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Adventure Diplomacy: Beyond the Heights – Mirza Ali shares Samina Baig’s triumphs on Everest in an upcoming documentary movie

An extraordinary true story of human will: determination; courage; strength; trust; passion; spirit; and patriotism; against ones own fears and nature’s forces: snow storms; avalanches; hazardous ice walls; crevice falls; scarcity of oxygen; altitude sickness and extreme cold. An epic tale of the journey to ascend to the top of the world; of hope’s triumph…

Aga Khan Cultural Services, Pakistan & Walled City Lahore Authority: Rescuing Lahore's Masjid Wazir Khan

Aga Khan Cultural Services, Pakistan and Walled City Lahore Authority: Rescuing Lahore’s Masjid Wazir Khan

The Mughal Era Masjid Wazir Khan needs immediate measures for its renovation, preservation and conservation otherwise it may face a horrible fate. The mosque is facing serious threats due to indifferent management, improper and inadequate conservation and upkeep. Masjid Wazir Khan (Wazir Khan Mosque) was built in 1634-35 AD (1044-45 AH), by Hakim Aliuddin, subedar…

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Ismaili Mountaineers and the Goal to Conquer Seven Summits

Following Simerg’s recent exclusive interview with Ismaili mountaineers Samina Baig and her brother Mirza Ali Baig here is an update about their goal of conquering the “Seven Summits.” Please click “Seven Summits” Goal Within Reach for Ismaili Mountaineers Samina Baig and Mirza Ali and be sure to read their fascinating interview should you have overlooked…

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Invitation to Apply for Senior Position advertised by AKU, Karachi

Director, Donor Relations and Stewardship,​ Department of Resource Development Aga Khan University, Pakistan This position is responsible for creating meaningful opportunities to engage donors from all “walks of life” and has a significant effect on the University’s ability to recognize and retain current and future donors—which, in turn, affects private giving that enables the University…

Awareness workshop by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service Pakistan: 'Rise of water in Indus River may displace communities'

Awareness workshop by Aga Khan Planning & Building Service Pakistan: ‘Rise of water in Indus River may displace communities’

Leading development professionals, policy makers and community representatives gathered in Thatta district of Sindh to attend the inception workshop on “Climate Resilient Communities in Coastal Lying Areas of Sindh project” organised by Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan (AKPBS,P), an agency of the Aga Khan Development Network. The interventions planned as part of the…

Masjid Wazir Khan Lahore needs renovation - Aga Khan Trust for Culture to analyze issues faced by the structure

Masjid Wazir Khan Lahore needs renovation – Aga Khan Trust for Culture to analyze issues faced by the structure

Excerpt: The Mughal Era Masjid Wazir Khan needs immediate measures for its renovation, preservation and conservation otherwise it may face a horrible fate. [...] A senior official of WCLA said a comprehensive documentation of the monument that started in May 2009 was carried out by a technical team of conservation architects and engineers from the…

Walled City Lahore: Work on Shahi Hamam excavation project has started with the help of Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Walled City Lahore: Progress of excavation work for Shahi Hamam project with the help of Aga Khan Trust for Culture

Excerpt: Excavation of Shahi Hamam was started by WCLA in November 2013 in collaboration with the Agha Khan Trust for Culture and international excavators started working on the project. WCLA officials said in 1955, Shahi Hammam was recognized as a cultural asset and declared a protected monument by the Department of Archaeology. The entrance gateway…

Ismaili Council for Chitral: Tradition of mass wedding making inroad in Chitral

Ismaili Council for Chitral: Tradition of mass wedding making inroad in Chitral

Report Waqar Ahmed CHITRAL, July 3: Marriages have become a costly affair for an ordinary family in Chitral as it involves exorbitant expenditure both on the part of bride and groom’s family. The recently organized mass wedding ceremony in Madaklasht village by the Shia Imami Ismaili Regional Council for lower Chitral in collaboration with the…

Thomas Burkhalter: 'Out of the absurdity of life'

Aga Khan University’s Sixth Sense Forum presents Thomas Burkhalter: ‘Out of the absurdity of life’

As part of Aga Khan University’s Sixth Sense Forum (6sf) lecture series, Thomas Burkhalter — an ethnomusicologist, music journalist and cultural producer from Bern, Switzerland gave a multimedia presentation titled ‘Out of the Absurdity of Life’ on June 12 in the university’s auditorium. Burkhalter’s presentation comprised music and sounds from all across the world which…