Jihad Dib MP, Member for Lakemba and shadow minister for education organised an Eid Milan Party in partnership Pakistan Association of Australia on 9 August at the NSW Parliament House in Sydney.
The gathering was organised to celebrate the Eid after the fasting month of Ramadan. However, unfortunately it coincided with the news of the terrorist bombing of a hospital in Quetta the previous day where a large number of lawyers and innocent people died and were injured.
The Eid Milan party continued after observing a minute’s silence, recited verses from Holy Quran and made dua in order to remember the victims of the bomb blast. The program the proceeded by the recitation of national anthem of both Australia and Pakistan.
The state opposition leader Mr Luke Foley MP linked his passion for cricket and Pakistani cricketers and hoped Pakistan would bring its glory in sports and peace and condemned the recent bomb attack in Quetta.
Ms Julie Finn MP for Granville, Mr Geoff Lee, MP for Parramatta and Mr Guy Zangari MP for Fairfield wished everyone a happy Eid and condemned the hospital bombing in Quetta as well.
Mr Victor Dominello MP, Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation represented the NSW Primer Hon Mike Baird.
Pakistan’s newly arrived Consul General Mr Abdul Majid Yousfani highlighted the importance of Eid and briefed the current situation in Pakistan. He also promised that he would make every effort to bring Australia and Pakistan closer.
Father David Khan represented Pakistan’s Christian minority community and promised that minorities of Pakistan would stand by Pakistan.
Mr Rana Abbas, President of Pakistan Association of Australia stressed that Pakistan is the worst victim of global terrorism and since war on terror, Pakistan has lost more than 60,000 people dead and many more injured.
He also welcomed the new Consul General and hoped to build ties with the Pakistani communities in Australia and assured all help.
Mr Abbas thanked the guests and particularly NSW Parliamentarians and staff who helped make the program a great success.
Mr Jihad Dib welcomed the new Pakistan Consul General and concluded the program by saying that migrants to this beautiful country are always welcome and they always enrich and contribute to Australian culture.