Pak expatriates remember ‘Father of the Nation’

By Jamil Khan | ABU DHABI

PAKISTANI expatriates in the UAE have celebrated the 140th birth anniversary of Father of the Nation, Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, with national fervour, vowing to strengthen the country in accordance with his legacy.
In this regard, the Pakistan Embassy in Abu Dhabi hosted a Christmas Day celebration for the community’s Christians besides celebrating the 140th birth anniversary of Father of The Nation.
A number of Pakistani Christian community members participated in the event, which was marked besides special prayers and the choir sang carols. The gathering also participated in the celebrations marking the birth anniversary of Ali Jinnah.
Addressing the gathering, Moazzam Ahmad Khan, Ambassador of Pakistan to the UAE, highlighted that the constitution of Pakistan, in line with the Quaid’s vision, enshrines safeguards for all communities living in Pakistan.
“The Pakistan government’s policies are geared towards empowering minority communities to play their role in national life as equal citizens,” he said.
He also lauded the Christian community’s contribution towards Pakistan’s progress and development. Special messages from President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif were read out on the occasion. The event concluded with cutting a cake.

Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah
Similarly, the Pakistan Social Centre Sharjah (PSCS) also held an interactive evening to mark the anniversary.
The event “Salaam Quaid-e-Azam” was organised by Masood Ahmed, a board member of PSCS, in collaboration with Al Mashaher Medical Centre, Dubai for the community residing in Sharjah and other Northern Emirates.
The evening was held on the premises of social centre and attended by officials from the Pakistan Consulate in Dubai, prominent businessmen, educationists and other members of social centre. The highlights of the evening were a live quiz to win prizes, music with national songs by community schools’ students and cake cutting.
However, a large number of community members also attended the “Seeratul Nabi (PBUH)” to pay respects to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). The event was organised by Rafik Nasar, cultural secretary PSCS to invite the prominent ‘Munshid’ who read their tribute in front of a large number of faithful.
-Published in The Gulf Today

~ by jamilkhan on December 26, 2016.

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