BPF celebrates upcoming tour of Pakistan Cricket Team to UK

The Pakistan cricket team is to tour the UK in August this year for the first time since 2010, when three Pakistani cricketers were banned over match fixing allegations. The incident was hugely damaging to the team’s reputation, but this tour brings a chance to make amends. The British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) celebrated the news of the upcoming visit by hosting its sixth event in the Business and Professional Club networking series at the Pakistan Room at the KIA Oval, where Pakistan won its first Test match against England in 1954. The event was held on the evening of...

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BPF congratulates Pakistanis on Queen’s Honours List 2016

The Queen’s Honours List 2016 has been a matter of great honour in particularly for the British Pakistani community. Two London-based individuals been awarded the Commander of the British Empire (CBE) Award. As many as eight have been honoured as the Outstanding Member of the British Empire (MBE), and three have been recognised as Medalists of the Order of the British Empire. These individuals from business, charity, youth, social and health services, and local government sector from across the UK have been selected for their outstanding contributions. Here’s what some of them have to say on being honoured. Here’s...

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Queens Birthday List Honourees Share their Thoughts

BPF spoke with the honourees of Pakistani origin and this is what they have to say. “I cannot begin to express how honoured I am to have been included by the Queen in her New Years Honours List. It gives me great pleasure to be recognised for my contributions in this manner. These honours represent everything that makes Britain great reinforcing how it doesn’t matter where you have come from, what matters is your work ethic and the impact you can make. It shows what matters is that you contribute and you help to make Britain even better, something...

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Pakistan Behind the Headlines – an exhibition

The Asia House is hosting Pakistan: Behind the Headlines, an exhibition featuring photographs of men, women and children afflicted by war and illness. Photographer Sa’adia Khan, in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders/ Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) travelled across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in northwest Pakistan and photographed the patients in MSF hospitals, some having travelled up to 10 hours by foot to reach them.   Khan spent six days in Sadda in Kurram Ageny and Alizeh, capturing the moment of women and children visiting the hospitals. Khan said that a little girl she spotted at a hospital...

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Shabana Mahmood on issues Pakistani, British and economy…

Sonia Malik Shabana Mahmood was one of the first Muslim women to be elected to the UK Parliament in May 2010. She has since been vocal about government engagement with ethnic minorities and, more recently, in favour of Britain taking in more Syrian refugees. The BPF had a chance to speak with Ms Mahmood about these matters and her initiatives in her constituency of Ladywood, Birmingham. Here are some excerpts. You made history becoming one of the first female Muslim parliamentarians in the UK. How do you feel about this achievement? Do you feel you have additional pressure and responsibilities being...

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