Australia Day is the day when people of all race, religion and country celebrate as an Australian “Australia Day”. Australia Day, 26th January is the anniversary of arrival of the first fleet of 11 convict ships from Great Britain, and raising of the Union Jack at Sydney Cove by its commander Captain Arthur Phillip, in 1788.
On Australia Day, half of the nation’s population of 24 million attend either an organised community event or get together with family and friends with the intention of celebrating our national day.
Asad Amin was the first person who came up with this idea of parade participation and taken initiative back in 2009. He himself with his wife and daughter took part as a first Pakistani group which now has became tradition for all other Pakistani living in Melbourne.
The Pakistani community under the banner of Australian Federation of Pakistan Organisation (AFPO) participate in the parade every year which organised by Victorian Government in Melbourne CBD. Although the engine behind this community participation is Pakistan Australia Association of Melbourne (PAAM) however its registered with parade organizer as AFPO, the reason behind AFPO registration is that other Pakistani organisations and groups can also join the parade under the AFPO. It also sends message to other fellow Australian that whole Pakistani community and their representative organisations and group are participating as Pakistani.
Hasan Jahangeer is the real person behind this community event. He start this process at least 3 months prior to Australia Day. As any event requires lot of effort and time so does this one, he start activating other Pakistani organisation, sort out insurance, register each and every single person with parade organisor and also manage enough water and nibbles for parade participant. Its seventh succesive participation by Pakistani community.