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Pakistan Cultural Garden serving the community

For some time the Pakistan Cultural Garden has been wanting to get involved in serving the community. Last week president Malka Khan took the initiative and contacted a few places and chose St Herman Homeless shelter.

St Herman Homeless shelter sign

They took dinner for 140 people to St Herman Homeless shelter on January 18th.

Pakistan Cultural Garden group feeding the homeless

Pakistan Cultural Garden group feeding the homeless

Qaisra Haider said "It was a great learning experience for us to learn about St Herman of Alaska the Patron Saint of this Shelter. How it was started. The many transitions it went through. Once again you go somewhere to help people and in reality it is you that has come out being educated.


Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day

The Cleveland Pakistani community was out in full force at the 73rd annual One World Day on the site of the upcoming Pakistan Cultural Garden. There was music, dancing, entertainment, food and fun as members of the Pakistani community shared their culture with thousands of visitors to One World Day.

Madiha Qureshi playing the dhol

Madiha Qureshi playing the dhol

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Pakistani Community in Parade of Flags

One of the highlights of the 73rd annual One World Day was the annual Parade of Flags. The Parade units gathered in the Polish Garden and marched down East Blvd and turned down the hill by the Italian Garden to MLK Blvd. They then proceeded to the Syrian Garden where co-MC Sheila Murphy Crawford and Chris Tanaka announced the groups.

Pakistani community in the Parade of Flags at One World Day

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Dr. Mansoor Ahmed honored by Cleveland American Middle East Organization

Mansoor Ahmed, MD, FAASM is director of Cleveland Speech Center and Research. Born in Pakistan, Dr. Mansoor was repeatedly refused a US Visa and finally went to Canada for more education and then made it to the US after 14 years of trying. Dr. Mansoor was honored with the Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) community service award. He was introduced by Murat Gurer from the Turkish community and presented with a proclamation from Cleveland City Council by Jasmim Santana.

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Pakistani Cultural Garden at One World Day

Though the Pakistani Cultural Garden is still in the planning and fund-raising phase, the Cleveland Pakistani community was out in full force at the 72nd annual One World Day.

Members of the community marched in the annual Parade of Flags.

Pakistani Garden in One World Day Parade of Flags

Later at the site of the Pakistani Garden there was food, music, games for kids, information and lots of fun.

Pakistani Cultural Garden on One World Day

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Cleveland American Middle East Organization 47th anniversary

The Cleveland American Middle East Organization (CAMEO) is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian political action organization established in 1970. They celebrated their 47th anniversary and induction of new officers at a dinner event at St. Elias Cultural Center.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and CAMEO Board

CAMEO President Pierre Bejjani surprised board member and Pakistani community member Dr. Mansour Ahmed with a birthday cake and the crowd sang Happy Birthday. Dr. Mansour then made remarks.

Pierre Bejjani and Dr. Mansoor Ahmed

Pierre Bejjani and Dr. Mansoor Ahmed

Pierre Bejjani and Dr. Mansoor Ahmed

Cake for Dr. Mansoor Ahmed

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Pakistan History and Culture

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The Indus Valley civilization, one of the oldest in the world and dating back at least 5,000 years, spread over much of what is presently Pakistan. During the second millennium B.C., remnants of this culture fused with the migrating Indo-Aryan peoples. The area underwent successive invasions in subsequent centuries from the Persians, Greeks, Scythians, Arabs (who brought Islam), Afghans, and Turks.

The Mughal Empire flourished in the 16th and 17th centuries; the British came to dominate the region in the 18th century. The separation in 1947 of British India into the Muslim state of Pakistan (with West and East sections) and largely Hindu India was never satisfactorily resolved, and India and Pakistan fought two wars and a limited conflict - in 1947-48, 1965, and 1999 respectively - over the disputed Kashmir territory.

A third war between these countries in 1971 - in which India capitalized on Islamabad's marginalization of Bengalis in Pakistani politics - resulted in East Pakistan becoming the separate nation of Bangladesh. In response to Indian nuclear weapons testing, Pakistan conducted its own tests in mid-1998. India-Pakistan relations improved in the mid-2000s but have been rocky since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks and have been further strained by attacks in India by militants suspected of being backed by Pakistan.

Nawaz SHARIF took office as prime minister in 2013, marking the first time in Pakistani history that a democratically elected government completed a full term and transitioned to a successive democratically elected government. Following a series of bomb and suicide attacks by the Tehrik-e Pakistan Taliban (TTP) begun in 2007, the Pakistan Government and TTP representatives agreed to a cease-fire in early 2014. However, by mid-year 2014 the talks collapsed and the TTP resumed attack plotting against Pakistani targets.

(From the CIA World Factbook)

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