Meat for all households in Hunza: Eid tradition ensure equality in sacrifice

The much renowned Hunza valley, enveloped in the grand Himalayas and the Karakoram mountain range, carried out its unique tradition of communal qurbani on the occasion of Eidul Azha.

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As part of an ancient tradition, all sacrificial animals are slaughtered at a community centre and the meat is then divided among the local population where all families get an equal share of meat, irrespective of whether they purchased a sacrificial animal or not.

This year around 130 sacrificial animals were slaughtered in the garden of the community centre where volunteers supervised the process. As part of the tradition, the owners of the animals remain anonymous.

“It’s a centuries old tradition,” said Sher Afzal, a resident of Ali Abad area of Hunza.

Afzal leads a group of volunteers which manages the process qurbani and the distribution of meat among local residents.

“We are happy and honoured to be following the practice of our forefathers,” he said.

Explaining the process of qurbani, Afzal said: “Local people have their own animals which they offer for qurbani…the names of people who offer their animals for sacrifice is kept secret.”

Afzal said “this year we had around 5,200 kilogrammes of meat which was then divided among 1,300 households”. Hence every household got 4 kilogrammes of meat.

A majority of the local population cannot afford animals for qurbani yet they are ensured an equal share of meat, he maintained.

The volunteers are tasked to ensure equal delivery of meat to each and every household.

“We divide volunteers into different groups and assign them areas for the door-to-door distribution of sacrificial meat,” said Afzal.

Piyar Ali, a resident of Ali Abad, said “We celebrate Eidul Azha keeping the concept of sacrifice in mind, and equally distribute the meat…this is the actual concept of sacrifice taught by Prophet Ibrahim (PBUH) and Prophet Ismail (PBUH),” another resident said.

“I cannot afford animal for qurbani but every year on Eid I receive meat,” he added.

Volunteer Sher Afzal said people in Hunza were following the centuries old tradition of qurbani, which he claims is also gaining popularity in other areas of Gilgit Baltistan. Source

Eid ul Adha Mubarak

A very Happy Eid ul Adha Mubarak to our valued readers around the world !!!

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Three-day Shandur Polo festival – Chitral Wines


Gilgit: Chief of Army Staff General Raheel Sharif on Sunday attended the ongoing Shandur Polo festival and said it is the result of the sacrifices made by the nation and the armed forces that today people are able to breathe peacefully.

Addressing the festival participants, the army chief said that the Shandur festival sends a clear message to terrorists that Pakistanis will continue with their traditions without fear.

“I assure you that noose is tightening around terrorists and their facilitators,” he said, adding that the mission against terrorists will continue nationwide to sustain peace.

Gen. Raheel Sharif also said that the day is not far when Pakistan becomes a symbol of education, development, peace and prosperity.

The COAS added that the Shandur festival is a positive step towards promotion of tourism in the country, and that organisers of the event deserve praise for their initiative.

A three-day Shandur Polo festival kicked off on Friday attracting a large number of local and international visitors who arrived to watch this unusual game at the highest Polo ground of the world.

Nestled amid the Hindukush Mountains the Shandur polo ground is situated at a height of 12500 feet above sea level.

A camp village will be set up till July 31 at the venue where tourists and locals will reside and take part in activities like paragliding, traditional dance and songs.

Polo which originated in the region is considered an expensive sport as it is played on horseback with players hitting a ball with a mallet.

Polo teams from Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral will participate in the event. The final match will be played on Sunday.

The inaugural match will be played between Laspoor and Ghizar teams.

The Shandur polo festival has been organized after a three-year hiatus.

Happy Imamat Day To All Ismaili Muslims

Imamat Day is celebrated by Ismailis to mark the anniversary of the day that their present (or Hazar) Imam succeeded his predecessor to become the Imam of the Time.

His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV is the 49th hereditary Imam of the Ismailis, having succeeded his grandfather, Sir Sultan Mahomed Shah Aga Khan III on July 11, 1957.His Imamat Day is therefore observed annually on July 11.

For the Ismailis, the recognition of the Imam of the Time is central to their faith and belief. Imamat Day therefore, provides occasion to reinforce this recognition and to express gratitude to the Imam, who, in keeping with the centuries-old tradition of leadership, provides guidance in matters of faith and works to improve the quality and security of their lives.It is also a day for Ismailis to reaffirm their spiritual allegiance to the Imam and renew their commitment to the ethics of their Ismaili faith.

Today is the 59th Anniversary of the Imamat of Prince Karim Aga Khan IV. Since he has become Imam of the Ismaili Muslims in 1957 Prince Karim has devoted his resources in terms of time, money and interest unprecedentedly for the development of the people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Through Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) he has contributed enoumously for the socio-economic development of the people on the area particularly in the areas of Health, Education, Rural Development and Cultural Heritage.

We salute his leadership and untiring efforts to develop Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral and send our best felicitation to His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan and all Ismaili around the world!!!

Abdul Sattar Edhi a Legendary Hero

Abdul Sattar Edhi Passed Away In Karachi We Missed Another Legend of Pakistan

A big loss to nation happened on the 3rd day of Eid in Pakistan when I got a news that Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away in Karachi. There are many views, grief ways about the Abdul Satar Eidi just after seconds of his death but the first tribute given by Fahmida Iqbal Khan on my follower list by saying that “You are living epitome of humanity. She also explained that nation cannot pay you back for anything good happened to you for them.

Truly saddened to hear of Edhi Sahab’s passing. He was a noble soul & a great Pakistani. He gave the first big donation to SKMT 26 years ago

With legendary Edhi sahib passing away not only Pakistan but the world will mourn the loss of a great human being.May he rest in peace-Ameen

Of course, we knew this day was coming but how do you prepare for this kind of immeasurable loss? There is no one like you, sb.

Abdul Sattar Edhi Passed Away In Karachi

The ultimate salute to Edhi Sahab a legend of Pakistan. A social media activities Komal Shahid was also my follower list who expressed her tears by saying that “we lost something irreplaceable today can’t describe it in words. After the death, the 6 minutes DAWN news got in action and publish a story of his death in a well mannered way to pay a tribute the personality.

There’d be no one else like you because you have created a “Generation Edhi” in Pakistan, “we” are all ““.

Abdul Sattar Edhi Passed Away

Abdul Sattar Edhi passes away in Karachi at the age of 92 and today is the Friday night-another traditional night of blessings according to Islamic views. The kidney failure from 2013 was not the only reason for the personality to get panic but he was much aware of the humanitarian activities in Karachi.

An age passes. RIP Abdus Sattar Edhi. A modern day saint.

One can say that Abdul Sattar Edhi may get the intention towards the humanitarian services more than his health since diagnosis. The Best way to explain his service towards the humanity was his last example made by leader and legend himself. According to Fatimah Manshad FKM, a popular activist for Tahir Ul Qadri Edhi Sahib Donated his body parts.

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There may be no another way to express personality as compared to such denotation he made on the bed of death.  There are many persons praying for the Edhi Sahib after his death and saying that ” May God bless him with the neighborhood of Prophet (PBUH)”
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This is what can a nation give to its legend because Abdul Sattar Edhi Passed Away In Karachi We Missed Another Legend of Pakistan.

Happy Eid Mubarak

Court upholds life sentence for Baba Jan

Court upholds life sentence for Baba Jan

On June 9, the Supreme Appellate Court (SAC) in Gilgit-Baltistan upheld the life sentence of Baba Jan, the popular leader of the leftwing Awami Workers Party (AWP) from Hunza valley, and 11 of his comrades. An anti-terrorism court (ATC) had earlier found them guilty of ransacking a police station and damaging government property during political riots at Aliabad in 2011.

The decision comes days before a local by-election he planned to contest, amid an international campaign calling for his freedom. A large number of people who disagree with Baba Jan’s political ideology also believe the allegations made against him are false and politically motivated.

A three-member bench of SAC – consisting of Chief Justice Rana Muhammad Shamim, Justice Javed Iqbal and Justice Shahbaz Khan – upheld the ATC verdict by two judges to one, with Justice Shahbaz Khan deciding in favor of the political activists.

“I cannot comment on the decision, but we were not expecting this,” said Advocate Nazir, one of the lawyers pleading Baba Jan’s case.

Baba Jan will not be able to contest the elections

The ATC had said in its verdict that the prosecution was able to prove that the 12 accused men were “guilty of vandalizing property, attacking public servants, and ransacking arms and ammunitions from the police station”. Each of the convicts were also fined Rs 100,000 by the court.

“We strongly condemn the decision. It was politically motivated,” said Farzana Bari, civil rights activist and a member of the AWP. “It is an attempt by his political rivals to move Baba Jan out of their way.” She said it conveyed a stern message to the people of the area, that “the politics of Baba Jan, who speaks for the rights of locals, is not acceptable in the region”.

Hailing from the Nasirbad town in Hunza valley, Baba Jan is a leading figure of the AWP, which was formed in 2012 following the merger of Labour Party, Workers Party and Awami Party.

On January 2, 2010, a massive landslide killed around 20 people and blocked the flow of Hunza River for almost five months, turning Attabad village into a lake. Baba Jan organized the displaced people to lobby the government for compensation and rehabilitation.

On August 11, 2011 a large number of Attabad victims took to the streets. Police tried to disperse the protesters at Aliabad, where the convoy then chief minister Mehdi Shah was on its way on the highway. When the protesters resisted, police began using teargas. Then, two protesters – Sherullah Baig and his son Afzal Baig – were shot dead. The killings led to riots in Hunza valley. In Aliabad, a police station was ransacked and government buildings were looted. Police registered a case against the rioters and arrested around one hundred people. All but 17 of them were released.

According to AWP spokesman Farooq Tariq, “Those who agreed to join PML-N were freed.”

In September 2014, an ATC declared five of them innocent, and sentenced the remaining 12 – including Baba Jan – to life imprisonment. A judicial probe was also carried out, but its report was not made public.

After the SAC decision, the local leadership of the AWP called a press conference and vowed to renew their struggle for the release of Baba Jan and 11 other people. The PPP and the PML-N had been blaming each other for the riots, they said, and that was proof that Baba Jan is innocent. On June 12, AWP activists gathered at Nasirabad in solidarity with Baba Jan.

Baba Jan had contested the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections from behind the bars in 2015. He was the runner up in the GBLA-6 constituency, which was won by now-governor Mir Ghazanfar Ali, who belongs to the PML-N.

The AWP had announced that Baba Jan would contest the by-polls scheduled on May 28.  On April 30, the returning officer rejected his nomination papers on the grounds of his conviction. Four days later, a court accepted an appeal by Baba Jan’s lawyer against the rejection. But days prior to the election, the SAC ordered postponing the by-polls for three weeks. According to local media, the decision was made to “first complete the hearing of pending criminal cases against Baba Jan”.

The SAC verdict means Baba Jan will not be able to contest the elections, Advocate Nazir said. “However, we have submitted a review petition.”

For political analyst Amir Hussain, that means a missed opportunity “to show the world that we respect dissenting views expressed through the ballot”.

According to veteran journalist Abdul Jabbar Nasir – who says he strongly disagrees with the politics and the ideology of Baba Jan – “the decision was not fair”, especially when the by-polls were approaching.

But he also criticized the AWP for not pleading the case of its workers in a strong way. “The party supports Baba Jan for political reasons, but it did not even bother to hire some leading legal experts of the country for the case,” he said.

The AWP has announced countrywide protests, calling for the judicial probe of the Aliabad incident to be made public, and a review of Baba Jan and his comrades’ conviction. Source