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From Left to Right, Sonal Dhanani, Khurram Lalani, Samina Baig, and Karishma Ali, all of whom have been appointed to Pakistan's National Youth Council.

Four young Ismailis from Pakistan have been appointed onto the 33-member National Youth Council (NYC) recently established by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan. The council’s mandate is to work for the upliftment of Pakistani youth and influence national policy and decision-making. Its members are prominent figures from various fields including Education, Sports, Religion, Economics, and the Arts. 

The Ismaili Centre, Vancouver was taken to the moon on a virtual exploration by Aga Khan Museum’s Sr. Exhibitions Manager Sarah Beam-Borg. This was a unique behind-the-scenes exploration of “The Moon: A Voyage Through Time” exhibit currently on display at the Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.

Mirza Ali at Camp 3 of Mount Everest (22,000 ft). Mountain climbing is rooted in the history, geography, and culture of Gilgit-Baltistan.

Ismaili mountaineer Mirza Ali, from Shimshal Valley, Hunza, successfully climbed Mount Everest on Wednesday, 22 May, becoming the first Pakistani man to scale The Seven Summits — the highest mountains of each of the seven continents. Climbing The Seven Summits is regarded as one of the foremost exploration and mountaineering accomplishments. 

Zia (left) is currently exploring western fusion. He has formed a band, along with four other musicians from Hunza.

In Pakistan, music is a form of cultural expression representing society’s values, traditions, and hopes for the future. From mountainous Gilgit-Baltistan in the North to Karachi on the Southern coast, people have a deep relationship with music and other forms of art. 

An early evening view of Gitch Jamatkhana in Singal, Puniyal.

Situated in the mountains of Northern Pakistan, two new Jamatkhanas were opened last month in the valleys of Ishkoman and Puniyal in Gilgit-Baltistan. The inauguration ceremonies were attended by over 5,000 members of the Jamat. 

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