New York July 8 (NNI)
It wont get me in the Guineas books of Records but this is the sixth APPNA
banquet I am speaking tonight quiped Amb Dr Maleeha Lodhi. Speaking at the
Silver Jubilee convention . Maleeha have attended the APPNA conventions in
years 1994,5 6 and 2000, 2001 and now finally for the year 2002.
Three day Silver Jubilee convention of Association of Pakistani Physicians
of North America APPNA ended with entertainment programs of famous Singer
Ibrar, “Bilo They Ghaar” quips of Bushra Insari and melodious Ghazals of
Ahmad Faraz. The Mushaira ended 5 in the early morning. Bushra’s quip of
there is no difference in Pakistan and United States, "In America is Bush
and in Pakistan Bushra” got the praise by the crowd with a bang of claps.
All the 23 past
presidents of APPNA including Dr Nasim Ashraf were called on the stage and
Dr Zahir Ahmad APPNA first president cut the Silver Jubilee cake. The Hotel
Sheraton full with APPNA’s roughly 4000 guest pictured like Pakistani hotel.
Fundraising requests was basic notion of most of the prominent guests
invited by the rich Pak-American community APPNA, the doctors making
millions by their medical practice. Pledges forms were distributed to every
table consisting of nearly 10 guests each.
Pakistani American Syed Mehmood (R) contesting for U.S Congress elections
November this year spoke and said I believe it is your duty and
responsibility to make my win possible for the U.S. congress, I need your
support , "financial support" will you accept this challenge.
requested for fundraising for his “Sahara” hospital construction, He
demanded $4000 for a room, $8000 for Ambulance and $250,000 for a ward. He
affirmed that the room will be marked with the name of the donor.
Ibrar in his speech said we have two successful people like Imran Khan and
Abdul Sattar Edhi for promoting human services in Pakistan . If we have such
more personalities there could be a social revolution in Pakistan.
Mother of Mohammad Salman Hamadani a 23 yrs old Pakistani _American who died
at the World Trade Center while rescuing people, boosted of his sons
sacrifice . She requested for fundraising for Shaheed Mohammad Salman
Hamdani Memorial Fund, set up with Rockefeller University.
Even though U.S. President in his speech made at UN Headquarters lauded
Salman’s action mentioning him a Pakistani, and similarly the U.S Congress
in their passed Act condemning discrimination against Arab and Muslims
mentioned Salaman as a New Yorker of Pakistani decent but the mother
boosted of his son as an American and entirely an American.
She in her speech said “We are first American nothing but American and then
Hindu Muslim , Jews , Christian, or any other origin, Indian, Palistinian or
Pakistani. My son was an American he gave life to America.
Similarly in one of
the stalls decorated with Pakistani products for sale a table was confined
for a Pakistani organization “The Coney Island Avenue Project” set up after
Sep.11 to combat racial-profiling Pakistanis suffered by the FBI and INS
arrests leaving behind their loved ones vulnerable . “Make a donation”
brochures were distributed.
Before starting the entertainment program Presidential election result was
announced . Dr Umer Atiq won the APPNA elections by 120 votes He will be
president APPNA for the yearr 2004. I am the lobbyist and speak for the
fresh blood in APPNA to change APPNA’s politics said DR Nasim Ashraf.
Dr Atiq talking to NNI affirmed that he has a pledge to reform APPNA and
motivate its members to help the Pakistani origin stranded families . To
activate the “Charitable Organization” motto of APPNA in reality.