Friday, December 11, 2015

Lahore 2016 - Preliminaries


The Lahore Chapter, once again put to its feet with the arrival of Zahir Khan after almost three years is in full gear to prepare for the 2016 course get together in Lahore.

So far the annual get together events have been organized by the course secretary Muhammad Asif with the active assistance of some of the course mates at Abbottabad, Mangla, Nathiagali and Rawalpindi.  However, during 2015 get together at Nathiagali, Zahir Khan proposed holding the 2016 get together at Lahore. His idea was warmly 'seconded' by Javed Baloch and both vowed to make all arrangements at Lahore within existing resources. Unfortunately Javed Baloch did not live long to be part of the hosts, but the show would go on as planned by the Lahore chapter. Javed would watch us from heavens above and will be happy to see us getting together as planned.


Zahir Khan has already made his team, him assisted by Athar and Abbas, who have already shaken up the rather inactive Lahore chapter by holding a get together with families in May earlier this year. The event was well attended at DeSOM.

These days Zahir and Co are undergoing preliminaries for the 2016 get together and visiting various places as possible venues for the get together. Recently Zahir, Athar and Abbas visited the famous Shalamar Bagh of Lahore - once an active venue for the reception given to the visiting heads of the states of friendly countries by the people of Lahore.

Here are some glimpses of the good old days:

 President Nasser of Egypt at a reception in Shalamar Bagh, Lahore 1960
Queen Elizabeth II given a warm reception at Shalamar Bagh - Lahore  1961
Bhutto with Qaddafi, Mujib and Yasir Arafat during 1974 Islamic Summit Conference

Perhaps taking a cue form the past and traditions of Lahorites, Zahir may have come up with the idea of choosing Shalamar Bagh Lahore as one of the possible venus. And visited to gauge its suitability, feasibility and availability. 


Zahir in his bright red t-shirt flanked by his assistants at Shalamar Bagh



We will keep you updated about ongoing efforts of the Lahore chapter ahead of the 2016 annual get together at Lahore - somewhere in April 2016.

9 comments:

Jamil said...

What a great effort Jalal, we all feel proud of you my friend. I always feel at home in Pakistan reading and seeing beautiful pictures and detailed coverage of events. Though Canada is far but your blogs n websites brong smiles on our faces in pardise. Thanks.

S A J Shirazi said...

OMG, comprising the three 55 youngsters with old hag Queen.

Muhammad Athar said...
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Muhammad Athar said...

Happy to be here. Will look forward for more on 55 PMA.

Unknown said...

Jalal, I do not find any menu. I cannot find any place even yo follow. Tariq Khan

Unknown said...

Jalal, I do not find any menu. I cannot find any place even yo follow. Tariq Khan

Jalal Hameed said...

My dear TK - the roll down menu is on top of the blog - above the caption/photos of the departed friends. It starts from Home button, followed PMA Days and so on. Just click the button and the menu would drop down. Good to see you are following the blog.

Muhammad Zahir Khan said...

Lahore Chapter stag brunch was well attended yesterday bringing forth some valuable suggestions on the conduct of the mega event of 12-13 Mar. The proposed arrangements and program schedule were further refined. The spirit of the members points towards an exciting event Inshaallah.

Muhammad Zahir Khan said...

Lahore Chapter stag brunch was well attended yesterday bringing forth some valuable suggestions on the conduct of the mega event of 12-13 Mar. The proposed arrangements and program schedule were further refined. The spirit of the members points towards an exciting event Inshaallah.