Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan reaches Pakistan, visits Ghizer district of Gilgit-Baltistan region
October 10, 2017 Pamir Times
Gilgit: Prince Aly Muhammad, the youngest son of Prince Karim Aga Khan, the hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, has reached Gilgit-Baltistan region of Pakistan on Tuesday morning.
During his stay in the Gilgit-Baltistan region, Prince Aly Muhammad, is expected to visit various AKDN projects in the Ghizer and Hunza districts.
Today, Prince Aly Muhammad visited a health center operated by the Aga Khan Health Service, and a school run by the Aga Khan Education Service in Yasin Valley of District Ghizer.
According to an official release, the visit will enhance the young prince’s ‘understanding of issues related to the built environment, natural hazard mitigation, health, education, culture, and rural development—all areas in which the AKDN with its partners are actively engaged to improve the quality of life.’
Born on March 7, 2000, Prince Aly Muhammad is the youngest son of the Ismaili Muslims’ spiritual leader.
The Aga Khan IV, Shah Karim Al-Hussaini, has been leading the Ismailis for the last sixty years, contributing immensely towards the development of communities in the remotest parts of Pakistan and other parts of the world.
On arrival in Islamabad yesterday evening, prince Aly Muhammad Aga khan was received by Hafiz Sher Ali, President of the Ismaili National Council for Pakistan, on behalf of Pakistan’s Ismaili Jamat.
All photos via: the.ismaili
Prince Aly Muhammad is greeted by Hafiz Sherali, President, Ismaili Council for Pakistan, at Islamabad Airport
Prince Aly Muhammad in conversation with Hafiz Sherali, President, Ismaili Council for Pakistan, at the Islamabad Airport Lounge, Photo: RAHIL IMTIAZ ALI/the.ismaili
Prince Aly Muhammad is presented a bouquet of flowers upon his arrival at Islamabad Serena Hotel
Prince Aly Muhammad with President Ismaili Council for Pakistan, Hafiz Sherali, and CEO Serena Hotels Aziz Boolani. Photo: ALJALIL GHULAM HAIDER/the.ismaili
Ya Ali MADAD:
The name AlyMohammed fascinates me.specially the name Mohammed.
Able Bayt has 05 core punjatan paak and Salmaan as add on.
in Imam SMS he was Pir and Imam himself ,so second name gave some wiegtage in his own name evaluation.
He had Diwan Pirbhoi by his side as Salman.
MHI has Prince Amyn Mohammed as his deputy ( not equal partner) ,this name also has Mohammed as second name.
Just by observing Prince Aly Mohammed name and now observe his presence in events and important solo assignments of him in this jubilee year.
He could likely to have important role in next phase of IMAMAT.
as per holy book on day of judgement Allah will have prophet ( noor e pirantan) by his side.
So any name with Mohammed in it can be important in Ahle Bayt of ALI.
This is my own thinking .
Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, yesterday arrived in Pakistan for a private visit.
During his trip, Prince Aly Muhammad will visit projects of the Aga Khan Development Network to enhance his understanding of issues related to the built environment, natural hazard mitigation, health, education, culture, and rural development—all areas in which the AKDN with its partners are actively engaged to improve the quality of life.
Prince Aly Muhammad releases a film about Northern Pakistan
Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, the youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, released a short film earlier today about communities residing in Northern Pakistan.
Entitled, Close to Home, the film comes after Prince Aly Muhammad visited Gilgit-Baltistan in Northern Pakistan in October 2017 for a private visit. During this trip, Prince Aly Muhammad visited projects of the Aga Khan Development Network to enhance his understanding of issues related to the built environment, natural hazard mitigation, health, education, culture, and rural development - all areas in which the AKDN with its partners are actively engaged to improve the quality of life.
Hafiz Sherali, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan, who accompanied Prince Aly Muhammad to Gilgit-Baltistan said: "Members of Mawlana Hazar Imam's family have shown great interest in the work of the AKDN. Prince Aly Muhammad has channeled this interest into a beautiful film about the lives of the communities in Northern Pakistan. As the film demonstrates, the people of this region have shown immense resilience in the face of natural disasters and economic hardship. With the long-standing support of AKDN institutions, they are on the path towards progress for themselves and future generations."
Prince Aly Aga Khan makes surprise appearance at Toronto's World Partnership Walk (PHOTOS)
Daily Hive Staff Jun 17, 2018 10:23 am 1,883
The youngest son of His Highness the Aga Khan made a surprise appearance at today’s World Partnership Walk.
Prince Aly Muhammad, 18, joined thousands of participants at David Pecaut Square to open the 34th annual event, which raises funds to end global poverty.
An initiative of Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network, the Walk has raised over $100 million since inception – and 100% of these funds go directly to international developments projects in Africa and Asia.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here today,” Prince Aly said. “Today is a celebration. It’s a celebration of Canadians coming from all of Canada to help contribute to improving the quality of life in some of the poorest and remote parts of the world.”
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“I have seen the problem first hand, and today I am proud to stand before you, the solution.” -Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, at the Toronto World Partnership Walk. #wpwalk #wpwalk2018 pic.twitter.com/OwycfHRrD9
— WorldPartnershipWalk (@WPWalk) June 17, 2018
Created by His Highness the Aga Khan, the AKDN is a family of private, non-denominational development agencies with mandates ranging from health and education to architecture, culture, microfinance, disaster reduction, rural development, the promotion of private-sector enterprise, and the revitalization of historic cities. It is dedicated to improving living conditions and opportunities for the poor, without regard to their faith, origin, or gender.
“The AKDN is an important way for my family, the Ismaili community, and people from all walks of life to address the concerns raised by the poorest communities across Africa and Asia,” Prince Aly said.
“This is the @akdn‘s mission, to improve the quality of life, and that is what we are here to do today.” — Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, at the Toronto World Partnership Walk. #wpwalk #wpwalk2018 pic.twitter.com/oD0iQoBbKh
— WorldPartnershipWalk (@WPWalk) June 17, 2018
In October 2017, he visited AKDN projects in Northern Pakistan to understand the issues facing the region.
“I, myself, was lucky enough to go to northern areas of Pakistan. A stunning area of the world, truly beautiful with an incredible culture,” he told the Walk’s attendees in Toronto.
“And what I saw there were excited and inspired students going to quality schools setup by the Aga Khan Education Services. I saw new and cutting edge health centres led by the Aga Khan Health Services. And I saw what can only be described as a bright and vibrant future, full of hope and determination.”
“I saw all of these things but I saw one thing we cannot ignore, and that is climate change and its long lasting effects on the people living in these regions.”
After visiting these areas, Prince Aly released Close to Home, a short film he wrote, directed, and narrated capturing his trip and the people he met.
The World Partnership Walk takes place in 10 cities across Canada each year. Find out more at WorldPartnershipWalk.com.
Proud to attend the World Partnership Walk today in support of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. pic.twitter.com/MaVFQrT9CC
— John Tory (@TorontosMayor) June 17, 2018
Honored to meet Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan at @WPWalk #wpwtoronto pic.twitter.com/zuYhiowQWg
— Denzil Minnan-Wong (@DenzilMW) June 17, 2018
Out for a mid morning stroll and bump into Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan,the Mayor and a couple other people. #goodtiming #worldpartnershipwalk #agakhan #peace pic.twitter.com/git43cKBAS
Prince Aly Muhammad, the youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, joined a crowd of thousands on 17 June to launch the 34th annual World Partnership Walk in Toronto, an initiative of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC).
There was a palpable sense of anticipation as walkers and volunteers gathered at David Pecaut Square in downtown Toronto.
AKFC Chief Executive Officer Khalil Z. Shariff introduced Prince Aly Muhammad, building the anticipation of the crowd, noting that “Every World Partnership Walk is special, but this one... this Walk is extra special,” to a clearly delighted audience. “We have the extraordinary honour of having with us today Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan.”
Prince Aly Muhammad was present to support the Walk and to see first-hand the many Canadians who contribute to improving the quality of life in some of the poorest and most remote parts of the world. In his remarks to the gathered crowd, Prince Aly Muhammad spoke passionately about his recent trip to Northern Pakistan where he witnessed the impact of climate change. His observations, captured in the short video “Close to Home”, recount the dramatic impact that fluctuations in climate have on the habitats and lives of vulnerable communities in the northern regions. The piece also highlights the initiatives undertaken by AKDN agencies, partnering with local communities, to mitigate the human impact of such disasters.
Describing his visit, Prince Aly Muhammad remarked “In October of last year I was lucky enough to go to [the] northern areas of Pakistan, a stunning area of the world, truly beautiful, with an incredible culture. And what I saw there were excited and inspired students going to quality schools set up by Aga Khan Education Services. I saw new and cutting-edge health centres led by Aga Khan Health Services, and I saw what can only be described as a bright and vibrant future full of hope and determination. I saw all of these things, but I saw one thing that we cannot ignore, and that is climate change and its long-lasting effects on the people living in these regions.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory, a long-time supporter of the Walk, in his welcome remarks, recalled his visits to AKDN projects in Pakistan and the Aga Khan Academy in Hyderabad, citing the crucial role that the Network played in the education of future generations of leaders, and applauding the exceptional work of the World Partnership Walk in contributing towards such initiatives. He concluded by proclaiming 17 June as World Partnership Walk day in Toronto. There were several other dignitaries in attendance, including federal Minister Carolyn Bennett, MP Yasmin Ratansi and Parliamentary Secretary Arif Virani, who read a special message from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the occasion of the Walk. Several corporate leaders also participated in the event.
The World Partnership Walk, started by a small group of women leaders in Vancouver 34 years ago, has grown to become Canada’s largest public movement dedicated to raising funds and awareness to address global poverty. Over its history, the Walk has raised more than $100 million to eradicate poverty and help communities across Asia and Africa.
For many present, it was a moment of pride and inspiration, particularly for the young professionals and corporate team captains who were able to walk with Prince Aly Muhammad, and to hear his words of encouragement for all those working to improve the quality of life of marginalised communities.
Ariana Rajan, age 10, donated $20 for the matching funds initiative. She wanted to give for “kids who don’t have much,” and spoke of her excitement at seeing Prince Aly Muhammad at the event. For Zahra Mehri, originally from Afghanistan, seeing Prince Aly Muhammad and hearing his powerful message was an emotional experience, knowing the positive impact that Mawlana Hazar Imam and the AKDN’s work has had across the world.
The beautiful sunny day reached a high of 40 °C with humidity, but that didn’t deter the crowds of people, children, and pets, all out to participate and demonstrate their support. With Prince Aly Muhammad’s presence, this was an exceptional event, one that will be remembered for many years to come.
Prince Aly Muhammad visits the Naryn Campus of the University of Central Asia
Earlier this month, Prince Aly Muhammad completed a five-day, private visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, during which he visited the Naryn campus of the University of Central Asia. Prince Aly Muhammad spent time with students in Naryn to understand more about their backgrounds and aspirations.
“I was deeply inspired by the students and faculty I had the opportunity to meet during this trip. Getting to know so many talented students and learning more about the UCA’s mission has been exciting and deeply rewarding,” explained Prince Aly.
As part of his ongoing work this year, Prince Aly Muhammad also plans to build on his first film, Close to Home.
“I was touched by the enthusiastic response to my first project, including at the World Partnership Walk in Toronto and the Jubilee Arts International Film Festival in Lisbon,” he said. “I plan to continue adding to the Close to Home series, in the hope that these films will help shed light on issues that I believe are important to young people today.”
Prince Aly Muhammad’s first film focused on the lives of communities facing natural disasters in northern Pakistan, following his visit to Gilgit-Baltistan in October 2017. In June this year, Prince Aly Muhammad attended the World Partnership Walk in Toronto, Canada, which has raised in excess of CAD$6 million.
The first Close to Home film is available at closetohomefilm.com. Stay tuned for updates by following @closetohomefilm on Instagram and Twitter.
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