A Call for Community Unity
A Pakistan Link Report




Pictures above: Glimpses of the Friends of Pakistan Reception at the Shahnawaz Restaurant

Lakewood, CA: A spirited call for community unity was given by Consul General Syed Ibne Abbas at a Friends of Pakistan function at the Shahnawaz Restaurant on September 16, 2006.
The Consul General’s voice resonated in the glittering Banquet Hall as he emphasized with manifest force and conviction what prominent community activist Abubakr Vakil had stated a few minutes earlier. “Aainda ittehad ka muzahira kiya jaegae,” CG Abbas resolved as he urged the community members to hold one single function in Los Angeles to celebrate Pakistan Independence Day in the year 2007.
CG Abbas also concurred with Dr Firoz who earlier had observed, “United we
stand, divided we fall.”

The Consul General paid glowing tributes to members of the Pakistan American community. “Koi moqa aesa nahin jata jab Sadr aur Wazirae Azam sahib aap ka zikr na karate houn,” he stated. Whenever the two talk about Pakistan and Pakistan’s future they can’t help mentioning the expatriate community, especially Pakistanis living in the US who have supported national strivings with exemplary zeal and unfailing consistency. “Jo kuch aap kae barae maen suna tha aap ko oos sae ziyada paya,” he told the Los Angeles community.

The Consul General exhorted the community to invest in Pakistan and to participate in mainstream politics in the United States.

The function was organized by Friends of Pakistan to accord recognition to its team of volunteers, who under the stewardship of its President Sarfaraz Khan, had put up a spectacular show while celebrating the Pakistan Independence Day at the sprawling Exposition Park in Los Angeles on August 12. The FOP volunteers and office -bearers were profusely applauded by FOP President Sarfraz Khan and community members present in the Shahnawaz Restaurant Banquet Hall that evening.

The September 16 event was also held to accord a befitting welcome to Consul General Ibne Abbas who has recently taken charge of his diplomatic assignment.
In his concluding remarks, CG Abbas complimented Mr. Dara Khan of Shahnawaz Restaurant for not only serving delicious food but also acting as the hub of laudable community activities.

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