Aga Khan Economic Planning Board Seminar

One Day Seminar on women Rights Chitral held by LAFH.
CHITRAL: A one day seminar on Women rights was held at Community Based Girls Higher Secondary School at mountainous valley of Breshgram (Susom Valley) organized by Legal Aid Forum for Human Rights (LAFH) in collaboration of Political Empowerment of Women Program (TROCAIRE) on November 8, 2007. Maulana Israruddin Alhilal Chair person Board of Director LAFH was chief guest on the occasion while the ceremony was presided over by Haji Khan President Breshgram Cluster. The program started with the recitation from the Holy Quran by Miss Nazia a student of the same school while Miss Haseena Bibi presented Hamd and Miss Aashi read Naath Sharif. Niaz Ali Shah General Secretary (LAFH) introduced his organization which working free of cost for deserving and needy people of Chitral. Niaz A Niazi Advocate President LAFH highlighted human and women rights as UN human rights charter and Pakistani Law. He also explored body Structure of LAFH. Niaz A Niazi also told the participants that TROCAIRE Chitral has facilitated LAFH to conduct this workshop on women rights/women empowerment. he also emphasized on students to carry forward the agenda of Human rights/women rights as part of their education because tomorrow the students would be in a position to safeguard the human rights in future in their practical life.

Mrs. Ghazala Afzal Vice President LAFH spoke on women rights and stressed upon women education for development. She emphasized on involving of women folk in decision making. Miss Farhana a student of 2nd Year delivered speech on Child rights. She stressed upon students to motivate those children who not goes to school toward education. Students played vital role in war of independence and revolution of freedom she added. Syed Akram Shah vice Chair Person BoD stressed upon mutual harmony and eradicating of sectarianism evils from this peaceful zone. He said Islam also stressed upon keeping peace. He said that main objectives of LAFH is to come together both community one plate form and to enhance mutual harmony for maintaining peaceful atmosphere of Chitral. He quotes examples of some religious scholars who given message of peace and were respectable and accepted to both communities. He said Ismaili and Sunny are brethren and should play equal role for maintaining peaceful atmosphere in Chitral. He thanked TROCAIRE for funding LAFH to organize such fruitful seminar.

Maulana Israrud Din Alhilal Chair person BoD of LAF explained women rights on Islamic point of view. He said sermon of the Holy Prophet was the first and main charter of women empowerment who said that Paradise under the feet of your mothers. He said that the Holy Prophet PBUP has ordered the Muslims to respect their wives. He said Islam has banned getting of money on daughters. Those who taught 2 daughters and married them with Islamic way he will be neighbor of me in Paradise the Holy Prophet Maxim who also restricted and prohibited Muslims from beating wives on faces. Israruddin announced on the occasion that some 30 Students from Ismaili Community would be settled at Al-Khitmat hostel Chitral. He stressed upon the participants to must educate your daughters as there is no restriction in Islam on women education. Haji Khan Principal of Breshgram cluster thanked LAFH for conducting this workshop and assured of their full support to organization. He said that LAFH is only plate form who called leaders and religious scholars of both communities on one plate form. Principal of the School also expressed their views. A question Answer session was also held where students of this institution and other participants belonging to all walks of life asked some questions regarding women rights and women empowerment. They were responded by the panelists. Some 164 participants including women folk and students, teachers, and elites of the area attended the seminar. At last Khaleefa of the area concluded the ceremony with his prayer words. A lunch was hosted in honor of participants
G.H. Farooqi M & E Officer LAFH Chitral PO Box No 50 GPO Chitral Pakistan. Telephone No. 0943-302295, 414418 , cell phone 0302 5989602, 03469002167

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board Seminar

Hunza hosts seminar on Evolution of Development in Hunza and Nagar

SHUNDOR (CHITRAL): The Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan (AKEPB) in collaboration with the Imami Ismaili Council for Hunza has organized a seminar on “Evolution of Development in Hunza and Nagar in Hunza” held here today.

The Chief Guest at the seminar was Mir Ghazanfar, Chief Executive of the Northern Areas, who lauded the efforts of the AKEPB and the Ismaili council for the initiative. At the seminar, experts of economic and social development presented their views on the historic development that has taken place in the valley over the course of the last 50 years and how the knowledge of this history will assist in formulating a futuristic strategy for development. This activity is one part of a series of productive events arranged by various agencies of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan.

The primary objective of the event was to bring together the key-stakeholders from both Hunza and Nagar in a formal setting and discuss the past development to learn the lessons of history to be able to envision a future strategy in a collective manner. A synergistic approach to handle the opportunities and challenges of the future were discussed and a strategy document to the effect will be developed as a result of this seminar.

Hunza and Nagar are neighboring towns which face many common challenges in the area of social and economic development. This seminar provided a platform for the valleys to develop harmony and work in a mutually beneficial manner.

The workshops held during the seminar yielded some focused solutions to the key issues and challenges that were identified and strategic measures associated with integrated development of the district to accelerate the pace of development.

The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) was founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, 49th Hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of the Ismaili Muslims. It is a group of private, non-denominational development agencies working to empower communities and individuals to improve living conditions and opportunities, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, Central and South Asia, and the Middle East. The Network’s nine development agencies focus on social, cultural and economic development for all citizens, regardless of gender, origin or religion.

G.H. Farooqi PO. Box NO. 50 GPO Chitral Pakistan telephone NO. 0943-302295, 414418, 03025989602, 03469002167

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board Seminar

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board held Seminar on Development Opportunities and Challenges of Chitral.
CHITRAL: The Aga Khan Economics Planning Board for Pakistan (AKEPB) in collaboration with the Imami Ismaili Council Chitral organized a seminar on
Development Opportunities and Challenges of Chitral held here in a local hotel. Zainullah Khan Special Finance Secretary of NWFP was chief guest on the occasion who applauded the efforts of the AKEPB and the Ismaili council for this initiative. Experts and intellectuals presented their papers on economics, social and cultural development in the seminar on the prospective of social and economic development in the region. District Nazim Chitral Haji Maghfirat shah was chairing the inaugural session of the seminar. This activity is one part of the series of productive events arranged by various agenciecs of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan 49th Hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of Ismaili community.

The primary objectives of the event was to sensitize the key stakeholders and relevant institutions of the future development of Chitral particularly in the wake of increasing investment opportunities in the district and initiation of long term development projects such as Lawari Tunnel, which would provide the district with all weather route for the first time in history of Chitral. The seminar was focused on potential of economics, social and cultural development in the district and capacity gaps in relevant institutions to respond to the emerging challenges with regard to access of the local people to the benefits of economic development.

The papers read during the seminar also identified the key issues, challenges and strategic measures associated with integrated development of the district to accelerate t he pace of development without affecting the robust social structure, unique cultural setup and peaceful political environment of the region. The key stakeholders including representatives of Civil Society, leaders of community organizations, elected representatives from district government and government functionaries participated in the discussion and the forum developed a consensus about the potential roles of development players and choosing policy options for formulating long term development plan for the district. As resource persons keynote speakers from national academic and development institutions provided the participants with basic knowledge and analytical framework to facilitate them to reflect on the development problems of Chitral and provided their inputs to design an integrated development framework. This event also provided the decision makers from public sectors, market and civil society with an opportunity to think collectively for accelerated economic growth and social development in the region with particular focus on reducing persistent poverty and history long gender inequalities.

Addressing the ceremony District Chitral warned strictly that no one would be allowed to violate and discriminate the peaceful atmosphere of Chitral. He assured AKDN for his fully support and hailed their initiative for economic development in the district. Those who presented their papers were Professor Dr. Shahjehan Syed Chairman Journalism Department Peshawar University, Dr. Nasir Ali Khan Director Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Inaytullah Faizi, Sherzad Ali Haider Manager Monitoring and Evaluation of AKRSP, Afzal Aman president Aga Khan regional council Upper Chitral, Miraj Khan Director, EME, Muzzaffar Ahmad Qureshi, Kamran Rehman Khan DCO Chitral, Sultan Shah Distt Naib Nazim and Munawar S. Kassim Chairman Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan. A large number of people belonging to all walks of life including women folk participated the seminar.

G.H. Farooqi PO Box No. 50 GPO Chitral Pakistan telephone No. 0943-302295, 414418, 0302 5989602, 0346 9002167

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board Seminar

Aga Khan Economic Planning Board held Seminar on Development Opportunities and Challenges of Chitral.
CHITRAL: The Aga Khan Economics Planning Board for Pakistan (AKEPB) in collaboration with the Imami Ismaili Council Chitral organized a seminar on
Development Opportunities and Challenges of Chitral held here in a local hotel. Zainullah Khan Special Finance Secretary of NWFP was chief guest on the occasion who applauded the efforts of the AKEPB and the Ismaili council for this initiative. Experts and intellectuals presented their papers on economics, social and cultural development in the seminar on the prospective of social and economic development in the region. District Nazim Chitral Haji Maghfirat shah was chairing the inaugural session of the seminar. This activity is one part of the series of productive events arranged by various agenciecs of Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan 49th Hereditary Imam (spiritual leader) of Ismaili community.

The primary objectives of the event was to sensitize the key stakeholders and relevant institutions of the future development of Chitral particularly in the wake of increasing investment opportunities in the district and initiation of long term development projects such as Lawari Tunnel, which would provide the district with all weather route for the first time in history of Chitral. The seminar was focused on potential of economics, social and cultural development in the district and capacity gaps in relevant institutions to respond to the emerging challenges with regard to access of the local people to the benefits of economic development.

The papers read during the seminar also identified the key issues, challenges and strategic measures associated with integrated development of the district to accelerate t he pace of development without affecting the robust social structure, unique cultural setup and peaceful political environment of the region. The key stakeholders including representatives of Civil Society, leaders of community organizations, elected representatives from district government and government functionaries participated in the discussion and the forum developed a consensus about the potential roles of development players and choosing policy options for formulating long term development plan for the district. As resource persons keynote speakers from national academic and development institutions provided the participants with basic knowledge and analytical framework to facilitate them to reflect on the development problems of Chitral and provided their inputs to design an integrated development framework. This event also provided the decision makers from public sectors, market and civil society with an opportunity to think collectively for accelerated economic growth and social development in the region with particular focus on reducing persistent poverty and history long gender inequalities.

Addressing the ceremony District Chitral warned strictly that no one would be allowed to violate and discriminate the peaceful atmosphere of Chitral. He assured AKDN for his fully support and hailed their initiative for economic development in the district. Those who presented their papers were Professor Dr. Shahjehan Syed Chairman Journalism Department Peshawar University, Dr. Nasir Ali Khan Director Institute of Management Sciences Peshawar, Inaytullah Faizi, Sherzad Ali Haider Manager Monitoring and Evaluation of AKRSP, Afzal Aman president Aga Khan regional council Upper Chitral, Miraj Khan Director, EME, Muzzaffar Ahmad Qureshi, Kamran Rehman Khan DCO Chitral, Sultan Shah Distt Naib Nazim and Munawar S. Kassim Chairman Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan. A large number of people belonging to all walks of life including women folk participated the seminar.

G.H. Farooqi PO Box No. 50 GPO Chitral Pakistan telephone No. 0943-302295, 414418, 0302 5989602, 0346 9002167