9, 2000) Mr. Rana Matloob Ahmad, Community Welfare Attaché, Embassy of Pakistan, Riyadh
was the Chief Guest at the Pakistani Community Day, celebrated under the auspices of
Pakistani Community Council to pay homage to Pakistani national poet Doctor Alama Mohammad
Iqbal on his birthday. This event was celebrated at Mohammad Bin Fahd Amusement Park at
Half Moon Beech, Dhahran where thousands of Pakistanis were gathered along with their
families and children. The celebration of community day twice a year has become a
tradition of PCC. And this time the birthday of our beloved poet, thinker and philosopher
made this occasion more joyful.
Hafiz Waqas started the program with the recitation from the holy Quran. The General
Secretary PCC, Mr. Javed Inam briefly explained the program proceedings and briefly
introduced the Pakistani Community Council. Presenting the welcome address Mr. M. Ishaq
Naseem Rana, Senior Vice President of PCC welcomed the chief guest Mr. Rana Matloob Ahmed
who represented the Ambassador of Pakistan. He also thanked the organizers specially Mr.
Qazi Mohammad Saleem and his team of volunteers, who has exerted tremendous efforts to
make this day a great success despite of rainy and cold weather. He said along-with
community day we are also celebrating the birthday of our beloved poet who dreamed the
birth of a new Muslim Nation and what he envisioned now called Pakistan, our home, our
soul our identity without which we are zero. He was the poet of the East whose
revolutionary poems roused the spirit of revival of Islamic (Ummah) and the Muslims of
sub-continent gathered under one umbrella of unity and his selected personality the
Quaid-e-Azam along-with his compatriots putting tireless and endless efforts with numerous
sacrifices made Doctor Iqbals dream a reality. Today we the Pakistanis need to
follow his poetry believe me we could become a better Muslims. In his words a (Momin) and
solve our problems.
The Chief Guest in his keynote address thanked the PCC for organizing such a beautiful
functions where thousands of Pakistanis with their families are gathered and I am very
much pleased to see them and feel as if I am standing in any corner of Pakistan. He
admired the PCC and organizer for holding such a marvelous and disciplined gathering with
happy and fresh faces. He told the audience that doors of Embassy are always open for you
and we there to serve you. Talking about Pakistanis He said despite of difficulties that
are of course temporary, we are proud of being a 7th Nuclear power in the
world. Allah has blessed us such an able and capable manpower that can make miracles.
Overseas Pakistanis are assets for us and we admire them and proud of them. Honestly
speaking, you the Pakistanis working abroad have major contribution to make Pakistan a
nuclear state. You can make Pakistan more prosperous while remitting your saving to
Pakistan. Talking about Pakistani Saudi relations he said, we have very cordial relations
with our brotherly country Saudi Arabia and we are proud of that. The Servitor of two holy
Mosque King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud loves Pakistan and Pakistanis. He told that more
manpower from Pakistan is arriving in the Kingdom.
He said, the birthday of Alama Iqbal our beloved national poet has doubled our happiness
today and we are paying homage to him. The best respect for him would be to follow his
teachings narrated in his poetry. He was not Pakistani poet or thinker, he was poet of the
Islamic Ummah and his poetry covers the whole Islamic Ummah. He tried to awake the Muslims
of the world to bring back their lost glory, dignity and honor. His poetry is well read
and widely respected in all the countries particularly in Islamic countries and Western
also. His revolutionized poetry has played a major role in winning the freedom of Pakistan
from English and Hindus. He dreamed to have separate Muslim Nation in the sub-continent
and his dream became reality at the creation of Pakistan on August 14, 1947.
After that Qazi Mohammad Saleem took the charge of most popular activity of community day
that is the draws of gifts donated by the local companies including Dammam-Islamabad and
Dammam-Jeddah Umrah tickets, TV, VCR, Music System etc. He also thanked the donors of
gifts and parties who have put their stalls there. Javed Inam helped Qazi Saleem for this
activity. Qazi Saleem was presented a "Plaque" of community service by the Chief
Guest and certificates were presented to the volunteers.
At the end President of Pakistani Community Council, Sajid Khan Abbasi thanked the chief
guest, the organizer for holding a wonderful evening and the Pakistani community for
sparing their time to come to the park to celebrate community and Iqbals day.