PANA Reunion 2006 - Niagara Falls, ON, Canada
By Adnan Qureshi, 8326/L
By the Grace of Almighty Allah, the 4th Annual Petarians Annual
reunion was successfully held on June 24, 2006, at Niagara Falls,
Ontario, Canada. It was a well attended gathering with a mix-up of
Petarians, their families and friends from all over North America
and as far away as Pakistan.
Like always the Petarian flag [gifted by Naeem Saroya Bhai's wife]
was fluttering along with the PANA banner at the Pavilion entrance.
The organizing committee put up a great show. A registration booth
was set up by Mukhtiar bhai where name tags were being given along
with PANA T-shirts which were gifted by Adil Baloch bhai and
distributed by our newest PANA member Abrar Mani bhai.
Guests started to arrive and among the first ones were Professor
Shamim Sahib with his family. Nasir Awan bhai, who was the chief
food coordinator for the day, took the opportunity to give Shamim
Sahib his Petarian badge. Everybody was delighted to see Shamim
Sahib. Shamim Sahib gave a powerful speech to the audience and said
that ' most of the nights in my dreams I find myself back in Petaro.
I still love it as I used to do before'. Shamim Sahib also led us in
the Zuhr prayers.
The tables were covered by table tops of the color of CCP. As
always, Naeem bhai's wife was kind enough to pick and choose the
right colors for our table covers. The pavilion was filled with
colors of different balloons. The weather was at its best, not too
hot, not too cold, Allah had His Mercy on us that day.
Surprising this time was the very early arrival of Nasir Uqaili who
played a key part in organizing the event and provided free KFC
coupons which were later distributed as gifts to the winning teams
in the various competitions. His dad and other family members joined
Syed Sajid Hashmi gave the kids a treat by providing free Vegetable
and Cheese Pizza to everyone. Kids loved it and got all their
fingers greasy very soon. Nasir bhai was happy as he didn't have to
be worried about 'no masala' kids food.
Later on the gathering formally started with Tilawat by Shabieh
Zaidi bhai. Shortly afterwards clowns showed up and the kids became
busy with them. The clown part worked very well and the kids
remained entertained. This also gave our bhabis more time to
concentrate on the day’s activities and also to find out what are
their hubbies were up to!
Later on Professor Shamim Sahib was given a certificate for his
valuable presence on that day and so was Shahbaz Malik bhai, the
President of TPA, for his effort to come all the way from Pakistan
to attend the reunion. Naeem bhai was given a hat with a Liaquat
House ploom on it, later on he took command and said the famous mess
words 'Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem' at which everyone started the
Group photos were taken while everyone was wearing the Petarian
T-shirts. It was a memorable moment which will long be remembered.
Later on it was time for fun adult activities. Ishrat Bhai put a lot
of effort in coming up with a Petarian Puzzle which has been posted
on the Panatalk Yahoogroup website under the Files section. He also
arranged a game for collecting items which Naeem Saroya Bhai and his
team won. Zia bhai was next to arrange his game. The competition
involved finding clues and getting to the final one asap. 5 teams
were made. The winner was the team of Rafi Khan bhai who guessed the
right clue – i.e. none other than 'Naeem bhai' himself :)
Gifts were given to everyone thru a raffle draw. Rifaquat bhai was
kind enough to bring gifts for the raffle. Finally it was the formal
PANA session. Rifaquat bhai gave the annual report. It was also
unanimously decided that he will continue to remain the Chief
Coordinator of PANA for the coming year. Shahbaz bhai, being the
current President of TPA gave a very meaningful speech and announced
the endorsement of PANA by TPA. This announcement was very well
received by the audience. Sohail Gul accepted the responsibility to
become the coordinator for future gatherings for the GTA Petarians.
The reunion came to end by thanking all those who came and the crowd
started dispersing at around 6 pm. Some friends still hung around
and left the venue only when it became dark at around 9 pm.
Those who came really enjoyed the show. Those who couldn't missed a
All those who attended the reunion are requested to download their
pictures on our PanaTalk Yahoogroup website and tell us their part
of story about the day.
The list of those who attended would be posted shortly. In short
there were around 40 Petarians who attended along with their