KARACHI: The Deputy High Commissioner of Bangladesh, Ruhulameen Siddiq, and his wife Sarah, hosted an exclusive function at their residence to celebrate the beginning of the Bengali New Year 1420.
The Bengali Calendar originated 1420 years ago under the aegis of the visionary and culturally innovative Moghul Emperor Akber in 1593. Every year it is celebrated by the Bengali people with great festivity.
The venue was decorated with symbols of Bangla art and craft; Bengali national songs in the mellifluous voice of Sabeen Yasmeen and the aroma of ‘Hilsha’ fish, Panta Bhaat, Baigun Bhaja, Payesh and other delicacies of Bangla cuisine made the environment very festive. The Deputy High Commissioner attired in “kurta pyjama’ welcomed the guests and thanked them for their good wishes. In true spirit of diplomacy, the Deputy High Commissioner promoted Bangla–Pakistani friendship by arranging a fusion of Sindhi ‘Dhol’ accompaniment to Bangla songs sung live by Rina and Abdul Haleem.
The event was well attended. Among the guests were Mosharrof Hossain, CEO of ASA Pakistan with some other ASA staff members. ASA has been working on a goodwill mission in Pakistan, across Sindh and Punjab. It has 17 offices in Karachi, 60 offices across poorest areas of Sindh and similarly 40 in Punjab.
The aim of ASA is to provide free of service-charge short-term micro loans, ideas and professional guidance to the very poor to set up micro farming enterprises, and economically empowering women from the lowest rung of the society to make them self-reliant independent earners.
The guests included Chairman Law Foundation, Chief Justice Retd Saeeduzzaman Siddiqui and his gynaecologist wife Dr Ashraf Siddiqui, Chairman JS Investment Air Commodore Retd Munawar Alam Siddiqui, Barrister Abubakar I. Chundrigar, the son of Pakistan’s past PM II Chundrigar, Jam Farooq, and several prosperous professionals and businessmen Pakistanis of Bangla origin.