Long-term Pak-UK relations getting stronger: Sir William Blackburne

Karachi: Chairman of Pakistan Society in United Kingdom Sir William Blackburne said long-term relationship between Pakistan and UK was getting stronger in an increasingly difficult world with numerous challenges and pressures.

UK was alive to challenges facing Pakistan and seeks to do whatever it can to help not withstanding global problems. With 1.2 million Pakistanis living in UK, very close relationship between two countries was strengthening, he told newsmen at dinner hosted by former Pakistan High Commissioner to UK Abdul Kader Jaffer at his residence.

Sir William, who was appointed Queen’s Counsel QC in 1984, judge of High Court in 1993 and knighted in the same year, said a large number of Pakistanis were successfully running their business in Britain. Pakistanis in British parliament were making positive contribution. The UK realizes that successful Pakistanis in UK should be recognized.

He said a highly educated, strong and growing professional class of Pakistanis in UK was making huge contribution to British economy, society and culture. “We want more young people of Pakistan and UK to join Pakistan Society. Britain provides lot of overseas aid to Pakistan.”

Eminent jurist and former Law Minister Sharifuddin Pirzada, ex-Attorney General Aziz Munshi, former Sindh Governor Kamal Azfar attended dinner.