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LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza’s late owner

LUMS Adventure Society (LAS), over its 20-year legacy, has been dedicated to trekking paths untrodden and exploring new areas whenever possible. On our various expeditions, we have met a host of people all around Baltistan, whose hospitality remains unrivaled. At LAS  we have always been conscious about the unique position we hold in this community and have always worked hard at giving back. 

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LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza's late owner

LUMS Adventure Society (LAS), over its 20-year legacy, has been dedicated to trekking paths untrodden and exploring new areas whenever possible. On our various expeditions, we have met a host of people all around Baltistan, whose hospitality remains unrivaled. At LAS  we have always been conscious about the unique position we hold in this community and have always worked hard at giving back.

Shortly after our May Trip 2017, one of our friends and a colleague of LAS, Mr. Shafqat, passed away. The late owner of Cafe de Hunza has gone to great lengths for the development of Karimabad, the capital of Hunza. We wish to honor the memory of Shafqat Bhai and celebrate the legacy he has left behind.

Thus, as a tribute, LAS has decided on organizing the Shafqat Memorial Futsal League during our May Trip 2018. Playing and spectating under the shadow of Rakaposhi-Ultar Peaks and the Golden Peak, several teams from regions spanning the vast area between Haramosh to Shimshal will come to Karimabad for this nationally covered 3-day event. Not only will this event serve as a basis to unearth talent, but also promote healthy competition, provide exposure, and encourage the growth of sports in this region. The tournament will be held at Baltit Polo ground in Karimabad, Hunza.

LAS hopes to execute the entire event, along with providing all the necessities such as footballs, playing kits, etc. We believe it will be the perfect occasion to honor our great friends and to give something back to a people who have done so much for us over the course of the 20 years LAS members have trodden through these very areas.

LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza's late owner

LUMS Adventure Society organizes Shafqat Memorial Football Tournament in the memory of Cafe De Hunza’s late owner

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 of Twitter @ihunzai.

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Aga Khan Agency for Habitat Raises Awareness on National School Safety Day in Pakistan

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To protect school children from natural disasters and other insecurities, the Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH) convened government education departments, academia, district disaster management authorities and the media in Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Sindh and Punjab.

Mr. Hafiz Noorullah, Education Development Officer, Chitral, said on a radio talk show:

“A lack of awareness and knowledge makes the disaster happen. So there is a need to have more and more information sharing through different media platforms and involvement of young people in interactive discussions to sensitize them on the topics of safety and security.”

Mr. Nawab Ali Khan, Chief Executive Officer, AKAH Pakistan said:

“In the 2005 earthquake, Pakistan lost around 20,000 children due to vulnerable structures and lack of awareness and preparedness, which cannot be repeated. We need our schools to be resilient and better prepared
for similar situations. We are thankful to our public and private-sector partners for joining hands with us to achieve this objective.”

For the last 20 years, AKAH has been designing and implementing programmes on Disaster Risk Reduction and Mitigation in some of Pakistan’s most vulnerable areas. More than 1,000 schools in disaster-prone areas have benefitted from the development of hazard and risk maps, school safety plans, provision of school safety kits, and awareness raising and capacity building of individuals.

School-level awareness raising sessions have been part of the work of the Aga Khan Agency since the Islamabad Conference on School Safety held in 2008. AKAH’s School Safety Programme will contribute towards the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s one million safe schools and hospitals global campaign, and contribute towards the achievement of Sustainable
Development Goals (SDGs) and the practical implementation of the Pakistan School Safety Framework.

For further information, please contact:
[email protected]

NOTES:
The Aga Khan Agency for Habitat (AKAH), which merges the capabilities of Focus Humanitarian Assistance, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Services, and the Aga Khan Development Network’s Disaster Risk Management Initiative focuses on preparing for both sudden and slow-onset disasters. AKAH works to ensure that people live in physical settings that are as safe as possible from the effects of natural disasters; that residents who do live in high- risk areas are able to cope with disasters in terms of preparedness and response; and that these settings provide access to social and financial services that lead to greater opportunity and a
better quality of life. Initially, priority areas of AKAH will include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and India.

Read more about the agency at: http://www.akdn.org/our-agencies/aga-khan-agency-habitat

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Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistani to climb Mount Lhotse

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Sirbaz Khan from Hunza Valley becomes first Pakistan to climb Lhotse

History has been made early morning in Nepal as Sirbaz Khan, a mountaineer from the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan, successfully climbs, Lhotse, world’s 4th highest peak.

The 30-year old climber from Hunza Valley accompanying a 12-member team.

Climber Mingma G made the announcement on his Facebook page. According to Mingma Sherpa, the team reached the summit of Mont Lhotse at 09:47 am on May 14, 2019.

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A portrait of Sirbaz Khan taken after acclimatization at Nanga Parbat Base Camp.

Hailing from Aliabad town in Hunza Valley, Sirbaz Khan has already made a respectable place in the mountaineering fraternity by climbing K2 (8,611m) and Nanga Parbat (8,126m)

The team that climbed Mount Lhotse as part of the Lhotse Expedition 2019 include:

  1. Dawa Gyalje Sherpa (Nepal)
  2. Kili Pemba Sherpa (Nepal)
  3. Pemba Chote Sherpa (Nepal)
  4. Ang jangbu Sherpa (Nepal)
  5. Dendi Sherpa (Nepal)  
  6. Tamting Sherpa (Nepal)
  7. Dawa Tenzing Sherpa (Nepal)
  8. Gao Li (China)
  9. Li Xiaolin (China)
  10. Christina Flampouri (Greece) 
  11. Antonios Sykaris (Greece) 
  12. Sirbaz Khan (Pakistan)

Sirbaz Khan has yet another mission to accomplish. He is aiming to become the first Pakistani to climb Mount Everest without oxygen. He has been training for #MissionEverest for over a month in Nepal.

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