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Community in Taif KSA Celebrates 14 Aug. 2002
Report by Amil Usmani - Taif

On the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day of Pakistan, keeping in pace with the tradition of previous years, Taif witnessed an impressive ceremony on Thursday Aug: 15, 2002 after Isha prayers.
The lead was taken by Pakistani workers of the Department of Operations and Maintenance, who arranged this impressive ceremony in the department's Club Hall.
A large number of participants from the Pakistani community attended the gathering. More over a large number of children from Pakistan
School in Taif also participated under the supervision of their teacher Mr. Iqbal Bhatti . That contributed to make the occasion a colorful event.
The function was chaired by a Pakistani worker of the society, Mr. Siddiq Ahmed Khan, while the guest of honor was Dr Jawaid Ahmed, who is a member of the Managing Committee for the Pakistan
School in Taif.  The honor to be the Moderator was given to Hafiz Faisal Munir, while opening of session with recitation of "Naat" in compliment to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was done  by Mr. Tahir Shehzad.
Next event was presentation of National Anthem of Pakistan, in chorus,  by Children of the Pakistan
School in Taif that was followed by National Anthem of  Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A cake prepared specially for the occasion was cut jointly by the Chairman and Guest of Honor.
student of the Pakistan School in Taif, named Omer Akram presented a speech, emphasizing on the important duties bound to the new generation towards building up the future
Pakistan. Mr. Habib Ahmed, in his unique style of humor, presented jokes and light poems, that was highly applauded by audience, and every one was either laughing or smiling.
On behalf of the Department of Operation and Maintenance, M/S Taufir Alam and Asim Shami, presented a stage dance on music of Pakistani folk songs, that was much appreciated by all present. The workers of same department also arranged humorous "Mushaira" as part of agenda, and it was rightly applauded.
Dr Hussain Ahmed Pracha, in his speech, stressed on the need of patriotism towards the country on all levels. He quoted his experiences during his last visit to the USA that proved to be of interest and were appreciated by the participants.
The agenda also included a session for Questions and Answers, that was highly admired by all elders as well as children. Every one showed enthusiasm to participate in it and it had instant prizes given on correct answers.
The Guest of Honor, Dr Jawaid Ahmed, in his speech, highlighted the importance of education in Pakistan. He said we would  not progress unless each citizen of our beloved country is educated. He requested the audience, to contribute at least SR 20 per head per year towards a fund, established towards this aim, so that collected money can be utilized to educate a lot no of children who do not have means to study.
In the end, the chair person, Mr. Siddiq Ahmed khan, in his closing speech, thanked all the guests of honor, and praised efforts put forward by M/S Abdul Majeed Khan Nasir, Ghulam Mustafa Amer, Iqbal Tabasum, Ghulam Tahir, Asghar Pasha, Khaleel ur Rehman, Gohar Ali, Muhammad Ilyas, Muhammad Abbas, Asif Khan, Muhammad Zaneef, Raheel Ahmed, Muhammad Ashraf, Hamid Ali, Asad Ali Chaudary, Zulfiqar Ali Shehzad and Naqi Haider,  to make this occasion a success.
After the ceremony, all the guests were invited to participate in a dinner, arranged in the dinning hall of the Operation and Maintenance department building.  The dinner was arranged in a dignified  and impressive manner  and was enjoyed by all the participants. That was the end of a memorable day.

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