November 19 Hussainabad, Sost(our correspondent):His Highness Prince Karim Aga Khan IV, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Muslim visit Gojal valley for the first time in 1987. On 18th of November 1987 Prince Karim Aga Khan IV had his appearance (Deedar) to Ismaili community at Passu village. Since then, this day is being celebrated in Gojal vally with religious enthusiasm.
During his visit to Gojal Prince Karim Aga Khan visit projects of Aga Khan Rural Support Program AKRSP initiated in Gojal. Hussainabad,Sost water Tunnel is one of those project, Where Prince Karim Aga Khan made visit on November 19.
Today the local community gathered at Hussainabad, Sost to celebrate the first ever appearance of Prince Karim Aga Khan to Gojal and Hussainabad water Tunnel. During his visit to this project Prince Karim gave the name “Hussainabad” to this newly irrigated land.
On the occasion the youth of Sost organized a program to pay tubute to the 60 legendry founding members of Hussainabad water tunnel. Mementos were presented on behalf of Firdous Jamal (a social activist) to the founding members of this project and prayer was offered to the departed soul of those who are no more.
Yousuf Shah, chairman ITREB for Gojal Bala was chief guest of the event and the other guest were Hon Sec. GRSO, chairman Khunjerav Villager Organization.
Speaking on the occasions the chief guest Yousuf congratulate the 60 legendry member and their family for this exemplary project. He said “on that time this was not an easy task and few people dared to work on this project. Today we are enjoying the outcomes of our elders hardship and this worth as 8th wonder for us”: he added.
Songs, dramas and different cultureal items were presented to pay tibure to the founding member of the Hussainabad water tunnel project. Saifuddin, Ghulam Ali and Razzak Ali were among the notable artist there.
Hussainabad Water Tunnel project was started in 1982 with financial support of
Aga Khan Rural Support Program AKRSP and was completed in 1985. This project was inaugurated by an Army senior officer in 21 March 1985.
Photograph contributed by Ghulam Ali and Haider Ali