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Pakistan American Friendship Association (PAFA)

PAFA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE 2016

PRESIDENT: Yet to be decided 

G. SECRETARY: Muzaffar Ahmad

TREASURER: Dr. JAMAL M. JAMAL.

ELECT PRESIDENT 2017: Yet to be decided

EX PRESIDENT 2015: Dr Huma Siddiqui

PAFA Celebrated Pakistan's independence day on 14 of August by a picnic in the park

Around 100 people attended this event. Food, music, games and a lot of fun.

Eid Milan Party - Sunday, Jul 10, 2016 - Delaware Township Building, Fishers

PAFA Celebrated Eid by hosting an Eid Milan party attended by more than 200 people. 

Proposed Constitution Changes

PAFA held its General Body meeting on Saturday June 4 2:00 PM and proposed these changes to the constitution. Members are encouraged to go through them and share their comments with [email protected]

Compilation of PAFA Financial Activity in 2015 by an Independent Accounting Firm

PAFA's 2015 Executive Committee worked with Piles CPAs (pilecpas.com) to prepare a Financial Report (compilation). Here is the results of that compilation. 2015 Income Tax Returns have also been filed with IRS.

For more information please email [email protected]

Come watch a hit Pakistani Movie in Indianapolis

Due to the overwhelming public request, PAFA is presenting the most successful and hit Pakistani movie

ONE SHOW ONLY Tickets available online No cash will be accepted at the door 

SATURDAY March 12th, 12:00PM. Seating starts at 11:30 AM Seating will be first come first serve.

AMC THEATRE CASTLETON SQURE 6020 E. 82ND STREET INDIANAPOLIS, IN. 46250

TICKETS (members): ADULTS: $13, CHILDREN up to 12 years: $8.00

TICKETS (non-members): ADULTS: $15, CHILDREN up to 12 years: $10.00

Please click on the link below to purchase your tickets;

Purchase tickets by clicking here. Thank you for supporting Pakistani cinema,

Happy new year - 2016

A very warm welcome to the new Executive committee. 

Pak-Am Day on Saturday August 22nd, 2015 was a big success

Thank you for making Pak-Am Day, Jushn-e-Azadi an enormous triumph. More than 310 people attended the event.

We were honored to have Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks as our Chief Guest. She absolutely loved and fully enjoyed every performance of the stage, including the kid’s dances, the violin solo and the skid,“ShadikeLaddoo.” It was evident by the fact that she stayed over 2 hours as opposed to a planned 1 hour stay.

Attendees were surprised and excited about the “Photo booth.” Everyone had a chance to have a memorable family portrait which is available for review on our website.

Kid’s performances were shimmering. Our solo violin performance was uplifting. “Mehndi Rasm” was a great hit that portrayed our tradition along with the classic “luddi” and “bhangra” dances. The well scripted and acted upon comedy skid, “ShadikeLaddoo” was hilarious that took us through a timeline for a typical marriage.

The debut of “the Art and Essay Competition” was very well taken by the community as evidence by excellent participation from the kids. Winners were awarded with a medal and proud parents were given a chance to take a memorable picture of their honored kids with their awards.  

Parents with young kids really appreciated and enjoyed the “Babysitting” service that was offered on the site as a debut, free of charge. Parents were able to enjoy the function and the kids were able to hang out with their friends under supervision.  

Dinner was proudly sponsored by our local vendors. People really liked and enjoyed the décor. We were able to serve dinner to all the attendants in less than an hour and a half. People really appreciated the fact that they did not have to wait in line to get the food.

Last but not the least was the Concert. Imran and Soujanya brought the crowd to life. The audience was completely involved. They felt connected to the songs, so much so that a lot of them went on the stage to dance and enjoy. The Finale was “DilDil Pakistan” which was the best way to end the event since that fulfilled the theme of the event. Audience from all ages were on the stage with Pakistani flags in their hand which brought my dream for a jushn-e-Azadi, Pak-Am day to a reality.

Thank You,

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

Ballott

Mehfil-e-Mushari

Jawani Phir Nahi Ani - Pakistani Movie being showed in Indianapolis on Saturday Nov 21st

SATURDAY NOVERMBER 21st

AMC THEATRE CASTLETON SQURE

6020 E. 82ND STREET

INDIANAPOLIS, IN. 46250

TICKETS:

ADULTS: $15

CHIDREN up to 12 years: $10.00

Purchase Tickets HERE 

Women's Only - Musical Evening

PAFA Family Bowling Night - Friday Oct 30th, 7-10 PM Indianapolis.

I'm eager to invite you for another PAFA event that I have planned. " Family Bowling Night" on Friday, Oct 30th from 7 PM-10 PM sharp at Woodland Bowl conveniently located at 3421 E.96th street, Indianapolis. I would like you to come with your family and friends, join us for this exciting evening, where we can all have quality family time with food, fun and play with friends. This is another opportunity for me to pay back to the community members who have always been on my side to support and gave me strength to do more. I have subsidized the price for the event remarkably for the members to appreciate their support.Ticket price will include the pizza buffet with unlimited soft drink for adults, two slices of pizza and 32 oz. drink for kids. Shoe rental is also included. All you have to do is buy ticket and join us for a great family fun night. Designated area will be separated with a dividing wall where we can have our own "private party time". Mark the date on your calendar for "Family Bowling Night". Seats are very limited and are available on first come first serve basis. I strongly encourage you to purchase your tickets via Eventbrite by clicking on the following link before we get sold out.

Please click on the link below for tickets.

Hope to see all of you with your family and friends.  

Dr. Huma Siddiqui      

President

PAFA 2015 

Writer's Forum, Annual Lecture Series

"Writer's Forum, Annual Lecture Series" is scheduled for Saturday, Oct 24th, 2015 at Zionsville Public Library from 1:00-4:00 P.M. Our speaker is Prof. Ayesha Jalal from Tufts university, a renowned author of several books. The topic is " The struggle for Pakistan, Muslim Homeland and Global Politics. This event is free for kids age 15 & above and adults. Seats are limited and are available on first come first serve basis. I encourage you to reserve your seat by R.S.V.P at [email protected]

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President PAFA 2015 

Eid Mubarak

Please come and celebrate the EID-Ul-ADHA along with your family and friends together with us on Thursday, Sept 24, 2015 at the Village Restaurant between the hours of 6-11 P.M. PAFA is proudly providing entertainment via “Desi Boys” who will captivate us with their melodious music. Seats are limited. Please purchase your tickets before we run out. Hope to see you guys.

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President PAFA 2015  

Meet our stars of the big night.

Imran Ali Akhtar

Finalist from Sur Keshtra , judged by none other than Asha Bhosle, Abida Pareen and Runa Laila. He is on USA tour with Musik Waves and has performed all over usa.

Soujanya

Finalist from a very popular show on ZEE TV, Saregamapa. Soujanya has performed with many well known singers and has been performing all over usa.

PAFA's biggest event of the year - Pak-Am Day - Saturday August 22nd at 5-11 pm

!!! HURRY AND PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS BEFORE THEY ARE GONE !!! 

Click here to purchase tickets

I’m delighted to invite you with your family and friends to our biggest function of the year, PAK AM day, to be held at Zionsville Community High School on Aug, 22nd 2015. I’m honored to have congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, serving Indiana’s 5th district as our Chief Guest.

The theme for the event is “Jashan-e-Azadi”. Community performances by kids choreographed by our talented members on famous Pakistani national songs. A young talented kid will play instrumental on a very famous patriotic song on violin. 

This year I’m debuting “Art and Essay competition” for kids from Elementary to High school. Winners in each category will be given awards at the event. 

A tradition to showcase our culture, we will perform “Mehndi Rasam” including glamorous outfits and dances. A short skit “Shadi Ke ladu” production of The Talent Company will certainly make a laugh. 

I’m excited to inform you about the singers for the concert. Now this year first time ever we are bringing two singers to entertain you with their melodious voices. Imran Ali Akhtar, fame from “Sur- Kshetra” and Soujanya, fame from “Saregamapa”. 

Based on demand from the members, pioneering this year we will provide “babysitting” available for kids between the hours of 5:00 P.M to 11:00 P.M. This will provide opportunity for parents to enjoy the show and kids to have fun with their friends in a monitored environment. 

Delicious food will be served followed by savory dessert. 

Please come with your family, friends and celebrate the “Jashan-e-Azadi” with us on Aug, 22nd 2015. 

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President PAFA 2015 

Women only Chaand Raat

Basant Picnic June 6 2015

Applause to all the participants who made the Basant picnic another enormous attainment. I personally would also like to thank all the players who came in early on Saturday morning and amused all of us with “The Greatest Cricket Match in the history of Indiana”. First time ever, everyone had a chance to fly “DESI KITE” in Indiana. Kids had a blast with games including sack race, balloon popping and marble and spoon race. People also enjoyed playing soccer and Frisbee. Women specially enjoyed playing “khokho” and Frisbee.

Let me share few comments from the community that how they felt after the picnic.

“Thank you so much for planning a fabulous afternoon of fun for everyone! The décor colors, food and kids games along with dhol playing in the background really created a festive atmosphere. With the passing of each event, each one gets better and better! We are all enjoying the community camaraderie!!!”

“Yes BIG thank you from my wife and I on creating such a wonderful stage for us and our families to make some crazy memories! You guys (PAFA team) ROCK!!!”

“Dear Huma, Khurram, Jamal, Zakir, Nabiha and Waqar. I would like to say a big THNAK YOU to all for a great PAFA picnic yesterday. Thank you for your dedication and hard work putting on a great event. I know it takes a lot of work and you guys did an amazing job. It was a lot of fun and everything was arranged perfectly with a lot of attention to detail in a very good, positive and fun environment. Looking forward to a great rest of the year!

”It was fun and very well organized…… Hands down…… We should play more often just for enjoyment.”

“The local community witnessed some passionate cricket this weekend and I was amazed that despite playing cricket in Indy for a while, how many cricketers I did not know about; from Atif and Bilal’s teasing bowling line to Zulfiqar’s amazing wicket keeping skills! Also, some clean hitting displays by Azeem, Tariq, Muzaffar, Naveed and also great all around performances by Shahid and Khurram, kept the Indy audience on the edge of their seats. My special gratitude to Sukrat (sunny) who played important part in the field but unfortunately could not get to bat (will be opening with the bat, next time I get a chance to lead!). Thanks to Huma and Khurram and to team Blue for their efforts and participation.”

“I would echo everything that has been already said about hard work, organization, good spirit and comradery. You have to admire Rufi’s gentlemanly approach o captainship where he tries his best to make things inclusive for all in an encouraging manner. “

“Thank you for organizing such a fantastic event. Congrats to all the organizers for job well done. Cricket was fun as always but the environment created was icing on the cake. I play cricket pretty regularly but I haven’t seen this kind of environment in any cricket tournament that I have played here in US. All the cheers from audience and dhol on every boundary or wicket were very entertaining. Once again thank you for your hard work.”

“Thanks to Huma and Khurram for their endless enthusiasm and energy that makes all the difference. And thanks to Alam for so gracefully leading his boys and for being amazing competitors. Thank you so much.”

“Thank you very much for all of you guys. It was good game and we had lot of fun.”

With so much community support, participation, enthusiasm, enjoyment and compliments, all the effort and hard work that I and my team put in is paid off.

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President

PAFA 2015 

Congratulations to Dr Shahid Athar for the Golden Hoosier Award

Dear Pafa friends,

I'm delighted to inform that one of our retired PAFA executive member, Dr Shahid Athar was granted with "The Golden Hoosier Award" by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann on May, 19 2015 at the Indiana Statehouse. Please join me in congratulating Dr. Shahid Athar on this outstanding achievement.

The Golden Hoosier Award recognizes senior citizens throughout Indiana for their ongoing commitment to community service.  

The Golden Hoosier Award is the highest honor bestowed upon senior citizens by the State of Indiana.

Dr. Shahid Athar is one of the founding members of PAFA and has been a very active supporter of the association since 1974.

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President

PAFA 2015

PAFA Picnic

Ikramullah’s Fund Raiser May 17th 2015

GREAT PAKISTANI INDIANA COMMUNITY

By the grace of Allah and with community support and cooperation, I’m pleased to declare that we successfully raised $ 10,300.00 for Ikramullah’s education fund. I’m gratified to announce the success of the first collaborated project between “Pakistan American friendship association” and “Seeds of learning”.

I personally would like to thank all of you who via their contribution helped us to achieve this goal. I must appreciate the “anonymous” patron who sent us money for this noble cause. I will try my best to keep you posted till the end of this year about Ikramullah’s progress and performance.

I spoke to Ikramullah after the event, he was very emotional, excited and proud that our community came to rescue him at the needed time. He really missed his family at that moment.

This shows the unity, strength and commitment of our community for a better world. Thanks again to be the part of it. Here are some pictures of this event.

Dr. Huma Siddiqui

President

PAFA 2015

Help Ikramullah Continue his Education. Make a difference in this man's life.

WILL YOU HELP US RAISE $20,000 FOR IKRAMULLAH'S EDUCATION?

Here is a video message from Ikramullah

Dear Supporters,

We are happy to announce a collaboration between two organizations working for the betterment of Pakistan. The Pakistan American Friendship Association (PAFA) and Seeds of Learning (SOL, a chapter of the Citizens Foundation, Pakistan) have joined together to help with the educational needs of Ikramullah, a visually impaired Pakistani. Please read more about is compelling story at the end of this email. 

Ikramullah is living in Indianapolis with a foster family. He received scholarship to learn English at ELS, and he is determined to continue his studies and make a difference in lives of other fellow Pakistanis that are visually impaired. He wants to attend Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and enroll in a computer science program. 

Please join us for tea on Sunday, May 17th at 4pm (sharp). The event will be held at 6514 Royal Run BLVD, Zionsville, IN 46077, where you will have an opportunity to meet this remarkable young man. 

If you aren't able to attend but wish to make a donation, please send it to one of the addresses below. Please mention "support Ikramullah" in the memo line. PAFA and SOL are both tax deductible charities. You can make your check payable to either one of the organizations.  

Thank you so much. We look forward to seeing you.   

Sincerely,

Huma & Azher Dr.

Huma K Siddiqui, President PAFA PO BOX 486 Zionsville, IN 46077  

Azher Khan Seeds of Learning 6131 West 80th Street Indianapolis, IN 46278 

Join Us for Tea

SUNDAY, MAY 17TH

4PM (SHARP) 

6514 Royal Run BLVD

Zionsville, IN 46077 

Gleaner's Food Drive

PAFA volunteers helped “fight against the hunger”. Everyone made the endurance of waking up early on a beautiful Saturday morning and drove a distance with the ambition of doing something good for the community. They were excited but little nervous for not knowing what they’ll be doing.

Thirty four (34) of our gracious and compassionate volunteers generously gave their time and effort for this noble cause. They helped sort out 3543 lbs of food that will feed 2362 people in a matter of few hours. I should point out that almost half of our volunteers were young kids between the ages of 9-17 years. This was the result of team effort. They all had fun working together in a friendly environment.

At the end of the day, everyone was tired, but had the immense feeling of “personal satisfaction” that superseded all the fatigue. Everyone felt like all the hard work, time and effort was well worth it. In fact they were all ready to do it again. That’s the spirit.

Great job everyone. Here are the pictures of this event.

Huma K Siddiqui

President

PAFA 2015 

Sham-e-Ghazal Evening

I’m proud to announce that the first ever Sham-e-Ghazal by PAFA was a clinquant accomplishment. Kudos to all the assemblage. Their dedication and participation made the event extraordinary.

I’m overwhelmed by the response that I received from our community. The energy, dedication and enthusiasm from our community definitely exceeded my expectations. Everyone was enjoying the program including the performers and the audiences evidenced by the fact that many listeners were still requesting their favorite ghazal well past midnight and we ran out of time for the facility. Luckily I was able to extend the facility time and the fans were entertained till the early hours of the morning.  

I received innumerable annotations about the evening including astonishing décor, luscious food and palatable “Pan”.

Fans were pleasantly surprised by our hidden talented community performers. They were awed by the variety of music including karaoke, unplug and off course the live performance with Tabla, Harmonium, Guitar and Keyboard.

What gave me the most felicity was the feeling that I got looking at the audience. They were enjoying every song, every beat, every instrument, essentially every moment of the show. It’s hard for me to explain or show the feeling of satisfaction that I had. But, one thing I can say for sure is the fact that all the hard work and effort that we put in for the event became worthwhile with your cooperation and comments.

I would like to thank you and congratulate you for making Sham-e-Ghazal a distinguished and memorable occasion.

Here are the pictures of the event.

Huma K Siddiqui

President

PAFA 2015

Sham-e-Ghazal - Saturday April 18, 2015 at 6:30 PM in Zionsville. Member Price$20. Dinner Included. Please click on the link below to purchase your event tickets;https://pafaghazal.eventbrite.com

Volunteer Appreciation Day was a big success

Thank you for making the volunteer appreciation day, Feb 21ST 2015, the best and an auspicious event. 

I’m proud and glad to announce that we had one of the highest number of the audience. 

For the first time, adult volunteers were recognized for their hard work, effort with a much deserved award. Also first time, community and corporate sponsors were acknowledged for their generous contributions by awards which were much appreciated. Participant kids were awarded with a certificate that they were thrilled about.

“Kaarma Nation” hypnotized us with their melodious music and exceptional performance. Not only adults but kids also enjoyed the music program as evidenced by the nonstop dancing and singing. Spectators were also entertained by a hilarious skit performed by our well known members. 

Success of an event is judged by the involvement of the patrons and their feedback. I had innumerable positive feedback for the entire function regarding the décor, organization, skit, music and the food which included the hit item “karee”.

I again would like to thank and congratulate you for making this event an outstanding one.

I hope for your continued support and participation in the future events.

Thank You

Huma K Siddiqui

PAFA President 2015 

PAFA Volunteer Appreciation Day 2015

Dear Friends of PAFA,

You and your family are cordially invited to "PAFA Volunteer Appreciation Day" on Saturday, Feb/21/15. Executive Committee of 2015 will be introduced. We will recognize our awesome PAFA volunteers, past leadership and sponsors for their contributions during year 2014.

You will enjoy delicious Pakistani Cuisine followed by a musical concert by very famous Pakistani singer Haider Hassan of band Kaarma Nation. Kaarma Nation reinvents retro music with modern touch. You will be mesmerized by Haider's melodious voice.

EVENT DETAILS;

VENUE: Zionsville Town Hall

1100 W Oak St, Zionsville, IN. 46077

DATE: Saturday, Feb/21/15

TIME: 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM

Members Area

Upcoming Events

Recent Photos

Please note due to limited seating capacity, tickets are sold on first come, first serve basis.

Please click on the link below to purchase your event tickets;

Please hurry, before the event is sold out!

You do not want to miss Haider Hassan (Kaarma Nation band)'s musical concert.

Please see Haider's introduction by clicking the link below.

Welcome to 2015

On behalf of PAFA Executive committee 2015, we would like to wish you and your family a Happy New year. We look forward to another exciting year.

Thanks,

PAFA, Executive committee.. 

LATEST NEWS

Pakistani-American community is extremely shocked, and deeply saddened by this barbaric act of terrorism against innocent children and teachers at a Pakistani School in Peshawar. By latest news accounts, atleast 141 people—132 children plus nine staffers—are dead.

PAFA (Pakistan American Friendship Association) strongly condemns this, and any other heinous and cowardly act of killing innocent people. Unfortunately Pakistan has been victim of terrorism for the past several years. By some accounts Pakistani civilians and forces have lost more than 50,000 lives to these acts of terrorism and violence.

Our hearts are saddened beyond any measure and we offer our condolences to the family and friends of the innocent people who lost their lives. We strongly believe in raising our voice against this or any other atrocity against innocent people. We hope this will be a turning point for the whole nation. We also hope Pakistanis, being the resilient nation they are, will not give in to this ideology of extremism.   

PAFA is planning to hold a prayer vigil for the victims of the Peshawar school attack, on Saturday, Dec 20th, from 11 to 1:00 PM, to honor the lives lost and to show our solidarity and support to the families who fell victim to this terrible acts of violence in Pakistan, and to show we stand with all the victims of terrorism all over the world, and stand against extremism of any kind. 

PAFA's biggest event of the year

PAK-AM Day

Date: Saturday 12/13/2014 - 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Venue: Zionsville West Middle School, Zionsville, IN

World renowned performers, Asad Abbas and Anita Lerche, will be performing. Please hurry up and buy your tickets to ensure a seat.

Tickets can be purchased by using the following link

For more information call Zakir at 317-459-2814

PAK-AM Day corporate Sponsors

Table Tennis Tournament

at Monon Center October 25, 2014

PAFA Table Tennis Tournament was participated by large numbers of members, friends and families. Matches were organized by groups of Men, Women, Boys and Girls. Winners were given trophies and runners up were awarded medals. Participants were served with water, soda, tea and Samosas. Tournament provided a very healthy activity for whole family and offered an opportunity of socializing as well.

Writer's Forum

PAFA is very excited to announce that Mr. Steve Coll has gracefully accepted our invitation to speak with the Community in Indianapolis.

He is currently the Dean of Columbia Journalism School.. He is a former president and CEO of New America Foundation, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker.

He has extensively written on Pakistan and one of his books, Ghost Wars, had earned him a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. This will be a great opportunity for those who are interested in learning about Pakistan and to have an academic discussion about her.  

Here are the details about the event:

The PAFA Writers Forum

When: Saturday, September 6th, 2014, 1:00 PM to 4:00 pm.

Where: Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Library, 250 N 5th St ,Zionsville, IN 46077

Tickets: 

Regular: $10.00 ; Students : $ 5:00 

Purchase your tickets on-line by clicking here

Refreshments: Light snacks and tea will be served

Please email [email protected] or call 317-989-0343.

PAFA - Women Only Chaand Raat.

To celebrate the start of Eid-ul Fitr, PAFA has organized a Women only Chaand Raat.

You are invited to join us for a fun filled evening. Where you will be served with Iftar, Buffet Dinner, dessert, software drinks and Chai.

You will be entertained with dances, songs, DJ Music and much more.

There will be ladies evening outfits available on site for you to make your last minute shopping. Not forgetting Mahdi, Professional Henna tattooing available to compliment your Eid outfit.

Here are the details about the event.

When: Sunday July 27th - 8:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Venue : Zionsville Town Hall, 1100 West Oak Street, Zionsville, IN 46077 

Please register for the event, by clicking on the link below, 

Please note, due to limited seating capacity, we can not guarantee tickets at the door.

If you are not a member, not a problem. You can become one by clicking on the link below,

PAFA Summer Picnic - 2014

We have organized a Community Picnic for your family and friends to enjoy. This will be a great opportunity for you to connect with other community members and make friends. You will be served with delicious food and lot of fun activities for children to enjoy. here are the details about the event,

When : Saturday , June 14th. 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Where: Eagle Creek Park - Mt. Pleasant - South Shelter 


Family

Adult or Kids over 14 years

Kids 14 - 6 years

Kids under 6

Members

$ 30.00

$ 10.00

$ 5.00

Free

Non - members

$ 40.00

$ 15.00

$ 6.00

Free

 Please register for the event 

PAFA - Tax exempt status update.

Congratulations to all friends of PAFA. We are now a 501(c)(3) approved organization. Your contributions and memberships are now tax-exempt as per IRS regulations. We look forward to your continued support.

PAFA 2014- Schedule of Summer events

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Community Picnic

Eagle Creek park.

Saturday, June 14th

Chaand Raat (Women only

Zionsville Town Hall, Zionsville, IN

Sunday, July 27th.

Eid Get-together Dinner

Venue to be decided

Monday, July 28th

Writer's Forum

Steve Coll - Recipient of two Pulitzer Pri4ze Awards

Venue to be decided

Saturday, Sept. 6th

 PAFA 2014 Table Tennis Tournament has been rescheduled. It will now be held on Sat. Dec. 6th. Please stay tuned for future communication. Please feel free to contact us at info.pafaindy.org, if you have any concerns.


Thank you for Joinin PAFA for its New Year Commencement Party

On Feb 1st, the new leadership introduced its self and presented its vision for 2014. Volunteers, past leadership and patrons were recognized for their contributions during 2013. A musical group entertained the attendees with live music and songs, and delicious traditional Pakistani food was served.

The pictures of the event are available in the photos section.

Pak-Am Day 2013 was a Big Success 

Pak-Am Day 2013 was a huge success. More than 336 community members attended the function. Every one enjoyed event activities, which included poster presentation about Pakistan, Cooking Demo, Painting exhibition b, US and pakistani anthems, regional dances, fashion Show, comedy skit, singing, and musical evening. Food and its presentation was great, event decor was very colorful, and overall conduct of event was smooth and inviting. Congressman Andre Carson attended and enjoyed the function. More than 50 community volunteers worked tirelessly for number of weeks to make this evening happen. Hats off to wonderful community members, supporters and patrons who attended this program and left a positive mark of a well integrated community.  

Pak-AM Day 2013 on Sat Nov 2, 2013

Pak-Am Day tickets are sold out. Thank you for supporting your organization 

PAFA Picnic at West Park, Carmel, Aug 24, 2013

PAFA picnic at West Park, Carmel Indiana was a huge success. More than 150 community members attended the picnic. Meet and greet session started with Donuts, fruits and appetizers while music was played in the background. There were games for kids and adults. Most participated was a tug of war, and cricket match. Music program started after lunch. Dr. Nabiha and Dr. Arif played beautiful tunes and songs, everyone enjoyed Pakistani melodies. All participants took part while Pakistan and American national anthem were played by Nabiha, Arif and Maham. Special thanks from PAFA Executive Committee to all volunteers especially to Arif, Nabiha, Khalid, Tahir Virk, Alam, Muzaffar and Jamal to make this event a success. Pictures of the event can be seen in the Photo section.

501-C3 Status for PAFA, July 2013

IRS has approved Tax Exempt status of 501-C3 for PAFA. This is a big achievement for PAFA. This means donations to PAFA are Federal tax exempt now. Many thanks to past and present Executive Committee members who completed different requirements and paper work in this process.

As always, PAFA is thankful to its patrons for their continuous support. We hope being a non-profit organization will help us generate more funds. This is our organization and the funding we generate will help to serve our community in a better manner. 

 PAFA's Dinner for Visiting Pakistani Students at Ball State University, June 28, 2013

PAFA organized a dinner in honor of 40 visiting students and faculty members from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad and Isra University, Hyderabad at Ball State University Indiana under exchange student program. Local community members exchanged views with the visiting members and made an effort to increase cultural understanding between Pakistani and American citizens.

PAFA's Gleaners Food Drive May 11,2013

More than 20 PAFA volunteers participated in sorting out variety of food items and cans at Food Drive by Postal Service at a local post office. Thousands of food items were donated by local communities for food pantries of Indianapolis. It was a good opportunity for PAFA volunteers to mingle with other volunteers from different organizations and with postal employees to serve the local communities.

PAFA Table Tennis Tournament, at Monon Center April 20th, 2013

PAFA Table Tennis Tournament was participated by large numbers of members, friends and families. Matches were organized by groups of Men, Women, Boys and Girls. Winners were given trophies and runners up were awarded medals. Participants were served with water, tea and Samosas. Tournament provided a very healthy activity for whole family and offered an opportunity of socializing as well.   

PAFA participated in 23rd March, function at Pakistan Consulate, Chicago

PAFA Executive Committee represented PAFA on the invitation of Consular General of Pakistan at Chicago. It was a well organized function largely attended by Pakistani Community members in MidWest region. Consular General appreciated the efforts of PAFA civic involvement in establishing better image of Pakistan among the local community.  

PAFA Writer's Forum Sunday Feb 10th, 2013 

PAFA Writer's Forum was attended by large number of community members. It was organized at Pyramid Buildings, Indianapolis. Rafia Zakria gave presentation was based upon research and first hand knowledge of the ever evolving geo-political environment of Pakistan. Presentation was followed by open question-answer session, which high lighted perspective from different views. Light tea and snacks were served after the presentation. 

Dear Friends of Pakistan:

Greetings,

We hope you have had a great start to the New Year. PAFA executive committee and members are all looking forward to a vibrant and productive year ahead. We will like to take this opportunity to invite you to The Writer’s Forum, the first PAFA event of 2013.

We are very lucky to have Ms. Rafia Zakaria as the speaker at The Writer’s Forum. As most of you are well aware, Rafia has written extensively on many topics. Her areas of interest are human rights. She is on the Board of Directors at Amnesty International, USA. She is also a regular columnist at The Dawn, a leading newspaper in Pakistan. In addition, she is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Theory/Comparative Politics at Indiana University. Rafia frequently visits Pakistan and has first hand knowledge of the ever-evolving geopolitical environment of Pakistan. She is also very conversant with the changing political climate in the USA. This is a great opportunity to learn and have a great discussion about obvious and inadvertent potential consequences of impending US departure from Afghanistan and its effects on Pakistan

Details are as under.

The Writers Forum

Topic: American Departure from Afghanistan – Regional Effects

Date: Sunday, February 10th, 2013, 3 to 5 pm.

Venue: 3500 DePauw Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46268. Pyramid three, Lower Level Conference Room (A&B).

Tickets: $5 for PAFA members.

              $10 for non-members

              Free for students

Refreshments: Light snacks and tea will be served

Please RSVP by Feb 8, 2013. Please email [email protected] or call 317-674-6500.

Please plan to attend and also invite your friends and colleagues. Looking forward to seeing you.

Best Regards,

PAFA Executive Committee

PAFA's Wheeler Mission Participation Dec 31, 2012

PAFA volunteers participated in Wheeler Mission at Indianpolis and

participated in distribution of food to people at shelter.

PAFA 2nd PAK-AM DAY (PAKISTAN-AMERICAN DAY) 

PAFA organized 2nd PAK-AM DAY on September 8, 2012. The event was a huge

success and more than 500 community members participated colorful program

which included national anthems of America and Pakistan, traditional wedding

ceremony, cooking demo, exhibits, short documentaries, regional dances, bazar,

songs, browsing library, visual slides show, Hina, picture studio, followed by tasty

authentic cuisine along with musical program. All the participants appreciated

and enjoyed the evening. Please visit glimpses of program in the recent photos.

 PAFA's Gleaner food drive May12, 2012

 About 20 PAFA volunteers helped the postal service in Indianapolis unload and organize thousands of food items donated for food pantries in Indianapolis. It was a good show of care and support for the community. Pictures of the event can be seen here

PAFA's first general body meeting for 2012 and Pakistan day picnic was held on April 15, 2012

 About 100 people participated on a nice sunny day. We had fun activities like Tug of War, sack race and cricket. Food was catered from Bombay Bazar. Pictures of the event can be seen here. Next general body meeting and picnic will be on June 9, 2012. Please make an effort to participate.

 PAFA distribution of Care Kits to Tornado Victims of Henryville Indiana, March 2012

 PAFA team members visited tornado hit areas of Henryville Indiana, met with local community members and local Church staff who are managing relief efforts with the help of United Way America. PAFA donated more than100 Care Kits to the local community by raising around $1100 from PAFA community members.

PAFA Volunteer Party

More than 50 PAFA volunteers got togather on March 3rd, 2012 to celebrate their accomplishments in 2011. Pictures will be posted soon.

2011 PAFA Annual Report.

Click here to view the report.

2011 PAFA Financial Statement.

Click here to view the statement.

PAFA Executive Committee for 2013.

  • Tahir Mahmood - President

• Zakir Akbar - President Elect

• Atif Baloch - General Secretary

Ayesha Ahmad – Treasurer

• Zahoor Waseem - President 2012

Writer's Fourm Videos are now available in the Video Section

 Writer's forum, October 22nd 2011.

PAFA organized an interactive discussion with leading book authors and journalist Ethan Casey and Rafia Zakaria on October 22nd. More than 50 people attended this event. The topic of the discussion was "Is Pakistan a problem that needs to be resolved".

Many thanks to the volunteers, participants and the speakers.

Click here to see the pictures of the event. Video of the speeches and Question and Answer session will be posted soon.

PAFA participated again in 2011 at the annual

Pedal for Peace Gala

In 2011 Pedal for Peace supported Interfaith Hunger Initiative which supports Gleaners Food Bank &Global Interfaith Partnership's Umoja Project.

October 1, 2011 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM at Major Taylor Velodrome, 3649 Cold Spring Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46222

PAFA General Body Meeting

When: Sunday September 25th at 5pm.

Where: Roy G Holland Memorial Park in Fishers.11650 Holland Drive Fishers, IN (map)

Agenda:

  • Overview of PAFA activities 2011 (to date and for the remainder of the year)
  • Feedback on PAFA Constitution Amendments.
  • Financial update. Income and expenditures. (to date and for the remainder of the year)
  • Membership drive. (Attendees feedback on what can be done to motivate people to pay yearly dues).
  • PAFA’s registration as 5013-C organization.
  • Communication Standards for PAFA e-mails, website, and face book page.
  • Tea and meetings conclusion.

PAFA Annual Picnic

On the afternoon of Sunday, September 18th, 2011 around 200 individuals gathered at the Roy G Holland Memorial Park in Fishers for PAFA annual Picnic.

Activities included BBQ meal, music, Cricket, Sack Races, play area for kids, face painting and Pithu. People enjoyed all of these activities but Pithu got the most attention.

Event pictures can be seen here.

Many thanks to Ayesha Ahmad, Dr. Arif Nazir, Dr. Asif Ansari, Dr. Saeeda Khairi, Dr. Talha Idrees, Dr. Zahoor Waseem, Hamid Ahmad, Muzaffar Ahmad, Tehniyet Hussain, Tim Irwin, Uniqah Muzaffar and Walia Hassan for making this event a success.

Pakistan American (PAK-AM) Day

PAK-AM Day was a great success. Around 500 attended this event and had a great time.

Some highlights included cooking demos, poster display, book stall, music and documentary shows, fashion show, live music, Pakistani buffet, trivia about Pakistan and USA, a mock Pakistani wedding and more.

PAFA humbly thanks all who volunteered their time, talents, and contributions. A special thanks to St. Luke's UMC for hosting the event at their facility and many thanks to all that attended.

Photos and videos have been uploaded to the PAK-AM Day 16July2011 photo album. If you have PAK-AM Day pictures you wish to share please feel free to upload them to our album.

Helping Tornado victims in the Midwest

 PAFA raised over $1125 dollars for disaster relief for the tornado event. On Memorial Day, May 30th more than 10 PAFA volunteers assembled 100 care kits that were sent to Hearts to Hearts international to get distributed to our fellow Americans affected by the recent Tornadoes in the Midwest.

Many thanks to Walia for organizing this event and to all the donors and volunteers for their participation. Please take a gander at our pictures.

The Gleaners Food Drive was a SUCCESS!!!!

PAFA's team was complimented a number of times for their speed and ability to unload and sort the numerous deliveries that came throughout the day. Team PAFA had the "CAN" do effort. Many Thanks to all the people that helped make this year's Gleaners Food Drive event a success. Please check out our photos.

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