Ismailis in Action
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.