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Pakistan Engineers Forum Grand Finale

It has all the ingredients of a successful Grand Finale: excitement and entertainment, active participation of lively audience, shower of gifts and mementos, some serious deliberations and thought-provoking speeches, followed by a majestic dinner in the royal tent of a local hotel. The program was organized by the outgoing executive committee (EXCOM) of Pakistan Engineers Forum (PEF), was graced by HE MSA Khanzada, the ambassador of Pakistan to Qatar, and well-attended by PEF members, their families and the guests from the community. he program started with the outgoing President Nadeem Bashir summarizing PEF achievements in their 2-year tenure. He highlighted the extraordinary support, in cash and kind, extended by PEF to flood relief efforts in Pakistan last year. He also presented the list of technical sessions that were successfully conducted by PEF during 2009-2011 in line with the PEF objective of disseminating information and knowledge to fellow engineers in the community. He was bold enough to highlight the disappointments during his tenure: not able to set up a model village using renewable energy, family get-together, etc.This was followed by an exciting quiz that stirred life into otherwise quite audience. The national theme of the quiz is very much appreciated by the participants. Next, a number of launching ceremonies took place. These included launching of a professionally revamped PEF website, the robotic club and its first winning team that received awards from HE in a huge roar of applause. The launching session ended with a ribbon cutting ceremony of an impressive PEF souvenir by HE. Another exciting item that broke the seriousness of the occasion was the poetry competition (biat-bazee). It was very entertaining, and almost everyone participated with verses on the topics they picked up from the lucky draw. The mode of the get-together changed to a General Body when a new EXCOM selection was announced with general consent from the membership. The new EXCOM will be lead by Badar Sohail, who had been the PEF president in the past and was instrumental in elevating PEF to its current heights. The final item of the Grand Finale was the closing remarks by HE. A number of thought-provoking, but equally pragmatic, suggestions were made by HE for the new EXCOM. The program ended with a series of acknowledgements by PEF to all those who extended their support in making 2009-2011 a very successful years, not just for PEF but, for the entire community