City of Los Angeles Joins Pakistani Community in Relief Effort

From left: Jan Perry, Arif Mansuri, Eric Garcetti, Waqar A. Khan, Dennis Zine and Mian S. Waheed
From left: Arif Mansuri, Bill Rosendahl, Noor. M. Jadmani, Dennis Zine and Chief Bernard Park

Los Angeles, CA: On October 19 at the South Lawn of the Los Angeles City Hall, Councilwoman Jan Perry joined her colleagues on the City Council including Councilman Tom LaBonge, Councilman Bill Rosendahl, Councilman Eric Garcetti, Councilman Bernard Parks, Councilman Dennis Zine, members of Council of Pakistan American Chambers of Commerce including Waqar Ali Khan, Arif Mansuri, M. Waheed, Asif Syed and others, Consul General Noor M. Jadmani, Commercial Consul, Shahid Tarar, former president of COPAA Ahmed Ali and other members of the Pakistan community to update Los Angelinos about the efforts that are currently underway to help the tens of thousands of people who have been deeply affected by the recent earthquake in Pakistan.
All the members of the City Council acknowledged the Pakistani community in Los Angeles as one of the most important communities. Councilman Garcetti and others stated that Pakistan is the most important ally of the United States in its war against terrorism. The members of the LA City Council urged fellow Los Angelinos to come forward and help Pakistan and the people of Pakistan in their time of dire needs and crises. They also appealed to the American, Asian, Latino and other communities of Los Angles, California, and the entire USA to come forward and extend support to the victims of the quake.
Consul General Jadmani briefed the members of the media about the destruction wreaked by the October 8 earthquake. He dwelt on the efforts made by the Consulate and other organizations in raising funds, relief goods, medicine and several other needed items for the earthquake victims.
The board members of CPACC including Arif Masuri and Waqar Ali Khan also shared the with the media the latest news and how the earthquake has impacted many here in the region. Waqar Ali Khan made an appeal to the residents of Los Angeles to come forward and support the victims who are in desperate need of help to rebuild their lives. He said the American people are know for their generosity and this is the time when Pakistan needs their support. He also pleaded to the Pakistani community to open their hearts, wallet at this time of fasting and give generously. Arif Mansuri drew a grim picture by giving the most recent statistics to the members of the media. The International Red Cross was also present to explain how people throughout Los Angeles could help in the relief efforts.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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