Gilgit – Huzur Mukhi Ustad Muhammad Siraat of Khyber Gojal Passed away on September 21, 2011 at Al-Shifa Hospital Islamabad after a protective illness ( May Allah rest his soul in the eternal peace). He was laid to rest in Khyber Gojal on September 23, 2011, in presence of thousands of people who came there from different villages of the region to attend his funeral.
He left behind a widow three daughters and three sons including Mr. Zahid Ali Sakhi (Manager Bank Al-Falah) . Late Ustood Muhammad Siraat was a distinguished pioneer teacher, devoted community/ volunteer worker, and an excellent development expert.
He served the Khyber village in the capacity of pioneer teacher for almost three decades, till his retirement in mid eighties. Furthermore, he served the community of Gojal in general and people of Khyber village as community leader during his entire lifetime. He served as Mukhi for two terms, as religious guide, for at least two decades and as member of Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board Gojal for a number years.
After the inception of the Aga Khan Rural Support program in the early 1980s Ustad Muhammad Sirat as the manager of Village Organization Khyber and later on as Cluster Manager of VOs in Gojal played catalyst role in making the people conceptualize and practice the concept of participatory development. Trough his efforts the village organization Khyber became a successful model which set a good precedent for the other VOs in the AKRSP program area in Gilgit Baltistan. He had been a regular speaker of conferences and seminars on the themes of community development and village organization organized by AKRSP and other NGOs in Gilgit Baltistan.
He will always be remembered for his selfless services to the people of Gojal .
May Allah rest his soul in the eternal peace – Aameen