Humayaun Akhtar Khan
Visits Los Angeles
By Naushad Sarwar
Los Angeles, CA: Humayaun
Akhtar Khan, Pakistan's Federal Minister for Commerce and
Trade, was in Los Angeles last week to apprise the community
of measures taken by Islamabad to boost bilateral trade.
He also informed the Pakistani-American businessmen of the
attractive opportunities that prospective investors can
now avail of in Pakistan to boost their respective businesses.
He was addressing the leading community businessmen at a
dinner reception hosted in his honor by the Council of Pakistan
American Affairs at the LAX Hilton on November 30, 2005.
Mr. Tanvir Khan of COPAA welcomed the guests and played
the role of the emcee.
Ms. Rubina Merchant recited verses from the Holy Qur’an
before Mr Khan made his welcome remarks.
Sheriff Leroy Baca warmly greeted Minister Humayun. Khan
and recalled his pleasant stay in Lahore. The Sheriff was
all praise for the radiant beauty of Islamabad. “I
see a courageous and optimistic person in President Musharaf
who took bold steps in fighting terrorism within and outside
the country,” he stated. Sheriff Baca also complimented
the local Pakistani community, mentioning in particular
the efforts of COPAA and CPACC.
Mansuri and Leroy Baca
above: Minister Humayaun Akhtar
with prominent Pakistani Americans who attended the
at the COPAA reception
Consul General Noor Muhammed
Jadmani thanked the audience who were able to attend the
dinner on a working day and who have been wholeheartedly
supporting the consulate in the earthquake relief effort.
The “community of Los Angeles is the one I am really
proud of, be it COPAA, be it CPACC, be it a Fundraising
Mushaira, their unconditional patronage is unmatchable,”
the Consul General stated.
Hamid Malik, President of COPAA, acknowledged the efforts
and hard work of the Council’s Board members who have
been in the forefront of efforts aimed at mitigating the
sufferings of the earthquake victims. “I really appreciate
Sheriff Leroy Baca for mobilizing his 14,000 employees to
the tragedy Pakistan is facing today,” Mr Malik stated.
The Pakistani community of
Los Angeles “has come a long way to prove themselves
as root of their society and uphold their identity as basic
fabric where they dwell in,” said Minister Humayun
A. Khan in his speech. The task ahead for us is huge as
roads have been destroyed, weather has been against us,
many lives have been saved but a large number of people
are still missing. Our next step is the rehabilitation of
the survivors and no doubt our government has done a great
job in undertaking this massive task with the help of foreign
aid and local support. “We have the second highest
growth rate in Asia due to our macro economics indicators,
investment policies and increase in exports,” he claimed.
Answering a question during the QA session, Mr. Humayun
Khan told the audience to bring investment in Pakistan as
the country offered great opportunities.