Islamabad - A large number of people from different walks of life, including diplomats with their families thronged the Foreign Office yesterday to attend the annual charity bazaar organised by Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association (PFOWA) and enjoyed variety of food, cuisine and cultural activities of different countries.

Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq along with his wife Reema Ayaz Sadiq inaugurated the annual charity bazaar, which attracted a large crowd who witnessed a variety of traditional products from over fifty countries and Pakistan along with traditional and tasty food items.

Speaking on the occasion, Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq appreciated the efforts of the spouses of Foreign Office officials for their hard work to generate funds to help the children of low paid employees of the Foreign Office to cater their needs of education and health.

The speaker said to provide educational and health facilities to the children of low paid employees and needy is a very noble cause and those who are organizing such activities deserve appreciation.

Appreciating the contribution and share of the diplomatic community in raising funds by Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association (PFOWA), the Speaker said it is very encouraging and made the Foreign Office a bigger family.

Addressing the function, Reema Ayaz Sadiq, the wife of the Speaker National Assembly appreciated the efforts of PFOWA and said everyone had to spare some time and money to help the needy, especially to meet the educational and health facilities of the children of low paid employees.

She said it is a very noble cause and everyone should extend their full cooperation and assistance to the PFOWA.

Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry speaking on the occasion said he had been associated with this organization since the joining the Foreign Office in 1981 and was proud to be part of this charity organization.

He said the wives of the officers of the Foreign Office are running this organization and it deserved appreciation and credit for its continuous efforts to provide help and assistance to the deserving sons and daughters of the low paid employees of the Foreign Office.

Najia Aizaz Ahmad, President of Pakistan Foreign Office Women’s Association, speaking on the occasion said the association had been providing basic needs of life, including clean drinking water, education and health, to the children of low paid employees of the Foreign Office for last many years.

She said a senior officer of the Foreign Office, Johar Saleem has contributed Rs 400,000 for providing scholarships to the talented and needy children of the Foreign Office employees.

She also thanked the diplomatic community for participating in the activities of the association especially in the annual bazaar with their traditional food and cultural activities and traditional products.

More than 50 embassies put up their stalls in the bazar to highlight their traditional food and traditional handicrafts, which were sold to generate funds for the activities of the PFOWA.

The event was a showcase of cultural kaleidoscope, as there was food, cultural activities, dresses, literature, handicrafts and other traditional products were displayed at the Foreign Office in connection with this bazar.

A large number of sponsors and donors; mainly representing brand product houses in Pakistan, also set up their stalls at this annual gala. Stalls of food and artefacts with fun activities for children were the attraction for the participants.

A cultural show was also organized where artists from different countries performed their traditional dances.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister Syed Tariq Fatemi and ambassadors of various countries with their families enjoyed various activities throughout the day.