Long standing demand of the community fulfilled in Birmingham
H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK inaugurated new building of the Consulate of Pakistan in Birmingham on the occasion of Independence Day of Pakistan on 14th August 2015. The plaque of the new building was unveiled in the presence of Lords, MPs, Mayors, Councillors, business leaders, professionals, community members and media representatives. More than 300 people were in attendance including Shabana Mahmood MP, Khalid Mehmood MP, Naz Shah MP and Baroness Nosheena Mobarik.
Mr Sartaj Aziz, Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Syed Tariq Fatemi, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister and Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, Foreign Secretary sent special messages of felicitation to the Pakistani community in Birmingham on inauguration of new building.
In his address, the High Commissioner said that after taking charge of his duties less than a year ago, he resolved to address the demand of the community for a new building. He said: “It is, indeed, a moment of great satisfaction for all of us that a long standing demand of the community has been fulfilled on the auspicious occasion of the Independence Day. I am hopeful this new building, with state of the art facilities, will address the logistical problems faced by the community. It is my conviction that our community deserves better consular services and we have taken several measures in this regard in line with the directions of the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”
Giving an overview of the positive developments in Pakistan, the High Commissioner said that Pakistan has move forward on economic, social and political fields as evident in the independent foreign media reports and international financial institutions.
The High Commissioner admired the sacrifices rendered by armed forces and people of Pakistan in their fight against terrorism and extremism. He termed the relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom exemplary and productive. The High Commissioner reiterated Pakistani people’s solidarity with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters. He also appreciated contribution of the diaspora in the development of Pakistan and urged them to play more pro-active role in all walks of life in the UK.
The High Commissioner appreciated Syed Ahmed Maroof, Consul of Pakistan in Birmingham for his efforts in acquiring and shifting to the new building.
The new Consulate has been leased from Birmingham City Council. It is located in the modern commercial locality and will cater to the needs of an expatriate population of over 400,000 in the Midlands and Wales.