Pakistan Association of Australia hosted Eid Milan Party at the NSW Parliament House
(Welcome speech of President PAA Shahid Iqbal Chaudhry)
(Hafiz Shahid Iqbal Chaudhry)
Good Evening ,Asslam-Alaykum Eid Mubark,
I thank all the distinguish Guests, who have taken out some time from your busy schedule, Especially to Honourable members of the parliaments to grace this occasion. I am humbled and honoured to acknowledge Our Guests,
Abdul Aziz Uqaili, Consul General, Consulate General of Pakistan Sydney
Respectable Shifaat Kaleem, Consul, Consulate General of Pakistan, Sydney
Hon. Victor Dominello, Member for Ryde, Minister for Citizenship and Communities, Aboriginal and Veteran Affairs; Representing the Premier Hon. Mike Baird
Hon. John Robertson, Leader of the Opposition, Member for Blacktown, Shadow Minister for Western Sydney
Hon. Linada Burney, Deputy Leader of the Opposition,
Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services, Member for Canterbury
Hon. Melanie Gibbons, Member for Menai, Acting Speaker, State Parliament of NSW
Hon. Mehreen Farooqi, Member Legislative Council, representing Australian Greens
Hon. Amanda Fazio, Member Legislative Council, Opposition Whip in the Legislative Council
Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane, Member Legislative Council
Hon. Dr. Andrew McDonald, Member for Macquarie Fields, Shadow Minister for Health and Liquor Regulation
Hon. Barbara Perry, Member for Auburn, Shadow Minister for aging, disability, mental health and Heritage
Hon. Paul Lynch, Member for Liverpool, Shadow Attorney General and Shadow Minister for Justice
Hon. David Elliot, Member for Baulkham Hills, Parliamentary Secretary
Hon. Geoff Lee, Member for Parramatta
Eid festival gives us a great opportunity for the expansion of multiculturalism and to celebrate our major religious festival with our friends from different communities, cultures and religions, and also to share religious thoughts with a view to bringing harmony and peace in the this multicultural community.
In my own street I observe the colourful nights during Eid,Diwali and , African multicultural festivals and decorated houses during Christmas. Such activities bring all the communities together.
I have a dream that the world will not recognize this beautiful Australia as the land of kangaroos and koalas but a land of multi-cultures, of multi-religion and multi-ethnics: a large melting pot so that we end up with “unity in diversity”.
The meaning of fasting is not limited to remain Hungry and Thirsty, but it’s a month of tolerance, patience, compassions, and respect for others.
When my soccer team-mates found out that I was not even drinking water during our training because of fasting they also stopped drinking out of respect.
We all are followers of the same one God, and
we are children of the same Adam and Eve, so let us make a commitment today that
we will not be moved merely by emotions and narrow
thinking in ourselves.
We will exercise restraint, tolerance and create interfaith harmony, and universal brotherhood.
So I am requesting to hold a minute of silence for those Innocent peoples and children been killed in Philistine, Ghaza, and Ukraine including our Australian Citizens.
Let me also give a piece of advice to our young generation who are born and brought up in Australia, that their home now is Australia, and it is on them to respond and respect culture and religions of this country.
Lastly on behalf of Pakistan Association, I
would like to acknowledge and thank the following for attending this occasion,
Our media Partners.
Sada -e- Watan, One and only Zafar Hussain
Shah Sahib with praying for his speedy recovery of health
Awaz Media Group (ChaudhryJaved Sab)
PABC President (Rana Iftikhar)
President, Dr.Sayeed Khan Australia Pakistan Medical Association
President, Mahonder Singh , Punjabi Council of Australia
Chair person, Ashvaria Nidi from Abne School of arts
Director Tayyab Madni Xeitgesist Entertainment group, Fox Studio
President, Mrs Zubeda Raihman , Muslim Women Association
May God bless us all and give strength to serve Australia and Pakistani Community and all other communities living in Australia.
Hon. Victor Dominello MP,Minister for Citizenship and Communities
Leader of the Opposition Hon. John Robertson MP
Hon.Dr.Mehreen Faruqi MP
Abdul Aziz Uqaili,Consulate General of Pakistan Sydney
Hon. Shaoquett Moselmane MP
President PAA Shahid Iqbal Chaudhry
General Secretary PAA Dr. Abbas Rizvi
Syed Zafar Hussain and Minister Hon. Victor Dominello
Sada-e-Watan to a friend!