Sydney’s Australian Pakistani diaspora organized welcoming gatherings in honor of newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner to Australia, His Excellency Mr. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.
A ‘Meet and Greet’ evening was arranged by Pakistan Australia Association on Friday 12 November at Orion Function Centre, Campsie. Australian parliamentarians including former Federal Opposition leader, Hon Tony Burke MP, former State Minister Hon Geoff Lee MP, Hon Jihad Dib MP, Hon Shaoquett Moselmani MLC, Hon David Shoebridge, former Senator Ms.Lee Rhiannon and local Mayors took part in welcoming His Excellency. With anticipation of friendly and smooth relationship to continue between Pakistan and Australia.
Sydney lawyer and president of Pakistan Australia Association, Mr. Ejaz Khan welcomed and offered support to the new High Commissioner on behalf of Sydney community. Main organizer and Secretary of Pakistan Australia Association, journalist, and CEO of Pehchan TV Ms. Shafaq Jaffery gave the vote of thanks on behalf the association and Australian Pakistani community.
His Excellency hopes that the smooth relationship between the two friendly nations would continue and be empowered through strong economic, cultural and sports affiliation.
His Excellency Mr. Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri joined the Foreign Service of Pakistan on 30 September 1993. Prior to his appointment as High Commissioner to Australia, he was a spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and responsible for the Asia Pacific region. He served in Pakistan’s missions in the USA, UK, and UAE. He has an International Economicsand Trade Law from University of London and studied in National Defence University Washington DC and MBA from Punjab University. He also served as Director General in Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, and India.
He is married to Dr Sabina Zahid, and they have two children.
The second function was a welcome party for newly appointed Pakistan High Commissioner was held on Sunday 14 at Lahori Dhera, Yagoona, organized by Pakistan Association of Australia.Mr. Farhat Jafri, the president of the association spoke about the historical journey of the association and welcomed new High Commissioner. Secretary Rakshanda Zaman greeted the guests.
Both programs were attended by the Pakistan Counsel General in Sydney, His Excellency Mr. Mohamad Ashraf along with Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Foundation Australiadirector, Dr Yasmeen Khan and of Shahid Afridi Foundation Australia Chairman Mr. Syed Atif Faheem and director Ms.Erum Atif along with other community leaders and business executives.