Orlando, FL: MQM USA has been extremely successful in holding
its annual and semi-annual conventions throughout the U.S. This time it was the
city of Orlando, Florida which was chosen by the central organizing committee to
hold MQM USA’s 3rd semi-annual convention. The convention was officially began
on April 1, 2005 at 9:00 PM when MQM North America’s caretaker Dr. Khalid
Maqbool Siddiqui formally announced the commencement.
Units from throughout the United States have reached Orlando to attend this convention. This year’s chief guest was Mr. Mustafa Kamal, the minister of Information Technology for the province of Sindh in Pakistan. In the first session of the convention Mr. Mustafa Kamal highlighted his ministry’s achievements, programs and goals to implement computer technology in Sindh. He thanked MQM USA for sending interested delegations to Sindh for the investment purposes. He announced a 16 years tax holiday for the foreign investors in information technology sector in Sindh.
The second and final day started with the remarks by MQM USA’s Central Organizer Ibad U. Rehman, who describes in-depth the nature, usefulness, procedure and importance of Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain bhai’s Muttahida Quami Fund (MQF). He categorically mentioned that the MQF contribution is on voluntary basis however it is mandatory for the workers especially committee members. A number of units have submitted their MQF memberships on the spot whereas many others have promised to send their membership contributions within a week.
The next session started with the progress reports from the MQM units from all over the United States. Separate reports were presented to MQM USA’s central organizing committee including reports on MQF, KKC, Computer Wing, News & Information Bureau etc. During report submissions the questions were asked by the central organizing committee, the I.T minister, MQM North America’s care taker Dr. Khalid M. Siddiqui and other participants. MQM USA’s central committee showed its satisfaction on the overall organizational progress however they did suggest many options for the betterment of organizational activities in some of the units.
The fourth session was consisting of Award Ceremony. Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui presented a “Life Time Achievement Award” to MQM’s senior member and former Haq Parast MPA S. Mohiuddin. Central Organizer Ibad U. Rehman presented the “Best unit Award” to South Florida unit, received by its incharge Kamran Haider bhai. I.T Minister of Sindh Mustafa Kamal bhai presented “Worker of the Year Award” to Khalida Shuja baji of New York unit. Yousuf Saeed bhai of NY unit had received her award in her absence. MQM Florida’s caretaker Muhammad Pervaiz bhai presented a “Special Achievement Award” to the New Jersey unit, received by its incharge Asad Siddiqui bhai. MQM USA’s central organizing committee members Ajaz Siddiqi, Shamim Siddiqui and Farhat Khan together had presented souvenirs to Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui bhai, I.T minister Sindh Mustafa Kamal bhai and to other participants.
In his closing remarks, central organizer Ibad U. Rehman thanked all the participants for making this event a very successful. He said that the MQM has now reached Orlando and we are here to stay. He appreciated the efforts put on by South Florida and Tampa units in helping Orlando organizing this event. He specially thanked Saeed Akhtar bhai, Muhammad Pervaiz Bhai and Kamran Haider bhai for their never tiring efforts.
In the last and final session MQM’s founder and leader Quaid-e-Tehreek Altaf Hussain was scheduled to address. However an hour before the scheduled speech, the breaking news of Pope John Paul II’s demise changed the whole program. MQM’s international Secretariat in London immediately terminated all its organizational activities throughout the world as a gesture of solidarity with the Christian community as well as to all the peace loving people around the world. Therefore, since Quaid-e-Tehreek’s speech was also cancelled, the MQM USA Immediately started calling the families who were expected to attend the gathering. However, over two hundered people still showed up to hear Quaid’s speech. The local unit had beautifully decorated a local hall for the said event. MQM USA’s central organizing committee thanked everyone for attending and apprised them of the reasons for canceling Quaid’s speech. Later, a minute long silence in Pope’s memory was observed by the participants, as instructed by Quaid-e-Teheek Altaf Hussain. MQM USA also cancelled its musical evening scheduled for the same evening.
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