Ismailis in Action

Setting a Benchmark in O Level Examinations
Setting a Benchmark in O Level Examinations
3 July 2020

As Charles Darwin once said, “A man who dares to waste one hour of time has not discovered the value of life.” Cambridge O Level is an internationally recognised qualification that provides learners with excellent preparation for Cambridge Advanced, as well as other progression routes. Illiyun Banani, a 17-year-old Ismaili student from St. Michael’s Convent School, located in Karachi, secured an A* in his Cambridge International Examinations in Physics. He was also acknowledged as the top student from the region of Sindh and Balochistan. In total, he secured 10 A* and 1 A in CIE. He aspires to become an expert in the field of medicine.

Queno - A Journey of Persistence
Queno - A Journey of Persistence
11 April 2020

It is said, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This holds true for so many, especially the 26-year-old Farida Kanwal, Co-Founder and COO of Queno. Queno, an innovative digital platform, offers enterprise resource planning software for schools, connecting teachers to parents and students. Recently, she was featured as one of the top entrepreneurs for Forbes’ 30 under 30 Asia 2020 list.

Kashif Din: A Young Ismaili from Hunza featured on Coke Studio
Kashif Din: A Young Ismaili from Hunza featured on Coke Studio
3 December 2019

“When the world was created, so was music. Every voice is in a scale, everything around us in a time, including our lives. Even the beating of a heart is in a specific time. The whole world is music to me.” - Kashif Din

Students including Ismailis from Gilgit-Baltistan Excel in First Ever Tech Fair 2019
Students including Ismailis from Gilgit-Baltistan Excel in First Ever Tech Fair 2019
1 August 2019

Pakistan-U.S. Alumni Network and TechScape Pvt. Ltd., established by the Alumni of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary School in Gilgit, organised the first ever Tech Fair in Gilgit-Baltistan. A series of boot camps were held in three districts of Gilgit-Baltistan including Gilgit, Ghizer and Hunza. More than 140 students, representing 30 schools, participated in the Tech Fair 2019 including, but not limited to, jamati members who were top position holders of the Aga Khan Higher Secondary Schools. 12 projects with brilliant ideas were displayed by 37 students amongst which the top five were awarded contractual awards by Accelerate Prosperity Pakistan.

Pakistan's First female MMA fighter from Hunza breaking stereotypes
Pakistan's First female MMA fighter from Hunza breaking stereotypes
28 February 2019

Anita Karim, a 22 year-old from Karimabad, Hunza, is the first female Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter to represent Pakistan at an international level. Anita won her second international match at the One Warrior Series (OWS) in Singapore, against Indonesia’s Gita Suharsono, where she dominated all three rounds of the fight.

All-Female Diamond Jubilee Band in Hunza
All-Female Diamond Jubilee Band in Hunza
27 February 2019

The Shimshal Diamond Jubilee Women’s Band, in collaboration with Women’s Volunteers and Girl Guides, held band training sessions for women across the four Jamatkhanas of Shimshal. 

Hunza Girl Guides win National Award for pioneering environmental project
Hunza Girl Guides win National Award for pioneering environmental project
16 January 2019

The Hunza Girl Guides recently achieved national recognition from the Pakistan Girl Guides Association for their work to protect the natural environment. The Hunza Girl Guides focused on the mess left behind by tourists visiting the beautiful region, cleaning, making, and maintaining dustbins to encourage tourists to properly dispose of rubbish. 

Asfar Hussain Bayaan
Asfar Hussain Bayaan
The next generation of inspirational musicians
The next generation of inspirational musicians
31 October 2018

Two young Ismaili musicians have been making waves on Pakistan's pop music scene, excelling on the most coveted and respected music platforms in the country. Natasha Baig's soulful voice has made a mark on Coke Studio Season 11 while Asfar Hussain's band won this year's Pepsi Battle of the Bands.

Sirbaz Khan, on his way to scaling the legendary K2.
Sirbaz Khan, on his way to scaling the legendary K2.
Pakistani mountaineers hit new heights scaling the legendary K2
Pakistani mountaineers hit new heights scaling the legendary K2
16 August 2018

Two Ismaili mountaineers recently summited K2, the second highest mountain in the world and considered by many to be a more difficult and dangerous climb than Mount Everest. Fazal Ali is the first Pakistani to have ascended to the summit of K2 (8,611m) on three separate occasions. He first conquered K2 in 2014, followed by a second successful climb to the summit in 2017.

Pakistan Special Olympics medal winners and coach coming home to a heroes welcome
Pakistan Special Olympics medal winners and coach coming home to a heroes welcome
Coaching Pakistan to Special Olympics Success
Coaching Pakistan to Special Olympics Success
25 November 2017

This year, the Pakistan team won 16 medals, which included 5 Gold, 7 Silver and 6 Bronze medals at the Special Olympics. Three of those winning athletes are Ismailis, as is their coach Ms. Amina Parveen Barkatullah Baig. As part of our ongoing series on inspirational Ismailis, she shares the challenges and the experience of coaching for the Special Olympics.

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