LONDON: In recognition to services for Pakistan and Kashmir, Pakistan Government has conferred country’s national civil awards to four British Parliamentarians.
The first award presenting ceremony was held at the high commission in London on Tuesday (September 29) and on behalf of the President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi, Pak High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan conferred the prestigious civil award “Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam” on Lord Qurban Hussain.
The High Commissioner commended Lord Qurban Hussain’s contribution towards promotion of bilateral relations between the UK and Pakistan. He also appreciated Lord Hussain’s role in highlighting what the Pakistan High Commission termed in a press release, the egregious violations being committed by the Indian occupation forces to silence the voice of the Kashmiris and raising awareness about the conflict in the British Parliament. Moazzam Khan said the award was recognition of these services of Lord Hussain.
In his remarks, Lord Hussain thanked the Government of Pakistan for bestowing the prestigious award on him. He expressed resolve to continue working for further cementing mutually beneficial ties between the two countries and speaking up for the legitimate right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Lord Hussain is a veteran and active member of mainstream Liberal Democrats Party of the UK and was awarded the lifetime Lordship on 20 January 2011. He is of Kashmiri origin.
This year, the President of Pakistan conferred “Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam” on four British Pakistani parliamentarians, namely Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Lord Qurban Hussain, Yasmin Qureshi MP and Rehman Chishti MP in recognition of their outstanding services to Pakistan and highlighting the Kashmir issue at the floor of British Parliament and other international forums.
In compliance with the social distancing guidelines during the ongoing pandemic, the high commission will hold separate award ceremonies for the rest of the recipients in near future.
Earlier, Lord Qurban Hussain held a meeting with Moazzam Ahmad Khan on Friday last week and assured him to continue support and boost Kashmir cause and will table a motion on Kashmir issue at House of Lords soon.