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Legendary Pakistani showbiz personality in UAE for a cause
BY JAMIL KHAN November 27, 2016
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DUBAI: The Pakistan Association Dubai hosted over 500 people on Friday evening the legendary Urdu literary and showbiz personality, Anwar Maqsood at the event “Aik Shaam Pakistan Kay Naam” (An evening for Pakistan). The event was part of the Pakistan Association Dubai’s fundraising “Own a Brick” campaign for their recently launched project “Pakistan Centre” to be built in its premises.

Pakistan Centre is a 2-storey building which will provide state-of-the-art healthcare facilities at an affordable cost to members of the society who are unable to bear the burgeoning medical costs.

The “Own a Brick” campaign which encourages people to possess a share of 12,000 bricks. Each brick cost Dhs1,000 and the full cost of the project, slated for completion in 18 months, is Dhs12 million.

Anwar Maqsood, who was the guest of honour at the glittering evening, said that Pakistanis who live abroad always have the greatest love for their country and God willing the project of “Pakistan Centre” will be completed by all of those gathered there. “It’s such a proud feeling to see Pakistanis build a centre for themselves, brick by brick this building will give you a sense of ownership and your generations will take pride in claiming their parents were part of such a great cause,” added Maqsood.

Dr Faisel Ikram, General Secretary of PAD, in his speech asserted that among 1.4 million Pakistanis living in the UAE at least 12,000 of them will come forward and engrave their names on the bricks.

“This is a historical project. It’s a first ever not-for-profit healthcare facility to be built by expatriates at their community centre in the whole of GCC,” said Ikram.

He further added that he was grateful to his countrymen who have shown great interest in making their contributions towards this noble cause that will be a source of pride for them once the prestigious building takes shape. 

Anwar Maqsood has been part of the Pakistani television industry and is a widely acclaimed household name in the country.

He has written a number of TV plays. He was also awarded with Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) for his unending and tireless contributions in the field of art and literature. The octogenarian artist is famous for his acclaimed plays Fifty Fifty, Show Time amongst several others.

Moazzam Ahmed Khan, Ambassador in the UAE, said that he was extremely happy to be a part of this noble cause. “This is my first visit to Pakistan Association Dubai and I am overwhelmed to see the Pakistani community so vibrant and united in fulfilling whatever they have planned for themselves.”

Those who own a brick have been given a long-term membership at PAD.

“The work on the centre will begin early next year and within a span of 18 months Pakistan Centre will stand tall providing remarkable services to Pakistanis,” said Dr Zia ul Hassan, President of Pakistan Association Dubai.
 

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