PANA Reunion 2004 - Niagara Falls, ON,
By Adnan Qureshi
Once again it proved to be a great success. Nothing short of
anything: perfect weather, nice people, beautiful venue, tasty food,
plenty of drinks & lots of fun.
The organizing committee was the first to reach the venue at 10:00
AM putting up flags and banners and cleaning up tables. By around
Noon the party was at full bloom. People came with families and
friends, with food and drinks from all over the place - mostly from
Toronto and surrounding areas. Lunch was taken at 2:00 followed by a
formal introduction to each other. Group photos were taken and some
fun filled activities were held.
Naeem Bhai brought two scarves from Cadet College Petaro for the
reunion. As a tradition one went to the most senior Petarian of the
day Mr. Anwar Memon and the other one went to winner of the balloon
throwing competition Dr. Javaid and his wife. He was presented with
an Ajrak as a token of appreciation for his and his team’s effort in
donating a brand new squash court to CCP.
The Following Was Decided At The Reunion:
-Insha Allah every year the last Saturday of the month of June would
be a Petarians Reunion day. The venue may change but the date will
-Yahoo group known as 'Panatalk' will be made more popular and more
Petarians will be added into it. This will help Petarians living in
North America to be familiar with each other and help out in the
time of need [http://groups.yahoo.com/group/panatalk/]
-As a next step PANA will try to be more active in doing something
practical for Cadet College Petaro and the 'Petaro village' program
brought up in the meeting by Zia Shah.
A Bundle of Thanks For The Following:
1. Naeem Saroya Inc. [504/L]
for once again proving to be the life of the gathering and driving
all the way from MI with boxes full of BAKLAVA
2. Anwar Memon [048/J] and his wife,
for bringing the wonderful sweets and honoring us as being from the
very first batch of Cadet College Petaro
3. Nasir Awan[7739/A] and Co.,
for his valuable participation and bags full of tasty food - he
warned everybody not to use his business cards in place of a tooth
4. Saleh Khan [7437/J],
who left us with a strong feeling that he could do much more for
PANA in the future
5. Aamer Syed [6987/A],
who stayed for the reunion although he could have flown back to CA
two days earlier
6. Ishrat Hasan [7110/Lf]
and his wife, for arranging the wonderful balloon activity for us.
He was rightly recommended by Khalid Hashmi.
7. Asif Khanzada [9026/l],
for bringing over his family and arranging for the video camera
8. Nasi.r Uquaili [8682/L],
for bringing over his family including his friendly dad who soon
became hero of the gathering.
9. Dr. Mashhood,
for sharing his SANA experience, bringing over his family including
his Mom whose presence gave the gathering a blessed feeling.
10. Dr. Ikram and his family,
who shared his useful advice being the founders of Petarians
Association and also impressed everybody with his heavy voice :)
11. Dr. Javed [7405/I],
for bringing over his family including his Dad and Mom whose
presence in the reunion was a great honour for all of us.
12. Asif Akhter [1977/A],
for taking time off from his busy schedule. Let me tell you that the
reunion was his brainchild as he was the first to introduce us to
13. Jami Bhai [7111/I] and Co.,
for their very useful and practical participation. If this family
were not there we wouldn't have had a bbq warmed macaroni, nice tea,
lots of tasty food, fun for kids/adults and all those peeled
mangoes. No doubt he was the real machine behind the days activities
[How many times in your life before people might have ever seen a
Maulana wearing shorts! :) - it was only on that day]
14. Riaz Fahed [7942/Q],
whose friendly nature has made him one of the most sought after
members of the group
15. Tauqeer Bhai [6995/L]
who took an effort to join although he had to see his one of his
ailing family members
16. Zia Shah [7454/Q]
and his wife, for being the most stylish couple of the day and
bringing all those sweet Sindhri Mangoes chilled in fresh ice. His
role for this gathering was very vital and noteworthy
17. Ayyaz Mustafa [8081/A]
and his wife, who gave a very strong appearance in his first
gathering being one of the hosts from the Niagara region
18. Syed Rizwan Bukhari [6813/A],
for taking the effort like last year to join us with his wife
19. Mohammad Kamran [7450/L],
for his first gathering with us and showing the interest to attend
20. Rafi Khan [531/J],
for bringing over his family and honoring the gathering
We missed many more, specially Rifaquat Cheema, Sohail Nawaz, Dr.
Muneer Junejo and Cdr. Shoaib. We hope to see them next time.
Here is What Some Had to Say for That Day:
"......... the 3rd Saturday of June has now attained a special place
in all Petarians (in NA) calendars. U know what? I have already
started looking forward to the get-together next year. Thanks every
body for such a lovely day"
[Nasir Awan, 7739/A]
"........Jami Bhai you were very popular among ladies for peeling
and cutting the Mangos and preparing the tea for them. Kids really
enjoyed the water/soap slide make by Jami Twins-- Great work Twins—
Zia Bhai and his wife, Mangoes were great-- Mithai from Anwar Mamoon
Bhai's side had a taste as it had just come from Pakistan. Coconut
cake, Chana Chat, Kabob, Rice, Chicken, Gulab Jamans and many more
dishes were very tasty-- Thanks to the Chefs.
We thank all those who put lot of efforts in putting this event
together. Pakistani Flag and Petarians Flag (A Native of
Petaro--brought from the foot ball field of Petaro) flew proudly"
[Naeem Saroya, 509/L]
...This was the same Pakistani Flag which was presented by Khalid
Hashmi last year to PANA.
All is well that ends well ... Thanks to Almighty Allah for making