BOONI: The local Isamili community is continuing work on the preparation of a venue where His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan is expected to give Didar to them soon. Work on the preparation of the venue started on Oct 22.
But so far neither the government nor the Ismaili Council for Pakistan has announced any date for the expected arrival of the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslims in connection with his diamond jubilee celebrations. Earlier, it was expected that Prince Karim Aga Khan would visit Pakistan in the middle of October but due to his preoccupation with the ongoing world visits to meet his followers in connection with the diamond jubilee celebrations it had to be delayed.
Sources in the community told ChitralToday on Monday that Prince Aga Khan was now expected to arrive in Pakistan in the first week of December.
Ismaili community elders in Booni told ChitralToday that work on the preparation of the Didargah was continuing and the Imam was expected to give Didar to the Ismailis in the first week of December. “It may be on 3rd or 4th December but the date is not fixed,” they added.
They said similar venues for the congregation of the Ismailis to have a glimpse of their Imam were also being prepared in Garam Chashma Chitral and Hunza in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The community members have started preparations for the event and residents of Booni and nearby areas have been asked by Ismaili institutions to make arrangements for hosting at least 20 people each coming from far-off areas to Booni for the Didar.