CANPAK HONOURS LEGENDARY
BOOK `FAIZ FAHMI’ LAUNCHED
TORONTO: The Canpak Chamber of Commerce celebrated 100 years of
Faiz Ahmed Faiz on July 22, 2011, at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites
The event was one of the best organized by the Canpak. About
100-120 persons were expected but almost two hundred people attended the
function, most of them leading and distinguished personalities along with
families comprising intellectuals, poets, community leaders and social
Even till the last moment, the hotel people were seen busy making
sitting arrangements. Dinner was served at the end of the program and
covered all the two hundred guests. There was no panic or mismanagement.
Everything was very well managed and went smoothly, despite the sudden
great rush. The audience enjoyed very much every bit of the excellent
The tremendous attraction and rush was due to the presence of large
number of Great Literary Figures of the Urdu World including Dr Taghi
Abedi, Bedar Bakht, Col. Anwar Ahmed, Syed Iftikhar Haider, Athar Rizvi.
The world renowned legends were:
Prof Dr Gopi Chand Narang, Emeritus Professor, University of Delhi
(www.gopichandnarang.com). Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Kewal Dheer, Chairman,
Sahir Cultural Academy, Ludhiana, India (www.sahirculturalacademy.com.
The important dignitaries present on the occasion included Syed
Akbar Ali Shah and Imran Ali of Pakistan Consulate in Toronto, Frank Klees,
MPP, and Ms. Yasmine Ratansi
PROF G. C. NARANG: Prof Dr Gopi Chand Narang, who casts magic on
and causes pin drop silence when he speaks, said: “Delhi once used to be
the excellence centre of Urdu poetry and intellectual activities and
Toronto enjoys that great position and status today. I am greatly
impressed. There are so many standard class intellectuals and poet.”
“There are so many supporters involved in promotion of Urdu in Canada
but in order to promote Urdu and poetry in the real sense we need serious
and committed people. This way Urdu can flourish properly. Canada,
particularly Toronto, has tremendous talent and can produce greats and
legends. Fortunately, Toronto is a centre of excellence.”
Prof Gopi Chand Narang, Dr Kewal Dheer, Bedar Bakht, Col Anwar
Ahmed and others threw light on Faiz Ahmed Faiz, his life and tremendous
achievements. He was compared with other distinguished poets and
intellectuals of South Asia. He was termed as one of the greats.
Prof Narang said: “Faiz Ahmed Faiz was a distinguished poet of
peace and love, known for his charm and excellence of poetry. In a world
full of turmoil and conflict, Faiz’s message of human brotherhood,
equality and social justice is all the more important.”
FAIZ AHMED FAIZ: Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911–1984) was a Pakistani
intellectual, poet and one of the most famous poets of the Urdu language.
He was a member of the Anjuman Tarraqi Pasand Mussanafin-e-Hind (All India
Progressive Writers' Movement) and an avowed Marxist. In 1962, he was
awarded the Lenin Peace Prize by the Soviet Union.
His major works include:
Mere Dil Mere Musafir.
All these have been combined as one book Nuskha Haa-e-Wafa. Faiz
Ahmad Faiz's poetry has been translated into many languages, including
English and Russian.
DR TAGHI ABEDI: Prof Gopi Chand Narang and others also highly
praised the tremendous interest, efforts and marvellous achievements of
renowned scholar Dr Taghi Abedi.
Gopi said: “Dr. Taghi Abedi’s magnum opus, “Faiz Fahmi”, is
a book of encyclopaedic dimensions on Faiz Ahmed Faiz. It contains over
hundred articles, mostly by Dr Abedi, and will greatly help people and
academic institutions interested in Faiz Ahmed Faiz and his works.”
Dr Taghi Abedi seriously devotes most of his life and time in doing
literary researches. There is a big library in his house where the
collection is extremely precious, remarkable, unique and antique. Canada
is really very fortunate to have such a great personality in Toronto. He
has dedicated his life to research work.
His wife always stands by his side and extends him great support in
his research works. He acknowledged this in the event and thanked her for
all she does for him and the family.
Same is the case with Dr Shahid Hashmi who openly keeps thanking
and praising his better
half, Seema Hashmi, and the family members, particularly his eldest son
Sohabe Hashmi, for the great help and support.
Dr Taghi Abedi, whose conversations and lectures have great depth,
are very informative, interesting, based on great research and full of
knowledge, highlighted the need for a book like `Faiz Fahmi’ in order to
understand the great personality and his tremendous contributions and
FRANK KLEES: Frank Klees, MPP, highly praised the efforts and
contributions of Dr. Shahid Hashmi and his family in building bridges and
promoting values. He was proud of the close relationship he has with this
Recognizing Canpak Chamber of Commerce’s contributions to Ontario
and Canada, Frank Klees said: “I keep meeting Pakistanis and found them
very nice and one of the best people. They are contributing tremendously
and making both Canada and the Pakistani community proud. This is what I
have seen and experienced after meeting Pakistani friends.”
Frank said: “We must celebrate who we are and not forget from
where we are.”
DR SHAHID HASHMI: Dr Shahid Hashmi, Chairman, Canpak Chamber of
Commerce, in his welcome address, thanked the audience for attending in
great numbers and making the event highly successful and really memorable.
In his message in the souvenir published on the occasion, Dr Shahid
“This year the Canada Day event is a tribute to 100 years of the
late Faiz Ahmed Faiz recognizing his renowned poetry. We also take great
pleasure to launch Dr. Taghi Abedi’s Book “Faiz Fahmi”, a remarkable
“It is a true honour to have Professor Dr. Gopi Chand Narang, Dr.
and Dr. Taghi Abedi’s presence in this event. I am always thankful
MP Mr. Jim Karygiannis, MPP Mr. Frank Klees, Deputy Mayor Mr. Rick
Chief Armand La Barge (Ret’d), Chief William Blair, and our team
their encouragement and support.
“I would also like to extend a special thank to Professor
Akhtarul Wasey. It is impossible to have these events without the
cooperation and efforts of my children and my better half, Seema Hashmi.
“This year our cause is to raise awareness on the effects and
crisis of Natural Disasters. I am grateful to the board of directors for
their efforts and I truly admire Mr. Rashid Jaffary and Mr. Sohabe
Hashmi’s efforts towards Natural Disasters and their undivided
willingness to help others.
“We are dedicated to building bridges between individuals,
communities, business and government which is a profound necessity in
SOHABE HASHMI: Sohabe Hashmi, Administrative Director, Canpak
Chamber of Commerce, and Saman Hashmi presented vote of thanks.
In his message in the souvenir, Sohabe Hashmi said:
“It is a great honour for us to celebrate 100 years of Faiz Ahmed
Faiz and to be honoured with the presence of Professor Dr. Gopi Chand
Narang, Dr. Kewal Dheer and Dr. Taghi Abedi.
“Over the years I have been inspired by the intellect and unique
speaking skills of Dr. Narang, who is an Urdu legend. It is also an honour
to launch Dr Taghi Abedi’s masterpiece
work “Faiz Fahmi”.
“It is important for us to reflect on our past and learn from
others, for this is the way that humankind will reach its betterment. For
us to know ourselves we must know our past and the ideas of our
“Each individual’s contribution to this world (small or big) is
passed on in one way or another like a leaf fluttering through a
marvellous wind. We are lucky to have the contributions of Faiz Ahmed Faiz
and his beautiful poetry which will touch the souls of our
children to come.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our
members and friends who contributed to the 2010 “Eidi” project. I was
inspired by Christmas donation projects and President Obama’s
presidential campaign to collect small amounts in great numbers.
“It has been demonstrated several times that small contributions
add up to mass amounts and we can make real accomplishments. I encourage
you to spread this message and get involved.
“Our emphasis is to assist citizens, businesses, communities and
recognize social triumphs and deficiencies to continue making Canada the
greatest country in the world. With your support, encouragement and
efforts we can continue to achieve great feats together.”
HIGHLIGHTS: The event was a combination of many honours like:
Day Celebration/Cake cutting (Annual event of Canpak).
Faiz Ahmed Faiz (Lectures on the life, literary status and tremendous
achievements of Faiz).
the renowned scholar Dr Taghi Abedi’s book Faiz Fahmi (About 1450 pages)
and Dr Taghi Abedi’s talk on “Journey of Faiz Fahmi”.
Presentation by Dr Kewal Dheer.
recognition certificates including by Frank Klees, MPP, and Yasmine
Ratansi, on behalf of Jim Karygiannis, MP.
message of Sohabe Hashmi about the Canpak’s 2010 `Eidi’ project.
was published for the occasion and presented to the guests. The souvenir
included messages of Dr
Shahid Hashmi, Sohabe Hashmi, Liberal leader Bob Rae, Jim Karygiannis, MP,
Frank Klees, MPP, William Blair, Chief of Police, Toronto Police Service,
Prof Dr Gopi Chand Narang, Dr Kewal Dheer, Dr Syed Taghi Abedi and Prof
was also made in the souvenir by Muhammad Arshad, (416)992-9526/Email:
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to help save the life of a five-year old child who needs immediate heart
surgery. The surgery can be performed immediately (within two weeks) if
approximately $3500 are arranged.
report on “Help to flood victims of Pakistan, a project of Canpak
Chamber of Commerce’ was presented in the souvenir by Rashid Jaffary,
Director, Pakistan, Canpak Chamber of Commerce.
SPONSORS: Sponsors of the event
were: Seema Hashmi, Arco Computers, Arco Business Solutions, North
American Liquidators Inc., Nature’s Emporium and Pretty Sweet (Cakes,
Cupcakes & Cookies).
Zaheer (JAZA/JAYZEE/JZEE), Free Expression Award Winner, Desi Idol
Recognition Award Winner, Member/Honorary Director of NEPMCC, Veteran
Active Member (VAM) of Toronto Press Club, Ex-Member of The National Club
and The Ontario Club, Honorary Editor of English Weekly `Pakistan
Abroad’, ex-Chief Editor (Honorary) of English Weekly `The
Ambassador’, ex-Senior Sub-Editor of English Daily DAWN, Pakistan,
Chairman, CANOPI, and Director, Canpak Camber of Commerce, is contributing
purely on Voluntary and Honorary Basis in order to serve all people and
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