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Pakistanis Celebrate Pakistan Day

March 23, 2013 – Dallas, Texas
The Pakistan Society
of North Texas (PSNT) celebrated the Pakistan Day, the day on which a decision
was made in 1940 to create the state, and it is also the day in 1956 when
Pakistan adopted her constitution.
I congratulate Mrs.
Anjum Anwar, the new President of PSNT and her team for a job well done.

The leadership of the PSNT must also be congratulated for bringing stability
and continuance of the policies. In the past, when the new team got elected,
they mercilessly dumped the old team, all their good work was rendered useless,
and it’s like someone winning the war and taking over the country and pushing
the old Badshah aside.

For the last five
years, this association has demonstrated stability and continuance, the
immediate past President Mr. Barkat Basaria was actively participating in the
program to make it successful. Indeed, this has been the case for the past few
successions from Dr. Riaz Haider, to Mohammad Yunus, Shan Ali Bhagat, Dr. Rabia
Khan, and Mr. Barkat Basaria down to Mrs. Anjum Anwar (Forgive me for the
sequence or not remembering all the names). This is a healthy and positive
change that the previous Presidents and the teams remain on the honor roll.
What a delight it must be to serve. 

It was good to see many of the past presidents participate in the event. The
organization is on the right path and I wish them all the success.

Each one of the presidents with no exception in the long past has served the
organization and the community well, unfortunately the old system promoted
hostile takeovers, and the previous teams were side lined and blamed out of
pettiness.  Everyone has served well in the past and deserves to be
recognized on occasions and like this, and I am glad Anjum Anwar
acknowledged most of them.

The problem was never
the individual, it was the system. The new system will fix most of the past
ailments, as evidenced by the upbeat positive event on March 23rd. The
new system is good for the Pakistani community.

The team has raised nearly $275,000.00 through individual donations and
contributions to house a center for Pakistani people of North Texas. Despite  the problems, the trustees have preserved the
money and  will rightfully use the funds for the purpose for which they
were collected: to have a Pakistan Center.  A commitment that the Pakistani community will
hopefully appreciate it.

Congratulations to Dr.
Amer Suleman to start a new Organization called Pakistani American Association
of Texas to attend to the un-attended. The North Texas Pakistanis ought to
cherish that they will have two organizations and many events to attend. Dallas/
Fort Worth is massive area, and there are at least 40,000 Pakistanis living who
will be reached out to.

I urge the community members to put things behind,  and resist the temptation to find faults or
bad mouth others. Please don’t beat up the Pakistani community for these
attitudes, the Indians have done exactly the same thing.  Indeed, you might
serve the community well, if you could tell the bad mouthers to hold it
within themselves  This is what I have personally said to a few, “If
you don’t have anything good to say about others, then don’t say anything. I
don’t want to hear and be a party to the ill-will .” Of course, they did not
like it, and I am glad, I chose not to be a carrier or their sewage.

When we have two
organizations, it becomes entertainment for a few to pit one against the other,
we need not fall for those rascals.  I am asking PSNT and PAAT leadership
to understand that most of us, including me, will treat everyone as our friends
with goodwill towards every one.  Insha Allah, time permitting, I will
attend functions and events of both, just as I attend most of the India,
Bangladesh and a few Nepalese and Sri Lankan events besides most of the main stream

I request Dr. Amer Suleman and Mrs. Anjum Anwar, presidents of the PAAT and
PSNT not to listen to any one who sows the seed of distrust in you about others
from this day forward. Take the organizations forward and do a lot of good
things the community needs.

My hats off to Amer for arranging the April 7th event for our
kids to evaluate the colleges they may want to consider. Its a good program
indeed.  My hats off to Anjum for turning the Pakistan day speeches over
to the youth. The young lady’s speech was excellent, we have got to turn over
the things to youth and it’s time for us to admire and watch the youth take it

It was good to see PSNT pay tribute to Mansur Shah, a dedicated volunteer and
past president of PSNT. We have worked together on many of the events including
the day of 9/11/2001. He was a great guy and may his soul rest in peace. He was
the first person to write a check towards Najma’s elections campaign. (Those
who are new,  Najma Ghouse was my late wife who served the Pakistani
community well – she passed away five years ago to Cancer). We had a
misunderstood conflict between us, and I asked Mansur Shah to visit Najma on
her death bed, and both forgave each other, that was one of the most beautiful
moments of releasing each other from tensions. 

I am glad to see
observance of silent duwas for Dr. Muhammad Khalid who is battling with cancer.
Dr. Khalid has worked tirelessly on developing the constitution of the society.
We have worked together on many things including the first unity day. He understands
full well what the community needs to do to go forward. I pray his
recovery. Amen!
The speeches were
short and precise. A student delivered a perfect speech on the occasion. Dr.
Arif Jamal did a fabulous job of interviewing many a members of the community,
he sounded like a good TV show host. Mrs. Anjum Anwar went to each table and
met with most, if not all the people, nice touch!
Here in Dallas, we
have a tradition where Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Sri Lankans and Nepalese
join in each others’ celebrations. Perhaps the catalytic event may be the Desi
Thanksgiving Celebrations in 1993, where all the Desis came together for the
first time. It was beefed up with the Asian News magazine that made its debut
in 1993 representing stories from all communities. Then the first commercial
radio Asian News was established in 1996 that brought communities together. Its
nostalgic to me, when Indians would come on my radio and sing Pakistani Qoumi
taranay on the air on august 14th, and the next day, the Pakistanis would sing
Indian National songs on the 15th. There was a lot of goodwill established
during those formative years and I am proud, John Hammond of FunAsia is
carrying the tradition forward with all his heart and mind, thank you John!
Together as Indians, Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, Nepalese and Sri Lankans, we are
one of the best communities in the United States.
A few suggestions for
the next event:
1. Prepare a full
script for the entire program to ensure nothing is missed out. Every word we
say at our events including Unity Day, Holocaust and Genocides and thanksgiving
celebrations is written up and memorized. You have got to have a script, it
lends concrete ideas to become a part of the program.

2. Acknowledge all, if
acknowledged at all. It is difficult to acknowledge every one, but put a
booklet out, not the expensive kind, but a simple one to acknowledge all. When
you have a book, you will remember most if not all. 
3. Bring aboard
Christian, Hindu, Sikh and other Muslim Pakistanis. You guys can be a beacon of
hope to the world and other Pakistanis around the nation. Set the example, and
bring aboard each one and give them a stage presence – no speeches or may be a
one minute talk (as we do in the Unity day to bring everyone from Atheist to Zoroastrians and
every one in between). 
Dr. Pervaz Rahman had
a good idea of issuing a solidarity statement in reference to the communal
conflicts in Pakistan. It’s a shame how a few Sunni Pakistanis are treating
fellow Pakistanis who are Shia, Ahmadi, Christian, Hindu and others. If the
Dallas Pakistanis cannot speak up for unity and well being of all Pakistanis, then
who will? If ten American Cities can emulate you, imagine what will do to the
Pakistanis in Pakistan.  I understand GEO TV covers such events to promote
Again, happy Pakistan
Mike Ghouse

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