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Rahim Shah

Muhammad Rahim Shah

Biography

Muhammad Rahim is from the Ghizer District of Gilgit-Baltistan. He is passionate about preserving and promoting the rich indigenous mountain culture and art of his area, and optimistic about converting this heritage into a socioeconomic venture through social entrepreneurship. Rahim has been working with various civil society organizations to uplift his region in all aspects of development through philanthropy, advocacy, and volunteerism. He, along with his friends, founded Ghizer Social and Cultural Forum (GSCF), a non-denominational civil society organization that promotes indigenous artists by providing them access to platforms in the metropolises of Pakistan. GSCF collaborates with likeminded organizations to host cultural shows celebrating the musical diversity of his region. The organization also promotes educational development of the area by setting up libraries in local schools and organizing summer and winter camps for students. Rahim believes in networking for mutual growth and indigenous philanthropy. He aspires to create a peaceful and pluralistic mountain society where culture and art act as bonding forces that help overcome the drifts created by ethnic and sectarian differences. Currently, Rahim is vice-President of GSCF and an MPhil candidate at Pakistan Institute for Development Economics in Islamabad.

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