Countdown to Diamond Jubilee – Snapshots of Imamat – 1988 to 1992

“Many days in a lifetime are unremarkable, some are notable, few are unforgettable. In the trust sense only one can be unique. The longer one’s life, the more the relativity of a unique day is measured against time gone by. Despite all this, for me, having lived over half a century, this is indeed a unique day. Years of thought and hope are in front of me this 20th March 1989 to esteem and applaud, in the form of the first class of graduating students from the Faculty of Health Sciences School of Medicine at the Aga Khan University.”
Mawlana Hazar Imam
First Convocation of Aga Khan University,
Karachi, Pakistan, March 20, 1989


1988 to 1992
There was increased collaboration between the Aga Khan Development Network and the governments of several countries in the areas of education, health, and economic development.

The first Imamat humanitarian projects began in Tajikistan (1993). Aga Khan Foundation USA and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) signed an agreement in which the USDA provided food aid to the Gorno-Badakshan province of Tajikistan.

Mawlana Hazar Imam

  • established Aga Khan Trust for Culture (1988) and the Historic Cities Programme of the AKTC (1992).
  • commemorated the twenty-fifth anniversary of Aga Khan Foundation at Aiglemont (1992).

presided over

  • the first Convocation of Aga Khan University, in Karachi (1989).
  • foundation ceremony of the Aga Khan Girls’ Hostel in Hyderabad, Pakistan (1989).
  • foundation ceremony of the Nation Centre, Nairobi, Kenya (1988).
  • presentation of awards of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture at the Citadel of Salah el Din in Cairo, Egypt (1989), Registan Square in Samarkand, Uzbekistan (1992).
  • international seminar of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in Jakarta, Indonesia (1990).



  • in India, as a guest of the Indian Government, and in Pakistan, reviewing various AKRSP initiatives (1989).
  • Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, with the respective heads of state to discuss AKU collaboration (1991).


  • Rockefeller Foundation in New York on the occasion of the 150th birthday of John D. Rockefeller (1989).

signed an agreement 

  • on behalf of the Aga Khan Foundation with Overseas Development Administration (ODA) Accord of Cooperation at the Ismaili Centre, London for development work in Northern Pakistan (1988).
  • with the Government of Zanzibar for restoration and revitalisation of the old dispensary building and the water-front area (1989).
  • with President Yoweri Museveni  of Uganda, returning the properties, including religious buildings, schools, medical facilities, and industrial and commercial projects that were confiscated when the Asian community was expelled in 1972 from the country by the Idi Amin regime (1989).
  • with government leaders in Cairo to finance the creation of a park to combat the declining green space (1990). AKDN.
  • with Lynda Chalker, UK’s Minister for Overseas Development, in London, pledging of funds by British Government, to the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme in Chitral, Northern Pakistan (1991).
  • in Brussels with Mr. Abel Matutes, the European Community Commissioner for North-South Relations, to finance Aga Khan Foundation’s projects in Chitral, Northern Pakistan (1991).
  • with Governments of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Canada for development work (1992).


  • Bhavnagar, Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Sidhpur and Malia Hatina (1989).
  • Kenya and Tanzania (1991).
  • Canada (1992).

For titles and honours bestowed upon Mawlana Hazar Imam, visit AKDN or view the matrix.

Selected World Events – 1988 to 1992

  • NASA scientist James Hansen warns congress of the dangers of the global warming and the greenhouse effect (1988). Environment & Nature.
  • The Berlin Wall was opened. East and West Germany re-united, after 45 years, marking the end of the Cold War (1989).
  • Archie, the first Internet search engine was developed (1990).
  • Nelson Mandela was released, after an imprisonment of 27.5 years (1990).
  • The Hubble Space Telescope was launched (1990).
  • Gopher, the first user-friendly internet interface, was created at the University of Minnesota and named after the school mascot (1991).
  • The World Wide Web server and browser became publicly available (1991).
  • The USSR broke up into 15 countries, establishing the Commonwealth of Independent States (1991).
  • Compact discs surpass cassette tapes as the preferred medium for recorded music.

UK Ismaili,  December 1991
Ismaili Forum (July 1988)
Africa Ismaili, various issues
Canadian Ismaili  and The Ismaili Canada, various issues

Compiled by Nimira Dewji

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