In the Media
Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa travelled to Pakistan for a six-day working visit in late October 2018, which included stops in several districts of Gilgit-Baltistan as well as in Chitral district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, along with the capital city of Islamabad and the southern city of Karachi.
During their visit to Pakistan in October 2018, Prince Rahim and Princess Salwa examined approaches to poverty alleviation and development, and visited a number of AKDN institutions and projects aimed at improving quality of life.
Shukurallah Baig from Hunza began work with Aga Khan Cultural Service, Pakistan (AKCSP) as a draught engineer. Over the years he has worked on iconic projects like Altit and Baltit Fort. Recently he oversaw the restoration of the Wazir Khan Chowk, a historical cultural space in the Walled City of Lahore. "It has been heartening to see attitudes change in old Lahore. Inhabitants have come to realise that it is not necessary to dismantle old buildings; it is possible to renovate them both internally and externally. People here in Lahore associate the Aga Khan Trust for Culture with high standards, pride and job opportunities."
The rural poor Pakistan still depend on wood-burning stoves for food preparation and warmth. Inefficient traditional stoves emit copious amounts of smoke that lead to health issues such as acute respiratory infections and eye soreness. They also burn large amounts of fuel which means arduous hours collecting fuel and smoke-filled homes. AKAH helped introduce a new energy-efficient stove that emits less smoke and cuts fuel consumption by 30-50%. The design has been so successful that it has been appropriated by entreprenuers and adopted far beyond the original target population.
Ethics in Action: The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) held inaugural launch events in Islamabad and Karachi, Pakistan. Taking the form of an interactive exhibition, Ethics in Action provides a glimpse into the human dimension of the Ismaili Imamat’s efforts to improve quality of life.
Prince Aly Muhammad Aga Khan, youngest son of Mawlana Hazar Imam, yesterday arrived in Pakistan for a private visit.
The Aga Khan Trust for Culture dedicated itself to heritage restoration to stimulate socio-economic growth in impoverished communities.
Islamabad, 25 May 2016 — Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim were in Gilgit yesterday, where they inaugurated a 50-bed medical centre that will serve as a healthcare hub for the surrounding region. They also visited other AKDN programmes and a Jamatkhana in the area.
2 November 2015 — The powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Jurm District of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan on 26 October has affected large parts of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Tajikistan. Many populations in the region of the Hindu Kush mountain range have suffered the consequences of this calamity, including Ismaili communities.
In this conclusion of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani recounts his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people tell life-changing stories.
Over the last 25 years, AKDN has planted over 100 million trees in Asia and Africa. Many communities already recognise that sustainable agro-forestry provides dividends in the form of food, fuel and fodder, and the emergence of a global carbon market presents new opportunity.