Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istani Cana­di­ans Meet in Ot­tawa

The Miracle - - Ottawa / Local -

It was a mem­o­rable oc­ca­sion. Marked by the at­ten­dance of Cana­dian Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans and a for­mer high pro­file Pak­istani Par­lia­men­tar­ian, Chief Guest for the evening Dr. Fir­dous Ashiq Awan, the Na­tional Fed­er­a­tion of Pak­istani Cana­di­ans NFPC) con­tin­ued the cel­e­bra­tion of Pak­istan Day in our na­tion’s cap­i­tal. The event was held at the cen­trally lo­cated Cen­ter­pointe Theatre in Ot­tawa on Satur­day May 5th. Pak­istani Cana­dian Pi­o­neers from BC, Al­berta, Win­nipeg and Toronto at­tended among other places. Hun­dreds from the Ot­tawa re­gion at­tended as well. Among the Cana­dian dig­ni­taries in­cluded the Hon. An­drew Les­lie, Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs Canada US Re­la­tions), Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment MP) Chan­dra Arya Ne­pean) and MP Mona Fortier Ot­tawa-Vanier). They all com­pli­mented the gath­er­ing of the um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion and were en­cour­aged by its com­mit­ment to ad­vo­cat­ing on be­half of Pak­istani Cana­di­ans. Mr. Tan­veer Ahmed, Pres­i­dent of NFPC wel­comed guests to the evening and spoke about the chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties lead­ing an or­ga­ni­za­tion such as NFPC presents. His mes­sage was one of hope; hope that a govern­ment that cel­e­brates di­ver­sity will once again make a com­mit­ment to hear from di­verse Cana­dian com­mu­ni­ties as it con­tem­plates pol­icy di­rec­tion and leg­is­la­tion. The NFPC took some time at this gath­er­ing to rec­og­nize ex­cel­lence and ser­vice. While ac­knowl­edg­ing ex­cel­lence and ser­vice lo­cally, the NFPC also rec­og­nized some of its found­ing mem­bers who made the trek from across the coun­try, in­clud­ing Mr. Iqbal Cheema from Sur­rey Bri­tish Columbia, Mr. Ghu­lam Nabi Chaudry from Ed­mon­ton Al­berta and Mr. Saleem Jan­jua from the GTA. These pi­o­neers ded­i­cated count­less hours to­wards pulling the com­mu­nity to­gether and giv­ing voice to the many is­sued faced by the com­mu­nity across the coun­try. Mr. Iqbal Cheema is no stranger to our com­mu­nity in BC. He has given most of his life here in Canada to pub­lic ser­vice and did so with no ex­pec­ta­tions of recog­ni­tion. Mr. Iqbal Cheema is known to help peo­ple of all walks of life for no other rea­son other than to help. God bless these pi­o­neers we have among us. Also in at­ten­dance from BC were Mr. and Mrs. Eh­san Ma­lik, who also serves as a found­ing mem­ber of the NFPC and Mr. Bi­lal Cheema who con­tin­ues to up­lift the com­mu­nity across Canada through pos­i­tive en­gage­ment and mo­ti­va­tion.

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