Funeral prayer of
Begum Zarina Wajid
held at Islamic Centre,
laid to rest at Barnet

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Begum Zarina Wajid

LONDON: The funeral prayer of Begum Zarina Wajid, wife of former Pakistan High Commissioner Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hassan, who was passed away here on Sunday morning, held at Islamic Centre, Regent Park here on Thursday, 7th April 2022. She was not well for some time. She left behind one son Zulfiqaur Hassan and his spouse.

She was laid to rest at Trent Park Cemetery Cockfosters Road, Barnet EN4 0DZ. A number of mourners attended the funeral prayer and burial. Among those attended were including Lord Zameer Choudhary, Rehman Chishti MP, Hyder Choudhary, Muzaffar Choudhary, Razi Khan, Mushtaq Lashari, M. Sarwar, Saeed Niazi, Professor Amin Mughal, Haris Khaleeq, Akram Qaim Khani, Shoaib Chishti, Qamar Murtaz Qureshi, Akbar Zia and number of diplomats and staff of Pakistan High Commission.

Funeral prayer (Janaza) of Begum Zarina Wajid being performed at the Islamic Centre, Regent Park on Thursday.

She will be remembered for her dedicated efforts for promotion of ladies activities and education among the children. Being chairperson of APWA (All Pakistan Women Association), she organised and participated events for the welfare of women. She used to say that Pakistan’s active participation in the multi-lateral forums must be focussed on tapping support and cooperation for the welfare of people.
Mrs. Hasan was actively involved in setting up the stalls of various stuffs of ladies on many occasions.
She underscored the significance of participation in the activities of multillateral organizations such as Commonwealth for promoting the products and culture of Pakistan as well as fostering support for uplift of the deserving sections of population through such forum.

A file picture shows former high commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan presenting a gift to former prime minister Theresa May. Mrs. Zarina Wajid stands right.

The High Commissioner’s spouse emphasised the need for tapping available channels and generating more resources for education of girls in Pakistan and appreciated the efforts of UK chapter of APWA for this purpose.
Under the guidance of Mrs. Hassan, U.K. Chapter of APWA had been contributing towards the uplift of women in Pakistan and a number of scholarships were being given to young girls in Pakistan to help them realize their dreams of achieving higher goals in life.

A file group picture shows Mrs. Zarina Wajid with former Pak high commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Sir Anwar Pervez, former MPA Fiona McTagart, Neil Thorn, Sheila Neil, Dr. Ashraf Chohan and other guests at the Royal Ascot.

It may be recalled that veteran journalist, renowned intellectual and former high commissioner to the UK, Wajid Shamsul Hasan passed away in London on 28th September 2021.

Mr. Hasan, with over 40 years of association with journalism, breathed his last at the Royal Free Hospital. He had been suffering from a prolonged illness for over the past two years and had been under treatment over the past six weeks.

Mrs. Zarina Wajid shaking hands with Queen Elizabeth on the occasion of presenting credential by Pakistan High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hassan.

Wajid Shamsul Hassan- a great humanist, a genuine democrat, a fearless journalist, an unpretentious diplomat, a committed Bhutto loyalist and a friend in need to many.

A memorable picture of Mrs. Zarina Wajid and Wajid Shamsul Hasan with former prime minister Mohatarma Benzair Bhutto and her three children Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Bakhtarwar Bhutto and Asefa Bhutto.

His death had a great personal significance for me. It brought to mind memories of the days gone by when, even while working in different capacities, we were threaded together like beads.