Pak-Aus Engineers Association, Australia’s leading engineers’ association of Pakistan diaspora held its award night and welcoming program for newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia His Excellency, Mr. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri on 11 December, Saturday evening at Lahori Dhere Events Hall in Sydney.
The program began with Maghrib prayers followed by recitation of Holy Quran and both Australia and Pakistan national anthem was vocalised by Ms. Mehreen Javed. The president of the association Mr. Insaf Ali Khan welcomed the guests and highlighted the objectives of the association which recognise individuals who excel in the engineering career.
Mr. Khan stated the association’s willingness to support new engineers from Pakistan who arrive under different programs. He further emphasized the mission of the association is “to provide pro bono professional advice and support to projects and communities in Pakistan to repay our debt to the motherland state.”
Dr. Tahir Qureshi, the executive member also addressed the guests highlighting the values of the association which is on purely voluntary basis, impartial and non-partisan. The association considers talents beyond religion, region, ethnolinguistic and political affiliations.
His Excellency, Mr. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhry congratulated the association for running great visionary projects to further enhance the relationship between Australia and Pakistan on multiple platforms. His Excellency also congratulated the winners of the awards and thanked the association for hosting such meaningful events.
Hon Julia Finn, member of NSW parliament was another distinguished guest, who jointly with HE Mr. Chaudhry distributed the awards. There was a Q & A session and Pakistan Council General His Excellency Mr. Mohmmad Ashraf along with HE Mr. Chaudhry answered all the questions. Other keynote speakers were Mr. Khalid Javed and Mr. Fuad Ahmed. The program ended with delicious Pakistani cuisine.