London: H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK said integration with the mainstream British society would be beneficial for the British Pakistanis. He was addressing the Pakistani community at Pakistan Consulate, Bradford on 19 December 2016.
Referring to some recent reports about different communities in the UK, the High Commissioner said although Pakistani community is playing an important role in the socio-cultural and economic fields in the UK, yet there is need to enhance the level of integration with the mainstream British society so that our community, especially the youth, could take advantage of the educational and economic opportunities available in this country.
Clarifying his point the High Commissioner said integration means adopting good things from the British culture and society like quality education and rule of law, while retaining our own identity and cultural ethos like beliefs, family system and care for the elderly.
The High Commissioner emphasized on the community to work towards empowering our women by giving them the rights that our religion guarantees to them. He also underscored the importance of women participation in social and community events for developing their confidence and other necessary social skills. The High Commissioner particularly urged the parents to provide quality education for their children and inculcate good values in them so that they could become successful and law abiding citizens of this country. He emphasized on mothers to visit their children's schools, interact with teachers and keep track of the academic progress of their children.
Presenting an overview of the state of economy, energy situation and security environment of the country, the High Commissioner apprised the audience that the government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, was successfully addressing these challenges. He
stated: “All major credit rating agencies have upgraded Pakistan's sovereign ratings. Pakistan has been reclassified from Frontier Market to Emerging Market status, which is yet another testimony of the confidence of the international financial institutions in Pakistan's economy and its potential as investment destination. China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), is going to bring vast economic opportunities for our people. Time is not far away when reverse migration of our diaspora would start towards Pakistan.”
Speaking on the security situation in the country, the High Commissioner said that due to great sacrifices of the people and civil and armed forces of Pakistan, peace is returning fast to Pakistan.
The High Commissioner reiterated Pakistan's commitment to providing political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir for their rightful cause of self-determination. However, he stated that Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and wants to resolve all outstanding issues through peaceful means.
The High Commissioner reassured the attendees that Pakistan is on the move and despite challenges things are improving all around in a positive direction. He urged the community to be law abiding citizens of the UK which would bring good name to Pakistan. He invited them to take part in the efforts of the High Commission to celebrate the 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan next year in a befitting manner.
The attendees of the event comprised members of the community, Mayors, Coucilllors, business persons, media representatives and professionals from various fields i.e. doctors, engineers, solicitors and accountants. Naz Shah MP and Amjad Bashir MEP also attended the event.
At the end, there was a Q&A session in which the High Commissioner responded to the questions of the audience. Members of the community appreciated the efforts of the High Commission and its Consulates for improved consular services and enhanced outreach. Newly posted Consul General Ahmed Amjad Ali organized and moderated the event.
December 19, 2016
Last updated: December 20, 2016