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What is Mr Sachedina's actual role at Aiglemont

Mr Sachedina's role a head of the department of jamati institutions is not a constitutional position, and the department of Jamati institutions cannot give new directions to institutions. Ismaili Institutions do not report to Mr. Sachedina. He coordinates their work, but ultimately, the institutions are answerable to the Imam.

[Note: Extracts of Federal Court Transcripts of Cross-Examinations held August 2010 for Summary Judgement Motions in the Aga Khan Copyright Lawsuit
Sections starting with N. Tajdin #... Means Nagib Tajdin is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Jiwa #... Means Alnaz Jiwa is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Sachedina #... Means Shafik Sachedina is the one answering questions in the next section
Sections starting with Bhaloo #... Means Aziz Bhaloo is the one answering questions in the next section
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Sachedina #206:
Cross-Examination by Mr Jiwa.
Q. Now, would you agree with me that your appointment as the Head of the Department of Jamati Institutions and Head of the Department of Diplomatic Affairs at Aiglemont and a Member of Aga Khan Development Network and a Member of the Board of Governors have not been read in jamat khanas by way of talika as other institution appointments?
A. Correct. Because these are all held at the behest of the Imam at the time of his pleasure.


Sachedina #220 - #228:
Cross-Examination by Mr Jiwa.
Q. So when you say 'coordinating,' what do you coordinate?
A. The budgets of the institutions.
Q. Right.
A. The plans we coordinate.
Q. Right.
A. Their activities in terms of what is to be done within the guidance given the Imam of the Time, these institutions are operating within those guidance that he has given.
Q. Do they report to you?
A. Who?
Q. Those institutions?
A. They report -- all of them are appointed by Mowlana Hazar Imam. So first and foremost, all of them are accountable to the Imam of the Time as institutional leaders. Because their appointment is not by me; it is by the Imam of the Time. I am coordinating their activities.
Q. So you cannot direct them what to do?
A. Unless given by the Imam. And I also would be able to look at the directions that the Imam has given that may need to be followed through as guidance for these institutions. So I coordinate that between the Imam and this institution in terms of the functioning of that institution.
Q. So, for example, ITREB Ontario, you say you are also coordinating them?
A. No. Ontario -- first of all, the point of reference is the national ITREB, according to the Constitution. So the national bodies are the ones that we coordinate at the imamat level.
Q. Right.
A. There are regional bodies and there are local bodies. Those are not coordinated in the sense that they are national jurisdiction.
Q. So when you use the word 'coordination,' if I say that your responsibility was just passing messages back and forth the documents that come back to the Imam from the various institutions, you just organize them and send it over to the Imam if necessary?
A. No. If the institutions have a number of issues, their first point of reference in terms of their activities in terms of their what I call 'functional work,' that is the administrative work, the work that they are doing, the point of reference is the Department of Jamati Institutions at Aiglemont through the ITREB coordinator who coordinates, first of all, all the tariqa board activities.


Sachedina #578 - #579:
Cross-Examination by Mr Jiwa.
Q. Mr. Sachedina, as head of the Department of Jamati Institutions, the position that you hold, it's not a position that's recognized by our Ismaili Constitution; it's just appointed by His Highness?
A. It's a position that has been at the behest of the Imam.
Q. Yes, but it's not under the Constitution; it's by his Secretariat?
A. Yes. The Constitutional -- or the position under the Constitution is only the LIF, and I only sit on the LIF on behalf of His Highness as a member of the LIF.


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