Islamabad: His Highness the Aga Khan, the 49th hereditary Imam of the world’s 20 plus million Ismaili Muslims is scheduled to visit Pakistan in December.
According to an internal communique, the Aga Khan will reach Pakistan on the 7th of December. An invitation for visiting Pakistan was extended to the Aga Khan by President Mamnoon Hussain early this year.
The Aga Khan is expected to meet huge congregations of his followers on the 9th of December in Chitral and on the 10th of December in different parts of Gilgit-Baltistan. He will meet the community leaders and government officials in Islamabad on the 12th and 14th, before departing for Karachi, where he will spend two more days, meeting community leaders and government officials.
The Ismailis are celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of the spiritual leadership of the Aga Khan, who has been leading his community to prosperity for the last six decades.
Government departments and Ismaili volunteers are working together in different parts of Chitral and Gilgit-Baltistan to construct, prepare, Didargahs (special congregation spaces), where the Aga Khan will meet thousands of his followers, and share guidance for worldly and religious upliftment of the Jamat.
The Ismailis are enthusiastically repairing roads, cleaning up villages and towns, and decorating their community centers with lights.
The term “Deedar Mubarak” is being painted on the mountains in different valleys of the area, to welcome the Prince, who traces his ancestry back to prophet Muhammbad (pbuh).
The Aga Khan is touring different countries of the world, and meeting government officials and community members as part of the Diamond Jubilee celebrations.
The last time the Aga Khan gave Deedar to his followers in Pakistan was in 2000.