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Aga Khan & Karzai open Timur Shah Mausoleum in Kabul 2012-10-19

Khaama Press

His Excellency Hamid Karzai, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and His Highness the Aga Khan officially opened the restored mausoleum of Timur Shah today.



AN international consortium formed by the Agha Khan's charity foundation has been named as Afghanistan's second mobile phone service provider after winning the country's first ever public tender contract.
The Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development (AKFED) was granted the Global System for Mobile (GSM) licence after beating six other bidders in a heavily scrutinised tendering process organised as the blueprint for future government contracts.

New bridges to provide vital food access - AFGHANISTAN: NEW BRIDGES TO PROVIDE VITAL FOOD ACCESS - 2002-07-25

The construction of five new bridges by the Aga Khan Foundation between the remote northeastern Afghan province of Badakhshan and the southeastern Badakhshoni Khui province in Tajikistan, will help improve the food situation in extremely vulnerable areas, aid workers told IRIN on Thursday. Both provinces are very mountainous, difficult to reach and are geographically isolated in economic terms.

New Development Initiative Launched in Kabul - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is pleased to announce that the Kabul Serena Hotel was officially inaugurated today by His Excellency President Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan. The opening of the restored and expanded Kabul Serena Hotel, the former Kabul Hotel, is a milestone in Afghanistan's post-conflict redevelopment.Designed by award-winning architect Ramesh Khosla, the Kabul Serena Hotel will provide Kabul with much-needed accommodation for visitors to the city and will constitute an important post-war resource for Kabul residents.

Darwaz Bridge to strengthen commercial tiesand Tajik-Afghan relations - TAJIKISTAN: AGA KHAN OPENS BANK, COMISSIONS BRIDGE, LAY FOUNDATION FOR UNIVERSITY - 2004-07-06

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmonov, His Highness the Aga Khan, Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims, and Afghanistan's Vice-President Nematullah Shahrani, today inaugurated the Tajik-Afghan Friendship Bridge in Darwaz, which will consolidate permanent overland links between Tajikistan and Afghanistan.Second in a series of bridges to be constructed across the River Panj, the US$500,000 project, undertaken by the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) in collaboration with the two governments, will improve significantly the flow of aid, commerce and trade within Central Asia.

Destitute Afghanistan opens luxurious hotel - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08

Mail & Guardian Online

08 November 2005 04:17http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/4417072.stm
Mail & Guardian Online
Kabul, Afghanistan
President Hamid Karzai officially opened the most luxurious hotel in destitute Afghanistan on Tuesday, with the five-star Kabul Serena touted as a means to lure investors and dollar-spending tourists.

The $36,5-million hotel, opposite the heavily fortified presidential palace, is an almost-total overhaul of the once-famous Kabul Hotel that was badly damaged in the 1992-1996 civil war that destroyed much of the capital.

Five-star hotel opens in Kabul - AFGHANISTAN OPENS LUXURIOUS SERENA HOTEL - 2005-11-08


Afghan President Hamid Karzai inaugurated the five-star Serena Hotel here Tuesday, saying that after 30 years of armed conflict the country could boast of a hotel that could provide the best hospitality.
The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) spent more than $30 million and two and a half years to rebuild and upgrade the former Kabul hotel originally built in 1945 and badly damaged in the 1990s.

16th century historical site under rehabilitation - AFGHANISTAN: 16th CENTURY HISTORICAL SITE UNDER REHABILITATION - 2002-10-14

Work has begun to rehabilitate and preserve one of Afghanistan's most historical sites to its original splendour. The tomb of the 16th century Mogul emperor, Babur, and the grounds surrounding it in the Afghan capital Kabul, are to be restored to their former glory by Afghans themselves, with help from the Aga Khan Foundation and the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) Recovery and Employment Afghanistan Programme (REAP), funded by the Japanese government.

Afghan leader receives Prince Karim Aga Khan IV - AFGHAN GIRLS RETURN TO SCHOOL AFTER FIVE YEARS - 2002-03-23

Afghan President Hamid Karzai and His Highness the Aga Khan meet in Kabul, 4 November 2002. | AKDN / Gary Otte
BBC Monitoring Service

The chairman of the interim administration of Afghanistan, Esteemed Hamed Karzai, received today at the Gul Khana Palace Prince Karim Aga Khan [IV] and signed an agreement on expanding cooperation...
According to Bakhtar information agency, during the talks with Prince Karim Aga Khan in the Gul Khana Palace, the chairman of the interim administration of Afghanistan, Hamed Karzai, spoke on the programmes of the interim administration and drew the attention of Prince Aga Khan to possible areas of cooperation in the reconstruction programmes for Afghanistan.



The following is a free translation of an interview published in the French daily newspaper 'La Croix' onTuesday, April 8, 2003 entitled 'Il sera difficile d'organiser la démocratie en Irak'.

The translator makes no guarantees on the accuracy of this translation. Please refer to the original French
text for a precise account of the interview.

World - The war in Iraq
'It will be difficult to organize democracy in Iraq'
In an exclusive interview to 'La Croix', the Aga Khan underlines how much war
destabilizes the Middle East. He believes that democracy should be given time to

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