Ismaili volunteers repair roads in Booni Chitral
CHITRAL:? When roads get damaged due to land erosion or more so due to poor quality of initial construction, no one pays heed to it by way of repairing these damaged roads. The most people do is appeal to the MPA and MNA to repair the roads for them and this does not happen and the people of the area continue suffering from these damaged and pot-hole littered roads.
This time however the Ismaili community of Booni in line with celebrating the second anniversaryof the visit of HH Prince Karim Aga Khan to the area, showed a positive attitude and set an example whereby volunteer youth from the community took up upon themselves to raper the roads. It took only a few days and the roads have become usable and much better.? Otherwise it would have been lying in this condition for years and people continuously cursing MPA and MNA and the government.
The gleaming lesson learnt from this exercise by Ismaili volunteers is that “where there is a will, there is a way”, and that instead of looking towards the government and NGOs for everything, people should fold up their sleeves pick up their spades and shovels and get about doing the work.. and success will follow. ‘uth baand kamar kia drta hai, phir dekh khuda kia kerta hai’.? ?.. CN report, 10 Dec 2019
Ismaili muslim lady wins elections in USA
CHITRAL: An Afghan lady of the Hazara tribe, belonging to the Ismaili muslim sect originally hailing from the Baghlan province of Afghanistan has secured a seat in the House of Representatives from New Hampshire in the US, during the mid term elections. Safiya Wazir, aged 27 and mother of two defeated a very senior Democrat politician to bag the seat.
Safia first shifted from Afghanistan to Uzbekistan in the mid 90s and from there her parents migrated to the land of opportunities, the USA.
It may be mentioned here that Chitral district is traditionally a home to many Ismaili muslims who constitute almost 1/3 of the total population of the district. .. CN report, 06 Sep 2019
The Aga Khan’s visit highlighted exemplary harmony and volunteerism
The recent visit of HH Prince Karim Aga Khan played a key role in strengthening the bonds of co-existence and inter-faith harmony. Besides a rare display of volunteerism was also witnessed on the occasion. The Sunni community remained in the forefront in assisting their Ismaili brethren to accord a warm welcome to their spiritual leader. On the day of the visit, the elders of the Sunni community displayed banners with the inscription of felicitations and welcome to receive the adherents coming to the Deedar Gah (place of congregation to catch a glimpse of the Imam). The Ismaili volunteers demonstrated an extraordinary prowess of volunteerism by undertaking Herculean tasks of repairing roads, constructing bridges, and providing lodging, food and transport to thousands of congregants. It is a good omen for both the communities to work together for mutual peace and harmony thus contributing towards socio-economic development. .. Khalid Pervaiz Raza,?Booni. Chitral 10 Dec 2017