Hunza Festival, Ocean Mall, Karachi

The show of cultural Nobilities of Hunza, Gilgit-Baltistan are thriving and mesmerizing, citizens of Karachi with all super flavors of the heavenly characters. It includes fairy awaking music and dance; the cuisines which give long life to mortal being beyond imagination, as well as arts and crafts, in addition to pure Gems and Stones.

The Festival will continue till March 30, 2018.

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Hunza Festival, Ocean Mall Karachi

Celebrating the natural gifts and made by Humans of Hunza, the divinity filled cultural activities, honey, dry fruits, and arts and crafts of Hunza at with the enthusiasts people of Karachi.

Do enjoy the paradisaical music of Hunza with the godly sword dance directly from Majestic valley of Hunza.

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Arrests of Uighur women married to Gilgit-Baltistan men spark anger in Gilgit-Baltistan

Chinese authorities have reportedly detained a number of Uighur women who are married to Pakistani men in the South Asian country’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan region. The move has angered the locals, Sattar Khan reports.

A Chinese Uighur woman walk past a line of soldiers in Urumqi, Xinjiang province (picture-alliance/dpa/epa/D. Azubel)

Anti-China sentiments are running high in Pakistan’s northern Gilgit-Baltistan area over the arrests of China-born Uighur Muslim women married to the locals. These women have reportedly been arrested inside China in the past few months over alleged links to extremists.

Due to Xinjiang’s proximity to Gilgit-Baltistan, the residents of the two areas have shared long historical, cultural and family ties. Many Uighurs are married to the Gilgit-Baltistan locals and vice-versa. The arrests of Uighur women from Gilgit-Baltistan could be a result of China’s suspicion of their alleged association to Islamist extremists.

Uighur Muslims, a Turkic-speaking minority in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, have long faced persecution by the country’s communist authorities. They are a distinct and mostly Sunni Muslim community and one of the 55 recognized ethnic minorities in China. However, the Uighurs feel increasingly suppressed and view Beijing as a “colonizing power” attempting to undermine their cultural identity, political rights, religion and exploit their region’s natural resources.

In the past few years, the Chinese government has acted strictly against the separatists in Xinjiang. This has pushed many Uighurs towards radicalization and militancy. The situation is also becoming aggravated due to the fact that Uighur separatism is not only an ethnic movement but also has a religious dimension to it.

The Uighur issue is generally viewed as an internal Chinese security problem but some experts argue that it should also be looked at in the context of the rising global jihad and Islamic fundamentalism. The crucial point, the analysts say, is that the Uighur case is getting increasingly hijacked by the jihadist movements, particularly in Afghanistan and Pakistan where a number of Uighur militants have reportedly fought alongside the Taliban, at least prior to 2014.

Read more: The Hui – China’s preferred Muslims?

China Uiguren (picture-alliance/dpa/H. W. Young)‘China’s major concern is that Uighurs are using the Pakistani territory to create unrest in western China,’ analyst Siegfied O. Wolf told DW in a 2015 interview

‘A serious issue’

Faiz Ullah Firaq, the spokesman for the local Gilgit-Baltistan government, says Pakistani authorities are “in contact with China’s foreign ministry” on the issue.

“We know the locals are concerned about the issue. The Gilgit-Baltistan assembly also passed a resolution against the arrests,” Firaq told DW.

Nawaz Naji, a member of the Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly, dubbed it “a very serious issue.”

“It is not only the people of Gilgit-Baltistan but many Pakistani Pashtuns and Punjabis have also Chinese wives. China needs to take into account the cultural sensitivity regarding this issue. We are a Muslim society and having our wives in someone else’s custody is not acceptable to us. We do not want to escalate the issue because we want good ties between Beijing and Islamabad,” Naji told DW.

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Uighur journalist Gulchehra Hoja: ‘I have my own sad story to tell’

Chinese authorities detain relatives of Radio Free Asia’s Uighur reporters

China Sicherheitsmaßnahmen Xinjiang 23.05.2014 (Reuters)In the past few years, the Chinese government has acted strictly against the separatists in Xinjiang

Simmering anger

At least 39 Uighur women from Gligit-Baltistan have so far been arrested in China, DW has learnt. But most of the husbands are reluctant to talk to the media for fear of safety of their wives and their extended families in Xinjiang.

“My wife is living under surveillance. She went through an interrogation process twice last year,” a 39-year-old trader from Gilgit city told DW on condition of anonymity.

“I have not seen my wife and children for the past two years. My family is psychologically disturbed because of the situation,” the trader said, adding that Chinese authorities suspect his wife’s brother, sister and niece to have links with Islamist extremists.

Mir Aman from Gilgit city, who currently resides in Kashgar, told DW that his 60-year-old wife was arrested in Xinjiang some six months ago. “I am not allowed to meet her or talk to her over the phone. They haven’t told me what crimes my wife has committed. My 18-year-old son was also arrested a month prior to my wife’s arrest,” Aman said.

Shafqat Ali, another trader from Gilgit-Baltistan, appeals to the Chinese government to release his detained wife.

“My children are suffering because of their mother’s arrest,” he told DW.

Ayub Shah, an ex-member of the Gilgit-Baltistan legislative assembly and husband to a Chinese woman, says the locals are afraid to discuss the issue publicly and are trying to resolve the problem by seeking assistance from Pakistani and Chinese foreign ministries.

But some locals tell DW they are too desperate to see their wives and children return from Xinjiang, and if Pakistani and Chinese authorities fail to resolve the issue soon, they plan to launch a protest movement for the release of their loved ones.

Queen Elizabeth hosted dinner for H.H Aga Khan

2018-03-08 QUEEN Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal family met the Aga Khan and Princess Zahra Aga Khan tonight in Windsor Castle to mark the diamond jubilee of the Aga Khan’s leadership as Imam of the Shia Ismaili Muslim Community.

Hunza Festival 2018, Ocean Mall Clifton, Karachi

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The Deedar Reflection of H.H Aga Khan

By: Sultan Abbas

I attended Darbar in Hunza on 10 December. The moments of Deedar were electric. Bliss, it was to be there among more than a hundred thousand murids of Imam of the Time and listening to his luminous guidance was the heaven itself.

Together with everyone, I reaffirmed my unwavering and unconditional commitment to his spiritual authority and his absolute right to interpret the foundational tenets and ethics of Islam for the Ismaili community.

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While Hazir Imam can be seen on video, even physically, for example in a conference, but to catch a glimpse of him in Deedar settings was a completely different experience.

On social media, some of our people complained about the broken sound system and the lowered TV screens which disadvantaged many of the participants to see Hazir Imam on the big screen and so on.

I offer a different perspective. While waiting for his arrival I reflected as to what is it that I am waiting to witness and why should I respect this man?

I offer a different perspective. While waiting for his arrival I reflected as to what is it that I am waiting to witness and why should I respect this man? These and other perplexing questions arose in my mind. When Imam’s helicopter appeared and traveled in front of the majestic Rakaposhi the entire Jama’at was excited unbelievably. The Jama’at was longing for a mulaqat for several years. The chants of salwat and murmurs of individual tasbihs had created a mystical environment of pure joy, almost everyone dissolving into a seamless unity. I found myself melted and felt as if my individuality doesn’t exist anymore. I felt my ego annihilated and totally flattened. I felt as if I am part of a bigger universal whole. There was pure ecstasy in those few moments.

When Imam himself arrived in the Darbar and Quranic recitations and tasbihs were read in his presence I reflected on those questions earlier and found solace in the thought that our Imam represents a continuous tradition of the pursuit of justice and intellect spanning fourteen centuries. The Imam is a noted and a powerful global figure, heading a multi-million-dollar business empire, a wise man seeking international peace and reconciliation, seeking harmony within the various Muslim communities and between Islam and other Abrahmic faiths.

The Imam is a noted and a powerful global figure, heading a multi-million-dollar business empire, a wise man seeking international peace and reconciliation, seeking harmony within the various Muslim communities and between Islam and other Abrahmic faiths.

A man noted and celebrated globally for his humbleness, for his contributions in the fields of Islamic architecture, humanitarian work, and his commitment to improving the quality of life of his people and others in different parts of the world. Just a few weeks ago he was garlanded with Global Leadership Award by UN Sec General Antonio Guetters in the presence of former UN Sec General Kofi Anan. What does this tell us? It tells us and they are also signs of his nobility, his global reach, and recognition of his work, a head of state without a state.

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There in the Darbar, we were meeting a head of state, a star intellectual, a rich person, an embodiment of ethics of Islam all of these rolled into one single personality and the sheer force of this personality was so overpowering that I could not resist but cry with ecstasy for what he stands for, and there is reason enough for his followers to tread in his footsteps.