A delegation from the Ismaili Council for Afghanistan travelled to Bamyan in December 2018 to join the Jamat there in celebrating the occasion of Mawlana Hazar Imam’s 82nd birthday.

The President of the Council, Mir Ahmad Joyenda, and members of the delegation were welcomed by the deputy governor of Bamyan and leaders of regional AKDN institutions at the airport, before a meeting to exchange ideas on further strengthening the relationship between Imamat institutions and the local government.

On 13 December 2018, over 1500 residents from Bamyan, representing all religious backgrounds came together to celebrate Salgirah with the Jamat in the region. President Joyenda thanked the local authorities for their warm welcome and continued coordination with Imamat institutions over the past 15 years.

“His Highness the Aga Khan has an enduring commitment to Afghanistan and its people. This commitment has been expressed in many conferences and reiterated in the recent Geneva conference.” He said.

His Excellency Mohammed Taher Zahir, the governor of Bamyan delivered a speech in which he acknowledged the gracious support of Mawlana Hazar Imam and AKDN institutions in the region, and singled out the AKDN-operated Bamyan Regional Hospital for special praise.

The following day, members of the National council were joined by leaders of the local council and AKDN staff on a tour of three villages in the Shebar district, to meet with the Jamat there, and discuss opportunities for further progress and development.