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• Cancellation of Ramadan Bazaar

 We regret to inform you that the  Annual Ramadan Bazaar  which was to be held on Saturday, 25th June 2016 at the  EXCELLENCY RECEPTION  HALL, under the guidance of Chairperson Mrs. www.pdfstreet.com  Nawaziya Farook  was cancelled due to the flood situation in the country.

Inshallah we will have our Ramadaan Bazaar in 2017.

 
• Annual Ifthar 2016

 The Annual Ifthar   under theChairmanship of  Dr. Yasmin Fazli  will be held on 15th June 2016 at the Hilton Colombo and the rate per head is Rs.2000/-

Please participate with your family and make this event a success.

Please confirm your participation by contacting Dr. Yasmin Fazli – 0772619146,  Mr. Rizwi Ismail:0777288086.

Reservations together with payment must be paid on or before 12th June 2016.

 
• FORTHCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES - CIRCULAR

  

 
Dear Members,
 
We are happy to issue this circular to keep you abreast of news and information from your Association about the various projects and events which we have planned out for the rest of this Year.
 
CHANGE OF NAME:
 
Our Association has been functioning for the last Six decades as the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association. However, with the international focus on relations between countries changing from a merely friendship base to a more advantageous Trade & Investment focus thus commercially and economically benefitting nations, which really is Key in today’s context, we brought in a name change in December 2015. We are now known as the    SRI LANKA PAKISTAN FRIENDSHIP, TRADE & INVESTMENT ASSOCIATION.
 
We will liaise with, and be the sole focal point, with the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka, High Commission of Sri Lanka in Pakistan, State Agencies in both Sri Lanka & Pakistan and the Business Leaders, Professionals, Intellectuals, Educationists and Cultural Experts and every other stakeholder interested and wanting to forge greater ties of friendship, commerce, etc between our two friendly nations and our two peoples. 
 
FLOOD RELIEF
 
We wish to convey our sympathies towards the friends and families who were affected by the recent flood in the country. Our Prayers are with all of you in this hour of grief and sadness.
 
The Association has pledged to support the flood victims with meaningful aid and our Flood Relief Fund has grown to close to Rs. 3.5 Million as of today with more pledges that would take us to more that Rs. 5 Million. We thank all our Benefactors and appeal to our Members, Well Wishers and other friends to contribute generously to our Fund. We have taken a policy decision not to donate food stuff and other necessities as there has been a glut of such donations from well meaning citizens of our country and we hope to engage in a well planned rehabilitation programme that would help rehabilitate household affected badly by this national calamity.
 
The Executive Committee members will visit the flood affected areas to get first hand information and select the households to help with our aid.
 
 ANNUAL MASTER QUIZ CONTEST
 
The Education & Cultural Activities Committee will be holding the Annual Master Quiz Contest organized by the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Trade & Investment Association in collaboration with the High Commission of Pakistan in Sri Lanka on Sunday 5th June 2016 at 10.00 a.m. at the King’s Court, Cinnamon Lake Side Hotel. 
 
Tickets are priced at Rs. 2000/- for Adults and Rs. 1000/- for children under 10 years inclusive of Brunch and participation. 
 Several attractive Table Prizes are on Offer.
Nett proceeds are in aid of education related social responsibility projects of the Association. 
The questions in the Master Quiz Competition will be related to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, World Affairs, General Knowledge, Science & Technology and Sports among other topics. 
 
Nine days more for the event and we will not sell tickets at the entrance, please contact the following personnel and get your tickets early.
 
Mr. Daud Ehtisham : 0727300077 , Mr. Rizwi Ismail:0777288086 
Ms.Rizvia Moulana : 0777684246,  Ms.Sarah Afker:0775206209
 

ANNUAL RAMAZAN BAZAAR
 
We regret to inform you that the  Annual Ramadan Bazaar  which was to be held on Saturday, 25th June 2016 at the  EXCELLENCY RECEPTION  HALL, under the guidance of Chairperson Mrs. Nawaziya Farook  was cancelled due to the flood situation in the country. 
Inshallah we will have our Ramadaan Bazaar in 2017.
 
 
 ANNUAL IFTHAR  
 
The Annual Ifthar   under the guidance of Chairperson Dr. Yasmin Fazli  will be held on 15th June 2016 at the Hilton Colombo and the rate per head is Rs.2000/- 
Please participate with your family and make this event a success.
Please confirm your participation by contacting Dr. Yasmin Fazli – 0772619146,  Mr. Rizwi Ismail:0777288086 IMMEDIATELY. Do not delay your confirmation.
 
SEMINAR/WORKSHOP ON FTA BETWEEN  PAKISTAN &  SRI LANKA 
 
The Trade and Investment Committee under the guidance of Chairman and President of our Association, Mr. Ifthikhar Aziz is organising a Seminar/Workshop on the FTA between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
It will be a full day program  held at the Sports Ministry Auditorium , Colombo 07 on Tuesday, 26th July 2016 from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm.
 
This workshop would highlight on the benefits of the FTA, its Objectives and to create an awareness. A delegation from Pakistan consisting about 50 leading Businessmen will participate at this Seminar. Resource Personnel from Pakistan and Sri Lanka will be sharing their expertise, experiences, advice and their knowledge on the FTA with the participants. This is a good opportunity to meet new business entrepreneurs. The internationally acclaimed Economist Dr Indrajit Coomarswamy will be a Resource Person cum Guest Speaker  at this very important Seminar.
 
A Q&A session too would be included in the agenda, so as to clear if any doubts on matters for the delegation from Pakistan and other attendees.
 
The Association established the parallel organization in Pakistan and the delegation from the organization too will participate and a MOU will be signed by the two Associations at Colombo.
 
The Association has considered issuing of Free Entrance Tickets for 150 Members under the General Membership. The seats will be reserved on a first come first served basis. To obtain your free tickets, please confirm your participation by email to the below given email address: slpftia@gmail.com, ifthikhar.aziz@gmail.com, sarahafker@gmail.com. Entrance shall be by Invitation Card ONLY which shall be issued AFTER receipt of your written confirmation to participate.
 
WE regret that no one without a valid Invitation Card will be admitted.
 
The closing date for receipt of application for participation will be 05th July 2016, late entries will not be entertained.
 
 
 
QAWWALI SHOW
 
We have also organised a Qawwali Show and it will be held on Saturday, 27th August 2016 at the  Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel ,Colombo 02 with dinner.
 
Abdullah Niazi Qawwal is an internationally renowned Pakistani Qawwal. His performance style is steeped in Amir Khusro's Kalaam (verses) and has a rigorous classicism. He has released many CDs and DVDs and had recorded qawwali's on ARY Qtv channel and on Pakistan Television Corporation channel. He has recorded and performed in various foreign capitals as well. 
Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a wonderful night of Qawwali music & Gazals with your family and friends. Tickets are reasonably priced at  Rs. 12,500/-, Rs. 10,000/- and Rs. 7,500/-. Limited number of tickets will be sold and purchase your tickets very early to avoid disappointment.
 
 
ANNUAL SPORTS GALA
 
The Sports and Welfare Committee under the guidance of Chairperson Dr. M.G.M.S. Zurfick  is organising the Annual Sports Gala and the date, venue will be notified in due course. 
The Committee  expects all members to participate with their families in the various sports and activities.
 

JINNAH SCHOLARSHIPS 2016  
 
The High Commission of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Sri Lanka invites applications for award of Jinnah Scholarship from deserving Sri Lankan students pursuing their studies at O’ Levels and A Levels.
 
The Government of Pakistan is awarding Jinnah Scholarships for Sri Lanka O/A level students for past 11 years through its High Commission in Sri Lanka.
 
The application forms may be collected from the High Commission located at 42 & 44 Bullers Lane, Colombo 7. The forms can also be downloaded from the official website of the High Commission www.pakistanhc.lk. The Last date for receipt of applications is 31st May 2016.
 
STATE VISIT OF PRIME MINISTER OF PAKISTAN  
 
The Association was very closely associated with the State Visit of His Excellency Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to Sri Lanka in the first week of January this year. The High Commission of Pakistan very kindly involved our Exco in the various events connected with his visit. Your Association gifted him a very attractive Plaque to commemorate his visit and also gifted Ten Corneas as a goodwill gesture to the people of Pakistan. PM Sharif was highly appreciative of this noble gesture and stated that its value cannot be quantified in rupees and cents.
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister His Excellency Ranil Wickremasinghe and several Cabinet Ministers were present at this ceremony. Several MOU's on Trade & Investment between Business Leaders of both countries were also signed.
A Breakfast Meeting with the PM was also arranged to promote further interaction between the Official Pakistani Delegation and the Sri Lankan counterparts.
 
SINGLE COUNTRY EXHIBITION AND TRADE FAIR
 
The Pakistan Single Country Exhibition and Trade Fair was held very successfully from 15th to 18th January with 125 leading Pakistani companies participating. Our Association also played a pivotal role in this hugely popular Trade Fair that our efforts were recognised and rewarded by The Pakistan High Commission who offered us two trade stalls on a gratis basis to promote our Association and its Objectives.
This Trade Fair was an eye opener to the Sri Lankan consumer and to our Businessmen about vast potential and huge opportunities that are available for developing trade and investment between our two nations. Our Association remains committed in this regard.
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STATE VISIT OF THE PRESIDENT OF PAKISTAN
 
His Excellency President Mamoon Hussain, President of Pakistan paid a two day State Visit early this year and we played our role very responsibly during this visit as well.
   
 

KASHMIR DAY
 
The Association rallied round the oppressed people of Kashmir by staging a peaceful protest outside the UN Office in Colombo.
TEXPO EXHIBITION
Our President, Mr.Ifthikhar Aziz was invited to join a Delegation led by Hon. Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Commerce and Industry for the very popular TEXPO Exhibition organised by the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan in Karachi in April this year.

MOU'S SIGNED BY THE ASSOCIATION 
 
We signed two MOU's with the Prestigious Preston University of Islamabad and the Society of Civilisations also in Islamabad, to further promote educational, cultural and social relations between our Organisations. 
APPRECIATION
 
I wish to thank His Excellency High Commissioner Maj.Gen (R) Shakeel Hussain for the fullest support and co-operation he always extends our Association, Deputy  High  Commissioner Dr. Sarfraz Ahmad Sipra, who has been our source of  strength and encouragement  and Diplomats  Mr. Hasan Zaigham, .Mr. Daud Ehtisham,  Col. Rajil, Mr. Anjum Farooq and  Mr. Shehryar Malik for being there for us at all times.
 
Our rapport with the Pakistan High Commission has been very close and based on a mutual understanding and friendship, key elements that motivate us to give of our time willingly to promote better ties between our two brotherly nations.
 
I also wish to place on record the unstinted support and encouragement I receive from my Executive Committee, which I value and appreciate very much.
 
MEMBER PARTICIPATION:
 
It is necessary that our members participate in our various activities and events. It is only then the full benefits of membership can be realized. Please encourage your friends and business contacts to join our Association.
 
Please give us your comments, views and suggestions as to how we may serve you better. This is essentially a two-way relationship and we welcome your inputs and also update us with your latest communication details viz; postal address, email and mobile numbers, to add onto our Email Group and the Whatsapp Group.
 
Mrs. Rizvia Moulana has joined our Association as our Admin. Secretary. She has been given the task of coordinating our activities so as to bring in more professionalism and greater efficiency in our day to day activities. Clarifications and other queries, you may contact her on: 0777684246, slpftia@gmail.com.
 
Our Interactive WEBSITE:
Please access our Website  www.slpfa.org regularly to keep abreast of information pertaining to the Association.
Incidentally, we are also on Facebook too. Join our FB Page-Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association.
 
I extend a warm invitation and request to our members to rally round our recently energized Association and contribute towards its greater success.
 
Thanks & Best Regards,
Ifthikhar Aziz
President
+94777388574
Ifthikhar.aziz@gmail.com

 
• Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association holds a Memorable Fund Raising Master Quiz Competition

The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association (SLPAFA) in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka organized a fun-filled Fund Raising Friendship Evening recently at the Grand Oriental Hotel, Fort, Colombo 1.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was the rolex replica spouse of Pakistan's High Commissioner to Sri Lanka H.E Qasim Qureshi. The event was also attended by a large number of distinguished personalities including Former Army Commander and Ambassador General Sri Laal Weerasooria, who is the current President of Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association.

The event started with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the Chief Guest Mrs Qasim Qureshi along with the Vice Patron of the Association, Gen Gerry De Silva, President SLPFA, General Srilal Weerasooriya, Project Chairman Ifthikhar Aziz, Secretary Fazal Lafir, Chairman Events Aamir Zubair and other dignitaries. This was followed by the welcome address by Ptoject Chairman & Imm. Past President, Mr. Ifthikhar Aziz.

The event featured an exciting and interesting Master Quiz Competition in which participants contested as teams. The questions in the Master Quiz Competition were related to Sri Lanka, Pakistan, World Affairs, General Knowledge, Science & Technology, among other subjects.

At the conclusion of the event the chief guest Mrs Qasim Qureshi distributed prizes to 3 top scoring teams. The proceeds from the event will be channeled towards many welfare projects of the Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association.

The Sri Lanka Pakistan Friendship Association is one of the oldest Friendship Association of Sri Lanka which was established 62 years back in 1950. The Association has been able to establish itself as a useful platform, dedicated to the promotion of bilateral relationship and friendship between Pakistan and Sri Lanka. This relationship is not restricted to any one area or field, but it encompasses every aspect of bilateral cooperation i.e. people to people contacts, culture, education, health, etc.

The Association is endeavoring to promote cultures and watchesup.me.uk traditions of both nations by supporting and encouraging cultural exchanges, celebrating events of national importance of both nations like National Days, Independence Days, etc. The SLPAFA also promotes various social welfare and fund raising activities, student exchanges and encourages students to obtain admissions into the recognized learning institutions for higher studies in Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 
• Launch of Website

The re-launch of our replica omega Website is scheduled for Monday, 30th September 2013 at the High Commission premises. replica watches Website will be launched by HE QAsim Qureshi, High Commissioner for Pakistan.

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