FOP President Addresses
President Sarfaraz Khan (center) addresses the
Lakewood, CA: A press
release issued by Friends of Pakistan following a press
conference addressed by their President Sarfaraz Khan, states:
“…As you know, we have announced to build a
state-of-the-art ‘Community Center’ for our
people in which we will provide a number of services to
our community, and as you know this was needed for a long
time. We took this initiative and pledged ourselves to this
“However, last week we found out that the Pakistan
Chambers of Commerce announced and published an ad in the
newspaper that they are starting to build a Pakistan Center.
As I have said before, we (FOP) are a uniter not a divider.
“So, now we have decided to put a hold on our project
to avoid duplication of efforts with the Chambers of Commerce
Pakistan Center project, but there is a condition that we
see progress. We in the FOP will keep the community abreast
with the Chambers of Commerce Pakistan Center progress.
If we do not see progress towards a ‘Functional Pakistan
Center’ within a reasonable timeline, then we will
reinitiate our Community/Cultural Center project. We are
going to set up a process in which we will keep our community
informed of their progress.
Independence Day Celebrations
“On August 12th, 2006, was a historical day in California’s
history when the Friends of Pakistan organized in a grand
level to celebrate Pakistan’s 59th independence day
in the Exposition Park, Los Angeles where thousands of Pakistani-Americans
witnessed their presence, with the same spirit and demand
from our beloved Pakistani-American community, today Friends
of Pakistan announces that we will be organizing Pakistan’s
60th Independence Day with dignity and honor where every
Pakistani-American will feel a real attachment his motherland.
“As I said before, we believe that our success will
come from being united with one voice and we should have
one Pakistan Day program. So I am asking every individual
and organization to join in with us and make this program
the most successful program.
“We in the FOP will personally reach out to every
individual, organization, business and government officials
to join in and show the world that we can work together
for betterment of our community in the United States. We
want our Pakistani government officials to join hands and
support us in our efforts to unite the community, which
will make us a stronger community.
“Finally, I am urging everyone not to play politics
within our community. Our community members are honest,
hard working & innocent and we’ll not allow any
individual or a group to make fool of our community.
Pakistani media in the United States are doing a great service
to the community and we are grateful to them for spreading
the words through their network and we affirm our support
“Mr. Tariq Altaf will be the spokesperson of the Friends