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Gilgit to celebrate birthday of His Highness Aga Khan with an official holiday

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The district administration of Gilgit has announced a public holiday on 13th December 2018 to commemorate the 82nd birthday of His Highness Aga Khan, the 49th spiritual leader of over two million Ismaili Muslims.

In a notification issued last month, the District Magistrate, also the District Commissioner, Captain Retired Sami Ullah Farooq had notified authorities to make special arrangements for security and other matters related to celebrations of Aga Khan’s birthday celebrations, known as Salgirah Mubarak.

Gilgit district is home to some hundred thousand Ismaili Muslims. His Highness Aga Khan visited Gilgit-Baltistan last year in December. The visit was part of Diamond Jubilee of Ismaili Imamat visits to countries where Ismaili Muslims live. His Highness visited and gave Deedar to millions of his followers in countries including Pakistan, India, United States, Portugal, Canada and the United States.

His Highness Aga Khan also met Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez ur Rehman during his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan and signed a memorandum of collaboration. 

Aga Khan in Gilgit
His Highness the Aga Khan meets with the locals of Jaglot to discuss the projects of Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (AKRSP) in the area in May 1983. Photo credits: AKDN / Christopher Little

Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) have been a vital partner of the government in sustainable development of the region. 

The district administration of Gilgit has further extended the understanding between the office of Ismaili Imamat and the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Specials arrangement have been made for fireworks on the mountains of Konadass, Danyore, Sultanabad, Nomal and Jutial.

DC Gilgit Captain Retired Sami Ullah Farooq has directed security forces to ensure foolproof security in the district, especially in areas where Ismaili Jamatkhanas are located. 

GBee Staff keeps you updated with the latest happenings in Gilgit, Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.

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AKAH Celebrates Global Handwashing Day 2019

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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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Offices of Mashabrum Tours Bus Service to be sealed following Babusar Accident

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Mashabrum Tours Bus Service Accident

Gilgit-Baltistan Police, Excise Office, and District Administration of Skardu have decided to seal all office of Mashabrum Tours Bus Service following the tragic bus accident near Babusar Pass. Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Skardu Khurram Mansoor has suspended the license of Mashabrum Bus Service.

Mashabrum Tours Bus Service

26 people had lost their lives and 15 others were left injured when a Mashabrum bus went out of control on Naran-Babusar Road at hit a cliff while taking a turn.

Netizens and activists have been protesting about the lack of proper inspection of the buses, many of which belong to the Government’s own operated Northern Areas Transport Corporation (NATCO).

According to another unconfirmed report, Mashabrum Bus Service did not have a permit to operate on the Naran-Babusar Road, which is considered tricky as the vehicles have to cross Babusar Pass at about 4,173 meters.

According to a reliable source, the main office of Mashabrum Tours in Skardu and Gilgit districts have already been closed while the authorities have ordered to seal offices operated by the private bus service.

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