Ismaili Community eagerly waiting to have a glimpse of their Imam
November 2, 2017
Chitral .. The Ismaili Community in Chitral district is eagerly awaiting to have a glimpse of their beloved Imam HH Prince Karim Aga Khan who is due to visit Chitral to give a “Deedar” to thousands of his adherents in the ‘ Deedar Gah’ in the headquarters of subdivision Mastuj, Booni. The volunteers of the community are working day in and day out to make the necessary arrangements prior to the arrival of the Imam. A vast tract of land adjacent to the River Yarkhun in Booni is reported to have been reserved for the congregation of the community members to have a glimpse of the Imam.
The spiritual leader of the Ismaili community commands respect and admiration as a true friend of the country among the cross-section of the Pakistani society. He has made innumerable contributions in the field of education, health and development through a network of organizations working under the umbrella of AKDN. Irrespective of caste and creed, the AKDN provides services to people from diverse social strata across the country. According to the Ismaili elders, the Imam fervently believes in harmony and peace in society. As a token of goodwill gesture, the elders of the Sunni community are extending a helping hand in respect of the arrangements for the prospective arrival of the HH Prince Karim Aga Khan in Booni. .. Khalid Pervaiz, Booni Chitral 02 Nov 2017
2017, December: H.H. The Aga Khan will be visiting his followers in the Northern Areas for Diamond Jubilee Darbars and other areas of Pakistan for religious work. His visit is expected the last days of November or the first week of December. Preparations are well under way. The visit is confirmed. There may be few days of adjustment in dates.
Official announcements will be made in all JK of Pakistan this Sunday evening.
The Imam is NOT expected to attend the Convocation at AKU and it Anniversary celebrations.
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KHI Deedar details are as below:
There will be 3 days of mulakat at Garden JK, (2 days for Karachi Jamat and 1 day for Sindh Jamat/Hyd) Areas around Garden JK will be sealed for 3 days for public transport, all parking will be at Nishtar Park, shuttle services will be arranged from there to Jamatkhana, no private cars are allowed inside jamat khana apart from the registered shuttle services which will drop the jamat outside JK. No cars will be allowed inside JK.
All Volunteers will be in civil with special cards allocated prior to a day. Lunch/Refreshments will be served at different locations for all jamats. Bulletproof glasses are installed near the no-go zone areas & celebration and progress of other work are in progress. All Pakistani residences residing abroad (outside Pakistan) will not be allowed for registration.
Preparation of venue for Ismaili congregation in full swing
November 13, 2017
BOONI: The local Ismaili community is continuing work on the preparation of a venue where His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan is expected to give Didar to them soon. Work on the preparation of the venue started on Oct 22.
But so far neither the government nor the Ismaili Council for Pakistan has announced any date for the expected arrival of the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims in connection with his diamond jubilee celebrations. Earlier, it was expected that Prince Karim Aga Khan would visit Pakistan in the middle of October but due to his preoccupation with the ongoing world visits to meet his followers in connection with the diamond jubilee celebrations it had to be delayed.
Sources in the community told ChitralToday on Monday that Prince Aga Khan was now expected to arrive in Pakistan in the first week of December.
Ismaili community elders in Booni told ChitralToday that work on the preparation of the Didargah was continuing and the Imam was expected to give Didar to the Ismailis in the first week of December. “It may be on 3rd or 4th December but the date is not fixed,” they added.
They said similar venues for the congregation of the Ismailis to have a glimpse of their Imam were also being prepared in Garam Chashma Chitral and Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan. The community members have started preparations for the event and residents of Booni and nearby areas have been asked by Ismaili institutions to make arrangements for hosting at least 20 people each coming from far-off areas to Booni for the Didar.
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