Aga Khan III

02 Nov 2018  Fri

One of the most prominent figureheads of the international community during the Pakistan movement years, Sir Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III was born on 2nd November 1877. He was one of the founders and the first president of the All India Muslim League.

Shah was born at Karachi to Aga Khan II and his wife, Nawab Alia Shams-ul-Mulk, who was belonging to a Qajar Dynasty of Persia. At age of 8 years old he succeeds to the Imamate, the spiritual leader of the Ismaili Shia. Apart from this a Knight Commander of the Indian Empire was conferred upon him by Queen Victoria in 1897.

He arranged to hold the first Muslim Education Conference and worked tirelessly for the establishment of a Central University for the Muslims. During the Round Table Conference he played an important role to bring about Indian constitution reform.

The spirit in which Aga Khan undertook the work of the welfare of the Muslims is indeed remarkable. Pakistan Post Office issued a commemorative postal stamp of 2 Rupee to mark his birth centenary on 2nd November, 1977.

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