Sada-e-Watan Sydney ™
PAA Well-Organised Azadi Mela at Fairfield Showground Sydney
(Exclusive Coverage by Syed Zafar Hussain)
The Pakistan Association of
Australia (PAA) is proud to announce their Azadi Mela & Independence Day Fair
at Fairfield Showground on Sunday 13 August 2006 was an overwhelming success.
The PAA arranged for great stalls, fantastic Pakistani food, live entertainment
from Pakistani band Jazba, kids rides and fashion show by Batool. Sydney
designer, Batool Zulfiqar debuted her 'Basanti' summer collection in an
energized, enigmatic fashion show. The show captivated the audience with funky
songs, eclectic designs and show stopping moves.
Batool Zulfiqar has a collection of casual, traditional, formal, bridal & fusion of east/west clothing and can be contacted on 0401 938 117.
Pakistani band Jazba led by Dr. Sadiq Rahmani, Rucha Langay and Shivani performed traditional, pop and milli songs all day which were enjoyed and appreciated by the audience till the last minute with continuous requests for encores. According to sources of Sada-e-Watan, record crowds of over 5,000 people attended the event from all parts of Pakistan and India. “The response from the community has been fantastic and very positive.” Mr. Naseer Taseer, Vice President of Youth.
The cricket competition was sponsored by the Community Relations Commission for a Multicultural NSW which was held on Saturday 12 August 2006 in Auburn. The winners of the competition were Cheetah 11. They were presented with magnificent trophies and cricket bats generously donated by Legends of Asia and signed by famous Pakistani cricketers, by our President Mr. Shabbir Ahmed. “It great to see so many young Pakistani’s celebrating this event.” Mr Ahmed said. The official ceremony was held with the following members of the Pakistani and wider community:
The Hon. Babar Malik, High Commissioner of Pakistan
The Hon. Mr Paul Lynch, MP – delivering the Premier’s message
Mr Stepan Kerkyasharian, CRC Chair & CEO and President of the Anti-Discrimination Board
Mr Azam Mohammad, Consul General, Pakistan
Cr Albert Mooshi, Fairfield Council
Mr Jafar Nadeem, Manager Pakistan International Airlines, Australia
Mr Muhammad Asif, Manager Habib Finance Australia
Ms Marta Aquino, Commissioner Community Relations Commission
Cr Saeed Khan, Councillor of Marrickville Council
Ms Theresa Le Dang, former Commissioner of the Community Relations Commision
The PAA also received well wishes from the Leader of the Opposition, The Hon. Mr Kim Beazley as follows:
“On behalf of the Australian Labor Party, it is my honour to extend our very best wishes to the members, guests and friends of the Pakistan Association of Australia on the occasion of the ceremony at Fairfield Showground, commemorating Pakistan Independence Day, 14 August 2006. Australians of Pakistani heritage rightly celebrate this important day for the country that is the centre and heart of their culture.
Congratulations on this Pakistan Independence Day of celebration and enjoy your fair".
Nirala Sweets provided the crowds with some great sweet jalabi’s and National Foods had some great sampler’s for all the participants. PAA thank all their sponsors for their support and thank the community for coming out and enjoying the day.
H.E. Mr. Babar Malik The Hon. Mr. Paul Lynch, MP CG Mr. Azam Mohammad
Cr Albert Mooshi, Fairfield Council Mr. Saeed Khan Ms. Wajiha Ahmed
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