Official UK Launch Of The Pakistan India & UKFriendship Forum on The 8th February 2007 At The House Of Commons
The Pakistan India & UK Friendship Forum was launched on the 8th of February at the House of Commons by the British Parliamentarians. This is the third chapter of the organisation. The first chapter was established in 2003 in Pakistan, followed by the Indian chapter in 2004 and next year it will be established in the UAE. The Forum believes that people to people contact is the way forward.
The very fact that the likes of The Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz MP, The Rt. Hon James Arbuthnot MP, Mr Dominic Grieve MP, Mr Tony McNulty MP, Mr Stephen Pound MP, Lord Dholakia OBE, DL, Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, Baroness Sandip Verma,Baroness Shreela Flather JP, DLL, FRSA, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne MEP Sir Gulam Noon MBE, Sir Mohammed Anwar Pervez OBE, Mr Tarique Ghaffur CBE, QPM, Judge Mota Singh, Prof Nat Puri, Dr Avtar Lit, Mr Moni Verma, Mr Fakhruddin Suterwalla, Mr Hardyal S Luther, Mr J S Sachar, Mr T D Wohoura MBE and Mr Ranbir S Suri JP, have lent their names to this Forum as patrons just shows the need for these communities to live in peace and harmony to further community cohesion in Britain and also to further the cause of world peace. In ever increasing world globalization, events taking place thousands of miles away create a ripple effect and these are felt throughout the world, but considerably so in Britain where two British Asian communities live in large numbers. Therefore, it is imperative for all the communities to work hard for the success of Britain regardless of their ethnic origin, colour or religion if we are to enjoy community cohesion.
Forum represents a reflection and the feelings of a
growing number of people from both the countries.
There is a great deal more in common between the two
communities who always lived together for centuries
before it was decided for them in 1947, when they
became independent from
Britain, that they should have separate homes. Unfortunately for 60 years they have
not enjoyed cordial relations with each other. The
aim of the Forum is to bring about direct contact
between the people in order to promote friendship
and harmony between these two large British
communities who are settled here in considerable
numbers. If these two communities start to cooperate
with each other, their relationship will be felt in
every walk of British life. They will also leave a
legacy for the next generation which they will be
rightly proud of.
The Forum believes that their countries face three issues. Two are easy and the third difficult. The easy issues are trade and tourism and the difficult
one, Kashmir. If their respective governments can deal with the easy matters first, then the difficult question of Kashmir will automatically become easier to solve. The destinies of the two countries are interlinked with each other and one cannot progress without the other. When they start trading goods, they will stop trading bullets. The example of the EU is before them to follow for the good of their people.
When prosperity reigns and the peace dividend descends on these two countries, they will not have to keep large armies which are a drain on their resources. There will also not be a battleground for super powers that always divide and rule and thirdly with prosperity in both countries, the people of Kashmir will undoubtedly enjoy better living standards, security and peace.
catch a cold, their communities in
sneeze. This organization is neither political nor religious but is
based is social and cultural commonalities and aims
to celebrate what unites them. People to people
contact always helps eliminate suspicions and
misapprehensions that may exist between the two
The Forum will celebrate a joint Independence Day every year on the 16th of August at a top London venue so that people from both the countries can look ahead and celebrate each others nationhood. The Forum will also invite prominent artists from both countries to demonstrate that they have common culture and heritage which the citizens of both nations can enjoy like their own in perfect harmony.
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Welcome address by the Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP (Middle)
with (Left to Right) Dr Ashraf Chohan, General
Secretary of the Pakistan India Friendship Forum, Mr
Dominic Grieve MP, Lord Dholakia OBE, DL,
Ranger, MBE, FRSA. Chairman of the Forum
Guests At The Function
Arif Choudhary (centre) with (Left to Right) Mr
Mr Surjit Sandhu, Mr Rajinder Singh
Mokha and guests.
Arif Choudhary, Founder Patron of The Pakistan India
Dholakia OBE, DL and Baroness Sandip Verma
Addressing the Guests
Dominic Grieve MP Addressing the Guests
Sir Gulam Noon Addressing The Guests
Tony McNulty MP
Kamal Hothi, Asian Markets Director of Lloyds TSB
Sponsor of the Event.
Diana Brightmore Armour – Managing Director
Corporate Markets, Lloyds TSB
The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot MP
Mr. David Lidington MP
Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
Tarique Ghaffur, CBE, QPM, Assistant Commissioner of
Moni Verma, Chairman, Veetee Rice Ltd
Ranbir Suri JP, Chairman, British Asian Conservative
S Sacher, Editor, Asian Who’s Who
Hardyal S Luther, President, India International
Nazir Lodhi Presenting the Messenger Of Peace Award
to Rami Ranger, standing with Executive Member
Tariq Choudhary, Vice Chariman of the Forum
Addressing the Guests
Mr Saleem Shaikh, President of The Pakistan India
gives the vote of thanks
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