Prince Karim Aga Khan is on a 13-day visit to Pakistan on the invitation of the Government of Pakistan. He will meet his followers on December 9 in Chitral and December 10 in Gilgit-Baltistan, after which he will visit Karachi from December 14 to 19.His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (Shah Karim as he is called by his Murids) is the 5th Imam since Hazrat Ali, who was the first Holy Imam and the 4th Caliph of Islam, to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee on the throne of Imamat.
On December 7th the spiritual head of the Shia Ismaili community, Prince Karim Aga Khan IV arrived in Pakistan to lead the community’s Diamond Jubilee in the country.His arrival in Pakistan coincides with the Islamili community’s commemoration of his Diamond Jubilee. The Diamond Jubilee marks the 60 years of his spiritual leadership of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community.Prince Karim Agha Khan reached Gilgit and Chitral on Saturday to meet thousands of his followers. To see a glimpse of their Imam, thousands of Ismailis will gather in Chitral, Ghizar, and Aliabad, Hunza.
Prince Karim dedicated his life to the spiritual and material upliftment of all his Ismaili Murids. He has also pledged to improve the quality of life of the people amongst whom his followers lived and the countries in which they lived.Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini along with his eldest daughter Princess Zahra arrived at Pakistan military’s Nur Khan airbase where he was received by Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif, Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Dr. Tariq Fazal Chaudhry, Mayor of Islamabad Sheikh Anser Aziz received him at the airport. . While in Pakistan, he also met with President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, and several other government leaders.
The visit is part of a series of visits that coincides with the commemoration of the Prince Karim Aga Khan IV’s Diamond Jubilee, which began on July 11 this year and will continue till July 11, 2018. The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of his Imamat as the spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslim community. Prince Karim acceded to the Ismaili Imamat on July 11, 1957, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan.The Ismaili community sees the diamond jubilee as an opportunity to provide hope for the future of populations that may be marginalized or vulnerable. Last time he met his followers in 2000.Later he visited a village in Skardu as well as Hunza in 2006 along with Prince Charles of Britain and the Duchess of Cornwall.
On his arrival at Aiwan-e-Sadr, President Mamnoon warmly received Prince Karim Aga Khan that followed the guard of honor. President Mamnoon Hussain on Friday said that Prince Karim Aga Khan was rendering invaluable services for global peace and stability, brotherhood, tolerance as well as for the welfare of humanity in different parts of the world, including Pakistan.He asked Prince Karim Aga Khan to extend the development activities of AKDN in other parts of the country apart from Sindh and northern areas, which was agreed to by the visiting dignitary.While thanking the president for the warm welcome, the Aga Khan said that he was thankful to the people and the government of Pakistan for the warm hospitality.He appraised the president about future development projects of Aga Khan Foundation.
Separately, Prince Karim Aga Khan called on Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the Prime Minister House in Islamabad.The prime minister appreciated his role in promoting peace and interfaith harmony among Muslims, and his valuable contributions towards the social, economic and cultural development of the country.The PM presented a special first-day cover consisting of six stamps illustrating the contribution of AKDN in the country. The stamps commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of the Imamat of His Highness the Aga Khan.The Aga Khan also offered to build a university and a nursing college in collaboration with the government, in Islamabad.
The AKDN has had a longstanding presence in Pakistan, going back to 1905 when the first non-profit Aga Khan School was established in Gwadar Balochistan. Today, through the 160 schools of the Aga Khan Education Services and through the teacher training and school improvement programmes of the Aga Khan University and the Aga Khan Foundation, it has reached tens of thousands of teachers and millions of students.
Aga Khan said his institution had devised a comprehensive strategy to improve the standard of education in Pakistan, adding that in that regard the Aga Khan Medical University would be transformed into a full-fledged university in which more academic departments would be established in line with the current requirements.
The president of Pakistan said Aga Khan Foundation was rendering commendable services in the fields of education, health and for rural development in various parts of the country.The Aga Khan Foundation brings together human, financial and technical resources to address some of the challenges faced by the poorest and most marginalised communities in the world. Special emphasis is placed on investing in human potential, expanding opportunity and improving the overall quality of life, especially for women and girls. It works primarily in six areas: Agriculture and Food Security; Economic Inclusion; Education; Early Childhood Development; Health and Nutrition; and Civil Society.
A visit to Islamabad Serena Hotel is more than just a comfortable stay at the only 5-star deluxe hotel in Pakistan, an affiliated member of the Leading Hotels of the World. It is a vivid immersion into the culture, heritage and lifestyles of Pakistan’s capital, a relatively undiscovered city boasting exhilarating scenery as well as some of the most colourful musical and culinary traditions in the world.
The Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, generally known as the Ismailis, live in over 25 different countries, mainly in Central and South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, as well as in Europe, North America, and Australia. The Ismaili community sees the Jubilee as an opportunity to provide hope for the future for populations that may be marginalized or vulnerable. By strengthening development initiatives that will help people live better and improve opportunities for their families and children, the Ismaili community hopes to do everything possible to make the world a safer, more peaceful and stable place.Note: Written in accordance with the beliefs of Ismaili Community.