(EP-KSA Sept, 2001) A colorful
musical ceremony to celebrate the 54th Yome Azadi was held at ROC
Compound Khobar under the auspices of Friend Forum and Mujbil Company with
fervor and great enthusiasm. Mr. Tassawar Khan, First Secretary, Embassy of
Pakistan, Riyadh was the chief guests of this ceremony.
Engineer Shoaib started
the ceremony with recitation from the holy Quraan. Three persons performed as
compares, Gulraiz Butt, (Gulraiz Butt also entertain the audience with his
jokes), Tariq Babri and Iqbal Qamar. All the audience stood up and sung the
National Anthem with the artists. Bakhtiar Ahmed Organizer of this function
welcomed the artists and guests and congratulated them on this happy occasion.
He said this program is different in a way that almost all the artists of
Eastern Province are gathered here to celebrate this day and pay homage to our
ancestors through singing national songs (qomi naghme, tranay and lok-geet). All
the artists sung a famous prayer song (A piyare logo sajday main ja k duaa mango
Rub say). The others included: Dil Dil Pakistan, Himmat say har qadam othana too
hai Pakistani, Ham zinda Qom hain and many more. The late Usatad Amanat Ali
Khan’s Chand meri Zamin Chand Mera Waten was well presented by the 5 men
chorus. The patriotic feelings were aroused with these songs. The audience
widely applauded the artists.
Bakhtiar Ahmed a famous
Ghazals singer entertained the audience with the national song written by Iqbal
Qamar and composed by Bakhtiar (Azadi ka jashan bapa shehroon, Qasboon, Gaon
Sobia Bakhtiar made the speech on Yome Azadi and said this is the day we all
should be proud of. This day we won freedom and got our identity. We have
gathered here to pay homage to our beloved country and pledge that we will make
Pakistan a true Islamic State and will not let any stone unturned to make
Pakistan a great nation.
Doctor Azam Khokhar, a prominent journalist and General Secretary of Pakistan
Society of Journalists (Overseas) said this was the day we achieve our goal,
under the dynamic leadership of Quaid-e-Azam and his compatriots who work
selflessly for the cause of motherland, Pakistan and that is our identity. What
we need today is to follow the principles set by our founder i.e. Faith, Unity
and Discipline. We should be proud of being 7th Nuclear Power in the
world. Let us pledge to day that we would shun the prejudices of religion,
language, race, cast and creed and go shoulder to shoulder to make Pakistan a
real Islamic State.
Ishaq Rana conducted a random quiz program. The questions were based on Yome
Azadi-e-Pakistan. Miss Salwa Iqbal Co-compare helped in the quiz program. Ishaq
Rana made a point and requested the parents to teach their children more about
Pakistan. The prizes were given to the winners.
Tassawar Khan, chief guest congratulated all Pakistanis and thanks the
organizers and said you are the un-appointed Ambassadors of Pakistan. You might
have noticed that in the community of nations they don’t call you by your name
but by your nationality.
He said it is good to show your love to homeland by organizing such functions
and also he urged that we have to protect our ideology and remain united. Al-Hamdo
Lillah despite of our shortcomings, we are not that behind in the society of
nations. We have made big achievements, although on certain fronts we are still
behind and all efforts are being made to over come those problems. He said every
year we make speeches and go and then forget, what we said and promise. I
believe that every one of us has to be a true Pakistani not by words but by our
deeds. Create a Pakistan in your heart; transplant it in your family and then to
relatives to gali, mohalla, town, city and country. We need to revive those true
feeling that created Pakistan. That is what we need now. He stressed Pakistanis
to remit their money to Pakistan through banking channels. He said that it is
you who can make Pakistan strong and prosperous. Referring to Saudi Pakistani
relations he said we are proud to have cordial relations with our brothers. The
Government of the Servitor of Two Holy Mosques love Pakistan and Pakistanis. We
have to prove ourselves to their expectation.
At the end Syed Waseem Haider, sponsor of this function thanked the chief gust
and Pakistanis and congratulated the organizer, artists for such a good
function. Bakhtiar also thanked the guests and the participating artists, Iqbal
Rana, Irfan Rana, Shakir Jan, Mohammad Hussain, Syed Tariq, Khalid Siddiqi,
Mohammad Hussain, Yaqoob Khan, Abdulghani Jat, Sohail Khurshid, Talha and Ejaz
Gill were appreciated for their Rhythm and organs.