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Baltit Fort on the terraced slopes of Hunza, Northern Pakistan

In a conservation effort that took nearly a decade to complete, one NGO has undertaken the comprehensive restoration and repair of Baltit Fort, making it a beautiful and functional building, writes Fauzia Husain. Nestled high in the mountains and surrounded by unrivalled vistas of rugged terrain, stands a 700-year-old fort which has been witness to the socio-cultural history of a resilient people, and to a remarkable feat of modern day conservation.


H.H. The Aga Khan meets with President Idi Amin of Uganda  1972-01-01

In Amin's dream, God told the general to nationalise all of the houses and flats owned by Uganda's 80,000-strong Indian community, made up of Hindis, Muslims and members of the Aga Khan's small but wealthy sect, the Ismailis. The Ugandan Life President gave non-citizens just 90 days to leave the country. That same day, 18 leaders of the Indian community - wealthy, usually optimistic men - were summoned into Amin's awe-inspiring presence. They shook their heads in disbelief when they heard what he had to say.


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Attended the 1st World Mountain Forum held in Chambery, France. After the opening session which took place in Unesco headquarters Paris under the high patronage of the President of the French Republic, Jacques Chirac, the forum was held in the city of Chambery situated in the heart of the French Alps, creating a pioneer event. Prince Karim Aga Khan gave a well noticed speech with reference to the type of education and development that can be implemented in mountainous areas through NGOs work quoting the examples of Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Diamond Jubilee Celebrations for Global Jamat in Lisbon, Portugal July 5 to 11, 2018

Hazar Imam  with His family welcomed to Portugal with State Dinner  July 9, 2018

Tens of thousands of Ismailis from all over the world gathered in Lisbon, Portugal for a week of celebrations to commemorate a once in a lifetime event of the Diamond Jubilee of our 49th Holy Imam Mawlana Shah Karim Al-Husayni who is the 5th Imam in our history to celebrate 60 years on the throne of Imamat.

The event was situated in FIL (Feira Internacional De Lisbon) during the week starting July 5th 2018 and reaching the high mark of Holy Deedar on July 11th 2018.

Members of Noorani family also visited the exhibition sites and the performances by various Ismaili artists.

H.H.The Aga Khan in Canada - 2009-06-09


2009, June 09: Edmonton, Canada. H.H. The Aga Khan met with Premier Ed Stelmach and University of Alberta President, Dr. Indira Samarasekera to witness the signing of an agreement to enhance collaboration with the University of Alberta. The Aga Khan also received from U of Alberta an honorary degree at 3pm Edmonton time. Copy of Telecast available here:[Edmonton Ceremony] [More.

Hazar Imam visits the United Kingdom for Diamond Jubilee 2018-06-26

His Highness The Aga Khan meets Prime Minister Theresa May of the United Kingdom of Great Britain 2018-06-27

Hazar Imam arrived in the United Kingdom of Great Britain on July 26, 2018 to start His Diamond Jubilee visit to grant Holy Deedar to Murids and inaugurate the Aga Khan Centre at King's Cross, London.

Hazar Imam gave Mulaquats to the Jamat at the Darkhana in London at South Kensington

Hazar Imam also visited 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday June 28 2018

She congratulated him on his longstanding leadership of the Ismaili community and on his visit to the UK as part of his Diamond Jubilee tour.

Aga Khan Centre opened in London at King's Cross 2018-06-26

His Highness The Aga Khan with Prince Charles performing the opening ceremony of the Aga Khan Centre in London  2018-06-26

Hazar Imam today opened the Aga Khan Centre in London, England. The Prince of Wales Prince Charles also joined Hazar Imam in the opening of this historic centre which be the headquarters of various Aga Khan Institutions in the U.K.

The Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross, designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki, will have six landscaped open spaces inspired by different Muslim cultures from around the world.

There will also be four other havens of calm surrounding the ten-storey building, in what is the heart of one of London’s biggest regeneration districts.

Prince Aly Muhammad attends 34th World Partnership Walk in Toronto 2018-06-17

Prince Aly Muhammad speaking at the World Partnership Walk in Toronto, Canada  2018-06-17

Prince Aly Muhammad attended the World Partnership Walk in Toronto, Canada on Sunday June 17, 2018. He was also accompanied by the Mayor of Toronto John Tory and other Provincial dignitaries and the Federal Minister for Indigenous Affairs. Prince Aly Muhammad made a speech in which he remembered his experiences in the Northern Areas of Pakistan where he saw first-hand the results of climate change which have created havoc for the people there.


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Le prince Karim Aga Khana fait son entr&#233;e &#224; la prestigieuse Acad&#233;mie des Beaux-Arts &#224; Paris - 2008-06-18


2008, Juin 18: PARIS - Le prince Karim Aga Khan, chef spirituel des Ismaéliens, a fait son entrée mercredi à la prestigieuse Académie des Beaux-Arts à Paris en tant que membre associé étranger, occupant le fauteuil de l'architecte Kenzo Tange décédé en 2005. Le prince Karim Aga Khan qui, en tant que chef religieux de la communauté ismaélienne, courant de l'islam chiite, ne portait pas l'habit vert traditionnel des académiciens, a été accueilli par les solennels roulements de tambours de la Garde républicaine.



Princess Zahra Aga Khan attends prize giving of Sardinia Rolex Cup & ISAF World Championship in Italy.


His Highness the Aga Khan addressing a crowd of over three thousand gathered at the Great Mosque of Djenne, Mali

A Collaboration Agreement was signed by the director of the National Museum of Mali, Samuel Sidibé, and the director general of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), Luis Monreal. The agreement, signed in the presence of His Excellency Cheik Oumar Sissoko, Minister of Culture for Mali, aims to provide the Museum with a new information technology system, as well as improving the conservation facilities of its collections.


Chief Advisor Dr Fakhruddin Ahmed meeting with His Highness the Aga Khan.  2008-05-19

2008, May 19-23: Prince Aga Khan,arrives in Dhaka today on a four-day state visit. Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed will receive him at Zia International airport. He will visit National Memorial at Savar and attend a state banquet at Hotel Sonargaon today. He will also host diplomatic reception and Imamat banquet at the same venue tomorrow. Prince Aga Khan will lay the foundation of the Aga Khan Academy at Basundhara tomorrow and the permanent Jamatkhana of the community on May 21.

His Highness the Aga Khan to visit Canada to celebrate his Diamond Jubilee

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with the Aga Khan on Parliament Hill on May 17, 2016.

Canada congratulates His Highness the Aga Khan, on his Diamond Jubilee. The Aga Khan will visit Canada to celebrate this anniversary.

While in Ottawa from May 1 to 4, 2018, His Highness will attend a dinner at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the Governor General. The Aga Khan will then continue his visit to Canada, travelling to other parts of the country, including Vancouver and Calgary.

Aga Khan in Nairobi for Diamond Jubilee

The spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims was received by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma.  2018-04-12

His Highness the Aga Khan has arrived in Kenya at the invitation of the State.

The spiritual leader of the Shia Ismaili Muslims was received by Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma and leaders from his community as well as the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

He is expected to meet with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.
The Aga Khan’s arrival is part of celebrations to mark his Diamond Jubilee, 60 years since his accession to his role of spiritual leadership.

The year-long celebration commenced on July 11, last year.

Divers find 'priceless' hoard of gold coins off Israel's Mediterranean coast

Scuba divers have discovered the largest trove of gold coins ever found off Israel’s Mediterranean coast – about 2,000 pieces dating back more than 1,000 years, the country’s antiquities authority said on Tuesday.

“The largest treasure of gold coins discovered in Israel was found in recent weeks on the seabed in the ancient harbour in Caesarea,” the authority said in a statement.

Visit of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan (February 20 – March 01, 2018)

His Highness The Aga Khan meets with the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhavan   2018-02-21

VISIT OF HIS HIGHNESS PRINCE KARIM AGA KHAN (20th February – 01st March, 2018)

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

2015 hrs
Arrive Delhi
Venue: AFS Palam
Photo Op: AV Media

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

1230 hrs
Meeting with the Vice President
Venue: Hyderabad House
Photo Op: Agencies Only

1615 hrs
Opening of Sunder Nursery
Venue: Hazrat Nizamuddin, Near Humanyu’s Tomb
Contact -Aga Khan Foundation

1830 hrs
Meeting with the Prime Minister
Venue: 7, Lok Kalyan Marg

Thursday, February 22, 2018

1115 hrs
Call on the President
Venue: Rashtrapati Bhawan

Princess Zahra at the Afro-Asia health summit - 2009-02-07

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Princess Zahra addressed participants at the three-day Afro-Asia summit on chronic non-communicable diseases


His Highness the Aga Khan speaking at the Global Centre for Pluralism in Ottawa

the Aga Khan Foundation wants to make Canada the home of a $70-million institute that would export Canadian pluralist values and programs through academic and governmental exchanges. The foundation (and I should point out here that Globe publisher Phillip Crawley is a member of the national committee of the Aga Khan Foundation Canada) is prepared to put up $40-million if Ottawa will put up the rest, and if it is prepared to work closely with the foundation in co-ordinating programs.


The Aga Khan Patron Of Chateau De Chantilly Le prince Karim AGA KHAN est nommé président

'I, as imam of the Ismailis, have responsibility for and supreme authority over the community. This means taking the lead in the practice of the religion but also engaging in ongoing activities to improve the Ismailis' quality of life and to help 'every Ismaili in the world who is in difficulties'. Said the Aga Khan to Caroline Pigozzi in a candid interview published in Paris Match in French. The Interview was taken in India in 2004 during the AKAA ceremonies.

Paris Match Interview (4th), Caroline Pigozzi, ‘The Confessions Of The Aga Khan’ (Paris, France)


His Highness the Aga Khan with President Musharaf of Pakistan  2004-12-05

DAVOS (APP)-President General Pervez Musharraf met Prince Karim Aga Khan here on Saturday. They discussed matters of mutual interest and took into account the projects being run by the Aga Khan Foundation in different sectors in Pakistan.

Hazar Imam visits the UAE Jamat for Diamond Jubilee and Jamati work

Hazar Imam welcomed to Dubai for Diamond Jubilee celebrations  2018-01-22

Dubai: Prince Karim Agha Khan, the spiritual leader of the Shia Esmaili Muslim Community, arrived in Dubai on Monday on an official visit as part of his Diamond Jubilee commemoration.


His Highness the Aga Khan meets with Commissioner Louis Michel, Commissioner for Development. AKDN/Gary Otte  2007-01-23

President José Manuel Barroso of the European Commission and His Highness the Aga Khan, Founder and Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), today signed a Joint Declaration. that aims to broaden the scope of their collaboration on development endeavours, strengthening civil society institutions, promoting governance and social inclusion, in countries of Central, South and West Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.

His Highness the Aga Khan to visit Canada in November 2017-11-15

H.H. The Aga Khan with Canadian Ismaili leaders in Ottawa 2017-11-15

His Highness the Aga Khan will visit Canada in November 2017 from November 15 to 20.

On November 15th he will present the Global Centre for Pluralism's Annual Award in Ottawa to 3 winners from Colombia, kenya and Australia

His Highness The Aga Khan recognized as Champion for Global Change by UNA-USA and the United Nations Foundation 2017-09-12

H.H. The Aga Khan with former Secretary-General of United Nations Kofi Annan

In recognition of the role individuals, organizations, and corporations play in supporting the work of the United Nations to advance global peace and prosperity, UNA-USA and the United Nations Foundation honor recipients of the Global Leadership Awards at the annual Global Leadership Dinner in New York City.
Recognized as one of New York's top events, the Global Leadership Dinner  is distinguished by A-list attendance representing the highest levels of the diplomatic, business, government, philanthropic, media, entertainment, and social sectors.

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