By: Zeeshan Ali & Zulfiqar Ali Khan
Hunza, October 24: The Ismaili community of Hunza celebrated October 23 with great zeal and fervour to mark the first visit of the Ismaili Iman (spiritual leader) to Hunza on October 23, 1960. In this regard different programmes were organised in all villages of Hunza. Major events in Upper Hunza (Gojal) were organised on October 23 while in Central Hunza on October 24.
In Gulmit, a mega programme was organised at Gulmit polo ground, participated by hundreds of community members as well as tourists. Majeed Khan, Ex-President Ismaili Local Council for Gulmit was Chief Guest while Muhammad Baig, Ex-Captain Ismaili Volunteer Corp (during Oct 23, 1960) presided the event. Scouts entertained the audiences through different skits and sport activities. Through a talk show, the elders shared their experiences of Oct 23, 1960 with the audiences. The speakers in their speeches highlighted the particular situations, the community was living before 1960 and stressed on youth to prepare for the coming challenges.
Similar programmes (Thamasha) were also organised in Karimabad and Hyderabad, where people danced on traditional music.
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