by Asghar Khan and Zeeshan Ali
Gulmit, 13th July: Imamat Day was celebrated across Hunza valley with religious zeal and fervour. Different events were organized in all the villages of Hunza Valley to celebrate the examplary leadership of His Highness the Aga Khan. In this connection a very impressive and colorful two-days festival was organized in Gulmit, the capital of Gojal magistracy. Thousands of men, women and children participated in the event to pay their tributes to their spiritual leader.
On the eleventh of July thousands of people gathered at the historic Gulmit Polo ground. The day started with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran. Afterwards units of various institutions saluted the national and Ismaili flag, with support of the Silver Jubilee band, Gulmit. Assistant Commissionair, Chilas, Rashid Ali was chief guest of the event and Col (r) Sher Khan, son of Group Captain (r) Shah Khan, hero of the war of liberation of Gilgit – Baltistan, presided.
Dramas and tableaus were presented by people of different age groups, representing different organizations. Speakers highlighted the efforts of His Highness the Aga Khan for betterment of the global society and thanked him for his leadership. The historical background of the institution of Ismaili Imamat was also highlighted by religious scholars.
12th of July was reserved for musical and cultural events. Engineer Jabbar was guest of the event while Mrs. Nusrat Nasab, director FOCUS, presided. Local singers performed in front of thousands of people, adding colors to the beauty of the event. Young and old danced the entire day, celebrating the day when fifty one years ago His Highness the Aga Khan had become Imamt of the Nizari Ismailis, living in the six continents of the world.
Pamir News Blog invites all its readers to share photographs of the Imamat Day celebrations with our readers. We have received the following photographs from Asghar Khan. (the slide show, below, can be viewed only if a flash player is installed on your PC).