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    “The Role of Ismaili Imamat in shaping the History and Development of Pakistan”

    “The Role of Ismaili Imamat in shaping the History and Development of Pakistan”

    By Khairuddin Shadani

    It is important to remember the contributions of leaders and communities that have shaped the history of Pakistan. One such leader is H.H. The Aga Khan III, who played a key role in the negotiations that led to the creation of Pakistan and was a powerful advocate for Muslim rights and welfare. He was a prominent leader and member of the All India Muslim League (AIML) and worked closely with Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah to achieve the goal of Pakistan. Both leaders shared the vision of a Pakistan that is inclusive, equitable, and respects the rights of all citizens.

    The Ismailis, a sect of Shia Islam, have also played a significant role in the development and history of Pakistan. They have been actively engaged in various sectors of society, including education, healthcare, and economic development. The legacy of H.H. The Aga Khan III and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah continues to be carried forward by the current Aga Khan IV, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini. He has been working towards the development and betterment of Pakistan through institutions like the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and promoting values of pluralism, tolerance, and development in Pakistan.

    It’s worth noting that the Aga Khan III and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah had a close relationship, and they worked closely together to achieve the goal of Pakistan. The Aga Khan supported Jinnah’s political efforts and was a key figure in the Muslim League and in the negotiations that led to the creation of Pakistan. Both of them shared the vision of a Pakistan that is inclusive, equitable, and respects the rights of all citizens, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or background. They have also emphasized the importance of education, healthcare, and economic development in building a strong and prosperous nation. Additionally, they both emphasized the importance of religious tolerance, secularism, and pluralism in the country.

    The Ismailis, also known as the Nizari Ismailis, are a sect of Shia Islam, and they have played a significant role in the development and history of Pakistan. They are a minority community, but they have been actively engaged in various sectors of society, including education, healthcare, and economic development. The Aga Khan Education Services (AKES) and the Aga Khan University (AKU) have been established to provide quality education to students from all backgrounds, including the Ismaili community. These institutions have been instrumental in promoting education and literacy in Pakistan, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The Ismailis have also been active in the field of healthcare, with the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) providing healthcare services to communities in Pakistan, including those in rural and remote areas. The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is one of the leading healthcare institutions in Pakistan, providing advanced medical facilities and services.

    It’s worth noting that the legacy of H.H. The Aga Khan III, continues to be carried forward by the current Aga Khan IV, Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini. He has been the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims since 1957 and has continued to work towards the development and betterment of Pakistan and the world at large.

    The current Aga Khan has been actively involved in various sectors such as education, healthcare, and economic development. He has continued the legacy of his grandfather and father by establishing institutions like the Aga Khan Education Services (AKES), the Aga Khan University (AKU), and the Aga Khan Health Services (AKHS) which provide quality education, health care and other services to people in Pakistan and around the world.

    The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) is a group of development agencies with mandates that range from the promotion of private-sector enterprise to the improvement of the built environment, and from the provision of basic services to the revitalization of historic cities. This network has been working in Pakistan for over 60 years and has been instrumental in promoting sustainable development, especially in the areas of education, healthcare, and economic development.

    The Aga Khan has also been actively promoting the values of pluralism, tolerance, and development in Pakistan. He has been working towards promoting peace, understanding and harmony among different communities in Pakistan. He has also been working towards promoting the rights of minorities and marginalized communities in the country.

    In conclusion, the vision of H.H. The Aga Khan III and Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, along with the contributions of the Ismaili community, and the current Aga Khan IV have played a significant role in shaping the history of Pakistan and continue to do so today. They have emphasized the importance of education, healthcare, and economic development in building a strong and prosperous nation. Additionally, they have emphasized the importance of religious tolerance, secularism, and pluralism in the country.

    The writer is an Islamabad based researcher on governance, finance and development worked with SDPI and The Nation.

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