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Newlyweds from Islamabad die in a Hotel in Hunza

Newlyweds from Islamabad have been found dead in a hotel in Hunza on Friday night. The deaths were caused due to a gas heater leakage in their hotel room in the locality of Karimabad in the Central Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan.

According to local police, the two recognized as Syed Shoaib Hassan and his wife Syeda Fatimee, were staying in Hunza for their honeymoon. The couple had tied a knot just ten days back in Islamabad.

 Syed Shoaib Hassan. and Syeda Fatimee death
The couple had tied knot in Islamabad earlier in November this year.

Hunza Police has declared the cause of death as “suffocation due to heating gas leakage”.

Syed Shoaib Hassan was an engineer while his wife Syeda Fatimee, a CSS-qualified officer, worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Islamabad. 

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A memorable picture of Engineer Syed Shoaib Hassan signing the papers of his Nikkah.

Talking to GBee News, the owner of the hotel said that as per hotel policy, the guests were asked to return the gas heater within two hours, however, despite asking twice, the guests insisted on keeping the heater in the room.

The owner of the hotel and two employees including the receptionist and a waiter were arrested and taken to the Aliabad Police Station.

The bodies of the dead will be sent to Islamabad after a postmortem at a hospital in Alibabad.

Just a few weeks back, a father and newlywed son had passed away in Gojal village of the Upper Hunza district due to suffocation from power generator fumes.

Shah Mahmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, has show his grief on the death of the two. He posted his condolence message on social networking website Twitter. He said that the Foreign Office [of Pakistan] has lost a promising officer.

Electricity is on a record shortage in the Hunza district of Gilgit-Baltistan. The harsh cold weather and prolonged loadshedding are forcing locals and tourists to use Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) heaters.

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

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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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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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