Aga Khan Trust for Culture Receives 2011 UNESCO Award for Culture Heritage Conservation

Bangkok, 1 September 2011 – The restoration of Altit Fort in Pakistan, an Aga Khan Trust for Culture project undertaken by the Aga Khan Cultural Service, has received an Award of Distinction at the 2011 UNESCO Asian-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. Conservation works for the 900-year-old Altit Fort focused on mending structural defects, stabilising…

A Mass Wedding in Northern Pakistan

I reread the crumpled wedding invitation for what must be the twelfth time: 10:00 a.m. I look at my watch: 1:00 p.m. Over a thousand guests sit sweating under the tent, waiting for the festivities to begin. Pakistani weddings tend to run late, and I shouldn’t be surprised that a wedding involving five brides, five…

Wall of water could engulf Shangri-La – The Independent

A seven-mile lake formed by a massive landslide in north-east Pakistan is threatening to burst its banks and sweep through a valley, wiping out villages and endangering 45,000 people who live downstream. Engineers are racing to build a channel at the top of the natural dam, formed by a landslide in early January which killed…

Education in Hunza, by Dr Shahid Siddiqui

Hunza’s success story shows that difficulties can be overcome if the leadership has political will. No doubt Hunza, known for its fruit orchards, lofty mountains, panoramic meadows and breathtaking beauty, is a major tourist attraction, but it is equally interesting to explore the educational initiatives that have empowered the local community there and set an…

Pakistan « Pat Deavoll

–excerpt– It was only when we reached the Hunza Valley we began to see other women, in colourful shalwa-kameez, some bare-headed, walking in the streets, either with their husbands or in happy chatting groups. We puzzled over this until Baig explained that Hunza is predominantly populated by Ismailies, who practice the most moderate form of…

Press Release: Focus Humanitarian Assistance Provides Relief for Landslide Victims in Hunza, Pakistan

Attabad Village, Hunza Valley, Gilgit-Baltistan, 13 January 2010 – Focus Humanitarian Assistance is providing relief to four villages in northern Pakistan that were struck by a devastating landslide on 4 January 2010. According to initial disaster assessment reports, Attabad Payeen, Attabad Bala, Sarat and Ayeenabad were directly affected by the massive landslide in Hunza valley,…