Community Award for DCM Sadiq

Washington, DC: Pakistan’s Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington, Mr. Mohammad Sadiq, has said Pakistan-US relations have entered a new era of "long-term bilateral relationship," which is mutually advantageous for the two nations. He said it depends now on Pakistan and the Pakistani-American community "to take maximum benefit" of this emerging cordiality based on mutual trust and reliance.

In his remarks at a function held at Queens in New York, the DCM called upon the community to play its "important active role" in further consolidating the "long term bilateral relationship."
Mr. Sadiq told some 50 community leaders from New York and New Jersey States that Ambassador Jehangir Karamat will shortly embark on a meet-the-community visit of major cities of the United States.
The senior official said a new dimension of multi-faceted Pakistan-US ties was in the domain of trade and commerce.

He called upon the Pakistani-American community to reach out to the mainstream US society, actively participate in the socio-charitable work, and get involved in grassroots' level political activism.
The function was held under the aegis of an umbrella organization 'Live Together.' The DCM was given “Award of Excellence for year 2004”, in recognition of his outstanding services for the community.

The host of the event, Imtiaz Rahi, in his remarks referred to the various steps taken by the Pakistan Embassy to promote the cause of the community. "Mr. Sadiq is a capable diplomat and he has done remarkably for the causes of community," he added. He lauded "the open door policy" of the Pakistan Embassy that promoted the widest possible interaction between the community, its mass e-mailing system, internship program and support and involvement of the upcoming second generation Pakistani-Americans in "healthy and far-sighted pursuits."

On the occasion, Shahid Zaheer, CEO Prime TV, also presented a plaque to DCM Mohammad Sadiq in recognition of his distinguished services.

Eminent community leaders present on the occasion included representatives of civic and cultural associations, attorneys, accountants and doctors, including Dr. Suhail Muzaffar, Bashir Qamar, Mujeeb Lodhi, Wakil Ansari, Dr. Tahir Chaudhry, Dr. Saqib Khan, Shafiq Siddiqui and Mohsin Zaheer.
Consul General Shaukat Haroon also spoke at the function.

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