Consulate Holds Community
By Naushad Sarwar
General N.M. Jadmani
Torrance, CA: At the
invitation of the Consul General of Pakistan members of
the Pakistani-American community in the Los Angeles area
assembled at the Momin Lodge in Torrance on Sunday, October
They came in large numbers and visibly demonstrated their
concern for the earthquake-struck fellow Pakistanis in the
NWFP and Azad Kashmir. Each one of them had a scheme or
proposals for coordinating relief measures in the LA area.
The meeting started at 5.30 pm and continued after the Iftar
Members of the Pakistani-American community
Prominent among those
who attended the meeting were: Consul General Noor Mohammad
Jadmani, Vice Consul Ahmad Farooq, COPPA President Mr Hamid
Malik, PL Publications President Mr Wasi Qureshey who also
serves as Managing Editor of Pakistan Link, Mr Arif Merchant,
Mr Tanwir Khan, Dr Hashmi, Captain Waheed, Banker Shafiq
Khan, Mr Hussain Rokerya, Mr. Aziz Laasi, and Mr Salim Adaya.
Speaking on the occasion, Consul General Jadmani expressed
his gratitude to the invitees. The community has “overwhelmed
me” with its response to the earthquake crisis. The
“Pakistan nation has withstood the test.” Both
at home and abroad, Pakistanis have spiritedly responded
to the challenge. The Ummah has also been supportive of
the relief efforts and 70 percent of the aid has come from
its member countries, he stated.
The Consul General informed that the rescue phase was drawing
to a close and the relief phase has already begun.
Waheed with Aziz Laasi
and Mrs. Ashraf Ali
to R: Aziz, a guest, Captain Waheed and Anjum Ejaz
He appeared gratified
at the show of unity, both within and without. The political
parties and the man in the street had joined hands to provide
relief to the earthquake survivors, he observed. He also
informed the gathering that such a scale of destruction
has not been seen in the country before.
Consul General Jadmani observed that his “effort has
been to mobilize funding” in Los Angeles. It was imperative,
he said, that the community “reaches out to the corporate
sector.” In this regard he referred to the donation
of $200,000 by Occidental Petroleum.
Arif Merchant and Mr. and Mrs.
Captain Waheed (American
Logistics Intermodal Inc.) and Mr. Aziz Laasi also expressed
their gratitude to the community for its response to the
quake catastrophe which had created greater devastation
than Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina. They demanded continuous
community support for the relief efforts.
Mr Hamid Malik, President COPAA, also spoke on the occasion
and highlighted the role of his organization in the relief
Consul General Jadmani also announced that the Consulate
would hold a fundraiser for the earthquake victims at the
LAX Hilton on November 13.