.

  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan
  • Baduwa Health and Education Foundation, Khaplu, Ghanche, Gilgit-Baltistan

Mohsin has recently graduated from NUST with a major in Communication Studies. He is passionate about writing and reading. He has written both for his college and university magazines.

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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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Federation of Pakistan has no way but to implement Supreme Court directives

Justice Retired Muzaffar Ali

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Supreme Court's Decision about Gilgit-Baltistan

The constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan is as old as the Kashmir issue. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan liberated their motherland from the illegal occupation of Maharaja Regime. People constituted a local government in the region thereafter, newly created Muslim country Pakistan extended its de-facto jurisdiction over the region but again attached Gilgit-Baltistan to the Kashmir issue.

State of Jammu & Kashmir, ruled by Maharaja before the partition of Indo-Pak, divided into three parts main portion was captured by the Indian army which is still called occupied Kashmir. A small portion thereof was liberated by the Kashmiris with the help of tribal men, which is called Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The third is GB region which is also considered disputed under Security Council resolutions.

Since all the above mentioned three parts were claimed by both the countries, Pakistan claimed entire Jammu & Kashmir state to be its part as per partition agenda agreed upon by the parties while India claimed the Kashmir state as per so-called accession deed made between India and Maharaja Kashmir.

Kashmir issue prevented the two neighboring countries from friendly relations rather thrown them into wars against. That is what the situation became hurdled for both the countries to declare, the parts of Kashmir state in their de-facto control, to be their integral parts.

India gave a special status to occupied Kashmir under Article 370 of the Indian constitution while Pakistan also awarded special status to AJ&K through an Act of parliament. People of AJ&K have their own Constitution but unfortunately, Gilgit-Baltistan ruled by executive “Orders” imposed from time to time by the Federal Governments in Islamabad, despite a persistent protest against.

The Federal Governments deprived people of Gilgit-Baltistan from their fundamental and constitutional rights, as such there remained nothing but to invoke the jurisdiction of “Supreme Court of Pakistan” hence the issue was taken to Supreme Court and got a verdict from there with the directions to provide fundamental rights safeguarded by an independent Judiciary guaranteed by constitution even if needed to emend the continuation of Pakistan but the verdict given by august “Supreme Court” in well-known case “Al-Jihad Trust” was turned no ears by the Federation for decades.

Thereafter, many petitions under Article 184(3) were submitted before Supreme Court even the federation itself filed a petition before against an order passed by the Supreme Appellate Court GB whereby, “Executive order 2018” was suspended. The Supreme Court heard all the petitions about the constitutional status of Gilgit-Baltistan pending before, after getting legal assistance of learned Attorney General, counsel for petitioners and even getting the assistance of senior jurists as “amicus curiae”.

During pendency, a committee headed by learned Attorney General submitted a new “proposed order 2019” before august Supreme Court. The honorable Court with the assistance of all the jurists appeared in the case and honorable Attorney General once again visited through the proposed “order” modified and sanctioned it by annexing the same with the judgment announced on 17-01-2019 as part of it and directed forthwith promulgation of the same by the President of Pakistan on the advice of the Federal Government and in any case within a fortnight hereof;

The Federal Government, either on one or another pretext did not comply the mandatory directive of august Supreme Court and used delay tactics to abuse the process of law apparently submitting applications to get an extension of time to advice President of Pakistan to promulgate the attached order.

The honorable Supreme Court did not extend any further time on the application submitted before the Court and during the pendency of the application the Federal government again has taken a U-turn by filing another application to amend the “annexed order 2019”.

The situation jolted bar counsel and other bar associations in GB to resist mala fide move of the Federation and their representatives appeared before on the date of hearing.

The plain reading of the judgment, I have come to the conclusion that the federation cannot introduce an amendment to the “GB Order 2019” unless the same is promulgated by the President, thereafter to the Federation can introduce amendments within the ambit of the directive (II) of SC in its judgment. The amendment application submitted without first compliance of the directives issued by the Supreme Court amounts to contempt of court.

The situation, in this case, is parallel with that situation once has arisen in judicial history when PM Yousaf Raza Gillani using executive tricks impliedly refused to comply the directives issued by the august Supreme Court and had to face contempt of court and resultantly lost his premiership.

During proceedings on 22-05-2019 although the honorable judges (as reported in the newspapers) showed their annoyance through their remarks it seems honorable judges acted upon the principle of judicial restraint, otherwise the Federation might be taken for contempt of court.

In further proceedings, if the Federation insists its plea of the amendment and also requests for getting further time to send its advice to the president for the promulgation of the proposed order which is annexed to the judgment that the legal status may turn towards contempt of court.

The federation must understand that the honorable court has provided judicial imprimatur and permanence to the proposed “order” and restrained the executive from their whimsical interferences and awarded unassailable judicial protection to the people of Gilgit-Baltistan in the cited judgment.

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