H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK hosted a lunch in honour of the British Pakistani Parliamentarians, including Lords and newly elected MPs in the recent elections held in June this year. The event was organized at the Pakistan High Commission London on 13 July 2017.
The purpose was to welcome the Parliamentarians and interact with them on a wide array of issues pertaining to the diaspora and Pakistan-UK bilateral relations, with a special focus on enhancing trade ties between the two countries in post Brexit scenario. Those who attended the event included Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain, Baroness Zahida Manzoor, Nusrat Ghani MP and Fasial Rashid MP.
In his welcome remarks, the High Commissioner felicitated the newly elected MPs and reiterated his resolve to keep close liaison with them for common causes of further strengthening Pakistan-UK ties and working for the welfare of over 1.2 million strong diaspora. He also briefed them on the High Commission’s outreach efforts to connect with the community and the renewed cultural diplomacy initiative in the context of 70th Independence Anniversary of Pakistan and the 70 years of establishment of Pakistan-UK diplomatic relations.
In their remarks on the occasion, the Parliamentarians noted that there was a growing need to reach out to the community for their enhanced socio-economic and political mainstreaming. A detailed discussion on youth, their education and active participation in the mainstream British society also took place. They appreciated the Mission’s efforts to reach out to the community.
The event offered a good opportunity to the officers of the High Commission to interact with the Parliamentarians on issues of mutual interest.