KARACHI : Press Release
IN connection with the Diamond Jubilee celebrations of Imamat of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the Ismaili leaders from Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral assembled at Aga Khan Gymkhana on the evening of Saturday, January 27 to commemorate Diamond Jubilee. The program was arranged by Hunza Gilgit Social and Welfare Organization.
Leaders and professionals from different walk of life including Imamati and Jamati instutions, civil society organizations, political organizations, religious scholars and youth leaders. The theme of the program revolves around the farman of MHI Prince Karim Aga Khan made during the recent Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan. “Societies can best strengthen themselves by mobilizing their own dynamic forces rather than relying on eternal support and direction.” _ Aga Khan IV The ceremony was formally commenced with the recitation of Holy Quran by Qari Liqat Ali. Moula Madad Qizill, chairman of Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization conferred welcome note and presented a brief history of HGSWO and highlighted the theme behind the celebration of Diamond Jubilee. Qizil invited the potential individuals to contribute for the progress of community and to make them a part of global citizen, put their efforts to ease the communal gapes, develop the doctrine of frontless brotherhood, diversity and pluralism.
Rani Mohammad Karim, scholar of Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board ITREB, pointed out some soci-economic issues, primarily, women empowerment, unemployment, residential issues of students in down cities. She further emphasized to strengthen intuitions to overcome these socio- economic hurdles.
A founder member of HGSWO, Mirbaz Khan rememorize the achievements of HGSWO made during her earlier decades including housing societies for the communities of Northern Areas in Karachi, welfare assistance of need members and educational development.
HGSWO didn’t sustain the pace of social welfare development made in earlier days due to lack of commitment and leadership within us. He added.
Inayat Baig, a dynamic social activist form Ghizar valley highlighted the troubles of youth, such as increasing tendency of suicide in Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral. Baig said due to unemployment and mental stress the youth of the region are indulging in negative social activities. The youth of the GB&C are disappointed with community and imamate institutions.
Instructions aren’t actively playing their role in dealing with the problems the communities are facing.He further said, “Beside other social issues the region of Gilgit Baltistan and Chitral are vulnerable climatic changes and the people of the region are facing political deprivation. The intuitions play role and guide the community to undertake these hitches.” Baig added.
Ibad-ur- Rehman, scholar of ITREB, stressed to avoid immoral activities and to give out their liveliness to get quality education, enhance leadership skills in youth and become a helpful of your country. Sarder Ali Khan, a prominent Politician form Gilgit Baltistan, currently serving as Vice president of Pakistan People’s Party Karachi division also spoke to the event.
He said, “We should interact with our sister communities and built batter relation with them, as now one can progress with living in isolation. Our community member should take part in positive politics and initiative to resolve their problem themselves. We must have our own leaders to take our issues to government level.” “Our communities are living scattered of vicinity in cities, especially in Karachi. Consequently we are losing our social and cultural norms, values, identity and are facing many other soci0-economic issues.”
Sardar further said.
Sardar Ali Khan pledged to resolve the accommodation issue of people GB and C living in Karachi in coordination with government Sindh.
The session was concluded with note of thanks paid by Babar Majeed, V.Chairman of Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization. He thanked all the guests, participants and organizers.
The audience we also enthralled with joyful music segment. Artists from different cultural background performed there, notability FEW band of Saeed Zulifqar Ali, Sultan Madad (Bulbulik Academy), Nauman Karim and Shams Qizill made the event lively.
The participants applauded Hunza Gilgit Social Welfare Organization for organization for the social welfare service conferred to mountainous communities and specifically for organizing the historical Diamond Jubilee event which harmony within community and bring together people from different geographical regions.