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His Highness Prince Aga Khan IV, arrived in Dushanbe October 31, 2008


Dushanbe, October 31. His Highness Prince Aga Khan IV, arrived in Dushanbe. In the capital airport, he met with Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Gulomov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Hamrohon Zarifi. The visit of His Highness the Aga Khan IV is at the invitation of the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan and organized on the occasion of his Golden Jubilee as Imam of the Ismaili Muslims.

According to the program of the visit, His Highness will also visit the construction sites of the Development Fund for the Aga Khan in Dushanbe. November 2, Aga Khan IV will fly to Gorno-Badakhshan’s Autonomous Region. His Highness will also fly to Ishkashim, and will hold Didor with Ismaili jamoats and will visit construction sites. At the end of his visit, the Aga Khan IV will fly to Kyrgyzstan.

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His Highness the Aga Khan with President of Tajikistan October 31, 2008
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ASIA-Plus: His Highness the Aga Khan, President Rahmon discuss cooperation issues November 1,

01.11.2008 14:48

Author: Avaz Yuldoshev

DUSHANBE, November 1, 2008, Asia-Plus - Issues related to cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) were the focus of a meeting of President Emomali Rahmon with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the AKDN here on October 31.

As it had been reported earlier, the Aga Khan arrived in Tajikistan on Friday for a six-day official visit.

According to presidential press service, President Rahmon expressed gratitude to His Highness the Aga Khan for assistance provided with enhancing different branches of Tajikistan’s economy. Rahmon and the Aga Khan expressed satisfaction with the present level of cooperation between the AKDN and the Tajik Government in developing tourism, education, health and other areas of Tajikistan’s social sector.

During the meeting, the sides expressed intention to expand cooperation in developing Tajik economy’s areas like farm produce processing, tourism and relevant industries, energy, communications, construction and road building in the future as well, the press service said.

Today, His Highness the Aga Khan visited current AKDN construction projects in Dushanbe, including the Serena Hotel and the Ismaili Center.

via ASIA-Plus: His Highness the Aga Khan, President Rahmon discuss cooperation issues

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His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan Visits Tajikistan

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Tajikistan:The leader of the world’s Ismaili community, the Aga Khan, has been welcomed by thousands of his followers at the start of a visit to the Pamir Mountains of eastern Tajikistan. On his arrival at the region’s only airport, the Aga Khan was given the traditional welcome — he was offered salt and bread. Later in the region’s capital, Khorog, schoolchildren waved flowers and chanted songs in his honor.

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Thursday, 30 October 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Education Minister Tuimebayev, the Akim Umbetovand of the Almaty Oblast, and Akim Busembinov of the Eskeldinski Rayon review plans at the site of the University of Central Asia’s Kazakhstan campus. Photo: Gary Otte

Mr Serik Umbetov, the Akim (Governor) of the Almaty Oblast, Kazakhstan’s largest region, today received Mawlana Hazar Imam against the picturesque mountain backdrop of the regional capital, Taldy Kurgan. Accompanied by Dr Zhanseit Tuimebayev, Kazakhstan’s Minister of Education, Hazar Imam flew to this south-eastern Kazakhstan city before travelling by road to the site where the University of Central Asia’s (UCA) Kazakhstan campus is to be built, near Tekeli.

A working visit followed, during which Mawlana Hazar Imam discussed spatial planning and examined campus views from the promontory overlooking Tekeli with architects from the firm of Arata Isozaki Associates. The Akim (Mayor) of the Eskeldinski Rayon, Mr Sultan Busembinov then presented title deeds for land in the Rayon to UCA’s Director General, Dr Bohdan Krawchenko, in a brief ceremony witnessed by Mawlana Hazar Imam, Education Minister Tuimebayev and the Akim of the Almaty Oblast, Mr Umbetov.

Hundreds of Tekeli’s residents, led by their Akim, Mr Serikjan Beskempirov, had gathered in the town square to greet Mawlana Hazar Imam and the other dignitaries. After opening an exhibition showing the architectural design and site development plans for the UCA campus, the distinguished guests walked across the square to the Tekeli campus of UCA’s School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE).

Pausing at stands of the town fair organised for the occasion, Mawlana Hazar Imam acknowledged the applause of the assembled citizenry that included students of the School. Amongst those he met were young alpinists developing local mountain tourism, a subject in which the SPCE is offering courses.

A highlight of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s encounters with a wide range of learners was his meeting with the oldest of the School’s students, a woman aged 74 taking an IT course. During his tour of SPCE, Hazar Imam impressed upon English teachers the value of the study of English to make Kazakh culture — like that of other societies of the Islamic world — more widely accessible.

At a lunch hosted in his honour by the Akim of the Almaty Oblast in Taldy Kurgan, Mawlana Hazar Imam was presented with a ceremonial robe of honour, traditional Kazakh headgear and a dombra (stringed musical instrument) before returning to Astana in the late afternoon.

In the evening, Mawlana Hazar Imam was the guest of honour of the Minister of Education at a private performance of traditional Kazakh and classical Western music.

Additional photos are available in the gallery. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

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Saturday, 1 November 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam tours the prayer hall of the soon to be completed Ismaili Centre Dushanbe. He is accompanied by the building’s Chief Architect and the Site Manager. Photo: Gary Otte

Early this morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam set out to review the progress of the soon to be completed Ismaili Centre Dushanbe. Situated on Dushanbe’s prominent Ismoil Somoni Avenue, the Centre resonates with the architectural traditions of Central Asia. Inspired by the mausoleum of Ismoil Somoni, a national hero in Tajikistan, over 2.6 million bricks are being used in the construction of its façade and interior.

Mawlana Hazar Imam then proceeded to the construction site of the Dushanbe Serena Hotel. Expected to be completed in 2009, the nine-story, state of the art facility will have 95 rooms, including suites and apartments. The hotel will include a banquet hall, meeting and dining facilities, a business centre, and a health club. It will also provide office space to meet the growing demand of organisations based in Dushanbe.

Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with His Excellency Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloev, the Mayor of Dushanbe.

In the evening Mawlana Hazar Imam hosted a reception for diplomats and senior government officials. The reception was followed by an Imamat banquet in honour of the President of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan and Tajikistan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.



Friday, 31 October 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam and the President of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon, meet at the President’s Office. Photo: Gary Otte

Mawlana Hazar Imam departed Kazakhstan today and travelled to Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, commencing a six-day visit to the country. He was received by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, His Excellency Asadullo Ghulomov, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Hamrokhon Zarifi, as well as other senior government ministers and representatives of the Aga Khan Development Network.

Following a formal afternoon meeting with Foreign Minister Zarifi, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the President of Tajikistan, His Excellency Emomali Rahmon at the President’s Office. The two discussed prevalent trends in the region and recent developments in country. Later in the evening, Mawlana Hazar Imam attended a state banquet hosted by the President in his honour.

Mawlana Hazar Imam’s trip to Tajikistan will include visits to the construction sites of the Ismaili Centre and the Serena Hotel in Dushanbe. In Gorno-Badakshan, Mawlana Hazar Imam will lay the foundation stone for the Khorog Jamatkhana and look in on the adjacent Khorog Park, which is currently being rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. He will also visit the University of Central Asia’s Vocational Education Centre and is expected to grant Darbars in Porshinev and Ishkashim.

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His Highness the Aga Khan visits Gorno Badakhshan

03.11.2008 09:56

Author: Shonavruz Afzalshoyev


KHOROG, November 3, 2008, Asia-Plus -- On November 2, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), arrived in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan.

Tajik First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Ghulomov is accompanying him on the trip to Gorno Badakhshan.

Today, the Aga Khan is participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Ismaili Center, Jamoatkhona, in Khorog and holding talks with the governors of Gorno Badakhshan and that Afghan Badakhshan province. After the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan is visiting the School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of the University of Central Asia (UCA).

In Gorno Badakhshan, the Aga Khan will also meet with members of the Ismaili community. On November 4, the Aga Khan will visit the Ishkashim district and November 5, he will visit the Shugnan district.

The Aga Khan’s visit comes at the invitation of the Government of Tajikistan and is one of many being undertaken to commemorate his Golden Jubilee as Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. His Highness succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as Imam on 11 July 1957.

The Aga Khan’s visit to Tajikistan is part of a 10-day trip to Central Asia, including Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; all three countries signed an international treaty establishing the UCA in 2000.

In Kazakhstan, he met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and other high-ranking Kazakh state officials as well as visited sites of the UCA main campus and SPCE in Tekeli.

In Kyrgyzstan, the Aga Khan will meet with senior government representatives and will travel to Naryn to review the main campus site of the UCA and the construction of the new Town Campus that will house SPCE.
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KABAR, November 2. Aga Khan Prince / Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is now visiting Tajikistan, he arrived to Tajikistan on October 31 at the invitation of the Tajik Government.
On November 5 Aga Khan Prince will arrive in Kyrgyzstan to visit construction of Aga Khan University in Naryn oblast.

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Monday, 03 November 2008

DUSHANBE, November 3 (Asia-Plus). Some 16 million kWh of Turkmen electricity has been supplied to Tajikistan over the past two days, according to Barqi Tojik (Tajik electric systems) power holding.

AKDN agencies to participate in rehabilitation of Dushanbe water supply system

Monday, 03 November 2008

DUSHANBE, November 3 (Asia-Plus). The spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili community, His Highness the Aga Khan, who is currently on his 6-day official visit to Tajikistan, on November 1 met here with Chairman of the Majlisi Milli (Tajikistan's upper chamber of parliament) also Dushanbe Mayor Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev.

Eurasian Economic Club meets in Yekaterinburg in late November to discuss risks and effects of world

Monday, 03 November 2008
DUSHANBE, November 3 (Asia-Plus). Reasons for and risks and effects of the world financial crisis will be discussed at a meeting of the Eurasian Economic Club of Scientists that will be held in Yekaterinburg,

His Highness the Aga Khan visits Gorno Badakhshan

Monday, 03 November 2008

KHOROG, November 3 (Asia-Plus). On November 2, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), arrived in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan.


Turkmenistan begins supplying electricity to Tajikistan

Monday, 03 November 2008

DUSHANBE, November 3 (Asia-Plus). Turkmenistan has begun supplying electrical power to Tajikistan in the autumn-winter season.

His Highness the Aga Khan, President Rahmon discuss cooperation issues
Monday, 03 November 2008


DUSHANBE, November 3 (Asia-Plus). Issues related to cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) were the focus of a meeting of President Emomali Rahmon with His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the AKDN here on October 31.
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His Highness the Aga Khan visits Gorno Badakhshan

03.11.2008 09:56

Author: Shonavruz Afzalshoyev


KHOROG, November 3, 2008, Asia-Plus -- On November 2, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), arrived in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan.

Tajik First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Ghulomov is accompanying him on the trip to Gorno Badakhshan.

Today, the Aga Khan is participating in the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Ismaili Center, Jamoatkhona, in Khorog and holding talks with the governors of Gorno Badakhshan and that Afghan Badakhshan province. After the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan is visiting the School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of the University of Central Asia (UCA).

In Gorno Badakhshan, the Aga Khan will also meet with members of the Ismaili community. On November 4, the Aga Khan will visit the Ishkashim district and November 5, he will visit the Shugnan district.

The Aga Khan's visit comes at the invitation of the Government of Tajikistan and is one of many being undertaken to commemorate his Golden Jubilee as Imam of the Ismaili Muslims. His Highness succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan, as Imam on 11 July 1957.

The Aga Khan's visit to Tajikistan is part of a 10-day trip to Central Asia, including Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan; all three countries signed an international treaty establishing the UCA in 2000.

In Kazakhstan, he met with President Nursultan Nazarbayev and other high-ranking Kazakh state officials as well as visited sites of the UCA main campus and SPCE in Tekeli.

In Kyrgyzstan, the Aga Khan will meet with senior government representatives and will travel to Naryn to review the main campus site of the UCA and the construction of the new Town Campus that will house SPCE.

AKDN agencies to participate in rehabilitation of Dushanbe water supply system

03.11.2008 11:04

Author: Bahrom Mannonov


DUSHANBE, November 3, 2008, Asia-Plus -- The spiritual leader of the world's Ismaili community, His Highness the Aga Khan, who is currently on his 6-day official visit to Tajikistan, on November 1 met here with Chairman of the Majlisi Milli (Tajikistan's upper chamber of parliament) also Dushanbe Mayor Mahmadsaid Ubaidulloyev.

Shavkat Saidov, an aide to the Majlisi Milli speaker for relations with media and NGOs, said that in the course of the talks the Aga Khan and Ubaidulloyev had discussed issues related to state and prospects of further expansion of cooperation between the Government of Tajikistan and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in implementation of different investment projects.

Ubaidulloyev highly appraised the present level of bilateral cooperation and contribution of the AKDN agencies to enhancement of educational, social, and economic areas of Tajikistan. He, in particular, noted that bilateral cooperation might open new opportunities for development and implementation of new projects and programs promoting enhancement of different branches of Tajikistan's economy and social life.

Ubaidulloyev also noted that participation of the AKDN agencies in reconstruction and construction of hydropower plants in Tajikistan as well as construction of the Ismaili Center and an office of the AKDN in Dushanbe, construction of world-class hotels and implementation of technical assistance and humanitarian programs were of significant importance, the aide said.

The Aga Khan supported Ubaidulloyev's proposal on participation of the AKDN agencies in establishment of a school with new teaching methods in Dushanbe and programs for rehabilitation of the water supply system and roads in the Tajik capital, Saidov said.
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Sunday, 2 November 2008

Against a picturesque background of snowy Pamir mountain peaks, Mawlana Hazar Imam is welcomed to Gorno-Badakhshan with a traditional offering of non (bread). Photo: Moez Visram

Accompanied by the First Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan, His Excellency Asadullo Ghulomov, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled aboard an Aga Khan Development Network helicopter from Dushanbe to Khorog, the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (province). Upon his arrival, he was received by the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan, Qodir Qosim, and the Mayor of Khorog, Mulkamon Nazaraliev, as well as leaders of the Jamat and the Aga Khan Development Network.

The citizens of Khorog greeted Mawlana Hazar Imam with a colourful Pamiri reception. Members of the Jamat dressed in ceremonial attire stood all-along a red-carpeted path. Hazar Imam was welcomed with a traditional offering of non (bread), and received gifts presented by younger members of the Jamat. As he walked along the carpet, his path was continuously showered with the petals of sweet-scented flowers.

In the evening, the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan hosted a dinner in honour of Mawlana Hazar Imam. The city streets and mountain-side signs welcoming Hazar Imam were lit up, and members of the Jamat lined the road leading to the event. The evening’s entertainment included traditional Pamiri singing, dancing, and musical performances.

It was evident that the joy and excitement of the Golden Jubilee had gripped the entire city.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan and Tajikistan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

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Aga Khan attends groundbreaking ceremony for construction of Ismaili Center in Khorog

04.11.2008 08:15

Author: Shonavruz Afzalshoyev


KHOROG, November 4, 2008, Asia-Plus - On Monday November 3, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Ismaili Muslims, and founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), attended the groundbreaking ceremony for construction of the Ismaili Cultural-Educational Center, Jamoatkhona, in Khorog, Gorno Badakhshan.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Aga Khan said that the Center should promote combining efforts to develop mutual understanding and stability in the region. In cooperation with and with support of the Government of Tajikistan and President Emomali Rahmon we are taking measures to transform Khorog into the gem of the Pamirs and one of cultural-educational centers of the region, His Highness the Aga Khan said. With that end in view we began constructing this Center, the University of Central Asia (UCA) and hotels, rehabilitate central parks and implement different projects aimed at development of education and health sectors and preservation of cultural relics in the region, His Highness stressed.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, the GBAO governor Qodir Qosim pointed out contribution of the Government of Tajikistan and the AKDN agencies to solution of the pressing problems facing Gorno Badakhshan in the energy, communications, agrarian and other sectors. “We are confident that the Ismaili Cultural-Educational Center will play an important role in formation and development of universal humanistic ideas,” the governor said.

Tajik First Deputy Prime Minster, Asadullo Ghulomov, the Afghan Badakhshan governor and other local and foreign guests, totaling some 10,000 people, attended the ceremony.

Yesterday, His Highness the Aga Khan also visited the Khorog Park, which is currently being rehabilitated by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, and the School for Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) of the University of Central Asia (UCA) in Khorog.

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Joined by the First Deputy Prime Minister and the Governor of Gorno-Badakhshan, Mawlana Hazar Imam lays the foundation for the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Khorog. Photo: Gary Otte

This morning, in the presence of First Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Ghulomov and Governor Qodir Qosim of Gorno-Badakhshan, Mawlana Hazar Imam laid the foundation-stone for the first “Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Tajik-Badakhshan.” Thousands of members of the Jamat gathered at the site to witness what Mawlana Hazar Imam described as an “historic event.”

“I can think of few events in this year which will have given me the happiness which this one today will bring me,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam. Situating the new Centre in the tradition of Muslim piety, Hazar Imam noted that it “will be a symbol of a symbol of confluence between the spiritual and the secular in Islam.”

Mawlana Hazar Imam also expressed a desire to continue to work in partnership with the authorities towards the development of Khorog. “Step by step, we will make Khorog the Jewel of the Pamir,” said Hazar Imam, describing his vision for the capital of Gorno-Badakhshan.

Also see Mawlana Hazar Imam’s speech at the Foundation Laying Ceremony of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog.
After the ceremony, government dignitaries and AKDN leaders accompanied Mawlana Hazar Imam on a tour of the adjacent Khorog Park, a rehabilitation project of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture.

In the afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited the University of Central Asia’s Vocational Training Centre in Khorog. He studied work done by students pursing carpentry, stone cladding and plaster construction. One hundred eight students are currently enrolled at the Training Centre, which was inaugurated in May 2008. Hazar Imam encouraged students to continue their education in these various fields which would surely see rewards in a world of increasing competition.

Afterwards, Mawlana Hazar Imam visited UCA’s main campus in Dasht, where he reviewed and discussed construction plans for the future development of the campus. The tour included a helicopter ride that provided a broader vantage point from which to view the site.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan and Tajikistan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

http://www.theismaili.org/cms/563/Central-Asia-visit

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Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam


Speech by Mawlana Hazar Imam
At the Foundation Stone Laying Ceremony of
The Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog
Monday, 3 November 2008


Bismillahir Rahamanir Rahim

Your Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Asadullo Ghulomov,
Your Excellency Governor Qodiri Qosim,
Your Excellency Governor Munshi Abdul Majeed,
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentleman

I would like to begin these comments this morning by welcoming you to this most happy occasion, this historic event, to celebrate the laying of the Foundation Stone of this first Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre in Tajik-Badakhshan.

I would like to say how deeply happy I am, that this Foundation Stone ceremony will occur during the 50th year of my Imamat. I can think of few events in this year which will have given me the happiness which this one today will bring me and inshallah all the people who will participate in this event.

At the beginning of these comments, it is appropriate to situate here, one of the functions of the Ismaili Centre in the tradition of Muslim piety. For many centuries, a prominent feature of the Muslim religious landscape has been the variety of spaces of gathering co-existing harmoniously with the masjid, which in itself has accommodated a range of diverse institutional spaces for educational, social and reflective purposes.

Historically serving communities of different interpretations and spiritual affiliations, these spaces have retained their cultural nomenclatures and characteristics, from ribat and zawiyya to khanaqa and jamatkhana.

The congregational space incorporated within the Ismaili Centre belongs to the historic category of jamatkhana, an institutional category that also serves a number of sister Sunni and Shia communities, in their respective contexts, in many parts of the world. Here, the Jamatkhana will be reserved for traditions and practices specific to the Shia Ismaili tariqah of Islam. The Centre on the other hand, will be a symbol of confluence between the spiritual and the secular in Islam.

I would like today to situate what the Centre and the Jamatkhana aspires to be in the town of Khorog. It is my hope that the town of Khorog will become the Jewel of the Pamir. The gem cutter, the person who prepares the jewel, cuts it and cuts it and polishes it and cuts it and polishes it until he has fashioned the gem stone in to a stone of absolute purity with no clouding, absolute purity. And the gem cutter has to do his work very carefully with a lot of time, because if he makes a mistake, he can not bring back the part of the stone that he cut away by mistake. And this is what I hope, with the President of the Republic, His Excellency the Governor, we will be able to do over the years ahead, to improve the town of Khorog, to make it the Jewel of the Pamir.

And we will seek to improve, all of us together, the quality of the environment in which we live, bringing clean water to everywhere where the people live, bringing energy to all the places where people live, improving the schools and health facilities, improving and restoring our historic buildings which are representations today of our cultural history, and thanks to the Governor Niyozmamadov and his gift of land, we today have a new park in Khorog, inshallah we will build the University of Central Asia, we will build this Centre, and while working together, step by step, we will make Khorog the Jewel of the Pamir.

And I want to thank again His Excellency the President, the Deputy Prime Minister, His Excellency the Governor, the Governor of Afghan-Badakshan who has done us the honour of being here today, I want to thank everyone who has made this event possible today. But more than that, who is making new things happen in partnership and in friendship. Like the University of Central Asia, which is a very complex exercise, but inshallah, we will do it properly.

And every time I come back to Khorog, I will ask myself: Are we moving towards making Khorog the Jewel of the Pamir?

Thank you.
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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Members of the Jamat gathered at Ishkashim, on both sides of the Pyanj river, in anticipation of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s first Golden Jubilee Darbar in Tajikistan. Photo: Moez Visram

During the night and into the early hours of the morning, murids braved near freezing temperatures to gather and wait. As darkness gave way to bright blue skies, Mawlana Hazar Imam’s helicopter landed and the early morning chill faded.

Thousands of murids had gathered at Ishkashim, on both banks of the Pyanj river, for the first of two Golden Jubilee Darbars granted by Mawlana Hazar Imam to the Jamat of Tajikistan. The Darbar was held in the open air of Gorno-Badakhshan, against the majestic backdrop of the Pamir mountains.

Following the Darbar, the Jamat waved at Mawlana Hazar Imam as his helicopter departed, before returning their homes.

Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam held a joint meeting with provincial leaders from both sides of the Pyanj river: Governor Qodiri Qosim of Gorno-Badakhshan in Tajikistan and Governor Munshi Abdul Majeed of Afghan Badakhshan.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan and Tajikistan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

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I. Chudinov and Prince Aga Khan arrived in Naryn

06/11/2008, 13:46

KABAR, November 6. Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Igor Chudinov and Prince Aga Khan have arrived in Naryn town. The goal of their visits is to familiarize with construction process of the University of Central Asia.
The Prince Aga Khan arrived in Kyrgyzstan on three-day visit at the invitation of the republic's government. He had already visited Kazakhstan and Tajikistan within the framework of his tour to Central Asia.

The University of Central Asia was established in 2000 within the framework of the agreement between the governments of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and High Highness the Aga Khan.

http://en.kabar.kg/index.php?area=1&p=news&newsid=31645
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Ednan Karabaev meets with Prince Aga Khan
06/11/2008, 13:39

KABAR, November 6. Kyrgyzstan's foreign minister Ednan Karabaev met with Prince Aga Khan.

During the meeting, E.Karabaev welcomed him on behalf of President of Kyrgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev and thanked the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) for rendering material assistance to quake victims in the republic' south.

The parties discussed the results of implemented projects and perspectives of cooperation between AKDN and Kyrgyzstan. It was also raised issues about projects, which reflect tasks that set by the President of Kyrgyzstan in his message to the people of Kyrgyzstan.
It was pointed out priority directions of cooperation in the field of energy, water resources, work in rural area. The AKDN is interested in construction of small hydroelectric power stations.

Issues of building air grounds for development of small aviation were raised during the meeting. The minister said the necessity of setting up mini air grounds and building hangars for helicopters in remote regions of Kyrgyzstan.

http://en.kabar.kg/index.php?area=1&p=news&newsid=31644


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His Highness Prince Aga Khan arrives in Kyrgyzstan
06/11-2008 14:01, Bishkek – News Agency “24.kg”, By Yulia LIPOVICH

His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) arrived in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday, November 5, 2008.

The three-day visit at the invitation of the Kyrgyz government is concluding leg of the Aga Khan’s ten-day Golden Jubilee tour of Central Asia, which also included Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

The Aga Khan is scheduled to meet with Kyrgyzstan’s Prime Minister Igor Chudinov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ednan Karabaev and the Speaker of the Parliament Aitibai Tagayev amongst other officials. The discussions are expected to cover current and future initiatives of the AKDN, partnering with the government and civil society institutions in the areas of economic development, public private partnership, and the strengthening of institutional and human resource capacity. The issues of regional development and stability will be covered at the meetings as well.

In the town of Naryn, on November 6, the Aga Khan, Chancellor of the University of Central Asia (UCA) and Prime Minister Igor Chudinov will review progress on construction and facilities development of the UCA main campus.

This will be the Aga Khan’s eight visit to Kyrgyzstan.

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From Mehboob Kamadia
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Ya Ali madad:

Mawlana Hazar Imam blessed the Gorno Badakhshan jamats with Holy Zaheri Deedar in Ishkashim and porshniv. According to credible info there were 40 thousand murids in Iskashim and 140 thousand in Porshniv 15 km. away from khorog. Ishkashim is about 2 hrs. drive from Khorog. At both sites, the Holy Farmans were the same.

(paraphrasing) Mawlana Hazar Imam became emotional in Ishkashim when He said that no mountains, deserts, barriers, rivers can possibly stop the IMAM's love for His murids. The Imam said that the drugs culture and arms culture must never be tolerated and rejected at any cost. The Imam said that Tajikistan has natural resoursces, which AKDN will assist in tapping into. AKDN to engage in 3 domains: poverty, growth of economy and civil society. Leisure industry should be capitalized for Tajikistan's economy. At both places, the Gorno Badakshan Jamat gave gifts of Tambur. In Ishkashim the Imam remarked that someone must have informed that the Imam loves to hear the music of the silk route. Golden jubilee is a day of celebration, rejoicing and happiness. The Imam Himself would be rejoicing with the Jamat. The Imam blessed the departed souls with eternal rest.

In Porshniv the former chief Khalifa was seated in front of the Imam on a chair. He is very old and sick. The late Missionary Abualy and I had met Khalifa Shohi Kalon in August 1994. When Mawlana Hazar Imam descended from His Throne, He directly went to Khalifa Shohi Kalon to greet him. The Khalifa attempted to rise but the Imam placed both His hands on Khalifa's shoulders and asked him to sit. The Imam's mubarak Head came so close to Shohi Kalon's head - possible kissed him.

Two persons (not from Badakhshan) had a private audience with the Imam while He was leaving from Porshniv Darbar site. It appeared that these murids had come with mehmani/gifts. I saw the Imam blessed them both.

In Ishkashim, the Imam went to the edge of Afghan/Tajik border to bless the Afghan murids before departing to Khorog by helicopter. This was a shock for security. Discipline in Ishkashim is beyond description.

In Ishkashim there was not a single cloud in the sky. The sun was shinning and the Almighty Allah smiling through the majestic mountains of Pamir. The Imam said that let the light of the beautiful sun shine in your hearts and souls forever.

Ya Ali madad.
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Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam addresses the Jamat during the Golden Jubilee Darbar in Porshinev. Photo: Akbar Hakim

Today, Mawlana Hazar Imam granted a second Golden Jubilee Darbar to the Jamat of Gorno-Badakhshan at Porshinev.

Many murids had travelled from neighbouring villages and some had camped through the night. By dawn, a gathering of over 100 000 awaited Mawlana Hazar Imam’s arrival.

During the Darbar, the Jamat presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with a traditional harp — a symbol of the ancient musical traditions of Central Asia. Afterwards, Hazar Imam departed Porshinev and travelled to Dushanbe.

In the afternoon, Mawlana Hazar Imam and President Emomali Rahmon held a final meeting in the airport VIP terminal, before Hazar Imam’s departure from Tajikistan. The President presented Mawlana Hazar Imam with a gift of ceremonial Tajik garments. Then, in an unprecedented gesture of friendship, the President accompanied Mawlana Hazar Imam to his aircraft and personally bid him farewell.

From Dushanbe, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to the Kyrgyz Republic for the third leg of his Golden Jubilee visit to Central Asia. Arriving in the evening at Manas International Airport near the capital city of Bishkek, Mawlana Hazar Imam was greeted with a traditional Kyrgyz welcome.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ednan Karabaev, received Mawlana Hazar Imam on behalf of the government. Senior government officials and AKDN leaders were also present to welcome Hazar Imam.

Mawlana Hazar Imam then met with the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, His Excellency Igor Chudinov, who hosted him at dinner.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

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I feel honoured and priviledged to share with all the experiences of myself and my family in Tajikistan for our loving Moulla's Golden Jubilee celebration in this special part of the world.
The whole trip had an ethereal, dream-like quality to it. The disappointment of cancellation of darbar in Dushanbe (for political reasons) was well offset by our loving Moulla. We saw Moulla at various places in Dushanbe, six times over a two-day period. Each time as Moulla's motorcade past, Moulla would put down his window, lean out despite the bitter cold and smile and wave with both hands at His murids, including ourselves, who lined the streets in large numbers, waving the My Flag and the national flag of Tajikistan. Imagine how much Moulla loves His murids. He knew they would not be able to see Him properly through the tinted glass of His window and so each time He put down His window. All we can say is Shukrana from our hearts. All the streets through which Moulla's motorcade would pass had been festooned with colourful banners of Welcome to Moulla written in the Tajik/Russian and English. Many of the Tajik Ismailis waited patiently on the streets for Moulla's motorcade to pass. I was touched to learn that many of them were students and most of them could not afford to go for the darbars in Badakshan. But they were very happy and said that these glimpses of Moulla as His car passed were deedar for them. How humble and Imani they are! We all need to learn a lesson from them.
And now came the challenge of travelling to Badakshan for the darbars in Ishkhashim (4th Nov) and Khorog (5th Nov). Due to cloudy weather flights to Khorog had been cancelled and cars were in great demand with prices rocketing daily and hourly. I know of a group who actually paid over 300USD per person to be driven upto Khorog and back. My family and I were extremely fortunate to obtain a lift from a Tajik ismaili man and his daughter who were driving upto Khorog for the darbars and who had place in his car for us. We were totally blown away by their hospitality. First of all, he took us to his home in Dushanbe and asked his wife to cook Pilov (scented rice with meat) specially for us. We objected but the y would hear none of it. After the delicious meal, they showed us pictures of Moulla taken during His previous visits to Tajikistan. They didnt seem to have any other (recent) photos of Mawlana Hazir Imam so we promised to send them some. We also gave them the movie of Mawlana Hazir Imam's Golden Jubilee Visit to East Africa. They were so excited and happy, it was amazing. I was struck by their simple house & way of living. It was indeed very refreshing. We were then given pillows and blankets to rest before setting off and were warned about lack of washrooms on the way so that we could use their facilities and prepare ourselves well to endure the loooong ride. He was indeed a very good driver and although the road was rough we hardly notices, so engrossed were we in the beautiful scenario of the Pamir mountains, valleys, canyons and the shimmering waters of the River Panj that we passed along the way. The scenaries looked like they had been painted on. Truly breathtaking. We arrived in on the outskirts of Khorog & found the road blocked because Moulla was just about to step out of the Khorog Serena Inn on His way to the Ismaili Centre. How lucky was that. We immediately stood alongside the Tajik ismailis who had gathered in large numbers. The volunteers who noticed we were guests kindly took us right to the front at the fence of the hotel, through which we would have a clear view of Mowlana Hazir Imam's exit from the hotel into His waiting Landcruiser. This was yet another example of Tajik hospitality and respect for their ismaili brethren from abroad. Mawlana Hazir Imam came out, looked, smiled and waved at all of us. The crowd burst into applause and loud chantings of the salwat. Mawlana Hazir Imam then put His hand to His heart and smiled. As His motorcade left the compound Mawlana Hazir Imam once again put His window down, leaned out slightly and kept on waving at the gathered ismailis. What a beautiful and poignant moment this was, easpecially for us, having just arrived at the opportune moment. I felt like Pirs must have felt when after travelling for days on end through arduous conditions, they finally arrived in Moulla's huzur. We steadfastly decided to stay at the Inn until Mawlana Hazir Imam's return and once again received His deedar upon His return two hours later. How dashing He looked in His overcoat and what a beautiful smile he wore. We were so happy to note He looked healthy, happy and glowing with the cold bringing out warm colour on his cheeks. It was heavenly to see our magnificent Mawlana Hazir Imam smiling against a backdrop of majestic scenary. We then set of for Khorog city. All the streets had been lined with buckets of flowers. This was a unique touch. There were also banners, balloons and the houses had been adorned with colourful lights. I was also amazed to see a huge welcome sign with a beautiful illuminated drawing of the Taj on the face of the mountains overlooking Khorog. As we enter the town we could hear festive music at different junctures, with loud sounds of merry-making. Our ismaili host told us this was all happiness due to the deedar and Mawlana Hazir Imam's presence in Khorog. He then took us to his brother's house where once again we were welcomed very warmly and fed with meat, potatoes, their traditional kulchaa (bread), nuts, sweets, chocolates and hot green tea. The washroom facilities here were also very good and once again we were told to rest for a few hours before leaving for Ishkhashim. Upon reaching the darbar site, we were taken by volunteers to the very front row right opposite the stage because we were guests. At that time I felt deeply ashamed because in my country, guests were given places at the rear of the darbar hall. The Ishkhashim Deedar was truly memorable. A crowd of about 40000 had gathers with an extra 8000-10000 Afghan ismailis standing on the mountain side across the river. Mawlana Hazir Imam's helicopter arrived at 11 15am and Moulla himself entered the darbar hall at 11 35am. The sun was shining brightly, the sky was azulian blue and th gathering was quiet and disciplined. As Mawlana Hazir Imam walked down the runners the chants of salwat echoed around, right upto His arrival on stage. We bowed down with gratitude as this was a place we could only dream of ever being given, with our loving Moulla sitting only metres away from us. So close were we that we could hear every word being spoken on stage by Moulla and by Mukhisaheb, and we could see every ecpression on our Moulla's countenenance. After the recitation of the Holy Quran, its translations in both Tajik and English, the recitation of Qasida by little children, the council president's loyalty address both in tajik and English, our loving Moulla's irshad mubarak in English and its translation in Tajik, the offering of nazrana of knowledge and time and of a tambur (a sitar-like musical instrument), Moulla once again came to the mic and acknowledged the gift and gave blessings to all for the fulfillment of wishes and he then said that the beautiful sunshine that we have today should remain permanently in our hearts. Mawlana Hazir Imam then left the stage and once again wallked down the runners through the jamat. As He arrived at the exit, He stopped turned around and nodded at two ismailis who were on their knees waving at Moulla. Moulla once again nodded at them and put His hand to His heart. And then exited the mandap. I later on came to know the two ismailis, a lady and a gentleman, were from Kenya. Mawlana Hazir Imam motorcade then took Him to the back of the mandap to the edge of the river. Mowla exited the car and waved at the Afghan ismailis who had assembled across the river. This brought to mind a sentence from the beginning of Mawlana Hazir Imam's irshad mubarak in which He said, "The love of the Imam for His murids knows no physical boundaries, no mountain, no river, no desert can stop the Imam's love from reaching His murid". Alhamdulliah!! I have never heard such a touching description before of Mawlana Hazir Imam's love for His murids. Moulla then took off for Khorog and as His helicopted ascended we could see Moulla's hand still waving at the crowd. Thereafter our kind host drove us back to Khorog to his brother's house. After a simple repast we were given gifts of colourful Pamir topis and socks. Then he found for us a ride back to Dushanbe in an AKDN vehicle that was going back to pick a canadian professor who was arriving at the airport the next day. We thanked our hosts for the wonderful hospitality and wished them a wonderful deedar the next day in Porshinev. We left with heavy hearts because we could not attend the darbar there the next day as we had a flight to Sharjah which operates only once a week. All the way to Dushanbe we were feeling sad and prayed for forgiveness to Moulla for missing the second darbar. Just as we reached Dushanbe Hotel at 3pm on 5th November we heard loud sirens and whistles on the street. Something made us abandon our bags on the sidewalk and rush to the edge of the curb opposite the construction site of Serena Hotel. One minute later our loving Moulla motorcade passed. We started jumping up and down excitedly, we were so amazed that we almost went on the road. Mawlana Hazir Imam's car slowed down, He put His window down and then He leaned out and waved and smiled at each and every one of us! MY GOD! What a treat!!!! All the sadness evaporated from our hearts. We went dancing and singing into the lobby of our hotel. All passers-by were staring at us but we could not just not contain ourselves. The AKDN driver and his colleague were so amazed, they congratulated us warmly and expressed what a miracle this was. They knew about our sadness on the way and were now very happy for us. We then left Dushanbe later that evening, our hears singing with joy and happiness and basking in the love Moulla showed us throughout this enchanting visit. We have never seen Him put down His window, lean out and wave from His car. And this touching gesture of His has boosted our faith and made it even stronger.
I would be failing in my duty if I did not thank AKDN for organising such a wonderful reception for us in the executive lounge at the airport upon our arrival in Dushanbe. I would also like to express my admiration for the people of Khorog for the way in which they welcomed Moulla to Khorog by having girls shower the red carpet with petals of flowers. Once again, thanks to all Tajik ismailis for their wonderful hospitality and big and generous hearts. Above all, thanks to our most loving Mawlana Hazir Imam who made all this possible. SHUKRAN LILLAH WAL HAMDULILLAH a countless times to our most loving, most beloved Moulla!!!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Indigo,

Thank you for such a wonderful account of the Didar in Tajikistan.

I hope your account gets widely distributed . It is truly inspiring.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2008 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As Received

dear all
mubaraki mubaraki mubaraki
it is still freezing cold hazer imam did come. Thousands of murids gethered on both sides of the road in cold from 5 am in the morning with children and aged, almost ten people depth.

Hazer Imam arrived at 10 am at the site looked extremy happy. Farouk and Hadi Khan took him round and his mind was outside on the road where murids were chanting salwats so louldly that we thought the clouds will fall down ! as i said imam turned around and said MY POOR JAMAT !
this happened 3 times

on his way out hadi khan mentioned all this staff work extra hard, again he kept on smiling looked at each one of us and said yes it shows in the work ! inshallah i will be back to open it in march ! so you see we will have to work extra eextra hard to fulfil his desire of all the didars i think this was out of the world ! he kept on looking in the eyes all the time
was thinking about all of you shukhar !

your tasbis must be very very powerful thank you

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 09, 2008 12:51 am    Post subject: YAM Reply with quote

Thanks a lot for every one for such a beautifull stories and information that till now you were posting here. That will be very great of you if you will post more stories here about Tajikistan darbar, so that we, who are far away from TAjikistan and could not attand the Darbar there, would know how was the Didar with our beloved Imam. Thanks

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Thursday, 6 November 2008

Mawlana Hazar Imam, Prime Minister Chudinov and other UCA and government officials receive a warm welcome from students at the University’s town campus in Naryn. Photo: Gary Otte

This morning, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Kyrgyz Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ednan Karabaev. Following their meeting, Mawlana Hazar Imam travelled to Manas International Airport where he was joined by Prime Minister Igor Chudinov. The Prime Minister then accompanied Hazar Imam on a flight to Naryn, the town in which the Kyrgyz campus of the University of Central Asia (UCA) is situated.

In the shadow of the Tian Shan mountain peaks overlooking Naryn, Kyrgyz horsemen galloped across the runway, as the aircraft carrying Mawlana Hazar Imam and Prime Minister Chudinov touched down. The Governor of Naryn Oblast, Omurbek Suvanaliev and the Mayor of Naryn, Almaz Kulmatov were on hand to welcome them.

Hundreds of students of UCA's School of Professional and Continuing Education (SPCE) waved Kyrgyz and Ismaili flags, as the dignitaries strode across the green that the University has gifted to the town. After reviewing the construction site of the town campus building, Mawlana Hazar Imam and the Prime Minister met teachers and students of the SPCE's English in the Villages Programme.

Following lunch, architects, UCA management staff and civic officials accompanied the Prime Minister and Mawlana Hazar Imam to viewing points along the proposed main campus site overlooking a dramatic rock face across the Naryn River.

Later in the day, Mawlana Hazar Imam returned to Bishkek, where he called on the Speaker of Kyrgyz Parliament, Aitibay Tagayev, at the Parliament building.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.

http://www.theismaili.org/?id=563

Friday, 7 November 2008

The AKDN Resident Representative in the Kyrgyz Republic, Nurjehan Mawani, bids farewell to Mawlana Hazar Imam at Manas International Airport. Photo: Gary Otte

On the final day of his visit to the Kyrgyz Republic, Mawlana Hazar Imam undertook a busy agenda of activities prior to his mid-morning departure.

Hazar Imam reviewed full-scale models of the facilities that will make up the three future campuses of the University of Central Asia. The models included replicas of undergraduate and graduate dormitory rooms, faculty offices and classrooms.

Afterwards, Mawlana Hazar Imam met with the Mayor of Bishkek, Nariman Tuleyev. Their meeting was held in a yurt — a dwelling structure that was traditionally used by nomadic peoples in the steppes of Central Asia.

At Manas International Airport, as Mawlana Hazar Imam prepared to depart Kyrgyzstan, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Ednan Karabaev and AKDN leaders were present to bid him farewell. Hazar Imam’s departure from the country marked the end of his Golden Jubilee visit to Central Asia.

Additional photos are available in the Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan galleries. Further details on Mawlana Hazar Imam’s visit to Central Asia will continue to be posted at TheIsmaili.org.
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Amongst the group we were with was a guy who had come from Canada who had met and married a local Pamiri. Their story was fascinating, as he described how he had bumped into her multiple times while he was visiting the region for work-related reasons. As interesting as the story was, though, what was even more fascinating was the wife’s story of her experience preparing for a visit of the Aga Khan in October 2008 and the instances of perseverance and hilarity that ensued therein. (Pamiris are predominantly Nizari Ismaili Muslims, who see Aga Khan IV as their spiritual guide.) Her stories, combined with that of many others, show a degree of love and devotion that one scarcely hears.

For the sake of time, I will try my best to briefly convey two such stories I have heard while here:

Originally, the Aga Khan was suppose to visit both Dushanbe and Khorog, though for some reason, the first visit did not pan out. For the thousands of Pamiri Ismailis living in Khorog, this was obviously an incredible disappointment. But, seeing as how a fair number of them had relatives or immediate family in Khorog (and seeing as how Khorog is generally a VERY accommodating place anyways), many of those who were able to afford to headed to Khorog via rented vehicles. And so it goes that one Pamiri went to speak with her professor to inform her that she was “feeling sick” so that she could get an excused absence from class. Upon relaying the ailment to the professor, he calmly informed her that for some odd reason, many of his Pamiri students had fallen ill and not to worry, as he was sure that a trip to GBAO for a few days to see the Aga Khan would certainly make her feel better…

Another story that had been relayed to me described a series of coincidences and awe-inspiring moments. Upon finding out of the visit being canceled in Dushanbe, one couple I spoke with was particularly saddened; on account of their jobs, they would be unable to take the time out to visit Ishkashim, the location of the Darbar visit (close to Khorog). Luckily, though, both of them were able to take leave from their offices due to a streak of luck. Unluckily, they could not find a car to take them to Khorog (since the drive requires a 4x4 across the rocky terrain). This changed just a couple of days before the visit would happen in Khorog, and they were able to hitch a (overcrowded) ride with an acquaintance. After roughing out a bumpy and dangerous 16+ hour journey, they arrived in Khorog and immediately began heading to the site of the visit in Ishkashim (running on very little sleep). Seeing as how all of the vehicles in the village had already been booked, they began this considerable journey on foot. I should mention here that GBAO in October is no joke; being in the mountains, the area gets very cold, very fast at night...so you can imagine the difficulty in trekking the terrain during this time. After travelling for multiple hours by foot, the couple, accompanied by extended family, reached the site of the visit at pitch-dark nightfall, where they would spend the next couple of hours waiting for the much anticipated visit. Taking turns sharing a single blanket amongst a large number of family members, they waited in anticipation throughout the night. Before long, they heard and saw a chopper crossing the horizon that was bringing the Aga Khan to the site. And as the chopper approached, it seemed to bring with it the sun, yawning awake as it parted the clouds and shooed away the darkness. With the sun shinning overhead and the cold slowly receding, the Pamiris waited in anticipation as the heli slowly came to land and the Aga Khan prepared to deliver his guidance after a far-too-long 10 years...

Forgiving my relatively poor retelling of those stories, there were many other such stories (running the gamut from emotional to hilarious) describing hardships to get to the location of the visit and the pursuant contentment that resulted from the visit (and the message/guidance associated with the visit). I hope to hear more of these stories in the coming weeks.

http://bigzabroad.blogspot.com/2009/09/catching-up-pt-ii-damn-good-weekend.html
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2009 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

With Mawla's grace I was very lucky that my annual leave from work coincided with Deedar time in Khorog and I planned to go home, to Badakhshan, with my wife and son for Deedar. When there we heard that Deedar in Dushanbe was cancelled, we were all saddened for those who were looking forward for it and could not make it to travel to the Pamir.
In few days after Deedar we came back to Dushanbe and got their by midnight. We got off the Pamir-Dushanbe taxi and took another taxi to drop us home. The Sunni taxi driver was telling us about how recently most of the Pamiries left Dushanbe. ‘The Dushanbe-Pamir taxi prices went up in times, but people still went” he said. “May be this is for the humanitarian aid Agha Khan gave them after the War…. (?)” he was wondering.
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