Report By: Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif
first monthly dinner of the Islamabad Petarians took place last
night in the beautiful environs of Islamabad Club.
Raffi was kind enough to make the arrangements and Tallat sent
messages to all Petarians in the area.
Despite the short notice of 3 days, it was such a happy surprise
that 16 of us showed up. Frankly, I was not expecting more than a
handful. Those who joined us for this lovely evening were:
Zakim Khan Mahsud, 282
Admiral Nashat Raffi, 426
Major Shahid Anwer, 435
Major Attaullah Khan, 517 (came all the way from Peshawar)
Lt.Col. Tahir Hussain, 520
Tariq Pervez, 530
Tallat Mahmood Khan, 590
Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671
Cdre. Javaid Manzoor, N-16
Dr.Javed Iqbal Malik, 69131
Dr. Raja Zahoor Tahir, 7119
Cdre. Misbah Chohan, N-29
Masood Zaman, 7166
Cdr. Asif Baig, 84113 (came all the way from Lahore)
Imran Latif, 84152
Adnan Rauf, 9594
was a buffet dinner, and the food was good as usual at Islamabad
Other than having a great time, we discussed the raison d'etre for
these monthly meetings. We want to have these meetings with the
following in mind:
To promote love and brotherhood amongst all Petarians
To get to know each other better regardless of age, batches, and
To promote an understanding amongst our families. This time, we
didnt invite families, but in future gatherings we will invite
wives as well insha Allah.
Hopefully lead to family relations between some of us through
marriages between our children
To get to know the problems faced by any one of us, or to share in
the happiness of others
To exchange thoughts amongst us on our businesses, work, etc
To get people to enlighten us about what are the good points and
pitfalls of doing business in Pakistan
Maybe this becomes a forum where some of us may want to form
business ventures amongst each other for mutual benefit.
To get people to tell us about business ideas, and any things of
last point was of relevance particularly to those who have retired
from their service or are about to retire. They are keen to find out
ways of getting an income but do not know how to do business. It is
all about Re-tiring, and not retiring. We need to find vehicles with
new tires which will keep us all going.
monthly meetings will insha Allah remain informal. But we may
request some of our brothers to do short presentations on their own
business ventures, business experiences, and other thoughts that can
be of interest to others.
Petarians (regardless of where they live) are welcome to attend
these dinners / meetings here at Islamabad Club on the last Friday
of each month. Everyone from TPA, PANA, PASA, PAUAE, PAE,
TPF, TPO, PRO, TPA-L (Larkana or Lahore), TPA-T (Timbuktu) or
anywhere, and NAP (non-aligned Petarians) are most
welcome. You dont need an invitation. Just remember to call Tallat
in advance to make sure that he has enough seats at the
dinner table and no one gets embarrassed. Please note that Tallat's
mobile no. is (0342) 511-5111.
encourage Petarian visitors to Islamabad to try to schedule your
visits to coincide with this dinner. We would love to see you there.
you are busy one month due to travel or other commitments, please
come the next month. No hard feelings. Insha Allah we will build a
strong brotherhood here and truly share with each other. And you
will find food for the stomach and thought and love and brotherhood
at each meeting.
will follow the same rule that each one pays for his own dinner
bill. It costs around Rs. 400-500 per person.
next dinner meeting will be insha Allah on Friday,
February 25, 2011 at 8pm. Same location. Tallat will be the
Dinner Coordination Secretary. Thank you Tallat for all your help
and work. And thank you Admiral Nashat Raffi bhai for the dinner
- Please remember to call Tallat (0342-511-5111) at least 2-3 days
in advance to confirm your participation so that we keep a seat for
you at the dinner table.