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Princess Zahra, who was in Mumbai to review the ongoing expansion of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital, attends a dinner hosted by the Jamati institutions of India.

In February 2012, the Ismaili Council for India organised a Jamati institutional dinner in honour of Princess Zahra, who was visiting Mumbai to review the ongoing expansion of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital.

Princess Zahra is greeted by Jamati leaders at an institutional dinner held in her honour in Mumbai.

Addressing a gathering of India’s Jamati institutional leaders last month, Princess Zahra spoke of the immense opportunities available in India. She was in Mumbai to review the ongoing expansion of the Prince Aly Khan Hospital in her capacity as Chair of the steering committee for its redevelopment.

A view from within the court of the Danyore III Jamatkhana in Gilgit.

Part of a seismically unstable zone that is prone to earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts, Pakistan's northern region has long been home to a signifiant Ismaili population. Several new purpose-built jamatkhana projects blend traditional building with new disaster-resistant techniques. From design and construction to finished product, the new structures offer a model to uplifit the quality of habitat throughout the region.

Forest cutting leaves animals homeless: A participant from southern Pakistan expressing herself at the regional competition.

In Islam, protection of the physical environment is one of humankind’s responsibilities. The Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan organised a nationwide Friends of the Environment art competition to raise awareness about the importance of the natural environment and methods of preserving it.

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