Syeda Mirza Begum Al-Hussaini lives in the Sher Qila area of Gilgit-Baltistan and claims to be the oldest person of Pakistan.
She was born in Chitral in 1886. When the then ruler of Chitral, Mehtar Amanul Mulk, started persecuting the Ismaili Muslims in the princely state, many people belonging to the community left their homeland for safer areas.
Mirza Begum was a member of the family of Pir Syed Karam Ali Shah, the former governor of Gilgit-Baltistan, who also migrated from Chitral to Gilgit-Baltistan.
Mirza Begum says she has seen the rule of law and speedy justice under the British rule, and also witnessed the horrific floods of 1906 in Gilgit-Baltistan.
2 Replies to “Oldest person of Pakistan?”
Long live Wavi. May you live far beyond 2086. A page in guineese book is surely reserved!
Religious persecution in Chitral had been a two way process. Not only Amanullah has persecuted Ismailis but his predecessors and successors have also inflicted cruelties on Ismailis,Forceful conversion to Sunni Islam against the golden principle of “La Ikraha Fid deen” have been exercised by Chitrali rulers . On the other side of the picture Ismaili rulers have also left no stone un turned to give pain to their Sunni subjects. The Ismaili ruler of Chitral Shah Kairullah’s cruel treatment and persecution of Sunnis is also recorder in History. 1982’s tragedy was the continuation and perhaps the last menifestation of these historical non-senses. Thanks to the dissipation of Knowledge today that, the tolerance of both Sunnis and Ismailis had made Chitral one of the paradise of peace in the world.
Mehtar Amanul Mulk, started persecuting the Ismaili Muslims???? I was thinking the tragedy of 1982 was the only black day in history of Chitral..