Photos by Zia Ahmad, AMUST.
Pakistan Day, marking the Lahore Resolution passed on 23 March 1940, was celebrated on Saturday 20 March at Himalaya Emporium in Bankstown organised by the Pakistan Association of Australia coinciding with its 50th anniversary joined by a large number of invited guests, family and friends.
The Pakistan Day, Yaum-e-Pakistan is also known as the Republic Day marking the adoption of first constitution of Pakistan on 23 March 1956 making Pakistan the world’s first Islamic republic.
The celebration also marked 50 years since the formation of the Pakistan Association of Australia (PAA) back in 1971 highlighting the contribution of Pakistani expatriates in building a diverse and prosperous Australian society.
The President of the PAA, Mr Farhat Jaffri, delivered special messages from the Prime Minister of Australia and the Premier of NSW for the Pakistani community celebrating the Pakistan Day.
“I send my best wishes to the Pakistan Association of Australia as you celebrate Pakistan’s Republic Day. The decades of Australia’s friendship with Pakistan has enriched our nations. In education, trade, defence, sport and, above all, the bonds between our peoples, our relationship instils confidence and optimism”, PM Scott Morrison said.
He further added,”today, many thousands of individuals and families of Pakistani heritage call our nation home. As the most successful and cohesive multicultural country on earth, we can unite in celebrating the humanity, goodwill, sacrifice and resilience of generations that has built our nation.”
The Premier of NSW, Gladys Berejiklian said, “As our Australian Pakistani community comes together to celebrate independence, I would also like to thank you for the contribution you have made to our rich multicultural society.”
The event recognised the achievements of Pakistani students who completed their HSC in the year 2020 with an ATAR of 90+ and awarded trophies to the winners of the PAA’s Squash and Badminton competitions which were held last weekend.
The event also recognised the significant accomplishments of gifted and talented Pakistani children in a variety of fields including sports and technology.
The highlights of the night included musical items by local artists and theatrical performances by children dressed in colourful traditional Pakistani clothing. The night was capped off with a delicious ethnic Pakistani cuisine.
The event was very popular and highly successful with over 400 attendees which resulted in great pride and recognition of the Pakistani Australian community, not only from the office of the Consul General and the PAA, but also amongst members of the community itself.
The High Commissioner of Pakistan recognised and congratulated PAA for its exceptional contributions in organising the Pakistan Day event with a variety of programs, entertainment, dinner and addresses by community leaders and diplomats.
The speakers and honourable guests at the Pakistan Day 2021 celebration included:
Mr Babar Amin, High Commissioner for Pakistan
Dr Mehreen Faruqi, Australian Senator
Ms Julia Dorothy Finn, Shadow Minister for Consumer Protection, and Carers, NSW
Ms Julie Owens, Deputy Chair of Standing Committee on Appropriations and Administration, Tax and Revenue
Mr Muhammad Ashraf, Consul General of Pakistan,
Mr Laurie Ferguson, former Australia Politician
Mr Sheryar Khan Mandokhel , Deputy Consul General of Pakistan
Mr Masood Chowdhury & Mr Rey Manoto, Councillors for Campbelltown City Council
Representatives from a number of multicultural community organisation, institutions and businesses including ICAN, IFAM, Seena Inc, PPBSA, ANIC, AFIC, PACS, 5 News Australia, Sada-e-Watan, Rabita Magazine, Pak-Oz media as well as Dr Akbar Khan, community leader and Mr Zia Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief, AMUST.
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