Pak­istan Fes­ti­val 2017 in Van­cou­ver Down­tow

The Miracle - - Front Page - The Mir­a­cle Me­dia con­grat­u­lates all 2017 Pak­istan Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee mem­bers and highly ap­pre­ci­ates their day and night ef­forts of many weeks at a such a beau­ti­ful venue in Van­cou­ver Down­town.

On Au­gust 13, thou­sand peo­ple came to­gether to cel­e­brate 70th Pak­istan’s in­de­pen­dence at Bri­tish Columbia’s Sixth Pak­istan Fes­ti­val. The over­whelm­ing suc­cess­ful event was held at Jack Poole Plaza in down­town Van­cou­ver. The huge turnout of the Pak­istani com­mu­nity and oth­ers at Canada Place and flut­ter­ing of Pak­istan’s flag side by side with that of Canada with serene Bur­rard In­let and gor­geous North Shore Moun­tains in the back­ground, was a proud mo­ment and a thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence. The ex­otic lo­ca­tion has im­mensely added to the exquisite­ness of the event. The event pro­vided a win­dow into Pak­istan’s arts and crafts, cui­sine, fash­ion and mu­sic. Since the first Pak­istani Fes­ti­val, the tra­di­tion was con­tin­ued this year by in­di­vid­u­als rep­re­sent­ing Pak­istan-Canada As­so­ci­a­tion, Pak­istani Youth Coun­cil and Pak­istani Cana­dian Women’s So­ci­ety, along with Pak­istani busi­nesses and the Pak­istani com­mu­nity at large with the great con­tri­bu­tion and su­per­vi­sion of Con­sulate Gen­eral of Pak­istan in Van­cou­ver. Gold , Sil­ver , Bronze and Me­dia spon­sors played their role well in suc­cess of the fes­ti­val. Once again, the goal was to strengthen the com­mu­nity and to share their unique cul­ture and her­itage with their fel­low Cana­di­ans. Mem­bers of lo­cal busi­ness com­mu­nity, both Pak­istani and non-Pak­istani, ex­tended their help­ing hands by giv­ing money and time to the fes­ti­val. The pres­ence of ven­dors from other com­mu­ni­ties and fed­eral po­lit­i­cal par­ties at this year’s fes­ti­val was also a good sign, show­ing the in­creased pop­u­lar­ity of the event across com­mu­ni­ties. Plan­ning for this event be­gan many months prior to the event. All­hum­dullil­lah the mo­ti­va­tion and en­thu­si­asm of all hard work­ing vol­un­teers and man­age­ment com­mit­tee paid off. The event was con­ducted beau­ti­fully by Ms. Aye­sha Qureshi along with the lo­cal tal­ents. The of­fi­cial cel­e­bra­tion started with a colour­ful Pa­rade and a pro­ces­sion of spe­cial guests and dig­ni­taries led by young kids dressed in cul­tural dresses hold­ing Pak­istani flags and women car­ry­ing a big Pak­istani Flag through­out the plaza and to the stage. The pro­gram started with Talawat e Qu­ran, and then a wel­come ad­dress given by the or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, in­clud­ing Dr. Mo­ham­mad Tariq. Many speeches were de­liv­ered from hon­ourable dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing Sen­a­tor Salma Ataullah­jan, Fed­eral and Pro­vin­cial Min­is­ters, coun­cil­lors, and rep­re­sen­ta­tive from CIBC, Next seg­ment was a col­lec­tion of beau­ti­ful and colour­ful pre­sen­ta­tions by chil­dren on na­tional songs pre­sent­ing Pro­vin­cial dresses and dances. This was fol­lowed by a fas­ci­nat­ing cul­tural fash­ion show. On the mu­si­cal en­ter­tain­ment side, Ms. Wa­nia Ji­bran from Al­berta, and Mr Nau­man Khalid riled up the crowd with Pak­istani pop and clas­si­cal songs. At the plaza many tents sur­rounded the field along with a mas­sive stage and sound sys­tem set up for the va­ri­ety of en­ter­tain­ment. Food ven­dors from the com­mu­nity brought the event to life with the aroma and flavour of tra­di­tional Pak­istani cui­sine. A Spe­cial thanks goes to the City of Van­cou­ver, spon­sors and ded­i­cated team of vol­un­teers. Over­all it was a won­der­ful Fes­ti­val in Van­cou­ver history This fes­ti­val has been a ma­jor step for the Pak­istani com­mu­nity un­der the lead­er­ship of en­tire Pak­istani Con­sulate Gen­eral Team, who con­tin­ues to make bridges be­tween lo­cal Pak­istani As­so­ci­a­tions and many other in­di­vid­u­als.

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