In promoting the sanctity of human life, the Qur'an-e Shariff says that good health, like knowledge, is a divine gift. The family unit nurtures the lives of its members, assisting them in their physical and spiritual endeavours. The wellbeing of individuals, in-turn, contributes to the overall health of the family, and that of society at large.
The Diamond Jubilee Sports Festival (DJSF) National Games kicked off in Islamabad earlier this week with a grand opening ceremony and cultural show that attracted huge crowds. Regional Teams from all over Pakistan participated in an atmosphere of sportsmanship and team spirit as athletes geared up for the all-important matches ahead.
Financial inclusion is a key area of focus for the AKDN. The Aga Khan Agency for Microfinance (AKAM), which manages several microfinance institutions across Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, launched an initiative in 2016 to improve access to basic financial services for unbanked and underbanked communities through Digital Financial Services (DFS).
The second event of DJSF was a Polo Tournament, held in Gupis Yasin in late 2017. Polo is an extremely popular sport in the region and 5,000 spectators from the Jamat and sister communities came to enjoy the thrilling matches. Hafiz Sherali, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan, attended the final match and distributed medals. Gupis “A” won a closely contested competition with Ishkoman Puniyal achieving silver and Lower Chitral bagging the bronze medal.
“When I was younger, people didn’t know how to read,” recalled Musa Khan. “If we received a letter, we had to travel far to find someone who could read it for us. Today, every child in the area is enrolled in school.” The educational progress covered in Musa Khan’s lifetime is that of centuries. Musa is one of many teachers who have dedicated their lives to educating children in their communities in the Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral regions of Pakistan.
On 11 December, 2017, during Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Diamond Jubilee visit to Pakistan, the Ismaili Council for Pakistan hosted a dinner in honour of the Board of Trustees of the Aga Khan University. The dinner was attended by Princess Zahra along with other trustees and leaders of the Aga Khan Development Network and Jamati institutions.