The Pakistan India & UK Friendship Forum honour Dr. Lord Khalid Hameed
CBE, DL for his elevation to the House of Lords. The
special dinner at the Hotel Rembrandt , Knightsbridge,
London was attended by 200 guests and dignitaries
including former Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, Shadow
Attorney General Dominic Grieve, Baroness Verma, Lord John
Taylor of Holbeach CBE, Lord Sheikh, Assistant Commissioner
of Police, Mr Tarique Ghaffur ,industrialist Mr. George
Jatania, president of Sikh Forum Ranjit Singh, editor of the
Asian Who’s Who Mr J S Sachar, editor of the Daily Jung Mr.
Sahoor Niazi, Mr Muzaffar Chowdry to name a few.
Lord Hameed was presented
with a special diversity award for his contribution to
inter- faith dialogue and religious tolerance by Lord
Goldsmith. Lord Goldsmith praised the work being done by the
Friendship Forum in bringing two British communities closer
to one another. He also paid tribute to Lord Hameed for his
outstanding contribution to the nation.
Lord Hameed was very
appreciative of the honour as it was given to him by his own
people. He also said that he could not understand when
people became angry with their own country for any reason
they choose to use bombs to register their protest instead
of the ballot box.
Dr. Rami Ranger Chairman of
the Forum described it as a unique occasion where people of
Indian & Pakistani origin had joined hands in paying tribute
to a person for his success. He said, “Normally we do not
see eye to eye, let alone get together for a common
celebration. It just shows how our attitudes have changed
since 16th August 2007 when we celebrated the
Independence days of India & Pakistan jointly for the first
time ever anywhere in the world. When relations between
India and Pakistan cool down, we will also see a slow down
in global warming “.
Baroness Verma also paid
tribute to Lord Hameed and looked forward to working with
him in the House of Lords. Dominic Grieve MP made a point of
saying that Lord Hameed was the first appointed Asian
Sheriff of Greater London who discharged his duties with the
utmost of integrity and dedication. Lord John Taylor of
Holbeach said that Lord Hameed’s presence in the Lords would
make the House stronger. Muzaffar Chowdry, Chairman of the
UK Pakistan Chamber of Commerce said that friendship between
the two communities was now irreversible. He was also
encouraged to see the way in which relations between India
and Pakistan were improving and this was bound to influence
our relations in this country.
The vote of thanks was
given by Mr. Ahmed Shahzad, the former Mayor of Brent, The
National Chairman of Black, Asian and Ethnic Minorities
Society UK and Hononary Investment Councilor Pakistan for
London. He thanked the guests and the guests of Honour for
making the evening a memorable one. He also thanked the
Committee of the Pakistan, India & UK Friendship Forum for
building bridges between two British Comminutes.