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Enthusiastic participants from Gilgit, Hunza and Ishkoman-Puniyal learnt ice skating and hockey through AKYSB Pakistan's expanded Sports Fellowship Programme.

A little over a year ago, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan launched a sports training programme, which proved to be popular and successful ahead of the 2016 Jubilee Games. This winter, the Youth and Sports Board expanded the programme to include golf, ice skating and ice hockey.

The video "Believe in Me" captures the rigour and passion with which the Pakistani athletes are training for the Games

With the 2016 Jubilee Games just a few days away, Team Pakistan’s practice sessions are well underway. This video captures the rigour and passion with which the Pakistani athletes are training for the Games.

Mountaineer-siblings Samina and Mirza Ali Baig present a memento to Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim at an institutional dinner hosted by the Ismaili Council for Pakistan. Rahil Imtiaz Ali

Islamabad, 27 May 2016 — As their working visit to Pakistan drew to a close, Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim expressed optimism and a sense of opportunity about the tasks that lay ahead of AKDN in improving quality of life for the people of the country. The two were guests of honour at a Jamati institutional dinner on Wednesday before they departed Pakistan yesterday.

Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim unveil a plaque to mark the inauguration of the Aga Khan Medical Centre in Gilgit. Rizwan Jamil Jaffery

Islamabad, 25 May 2016 — Princess Zahra and Prince Rahim were in Gilgit yesterday, where they inaugurated a 50-bed medical centre that will serve as a healthcare hub for the surrounding region. They also visited other AKDN programmes and a Jamatkhana in the area.

Institutional leaders meet with affected communities in Phadar, Ghizer following a devastating 7.5 magnitude earthquake. FOCUS

2 November 2015 — The powerful 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck the Jurm District of Badakhshan Province in Afghanistan on 26 October has affected large parts of Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan and Tajikistan. Many populations in the region of the Hindu Kush mountain range have suffered the consequences of this calamity, including Ismaili communities.

Parents and their children take part in an ECD session at a Jamatkhana in Uganda. Ismaili Council for Uganda

Throughout the world, education is regarded as one of the most consistent and reliable vehicles towards an improved standard of living. Establishing a successful foundation in early childhood development is a pivotal determinant of success in education.

Parents play with their child during a Parwaaz early child development session. Ismaili Council for Pakistan

Parwaaz Early Child Development Programme is one of a number of early child development initiatives introduced in Pakistan. It is helping parents in the Jamat to to give their young children the best start in life.

Gouvieux, France, 13 May 2015 — Mawlana Hazar Imam has expressed shock and sadness in the wake of an attack on a bus carrying members of the Ismaili community on their way to work in Karachi, Pakistan, that left 43 people dead. “This attack represents a senseless act of violence against a peaceful community,” said Mawlana Hazar Imam.

Ismaili athletes take part in a Sports Fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board for Pakistan. Ismaili Council for Pakistan

In Pakistan, young Ismailis are receiving knowledge and inspiration from elite-level athletes in a sports fellowship programme organised by the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board. In addition to training and mentoring, the youth are coming away with a new sense of what they can possibly achieve in sport.

Students at a school in Kyrgyzstan take cover under their desks during the AKDN ShakeOut earthquake drill.

In October 2013, over 341 000 individuals suddenly stopped what they were doing to Drop, Cover and Hold On! They were taking part in the AKDN ShakeOut – a drill that teaches people around the world how to protect themselves in the event of an earthquake.

Mawlana Hazar Imam together with Dr Ishrat Ul Ebad Khan, Governor of Sindh Province and the province’s Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah at the 2013 Convocation of the Aga Khan University.

Karachi, 19 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam set out a bold vision for the Aga Khan University, an ambitious challenge that will see it evolve into “a distinguished liberal arts university” over the next few decades. Presiding over the 26th Convocation of the University, Hazar Imam also announced the creation of seven graduate schools.

Chartered in 1983 as Pakistan’s first private university, Aga Khan University is an international University with 11 teaching sites spread over 8 countries. The University’s School of Nursing in Karachi, predates the Charter, having opened its

Three decades is a relatively short period in the history of a university, but the impact that the Aga Khan University has had in its formative years is not to be underestimated. And while the institution may be young, its spirit is far older.

Mawlana Hazar Imam with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the Prime Minister’s residence.

Islamabad, 16 December 2013 – In separate meetings with the President, the Prime Minister, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs and the Finance Minister of Pakistan, Mawlana Hazar Imam received praise for the leadership role taken by the AKDN in the country’s development, and for its effectiveness in improving the quality of life of those whom it reaches.

Upon his arrival in Islamabad, Mawlana Hazar Imam is received by Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, and Aitmadi Iqbal Sadru-Dean Walji, President of the Ismaili Council for Pakistan.

Islamabad, 15 December 2013 – Mawlana Hazar Imam arrived in Islamabad this evening, commencing an official visit to Pakistan. During the visit, Hazar Imam will meet with government officials, attend to AKDN related matters and preside over a convocation of the Aga Khan University.

Samina Baig hopes that her achievement will inspire the millions of women in Pakistan.

Samina Baig, the first Ismaili Muslim woman and the first Pakistani female to climb Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak, marked a unique historical achievement as she unfurled the national flag of Pakistan and the Ismaili flag on the summit. She hopes that her achievement will inspire the millions of women in Pakistan so that they too can achieve their dreams.

Participants take a keen interest in the music session during the National Youth Camp.

Young Ismailis from across Pakistan grappled with the challenge of re-imagining their country’s future last year at the National Youth Camp 2012 held in Karachi. Some 80 participants aged 18 – 22 engaged in dialogue about differences and commonality, reflected on how to make positive life choices, and learnt how they might transform their hopes for a better world into reality.

Hina Hazrat speaks at the Leading Change event organised by The Youth Republic.

Hina Hazrat is enabling young people around the world to turn their ideas into action. Last year, her digital youth network, which enables young people to put their social action ideas to work, find partners for their projects and collectively work for a better world, received recognition at the World Summit Youth Awards.

Yoga enthusiasts at the Karimabad Fitness Centre.

Only a minimal percentage of adults in Pakistan actively participate in any sports, games or exercise to stay fit. Nevertheless, societal changes over the past two decades have resulted in a greater need for active lifestyles and increased health awareness. Through programming, facilities and services, the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board in Pakistan is helping the Jamat to “leap into fitness”.

A view from within the court of the Danyore III Jamatkhana in Gilgit.

Part of a seismically unstable zone that is prone to earthquakes, floods, landslides and droughts, Pakistan's northern region has long been home to a signifiant Ismaili population. Several new purpose-built jamatkhana projects blend traditional building with new disaster-resistant techniques. From design and construction to finished product, the new structures offer a model to uplifit the quality of habitat throughout the region.

Local volunteers are seen crossing the raging river to make relief goods available to the flood affected communities in Darkut.

In this first installment of a two-part story, broadcast journalist Faridoun Hemani describes his experience as part of a team that visited areas stricken by the 2010 Pakistan floods to document the impact of the AKDN Early Relief and Recovery Programme. The team travelled to Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh, where they listened to local people recount life-changing stories.