January 16, 2010

Charity event in Leeds, UK benefits PAT


Publican Ishtiaq Hussain Mir (Class of 1974) arranged a Charity Event on January 16, 2010 in the town of Leeds, UK. The Publican Alumni Trust (PAT) was one of the two beneficiaries of this event and an amount of Rs. 305,000 was collected for PAT.


The event was organized and conducted by Ishtiaq Hussain Mir and Rukhsana Khawaja. While Rukhsana Khawaja is not a Publican, she is quiet active in Leeds and helps Ishtiaq Mir in various community activities.


The event was attended by around 120 guests including Publicans Salim Ghulam (Class of 1974) and Farhan Shaikh (Class of 1994). Other prominent guests included Tahir Nawaz, spokesperson for Imran Khan Cancer Appeal UK, Mohammed Aslam MBE, owner of Agra Group, Arshad Choudhary, chair Asian Business Development Network, and Ghazal Ansari, poet and advocate. Tahir Memon, ex-Chairman Prime TV Europe and ARY Digital UK was the Chief Guest at the occassion.


The event started with introductory remarks by Ishtiaq Hussain Mir and Tahir Memon. This was followed by an Auction and Raffle to raise funds, which was followed by dinner. Finally, the gathering enjoyed a musical evening with highly acclaimed singer and PTV artiste Sohail Akhlaque.


When asked about his contribution, Istiaq Hussain Mir said "this is the least we can do for our beloved school which gave us a lot and I think it is every Old Publican's duty to do whatever they can in their own way to help. Our successes and achievements after our school life are, to a major extent, due to the education we received at the School and we should never forget that".


Photographs of the event can be viewed by clicking on the thumbnails below.


The amount collected for the Publican Alumni Trust was Rs. 305,000. A cheque for this amount was handed over by Amir Khan, Syed Muhammad Babar, and Tariq Azhar Siddiqi on February 20m 2010 to Ashraf Kapadia for depositing in the PAT account.