In a befitting manner on Friday 8th June, Foundation day of APMSO was celebrated at the Quality Inn & Suites in Artesia, California. Chief Guest of this gala event was none other than the man himself who played vital role in the activities of AMPSO, Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui. He was accompanied by Asif Kazi Bhai, of Detroit. Keeping the tradition alive the program commenced by Qirat recited by Mariam Khan.
The event unfolded in front of an audience of about 150 people who enjoyed the introductory speeches by unit in charge Wasim Zaidi. Samin Faruqi presented an apt narration of progress made in Karachi by the Haq Parast leadership of city Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal. The audience, made up of Angelinos of diverse backgrounds took great interest and appreciated the commitment by applauds. Food was then served to keep audience enticed, everyone enjoyed the sumptuous dinner catered by Mehfil restaurant.
Following dinner a documentary video was shown. This documentary provided audience an updated information of the monumental progresses made in Karachi. The Model status assumed by Karachi during the last one year with reference to international challenges of urbanization and the start of fast-track development process had not only been liked world over but also there was emphasis today on its adoption as a model in developing cities. Karachi is developing into a major trade and economic centre on the world map. The audience applauded these fast-track developments.
Kamal Zafar, member central organizing committee stressed audience to take note of the sacrifices made by Haq Parasts workers who gave their lives struggling for righteous and to rid Pakistan from oppression. Kamal Bhai reiterated to the community that Muttahida means harmony and warned those who disregard its existence & beliefs.
Dr Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui addressed the audience in his usual charismatic approach. Providing a history on APMSO and its struggle in various governmental setups and then formation of MQM, he presented the role of Muttahida in the present govt. MQM is a progressive party, he said, and it is time that people distinguish the difference between the reality and the organized propaganda hype that media is attempting to create. He offered an extensive argument on what exactly transpired on 12th May in Karachi. Following the speech the inquiring minds of enthusiastic crowd flocked around Khalid Bhai to get their questions swiftly answered.
The evening well attended by people from all walks of life, was starred with media representative from local newspapers.
The highlight of this evening was the lively participation of ladies who skillfully hosted and compare the program thus provided color to the evening. It is no secret that the ladies of the evening will be forming the most talked about Women Wing.
Sincere thanks to Dr. Khalid Maqbool Siddiqui Bhai for being in LA, a first of the many Youm-e-Tasees celebration programs. On behalf of Samin Faruqi, caretaker California and Wasim Zaidi unit in charge, a profound thanks to unit members and workers including Asif faruqi, Abdul Lateef, Ishtiaq Hasan, Syed Ahsan, Ikram Shah, Mohd Khalid, Masood Khan and of course, the ladies of the evening Mrs. Farah Zafar, Mrs Neelofar Zaidi, and Mrs Shaista Faruqi.