4-Day Events ‘We Are Pakistan’ @ PAD

Pakistanis to mark N-Day with events tailored for all sections of community

By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, March 15, 2013

DUBAI: Over 15,000 visitors are expected at a four-day event, ‘We are Pakistan,’ being organised by the Pakistan Association Dubai (PAD) to celebrate the country’s national day on March 23.
A series of events have been planned to entertain, educate and raise awareness on various community-related issues — from health to social values — with a special focus on the community’s youth, which live far away from their homeland.
At a press conference attended by Dr Faisal Ikram, general secretary of PAD, Dr Ziaul Hassan, the Association’s president, along with its other office bearers, Dr Ikram unveiled details of the programme line-up.
The country’s national day, also known as Resolution Day or Pakistan Day will be celebrated in Pakistan and by the Pakistani community spread all over the world, in commemoration of the day when Muslims of the sub-continent led by Mohammed Ali Jinnah passed a resolution in 1940 demanding an independent nation for themselves.
“A 4-day Meena Bazaar (a traditional Pakistani fair), education exhibition, blood donation drive, beach clean-up activity and a cricket tournament, among other initiatives, are being lined up with a view to bringing not only the community together in a celebration of our national event, but also having communities from other countries residing in Dubai take part in the programme as our guests,” Dr Ikram said.
The Meena Bazaar, which is being organised by the Association for the third time running, will see stalls set up by individuals offering a number of Pakistani products to visitors.
“This year we have around 40 stalls that will be showcasing traditional products, including a choice of Pakistani cuisine and garments. Taking centre stage will be many attractions like quiz shows, tableaux, elocution competitions and other events engaging children and youth in their favourite activities, with great prizes on offer,” he added.
Dr Ziaul Hassan said the support of every section of the community was sought to make this event a successful one. The recently-established body, Chartered Accountant Wing and a couple of Pakistani companies were among those that have extended their full support, especially for the beach clean-up to be held on March 22 at Jumeirah.
“Students from various Pakistani schools and universities and others organisations will be taking part in the activity that is being supported by the Dubai Municipality,” Dr Hassan added.
Dr Ikram, meanwhile, pointed out that this year they have invited a prominent Pakistani artist, Kaleem Shehryar, also known as ‘Ambassador of Peace’.
“He is scheduled to showcase one of his famous artworks that shows over a dozen country’s flags carved out on wood and employing the use of a variety of precious stones, including diamonds, rubies, opals, pearls, lapis lazuli and Topaz. We will invite consuls general of different countries at the opening of his uniquely and passionately-designed artwork that promotes peace and harmony,” Dr Ikram said.

A major attraction of the 4-day event will be the ‘Study in Pakistan’ education and counselling exhibition.
Khwaja Mazhar Iqbal, a Pakistan Education official associated with the organisation of the ‘Study in Pakistan’ event, informed gathered media persons that around 23 top Pakistani universities have confirmed their participation at the 4-day event.
“Representatives of these universities will provide all possible information to students and their parents keen for more information about degrees on offer for overseas Pakistani students by universities back home. Counselling sessions for students needing specific information to help them plan their careers, would also be part of the ‘Study in Pakistan’ event,” Iqbal added.

~ by jamilkhan on March 15, 2013.

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