Nation special report
LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Moazzam Ahmad Khan has said that Pak origin British Parliamentarians are great assets and effective voice for Pakistan and oppressed Kashmiris who are fighting for their fundamental right of self-determination and we greatly proud of them.
He expressed these views while conferring the Pak civil award “Sitara-i-Quaid-i-Azam” on behalf of President of Pakistan on Conservative leader Rehman Chishti MP in recognition to his services for Pakistan and Kashmir on behalf of the President. The ceremony took place at the High Commission on Thursday (October 8) in London.
Atta-Ur-Rehman Chishti better known as Rehman or Ray Chishti in political circles. He was born in Muzaffarabad (AJK) on 4th October 1978. He is Conservative Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham since the 2010 general election. He was the UK’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief from 12 September 2019 until 14 September 2020.
He also chaired All Parties Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Pakistan and arranged a number of events for visiting Pakistani and AJK leaders and ministers. Former Prime Minister of Pakistan Ms. Benazir Bhutto launched an electoral campaign for him and visited Gillingham in 2010.
Addressing the event at the high commissioner, the High Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan commended Rehman Chishti’s contribution as British Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Pakistan towards promotion of bilateral trade between the UK and Pakistan. He appreciated Mr Chishti’s successful campaigns for GSP Plus trade status for Pakistan Post-Brexit and resumption of British Airways between the two countries.
The High Commissioner also acknowledged Mr Chishti’s role in highlighting the Kashmir issue at various forums. Mr Khan termed Mr Chishti a role model for the youth and said the award was well deserved recognition of these services of Mr Chishti.
In his remarks, Rehman Chishti thanked the Government of Pakistan for bestowing the prestigious award on him. He expressed resolve to continue working for further strengthening mutually beneficial ties between the two countries in diverse fields. He hoped that Pakistan and the UK have enormous potential for increasing their trade volume manifold in future.
Mr Chishti thanked the Government of Pakistan for organising British Parliamentarians’ visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir which gave them an opportunity to know the plight of the Kashmiri victims of Indian shelling across the Line of Control (LoC). He said it was regrettable that Indian Government did not allow the visit on its side. Rehman Chishti is an active member of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party and continues to be an MP since 2010.
“I shall continue to do my best for Pakistan and Kashmir as a religious duty and shall highlight the Kashmir issue at every platform particularly the British Parliament”, he stated.
This year, the President of Pakistan has decided to confer “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. Lord Qurban Hussain was presented this award last week and events for Yasmin Qureshi MP and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi will take place soon.