KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali hosted a reception in honour of Spiritual leader of Ismaili Community His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan here at CM’s House.
The chief minister welcoming His Highness to Pakistan, said that millions who eagerly awaited his arrival rejoice as he graced them with his presence, as a part of his golden jubilee.
He said that it was indeed an immense honor for him to host His Highness at CM House, said a statement here Saturday.
“The contributions that you and your family have made to Pakistan are countless; even before we were recognized by the international community as a sovereign state, His Highness Aga Khan the third drove us towards gaining independence during the Round Table Conferences, where he advocated to put Pakistan on the map,” he said and added today, the philanthropic work done by the Aga Khan Development Network reaches millions across the nation, and Pakistan is indeed fortune to have been a beneficiary of the humanitarian work undertaken by the AKDN.
Murad Ali Shah while lauding his efforts towards global peace and stability said “You have propagated only the unity of mankind, and have been rendering an invaluable and self service for all humanity, as you offer tolerance and understanding, acceptance and affirmation and harmony and unity-in these dark and dreary times” .
The chief minister also welcoming Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari thanked him for taking time to attend the reception despite his very busy schedule.
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Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister (CM) of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday welcomed Prince Karim Agha Khan to Karachi, the CM house spokesperson said. Photo: Geo News
KARACHI: Chairman of Pakistan Peoples Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Minister (CM) of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah on Saturday welcomed Prince Karim Agha Khan to Karachi, the CM house spokesperson said.
Prince Karim Agha Khan and PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari pictured at the CM house on Saturday. Photo: Geo News
A dinner, arranged by the CM Sindh in the honour of Prince Karim, was attended by Bilawal today (Saturday).
Aga Khan, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community, arrived in Islamabad on December 7 on the invitation of the Pakistani government.
His visit is part of a series of tours that coincides with the commemoration of his Diamond Jubilee, beginning earlier this year on July 11.
The Diamond Jubilee marks 60 years of his role as the spiritual leader of the Ismaili community.
Aga Khan became the head of the Ismaili community on July 11, 1957, succeeding his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, at the age of 20.
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.
DENMARK: The Ambassador of Pakistan conveyed his admiration and respect for the contribution of H.H The Aga Khan and AKDN for the development of Pakistan | Passu Times English
DENMARK, UK- Special Correspondent :
The President Ismaili National Council for United Kingdom [UK] Liakat Hasham, leaders of United Kingdom [UK] and European Ismaili leadership conveyed their appreciation and admiration to the Pakistani Government while talking with the Ambassador of Pakistan in Denmark Zulfiqar Gerdezi for the current Diamond Jubilee visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan to Pakistan so far.
The Ambassador of Pakistan conveyed his admiration and respect for the contribution of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan [the current Imam of Ismaili Imamat] and AKDN for the development of Pakistan and elsewhere.
The exemplary harmony among all the Muslims in Gilgit Baltistan [GB] during the various Darbars was specially recognized by the global Ismaili Jamat and hope that this unity and collaboration will continue for the betterment of the future generations.
CM hosts reception for Aga Khan
December 17, 2017
Our Staff Reporter
KARACHI - Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali has Said that voice of the moderate and the tolerant is getting weaker and we are engulfed in what most consider a Clash of Religions, or as you put it, the ‘ Clash’ of ignorance’ – because indeed, that is exactly what it is,”
This he said while addressing a reception he hosted in honour of Spiritual leader of Ismaili Community His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan at CM House.
The chief minister welcoming His Highness to Pakistan, said here millions who eagerly awaited his arrival rejoice as he graced them with his presence, as a part of his golden jubilee.
He said that It was indeed an immense honor for him to host His Highness at CM House. “The contributions that you and your family have made to Pakistan are countless; even before we were recognized by the international community as a sovereign state, His Highness Aga Khan the third drove us towards gaining independence during the Round Table Conferences, where he advocated to put Pakistan on the map,” he said and added today, the philanthropic work done by the Aga Khan Development Network reaches millions across the nation, and Pakistan is indeed fortune to have been a beneficiary of the humanitarian work undertaken by the AKDN.
Murad Ali Shah said today, we live in trying times; Muslims at large are misunderstood and persecuted, and have become victims of ignorance and bigotry.
“The voice of the moderate and the tolerant is getting weaker and we are engulfed in what most consider a Clash of Religions, or as you put it, the ‘ Clash’ of ignorance’ – because indeed, that is exactly what it is,” he said and added “And it is only when this darkness of ignorance is defeated by the light of education that we will experience any lasting change,” he said.
The chief Minister lauded the efforts towards global peace and stability.
“You have propagated only the unity of mankind, and have been rendering an invaluable and self service for all humanity, as you offer tolerance and understanding, acceptance and affirmation and harmony and unity-in these dark and dreary times,” he said.
The chief minister also welcoming Chairman PPP Bilawal Bhutto Zardari thanked him for taking time to attend his reception despite his very busy schedule and also congratulate him on a historic jalsa in Multan yesterday.
Mawlana Hazar Imam departed from Karachi on 19 December after concluding a historic 13-day visit to Pakistan.
The visit began in Islamabad, where Mawlana Hazar Imam met with President Mamnoon Hussain at Aiwan-e-Sadr and was received by a Guard of Honour. He also met with Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, who presented him with a First Day Cover of commemorative stamps on the occasion of his Diamond Jubilee.
From Islamabad, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Garamchasma and Booni in Chitral, and Aliabad and Taus in Gilgit-Baltistan, where he granted the Jamats there with Diamond Jubilee Darbars.
Mawlana Hazar Imam then returned to Islamabad where he met with the Jamat at the Karimabad Jamatkhana and then travelled to Karachi where he met with the Jamat at the historic Darkhana Jamatkhana and Clifton Jamatkhana.
While in Karachi, in his capacity as chancellor of the Aga Khan University, Mawlana Hazar Imam inaugurated the AKU Centre for Innovation in Medical Education, a state-of-the-art facility for technology-based learning for health professionals.
Upon Hazar Imam’s departure, Chief Minister of Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah bade him farewell on behalf of the government, whilst the Jamat was represented by the Jamati and AKDN leadership of Pakistan.
This visit provided a unique opportunity for thousands of volunteers in Pakistan to come together in preparation for the historic occasion and hundreds of thousands to gather for the Diamond Jubilee Darbars and meetings with the Jamat, leaving behind memories that will last a lifetime.
Community members celebrate Aga Khan’s presence in Karachi
KARACHI: The greying walls around Aga Khan Hill (aka Honeymoon Lodge), the birthplace of Sir Sultan Mohammad Shah, the Aga Khan III, have been scrubbed and repainted a pale blue. The gates to the place have also been given a fresh coat and a few days ago when one of them facing the Defence Phase-II Commercial Area was slightly ajar, one could see the gardeners weeding the flower beds.
His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, the 49th Imam of the Shia Ismaili community, is visiting after many years and his arrival has sent a wave of happiness in the entire community.
Ismaili Jamaatkhanas all over the city have been decorated with coloured lights as community members arrive for deedar of their leader. There are so many community members, and since all want to see him, they have been assigned specific days with each day also divided into two shifts with around 23,000 people lining up to catch a glimpse of their spiritual leader during each shift.
“Our community cards were made about a month back,” says Aly, a shop owner. “Everyone from the community has a card, just like the national identity card with all his or her information. This is only for the community. It is required for security purposes, too,” he says.
Asked about the last time he had presented himself before the Aga Khan, Aly smiles shyly and says that he has no recollection of it. “I was a baby in my mother’s arms then. I don’t remember,” he says.
“I am just grateful that I have another chance now to see him and cherish the moment for the rest of my life. I will tell my children about it.”
There are many framed photos of Prince Karim that grace the walls of a photo shop across the Jamaatkhana in Clifton but the one of him with his horse that has remained there for a long time is missing. The shopkeeper says that he only recently sold the print. “Many of my other prints of his pictures have also been bought recently,” he says happily.
When asked if he thought the sudden rise in sales of the Aga Khan’s pictures is connected to his visit, the man nods happily.
The big photograph of the smiling leader on the main wall of a chemist shop has a shining new frame and glass.
“I saw His Highness when he was here 17 years ago with my eldest child in my arms,” says Firoze, the shop owner. “My son was only a few days old then. But he is 17 now and I am glad he will see and remember him now,” he says.
“My other two children are also old enough to remember the moment,” he says, adding that his second son is 15 and youngest, a daughter, is 11.
Asked if custom requires them to wear a particular dress or jewellery for the girls as it is after all a moment of joy to have their leader among them, he quickly shakes his head. “First of all, our community doesn’t have any particular dress. As for jewellery, how will it look when the metal detectors are going off every other second?” he says and laughs. “You have to be sensible,” he adds.
“It is great to have our spiritual leader here after all this while. And the entire community knows this,” a senior community member told Dawn.
When asked if the celebrations included serving special dishes, he just laughs and shakes his head. “We have no special dish or food. We eat what you eat. We break bread just like you. We are one of you,” he explains.
Asked how come almost all of the Ismaili men run businesses, be it a big company or a small shop. “Is it to help provide job opportunities to the masses?” The gentleman smiles and shakes his head again. “The focus is not on business but on education. His Highness has always urged us to provide our children with the best of education.”
Apart from Pakistan, the Ismailis live in 24 countries. Besides South Asia, there are also many Ismailis living in Africa and the Middle East, Europe, North America and Australia.
Our city worked hard in 2017 to promote inclusion and insure diversity played a role, not just in our quality of life, but in our global standing, our reputation and our economic growth, writes Mayor John Tory.
Earlier this year, the BBC named Toronto as the most diverse city in the world. Time and again, we have been praised for raising the bar on what it means to function as a diverse and inclusive society. But looking back at 2017, it’s clear that our city’s continued work to promote inclusion and diversity played a role not just in our quality of life, but in our global standing, our reputation and our economic growth.
As the Aga Khan has said, “Genuine pluralism understands that diversity does not weaken a society, it strengthens it.”
During a trade mission to India this April, I visited the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, which gave me a wider glimpse into how Canada’s partnership with the Aga Khan here at home translates into action in some of the most vulnerable communities in the world.
That particular academy is one of 18 schools in 14 developing countries dedicated to preparing next generation leaders through outstanding facilities and an educational framework that emphasizes service, ethics, civic responsibility and an understanding of global issues. This framework is anchored by principles of collaboration and consultation where best practices and insights from top leading institutional partners around the world including the University of Toronto are bilaterally shared and utilized.
As the Aga Khan marks his Diamond Jubilee — 60 years of leadership that has made our city, our country and our world a much better place — his promotion of Canadian values and ideals extends well beyond our borders, while the 17-acre Aga Khan Museum continues to draw thousands of local and international tourists each year who contribute to our economy and reinforce our city’s international appeal.
The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson once noted that Canada is “not immune” to the type of hateful acts driven by fear and ignorance that we see around the world. But our city has dedicated itself to being productive in the face of such realities, and to work to strengthen our values of inclusiveness and appreciation of our differences through efforts like the city’s new Action Plan to Address Anti-Black Racism.
This work was also evident in Madame Clarkson’s own event this fall, The Six Degrees conference on citizenship and inclusion, which celebrated Canadian artists such as Kent Monkman and international leaders such as Ai Weiwei.
Through efforts like this, Toronto was the place to be this year for world leaders interested in demonstrating their commitment to diversity and inclusion.
2018-01-10 - This year 2018, The January issue of the Asian Times cover page is dedicated to the Diamond Jubilee of H.H. The Aga Khan, our Imam-e-Zaman. A souvenir for all the Ismailis, worth keeping a copy anong all the memorabilia of this Jubilee!
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