Aga Khan - Timeline - 1970

Aga Khan IV - Timeline - 1970


January 1970 was the start of a significant tour in Pakistan. It was also the launching year of the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture.

January 15, 1970: Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah visited Pakistan. They were received by General Mohammad Yahya Khan at the Presidential Palace where Mowlana Hazar Imam was awarded the Nishan-I-Imitiaz. Later in the evening the President hosted a dinner for them. (speech)

January 16, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah gave a banquet in honour of President Yahya Khan at the Hotel Intercontinental, Rawalpindi

January 18, 1970 Made a speech in Islamabad.

January 19, 1970: Visited Lahore where they were received by, among others, the West Pakistan Governor, Air Marshal Noor Khan and his wife. During the three-day stay, His Highness paid flying visits to Sargodha and Multan.

January 21, 1970: Back in Lahore, Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah were given a reception by Anjuman-e-Himayate Islam.

January 22, 1970: Left for a tour of East Pakistan. Arrived at Jessore Airport in afternoon and later left by car for Khulna.

January 23, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah attended a luncheon hosted by the People's Jute Mills Club, Khulna. (click here)

January 25, 1970: Given a rousing welcome when they flew into Dacca from Khulna.

January 26, 1970: Begum Salimah laid the foundation stone of a block of flats at Hasanabad in Dacca.

January 26, 1970: Hazar Imam attended a luncheon in his honour hosted by the Pakistan Jute Mills Association in Dacca. The president of PJMA welcomed Hazar Imam.. Hazar Imam replied to the warm welcome in his speech on that occasion.

January 28, 1970: Mowlana Hazar Imam and Salimah attended a reception organised by the Supreme Council for East Pakistan.

January 29, 1970: Hazar Imam visited the I.P.S. offices, Hazar Imam spoke of bright possibilities for tourism in the country.

January 29, 1970: Mowlana Hazar Imam was interviewed by a Morning News reporter at Chittagong.

January 30, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah flew back to Karachi where Hazar Imam said in a speech "Pakistan must take a giant step...".

January 31, 1970: Hazar Imam visited Ismaili gatherings at the three main centres in Karachi, at Kharadhar, Garden and Karimabad. Also visited the Mazar of Quaid-e-Azam Mohamed Ali Jinnah, the Father of Pakistan, to offer Fateha and lay a floral tribute. In the evening, Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah were guests of honour at a reception given by Vazier Amir Ali Fancy.

February 1970: Pakistan army paid Hazar Imam the signal honour of making him Honorary Colonel of the 6th Lancers.

February 1, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah began their program of personally inspecting Ismaili education and social institutions by visiting the Aga Khan III School (Sultan Mohammed Shah Foundation School) at Karimabad where Hazar Imam made an extempore speech.

February 2, 1970: They were guests of honour at a luncheon given by the Director of the Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation.

February 3, 1970: Hyderabad laid on a red carpet welcome for Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah when they flew in from Karachi. Morning was spent at the Ismaili Centre. Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah lunched with the Commissioner. Begum Salimah and the Commissioner's wife, Begum Nusrat Hassan, visited APWA School and Industrial Home.

February 5, 1970: Begum Salimah spoke at the Baby Show arranged by the Aga Khan Health Centre, Hyderabad

February 6, 1970: Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws was conferred on Hazar Imam by Sind University, Jamshoro at a Special Convocation. In his citation, Al-Haj Sayid Ghulam Mustafa Shah, Vice-Chancellor of the University said; "In a short span of 12 years as Imam, His Royal Highness has shown that he is endowed with wisdom, versatility, sagacity and statesmanship which are characteristic of his noble and great family. In the fast-changing and kaleidoscopic conditions on the continents of Asia and Africa, His Royal Highness has not only guided the socio-economic activities of his own followers, but has also rendered immense material assistance in the economic development of new and young nations and thereby advanced the well-being, prosperity and stability of the people of those countries."

February 7, 1970: Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah visited Jamatkhanas, schools and hospitals. They had returned to Karachi the previous day from Hyderabad.

February 8, 1970: Mowlana Hazar Imam spoke to Ismailis at the Darkhana and Garden Jamatkhanas. Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah visited Prince Aly Khan Boys' Academy to perform its opening ceremony. Hazar Imam said; "The Ismailia Youth Services have provided a magnificent example which I hope will be followed, not only by my Jamat in Pakistan, but also by my Jamat in other parts of the world."

February 8, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah were Guests at a Dinner hosted by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry at the Hotel Intercontinental, Karachi.The president of the Chamber of Commerce pronouced a welcome speech on that occasion.

February 9, 1970: Hazar Imam addressed teachers of Ismaili educational institutions at the Aga Khan Gymkhana School. Later in the day, Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah attended a mammoth civic reception given for them by the citizens of Karachi at the Bagh-e-Jinnah.

February 9, 1970: Hazar Imam addressed the Education Board in the Pandal.

February 10, 1970: Begum Salimah with 12,000 spectators, watched a spectacular physical education display by students of Aga Khan schools at the Hockey Stadium. At the end, she announced the award of the Aga Khan Trophy to be presented annually to the school giving the best physical education display.

February 13, 1970: Begum Salimah was entertained to a mass display of variety of items performed by various units of the Aga Khan forces at the Police Grounds.

February 13, 1970: Hazar Imam spoke as chief guest", at a luncheon in their honour hosted by the RCD Chamber of Commerce, following the address by the president of the RCD.

February 14, 1970: Begum Salimah visited Ismailia socio-welfare institutions in Karachi, amongst them the Day Nursery and Dispensary run by the Karimabad Health Centre and the Primary School and Cottage Industries Centre of the Ismailia Women's Association. Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah were guests of honour at the luncheon reception organised by R.C.D. Chamber of Commerce.

February 15, 1970: Early morning was spent at Garden Jamatkhana by Hazar Imam. He later drove to the Mahendi Convalescence Home - the birthplace of Mowlana Sultan Muhammad Shah. In the afternoon, Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah attended a Grand Durbar at the Aga Khan Gymkhana grounds. In the evening, Hazar Imam invited leading newspaper editors and reporters of Pakistan for an informal gathering. A Press Conference was held at Vazir Amirali Fancy's residence.

February 16, 1970: Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah left for Paris.

February 16, 1970: Ceremony held in Nairobi, Kenya.

September 18, 1970: Birth of Princess Zahra in Geneva, Switzerland. (click here)

November 10, 1970: Hazar Imam arrived at Dar es Salaam Airport in his personal Grumman executive jet to a rousing welcome from the Jamat. Prince Amyn, who had arrived the day before, was also present to hug and welcome Hazar Imam.

November 12, 1970: Thursday 5:00 P.M. Mowlana Hazar Imam witnessed the opening of I.P.S. in Dar es Salaam , Tanzania. Mr. George Kahama, General manager of the National Development Corporation of Tanzania said in his address; "His Highness The Aga Khan has always taught and urged the members of the Ismaili community to be loyal and true citizens to the country in which they may live."

November 1970: Hazar Imam gave an interview to Mansoor Ladha, sub-editor of the Standard Tanzania newspaper, under the title "Islam - The Most Multi-Racial Faith"

December 1970: Hazar Imam visited Kenya for 5 days.


Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah

Mowlana Hazar Imam
India visit, 1970

India visit

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah receiving an official welcome at Rawalpindi

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam meeting tribal leaders en route to Torkham, bordering Afghanistan

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah greeting the Ismailis of Lahore

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah watching a spicy meal be prepared at the Aga Khan School

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah at the Darbar held at Aga Khan Gymkhana

January 1970, Mowlana Hazar Imam presents Mrs. Shokat Fancy, daughter in law of Count Amirali Fancy, a set of silver-plated coins

President Yahya Khan decorating Hazar Imam with "Nishan-e-Imtiaz"

Mowlana Hazar Imam with President Yahya Khan and Begum Salimah after receiving the of "Nishan-e-Imtiaz"

Mowlana Hazar Imam in a jovial mood
Dacca, 1970 visit.

President General Yahya Khan received Mowlana Hazar Imam at the Dinner given by him in honour of Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah.

Mowlana Hazar Imam, President Yahya Khan and Begum Salima share a joke at the Dinner given by Mowlana Hazar Imam to President General Yahya Khan.

Mowlana Hazar Imam at the Karachi, Aga Khan Day nursery. Looking at the tower with wooden pieces, He says "Children were very clever to make them."

Mowlana Hazar Imam
East Pakistan 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salima
Dacca 1970 visit

Signing the Distinguished Visitors' book at Islamabad Club.

The President Gen. Agha Mohammed Yahya Khan decorated Mowlana Hazar Imam with the honour of "Nishan-e-Imitiaz" at the President's House.

Mowlana Hazar Imam talking to Tribal Maliks and Elders at Jamrud

Brigadier Mahmmood shows Mowlana Hazar Imam a clock at the Khyber Rifles, Landi Kotal, beyond Peshawar. The clock is worked by the rays of the sun.

Mowlana Hazar Imam coming down the front steps at Vazir Amirali Fancy's bungalow where He graciously resided during the Karachi visit in 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah admiring the Lancer Trophy presented to their Royal Highnesses by the Cavalry Regiment, Multan; January 21, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah; January 17, 1970, Pakistan

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah on their way to visit People's Jute Mills, Khulna; January 22, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam laying the foundation stone of the new Jamatkhana at Khulna

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah on arrival at the Dacca airport; Jan. 25 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam watching a worker at Jessore Jute Industries while Mr. Shamsh Lakha, Managing Director of IPS, explains the process, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam with the Directors of IPS Pakistan Limited, Dacca, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam keenly observes the Projects Display during his visit to Jessor Jute Mills Ltd., Khulna, January 29, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah cutting a cake on the occasion of the birthday of Begum Salimah; at a dinner hosted by Vazir Mohammed Bhai, President of Aga Khan Supreme Council for East Pakistan, Dacca, January 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam visited the Mazar of the Quaid-e-Azam, where he offered Fateha and laid floral tributes on the Mazar

Mowlana Hazar Imam's arrival in Karachi, January 31, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam in Karachi, January 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah with Begum Amirali Fancy on arrival at Sultan Mohammed Shah Foundation School, Karachi, Feb. 1, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam unveiling the Foundation Stone of Sind University Library, Hyderabad; Feb. 6, 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam addressing the Jamat in India
Portrait January 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah India Visit.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah at the Grand Darbar. An estimated Jamat of 70,000 attended and it took 16 minutes for Their Royal Highnesses to pass through the Jamat to reach the throne.

Mowlana Hazar Imam accompanied by Begum performing the opening ceremony of Prince Aly Boys Academy.

Mowlana Hazar Imam and Begum Salimah, going to the Grand Darbar February 1970

Mowlana Hazar Imam during an by Mansoor Ladha.

President Jomo Kenyatta presented Mowlana Hazar Imam with a gong mounted on ivory and copper and Mama Ngina Kenyatta presented for the Begum a set of ear-rings and a brooch made from lion's claws . His Highness presented the President the President and his wife with a gold bowl and tray.

Mowlana Hazar Imam waving "Khuda-hafiz"

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