An Online Community Center for Pakistani-Americans
A Pakistan Link Report

On the auspicious occasion of August 14, 2008 – the 61st Independence Day anniversary of Pakistan - was launched to coincide with Pakistan’s Jashn-e-Azadi.
The site is dedicated to Pakistanis living in the US and provides a variety of topics – from classifieds, business listings, news, religious information, entertainment to reader-generated blogs, political articles, event reports, etc. 
The website is the brainchild of Aaliya Naqvi-Hai, a Pakistani-American.   When asked about her motivation for launching, she said that she had built a site where she would like to go - that there were numerous portal-like sites for Indian-Americans but none for Pakistani Americans.   Hence the motivation to build an online community center for Pakistanis living in the US with something to offer to everyone. 
The site serves both as a repository of information with links to other sites as well as offering fresh content via articles from veteran Pakistani journalist M.B. Naqvi and articles re-posted from Shaheryar Azhar’s group – The Forum.  The Forum is an email group comprising prominent progressive Pakistani Americans.
The website promises to post interviews of other Pakistani-Americans to highlight their achievements.  An exclusive interview is scheduled with Ayesha Khan, director, writer, producer and actor who has just finished her first film, Kashf – Lifting of the Veil.  Ayesha, along with a few other film makers, will be on the panel for the OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs and Professionals) New York event scheduled August 21st - Behind the Scenes with Pakistani-American Filmmakers
For the website launch, Pakistanis were urged to go online, sign up for free membership, start blogging, and/or posting articles/views.  When we went to press, there was a good turnout of folks.  We wish the best of luck and urge our readers to go online and become a part of the online Pakistani community.



Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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