On July 11, Ismaili Muslims all over the world celebrate the anniversary of His Highness the Aga Khan as the 49th Imam (spiritual leader) of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims.
On July 11, 1957, His Highness the Aga Khan became the 49th hereditary Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims. His Highness is a direct descendant of the Prophet Muhammad through his cousin and son-in-law, Ali, the first Imam, and his wife Fatima, the Prophet’s daughter.
In the town of Khorog (2200m), is the capital of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Province (GBAO) in Tajikistan. It is situated in the Pamir Mountains (ancient Mount Imeon) at the confluence of the Gunt and Panj rivers.
The city is bounded to the south and to the north by the deltas of the Shakhdara and Gunt rivers, respectively. The two rivers merge in the eastern part of the city flow through the city, dividing it almost evenly until its delta in the river Panj, also being known as Amu Darya, or in antiquity the Oxus on the border with Afghanistan. Khorog is known for its beautiful poplar trees that dominate the flora of the city.
Khorog is one of the poorest areas of Tajikistan, with the charitable organization Aga Khan Foundation providing almost the only source of cash income. Most of its inhabitants are Ismaili Muslims.
Tajikistan, a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia. Afghanistan borders it to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and People's Republic of China to the east. Tajikistan also lies adjacent to Pakistan separated by the narrow Wakhan Corridor.
Tajikistan became a republic of the Soviet Union in the 20th century, known as the Tajik Soviet Socialist Republic.
It was the first of the Central Asian republic to gain independence in December 1991.