This was Dr Ashfaque Ahmed who came to Australia in 1962 in Sydney and then moved to Adelaide to work in The Royal Adelaide hospital in 1965, decided to start a Pakistani Association. His idea finally came into existence in 1967 with the name as Australian Pakistani Association.
Dr. Ashfaque Ahmed was the first President with Vice President Captain Sabir Shah of the Pakistani Army, and treasurer Mr. Azhar Jamal Minhas from Lahore. Later in 1984 that association become Pakistani Australian Association of SA- PAASA with Mr. Shamim Noori as President, Dr. Khalid Farooqi as Secretary and Dr. Farooq as Treasurer.
Since then PAASA has been representing Pakistani community in South Australia on social and cultural platforms and providing platform to the community members to not only celebrate their events of significant importance but also to showcase our ethnic diversity, unique culture and social and religious values to the multicultural communities in SA.