Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan: Two Muslims were awarded with the Human Rights award in the year 1978. Prince Sadaruddin who served as the UN high commissioner for refugees also played a key role in the protection and advocacy of global environment. (Via ARY News)

December 10 marks the United Nation’s Human Rights Day: Prince Sadruddin, Begum Rana Liaquat, Benazir Bhutto, Malala Yusufzai & 4 other Muslims – recipients of the Human Rights Prize

As Malala Yusufzai and Kailash Satyarthi jointly accepted the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize today in Oslo, Norway “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education,” (1) the date is especially important in it’s historical significance. For it was on this day, 64 years…

A Musical Tribute from Pakistani Ismaili Jamat to our Mawlana Hazir Imam on His 78th Birthday!

A Musical Tribute from Pakistani Ismaili Jamat to our Mawlana Hazar Imam on His 78th Birthday!

The song is available here: http://ismailimail.wordpress.com/2014/12/13/salgirah-mubarak-song-pakistani-ismaili-mureeds/ “Salgirah Mubarak” is a Musical Tribute to our Mawlana Hazar Imam on his 78th Birthday. This Song has been composed, arranged and performed live by a group of well known talented Ismaili artists of Karachi. This exclusive Khushali Celebration song will be released on the occasion of Salgirah (Birthday)…

Successful Operation at Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan: Conjoined twins separated through surgery

A rare and successful operation at the Aga Khan University Hospital, Pakistan: Conjoined twins separated through surgery

Two conjoined twins have been successfully separated after a surgery at the Aga Khan University Hospital, the first of its kind at the hospital and in Karachi. Their parents I*, a police official, and U*, residents of Pano Akil, expressed their delight after the successful surgery as they had lost all hope of having the…

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

Pakistan Mountain Festival: A hike & cleaning up of Margalla Hills, organized by Aga Khan Rural Support Programme and others

A week-long Pakistan Mountain Festival started here with a hike and cleaning up of Margalla Hills Trail-3 on Sunday. The festival is being organised in connection with the International Mountain Day which is celebrated on December 11 every year. The festival is being organised by Development Communications (Devcom) in collaboration with Climate Change Division of…

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Event – December 10 | Aga Khan Museum, Toronto: Saints and Superheroes: The Visual Culture of Pakistan with Dr. Jamal J. Elias

Jamal J. Elias, Annenberg Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies and South Asia Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses popular culture in contemporary Pakistan. EVENT:  Saints and Superheroes: The Visual Culture of Pakistan with Dr. Jamal J. Elias DATE:  Wednesday, December 10, 2014 TIME: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. EST VENUE:…

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Event – December 10 | The Delegation of the Ismaili Imamat: Celebrating the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 – The Power of Education!

On the day of the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo (December 10, 2014), join Aga Khan Foundation Canada (AKFC) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway for a celebration of the 2014 Laureates, Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, and their important achievements towards advancing children’s rights and access to education. The evening will…

Pakistan's Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif praises services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world

LONDON, Dec 4 (APP): Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif on Thursday lauded services of Prince Karim Aga Khan across the world, particularly for the people of Pakistan in education and health sectors, poverty eradication, and socio-economic uplift of the poor. A large number of leaders from around the world have gathered in London to attend…

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Event – December 3-10 | Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan | International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women

To raise awareness and trigger action to end the global scourge of violence against women and girls, the UN observed International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November. The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence which follow (ending on 10 December, Human Rights Day) are a chance to mobilize and…

Aga Khan University's 27th Convocation Ceremony

Aga Khan University’s Convocation Ceremony 2014

KARACHI: “Today we are celebrating your achievements but tomorrow your real life begins,” remarked Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary film-maker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy at the Aga Khan University convocation, where 382 degrees and diplomas were awarded, here on Saturday evening. President of Aga Khan University, Firoz Rasul, advised the graduates to seek opportunities present…

In conversation with Firoz Rasul, president of the Aga Khan University

In conversation with Firoz Rasul, president of the Aga Khan University

Firoz Rasul, President of the Aga Khan University presents in this interview the work of the centre of knowledge founded by the Aga Khan. This purpose of this unique university is to help the underpriveleged in developing countries improve their lives. This interview was captured during the Pictet Family Consilium, a unique setup bringing together…

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AKU hosts annual high achievers awards ceremony

“Every single student is unique. AKU examination board has helped us recognise our uniqueness and cultivate it to attain success in life.” – An Award Recipient AKU-EB’s HSSC graduates have earned admissions to around 230 universities in Pakistan and almost 60 institutions abroad, and the numbers keep growing. Approximately 82 per cent of its HSSC…

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Women & Leadership: Reflection

Inspired by several events this weekend, Ismailimail brings to our readers a special series on Women & Leadership. Ismailimail shares five inspiring stories.  Stories of Tajik women empowering Afghan women in Badakhshan; an Ismaili female mountaineer summiting Mount Everest; an Ismaili Ambassador leading Imamat projects in Central Asia; an artist’s meditative work synthesized into a…

Samina & Mirza Baig's "Beyond the Heights" Official Trailer

Mt. Everest Mountaineers – Samina & Mirza Baig’s Documentary “Beyond the Heights” Official Trailer

A heart warming documentary of a young lady’s journey to conquer her fears and the ascend Mt. Everest. An inspiring story of a brother’s unwavering belief in his sister’s ability to overcome anything – conquer the tallest mountain. Beyond the Heights is a documentary film based on true story of the first Pakistani & youngest female…

Jahangir Khan Sherpao, President of Pakistan's Institute of Architects (IAP) presents the citation to Firoz Rasul, President, AKU, who accepted on His Highness' behalf (Photo: AKU)

Architecture is Life | Pakistan’s Institute of Architects Presents a Citation to His Highness the Aga Khan for Patronage of Architecture

As Architects, Urban Planners and Academics gathered in Pakistan to discuss Aga Khan Award for Architecture (AKAA) in a seminar and exhibition titled Architecture is Life, Pakistan’s Institute of Architects presented a citation to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan, expressing their gratitude for his patronage of architecture, particularly in Pakistan. Karachi, 7 November 2014 –…

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Event – November 9 – 16 | Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan | Exhibition: Architecture is Life

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, in collaboration with the Aga Khan University,presents Architecture is Life – 2014 Aga Khan Award for Architecture – an exhibition open for the public. This exhibition includes the winners of the 2014 Aga Khan Award for Architecture as well as the 15 other projects that were short-listed as nominees…

The Aga Khan Award for Architecture 9th Award Cycle Steering Committee Members (Photo: AKDN)

The News Pakistan | Environmental care embedded in Islamic architecture, says American professor

Stewardship of the environment is embedded in Islam and Islamic architecture reflects humanism; nowhere else is this humanism more deeply embedded than in Islamic architecture. This was the view expressed by Hasan-Uddin Khan, distinguished professor of architecture and historic preservation at the Roger Williams University, USA, while speaking as the chief guest at a seminar,…

Dr Kofi Marfo, Director AKU-IHD, calls for research that respects cultural diversity

Dr Kofi Marfo, Director AKU-IHD, calls for research that respects cultural diversity

Instead of just acquiring it from the ‘dominant’ ones, we should conduct our own researches keeping in view the different value systems of our cultures. – Dr Marfo, Founding Director, Aga Khan University – Institute for Human Development (AKU-IHD) By Minerwa Tahir for The Express Tribune. Published October 25th, 2014. Dr Marfo, the founding director of Aga…