It was a remarkable evening of March 30,
2000 when NED Engineers Forum, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia held
its Annual Dinner and Pakistan Day Celebrations at Al-Salam Compound, Al-Khobar. It was
attended by about 200 people including graduates of NED & Dawood Engineering College
and their families and a number of distinguished Pakistanis including Engr. Ismat Amin
Khawaja, Chairman Eastern Province Sub-Center of Institute of Engineers, Pakistan, Mr.
Sajid Abbasi, President Pakistani Community Council, Mr Khalid Mahmood, Divisional Manager
Abdulla Fouad Co, Mr. Ishaque Nasim Rana, Prominent Journalist, Engr. Tarique Barlas,
General Manager, Al-Tuwairqui Group and Mr. Mohkam Shaikh, Regional Manager of Schneider
At the outset of the function Engr. Saeed Ahmed Khan, Social Secretary
of the NED Engineers Forum (NEDFO), welcomed the attendees and invited Mr. Azfar Mahmood
to start the function by recitation from the Holy Quran. Then Engr. Saeed Khan announced
with deep sorrow the death of two NED Engineers namely Mr. Akhtar Ul Iman and Mr. Riaz
Ansari and requested the attendees to pray for the departed souls.
A brief speech on the importance of Pakistan Day was also delivered by
Engr. Saeed Khan. Engr. Jawaid Inam, General Secretary of the forum, presented the Annual
Report, summarizing the most important events and achievements of the past year, which
included a Technical Seminar "Challenges of Y2K" presented by Engr. Saeed Khan
on 12 Nov. 1999 and grant of the scholarship to Mr. Mohammad Shukaib for M.S. Degree
course at NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi. The Forum will continue
to pay to Mr.Shukaib until completion of his M.S. Course. He also informed of the
achievement made by Engr. Iqbal Ahmed Khan to get a page on website for NED Engineers
Forum (NEDFO) under the only Pakistani Community Web Site in Saudi Arabia where the
news and the activities of NEDFO can bee seen.
competition on the subject of Pakistan was conducted by Engr. Naseeruddin and Engr. Saeed
Ahmed Khan. The competition was divided into two groups; one group consisting of students
upto grade-VII and other group was open for all adults. Mr. Ammar Iftikhar won the quiz
competition in the Students Group and Engr. Khurshid Anwar was the winner in Adults Group.
presented a number of patriotic songs and tableau which included an exciting performance
by small children in military uniform parading through the stage with the song "Apnay
parcham talay her sipahi chalay".
The climax of the celebration was a chorus sung by 27 children with
Pakistani buntings in their hands and singing "Iss paracham kay saay talay ham aik
hain". It was so overwhelming
that the audience also started singing with the children and at the end of the song the
hall echoed with the slogan "Pakistan Zindabad".
A fancy dress competition was organized by Mrs. Shahla Shad. A number
of children took part in it. Maaz Naseer dressed up as a Saudi was declared to be best in
the competition. Gifts were given to all children who took part in the events of the
function. A delicious Pakistani Dinner was served by the Al-Salam Compound Catering
Engr. Rizwan conducted the "Lucky Draw" of gifts given by
various companies. Gifts were also given to the ladies who had organized the practice and
rehearsal sessions of the children taking part in various events of the function. Mr.
Jawaid Inam paid glowing tributes to Mrs. Seema Naseer, Mrs. Sofia Saeed, Mrs. Shahla
Shad, Mrs. Ambareen Imam, Mrs. Huma Tarique and Dr. Anila Rizwan for their excellent
contribution in preparing and presenting the childrens event so nicely.