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Anarkali’s Impressive Hollywood Debut


October 04, 2004. Pakistan Link

Los Angeles: A vivid proof of the growing ascendancy of Pakistanis, particularly those who have made the USA their home, was furnished on September 18 at the glittering Spartacus set of Universal Studios, Hollywood.

L to R: Najeeb Ghauri, Farrokh Captain, Aiesha Ghauri, Zia Mohyeuddin and Noor Mohammed Jadmani


The occasion was the enactment of the musical extravaganza Anarkali under the auspices of the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD), the Pakistan Human Development Fund (PHDF) and the United Nations Development Program. The play was staged in Hollywood to raise funds for NCHD/PHDF’s multifarious programs in Pakistan.

NCHD is the poverty alleviation implementing arm of the PHDF chaired by Farrokh Captain.

Thanks to the untiring strivings of Dr Nasim Ashraf, Minister of State and Chairman of the Commission, NCHD has begun to impact the life of the less fortunate segments of Pakistan’s population. In a short span of time - barely two years - NCHD’s projects in the fields of universal primary education, adult literacy, primary healthcare, volunteerism and social mobilization, micro-enterprise for poverty reduction and capacity building at the grassroots, have begun to crystallize to breed optimism that the haves-not in Pakistan would share the fruits of development in the not too distant future.

The Host Committee responsible for staging the play in Los Angeles proved equal to the task. Its members seemed to share the zeal and zest of Dr Nasim Ashraf. They made arrangements to absolute perfection. Comprising Consul General N.M.. Jadmani, LA Mayor ames K. Hahn,


Scene from the play Anarkali

Dr. Nasim Ashraf and Pervaiz Lodhie

J LA County Sheriff Leroy D. Baca, Chief of Police William J. Bratton, CEO Ledtronics Pervaiz Lodhie, Chairman Netsol Najeeb Ghauri, President Geo-Etka Ahmed Ali, Mrs Almas Lodhie, Mrs Aiesha Ghauri, Saeedullah Khan Paracha, Ghazala Khan, and Dr Muhammad Akmal, the host Committee worked assiduously to plan and execute what might have sounded trivial details and deserve the best superlatives for their untiring efforts.



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