Anwar Maqsood and his wife Imrana share the stage in Pakistan Auditorium. The Pakistani community gathered at the Pakistan Association in Dubai on Friday evening to welcome the Ambassador of Pakistan Centre, Anwar Maqsood. Pakistan’s Ambassador to the U.A.E H.E. Moazzam Ahmed Khan and Counsel General Syed Javed Hassan also graced the occasion and contributed towards the larger cause of Pakistan Centre. The octogenarian artist endorsed the landmark project last year and gave it a glittering boost encouraging people to own bricks for the Centre. Pakistan Centre once completed will be the world’s largest community center for overseas Pakistanis. The Dh12 million project divided into 12,000 bricks while each brick costs Dh1000.
Anwar Maqsood and His Wife Imrana Share the Stage in Pakistan Auditorium
Own A Brick
The event was in line with the theme of own a brick wherein every person gets an opportunity to engrave their names in the community cause. “The hallmark of this project is the not for profit healthcare facility which will be open to all nationalities and will be a point of pride for the community,” said Dr. Faisel Ikram, President of PAD.
Moreover, Dr. Ikram added that “I also thank the Government of U.A.E to endorse this project as an initiative of the Year of Giving 2017.” The President also congratulated all the new brick owners who had joined through this event and welcomed them into the PAD family.
Anwar Maqsood enthralled the audience with his tongue in cheek comedy shedding light on how this project will be written down in history in golden words. “I feel humbled to declared as an ambassador and want each and every individual of the community to participate in the noble cause,” said Maqsood while doing his satire and comedy. He also added that we should thank the Government of U.A.E for providing a healthy environment and a platform to conduct such conducive community activities.
Anwar Masood’s Book Uljhay Suljhay Anwar
“I pray that this project will complete soon and upon my next visit I wish to see it inaugurated,” said Maqsood. The artist of multiple facets joined on stage by his wife Imrana Maqsood who read few memorable transcripts from her recently launched book “Uljhay Suljhay Anwar.”
The book was also available to the audience with his autograph. The public at Pakistan Auditorium gave a standing praise to the legendary scriptwriter who despite his ill health traveled just for the cause of Pakistan Centre.
Pakistan Centre which includes a Pakistan Medical Centre, a health and fitness center, a restaurant, ladies and gents’ mosque, seminar rooms and offices launched on August 14 last year.
“We are fortunate to have such an extraordinary artist become a part of our cause. We also thank the Community Development Authority who have throughout helped us in our every endeavor” said Tahir Zaidi, General Secretary of Pakistan Association Dubai. Last year, Anwar Maqsood joined the cause of Pakistan Centre and pledged to donate his paintings for the cause of Pakistan Centre.