Finally, the big day arrives; Chitralis eager to welcome The Aga Khan
9 Dec, 2017
Chitral .. The grand occasion of the visit of their spiritual leader Prince Karim Aga Khan has finally arrived for the Ismaili community of Chitral which constitute about one third of the entire population of the district. Volunteers from the community have been working day and night for weeks on, to clean the area and upgrade roads and prepare two grand ‘deedar gahs’ (congregation areas) at Booni and Garam chashma, which will hold thousands of disciples of the Imam of the Ismailia community. Ismailis from all over Chitral with their women folk and children have converged on Booni and Garam Chashma the two venues where the Ag Khan would address his followers. The scathing cold has not deterred the faithful to brave the weather and catch a glimpse of their Imam.
Elsewhere in Chitral, the Sunni Muslims which is the only other sect up here have heartily welcomed the visit of the Aga Khan. Everyone from the MNA to the District Nazim to MPAs to political leaders have issued welcome statements on the occasion. The deputy Commissioner has ordered closure of educational institutions on the occasion to facilitate students wanting to join the congregation at Booni and Garam Chashma. .. CN report, 09 Dec 2017