By our correspondent: –
Pakistan High Commission London organized a Community Reception to meet and greet the British Pakistani community on 12 January 2015. The event was held in line with the High Commissioner’s efforts to reach out to community and forge unity among them by bringing them on a single platform for national causes. A large number of people from all walks of life, including parliamentarians, mayors, councillors, business people, professionals, religious scholars, women, preventatives of community organizations and media attended the Reception.
In his remarks, Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK said it was an honour for him to represent the vibrant and strong Pakistani community in the UK. He sought their support for his action plans and initiatives aimed at the welfare of the community. The High Commissioner stated that provision of best consular services was his top priority and that he had already started working in that regard. He said a senior officer had been designated to exclusively deal with the community issues and facilitate in consular services. Similarly, to provide up to date information and enhance communication with the community, Mission’s new website had been launched recently, he informed.
The High Commissioner further said that the community deserved better services than the ones being provided currently and the High Commission was continuously working on that. He informed the attendees that the new multi-purpose building consular hall paper work was at advanced stage. He also informed the guests that Machine Readable Passport (MRP) service in Birmingham and Manchester would start in next two months. Similarly, negotiations for downward revision of Gerry’s visa handling fee were also in progress, he added.
The High Commissioner shared with the guests that approval of putting up Quaid-i-Azam’s statue at the Lincoln’s Inn was in its final stages and once approved, the community would be involved in fund raising for the project. The community welcomed the High Commissioner’s initiative with thunderous applause and assured to extend their complete support for the project.
The High Commissioner also conveyed to the community the assurance of the British government that it was aware of its responsibility to provide safety and security to all in the wake of recent terror incidents. He urged the community to be law abiding citizens of the UK and follow this policy in letter and spirit.
On this occasion, the High Commissioner paid glowing tributes to the Pakistan’s Armed Forces for effectively fighting against terrorism and emphasized on national unity at this critical juncture of nation’s history.
The guests were served with the Pakistani food at the end.