RUGBY: Former Mayor of Rugby and eleven times elected councillor James Shera has expressed hope that bilateral relations between Pakistan and the UK would further be enhanced in all sections of life during the era of new Pakistani High Commissioner Sahebzada Ahmed Khan who has recently assumed this important diplomatic portfolio.
Responding to a letter of gratitude sent by the high commissioner, Rugby’s First Citizen said that he wholeheartedly acknowledges and value the kind gesture of Sahebzada Ahmed Khan for informing him and his commitment to continue strengthening links between the UK and Pakistan.
“It is my great honour and pleasure to help and support you to pursue your mission for the strengthening of these two great nations linkages. It is the first time any High Commissioner has taken the initiative of writing to people and extending the kind offer to work together,” he added.
James Shera wrote that he was most impressed by talking to him on the phone and your vigour and devotion to link up and support Pakistan diaspora. “I believe all Pakistanis will be delighted to work together with and support you in achieving your objectives”, he stated.
It may be recalled that renowned educationist and former Mayor of Rugby, Dr Cllr James Shera, Sitara-e- Pakistan and MBE, has made a record by getting elected as a councillor consecutively for the 11th term, from Benn Ward of Rugby Council, a ward from where he has been continuously contesting elections and elected since 1981.
He was elected Mayor of Rugby in 1988, first Pakistani to become a Mayor. Dr Shera has a wide range of honors on his credit to make Pakistanis in Britain proud of their heritage. In April 2017 he received “Freeman of the Borough of Rugby” Award. The Award was proposed by the Leader of the Council Cllr Mike Stoke and seconded by Mrs Clare Edwards and Jerry Roodhouse. It was for the time that all three major parties, the Conservative, the Labour and the Liberal Democrats unanimously seconded the Award.
In recognition of his services particularly his campaigns as chair of council of fellows of Warwickshire College, a road has been named in Rugby as ‘James Shera Way’ making him the only Pakistani to enjoy this honour. He was conferred with honorary doctorate of Business and administration. Dr Shera was the leader of Labour Group for 8 years.