Oxford PakSoc announces "Pakistan Future Leaders Conference"
We are pleased to announce our new flagship event "Pakistan Future Leaders Conference" - an initiative to bring together students, academics and policy-makers to discuss and debate vital issues relating to the Pakistani community in the UK. SOAS Pakistan Society and Cambridge University Pakistan Society have partnered with us for this event.
This program gives the participants a greater understanding of their roles as responsible citizens and serves as a platform for the youth to think about problems facing the nation and the British-Pakistani community and propose possible solutions.
Over 250 delegates are expected to attend PFLC 2012 between the 3rd and 5th of February and they will be split into 8 committees to discuss issues of pertinent importance to the country. Each committee will be chaired by leading experts in its area of deliberation.
For more information about this initative and registrations, please visit our website: http://www.pflc.co.uk/
Official OUPakSoc Press Release (19.11.2011) on Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza Talk
The Oxford University Pakistan Society (OUPaksoc) routinely organises lectures and talks that are open to all members of the public so as to foster a spirit of debate, discussion and engagement not just among the Pakistani students at Oxford but also the wider Pakistani community in the UK. This is followed in all events by an open floor Q&A session with freedom to challenge the guest speaker’s point of view in a respectful and non-malicious manner. Unfortunately, in one such event on 17th of November, 2011, about 3 to 4 people among the audience caused a minor disruption within the first five minutes of our guest speaker Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza's talk. However, the OUPaksoc committee and some helpful members of the audience were able to escort the concerned individuals out of the lecture theatre after which they actually fled the venue when University Security arrived. Following this minor disruption of about 3 to 4 minutes, we were able to get everything under control and the talk continued as normal followed by a very open and candid Q&A session (please see: http ://www . youtube . com/watch?v=7MnAlUQzYGw&feature=related).
The Oxford University Pakistan Society has taken serious notice of the incident and strongly condemns the attempt to cause disruption in one of its events. We remain committed to upholding the right of free speech for our guest speakers and intend to take strict action against the perpetrators of this incident. We reiterate that the security of our guest speakers and audience are of paramount importance and as such will not tolerate any such attempt in the future.
The Society stands by its belief and faith in the freedom of speech and has invited politicians, academics, celebrities and other guests from all fields of life - a full list of speakers and performers hosted by the society can be found at: http ://www . oupaksoc . org/speakers . html. For those of you who missed the talk, it is available for viewing at our Video Archives: http ://www . oupaksoc . org/videos . html.
Funds raised at Eid Milan Extravaganza 2011
We are pleased now announce that we have managed to raise £1280 for the Sindh Flood Relief from the Eid Milan Extravaganza - we are very grateful to our sponsors Icon Valley and our event collaborators Oxford Indian Society for making this event a huge success!
More details about the event can be found here - Article on Eid Milan at Oxford
APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Aitzaz Ahsan hosted by Oxford PakSoc
Oxford University Pakistan Society hosted the renowned Kashmiri leader and the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at a society dinner in Oxford on 28th September 2011. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq met with prominent members of the Oxford University Pakistan Society as well as other local councillors and residents of the city.
Prominent statesman and leader of the Lawyers Movement Aitzaz Ahsan was hosted by the Oxford University Pakistan Society at St. Antony's College. His talk focused on "Critical Reflections on the Lawyers Movement and its Aftermath." The talk was well attended by members of the society and local community.
OUPakSoc hosts Maulana Fazlur Rehman and Aftab Ahmed Sherpao
Oxford University Pakistan Society hosted the leader of JUI-F Maulana Fazlur Rehman in Oxford at a society dinner in Juy 2011. The society also hosted former Interior Minister of Pakistan, Aftab Ahmed Sherpao at a talk and Q & A session in Worcestor College in mid-July 2011. Both events were well attended and receieved by members of the society and local residents of the city.
Pakistan: Oxford Mini World Cup Champions 2011
Pakistan defeated India in the final of the Oxford Mini World by 6 wickets to retain the championship! They have now also equalled Australia's record of winning the Cup three times and become only the second team to successfully defend their title.
A big congratulations to Pakistan once again on their achievement and and a big thank you to the all the organisers and participating teams for putting up such a wonderful tournament.
Complete Final Day Report:
OUPakSoc hosts concert by Laal and Gurpreet Chana
The revolutionary spirit was in the air as the Pakistani musical band "Laal" performed at the Keble College, University of Oxford. The event was organised by the Oxford University Pakistan Society and was attended by a large number of students as well as the members of the local Pakistani community. The audience was electrified by the lead and co-vocalists Taimur Rehman and Mahwash Waqar who were backed by the brilliance of Gurpreet Singh on the "Tablas". The band sung a number of poems written by the likes of Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Habib Jalib including some from their forthcoming album. At the end, lead vocalist Taimur Rehman described the audience as "loving, energetic and hospitable" and thanked the hosts for organising a "great event". The president of the Oxford Pakistan Society Ayyaz Mallick presented a souvenir on the behalf of the society and thanked the band for their memorable performance.
OUPakSoc hosts book launch by Dr. Maleeha Lodhi
Ex ambassador of Pakistan to US and former high commissioner to UK and an eminent journalists Dr. Maliha Lodhi launched her book titled “Pakistan: Beyond crisis State”, at anevent held by Oxford University Pakistan Society at Oriel College University of Oxford.
Noted academic and journalist Dr. Sarmila Bose who lectures at the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford was in the chair.
The panel included Dr. Faisal Devji (Reader in Modern South Asian History, Oxford), Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmed (Jinnah Fellow at St. Antony’s college, Oxford) and Dr. Adeel Malik (Globe Fellow, Oxford Centre of Islamic Studies).
The full article is available here at The Asians.
OUPakSoc uncovers NUPSA Electoral and Financial Corruption Scandal
Oxford University Pakistan Society has announced its de-affiliation from the National Union of Pakistani Students and Alumni (NUPSA). More details (including documentary proof) regarding this can be obtained from the De-Affiliation page.
OUPakSoc hosts "Awaaz with Kamran Shahid"
Oxford University Pakistan Society hosted the Chairman of Senate, Farooq H Naek and a panel discussion on the primetime TV programme, "Awaaz with Kamran Shahid" on SAMAA TV. This programme was hosted as a part of Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2011 which was hosted by the Oxford University Pakistan Society in February 2011. The programme can be watched on our Video Page or here:
OUPakSoc mentioned in BBC on its Bone Marrow Drive
Student groups at Oxford University are calling on members of the community of Pakistani descent to find out if they could save a life. Oxford University Pakistani Society and Oxford Marrow joined forces to recruit new donors to the Anthony Nolan register on Friday 4 February at St Hilda’s College. Anthony Nolan saves the lives of people with blood cancer by matching remarkable people willing to donate their blood stem cells to those who need a lifesaving transplant. Oxford Marrow is one of 34 student groups who recruit to the Anthony Nolan donor register.
The chances of finding a matching donor for someone from an ethnic minority can be just 40%. This is all too well understood by the parents of 12 year old Zoha Butt, who is from North London and of Pakistani parentage. Zoha Butt has a rare genetic condition called osteopetrosis, which turns her bones to a life threatening stone like density. Zoha’s bone marrow, which is responsible for creating the body’s new blood cells, doesn’t work properly. Zoha has bravely fought the condition since birth, and is the oldest surviving child with the condition. To survive and lead a normal life, Zoha needs to have a stem cell (or bone marrow) transplant from a matching donor.
Her parents and Anthony Nolan have been desperately searching for a suitable stem cell match since she was born, but have had no luck. Now, in another bid to find a stem cell donor that could save Zoha’s life, the Oxford student groups set up a donor recruitment event on Friday 4 February at St Hilda’s College between 2pm and 6pm. Vinod Motiani, of Oxford Pakistani Society, said, ““OUPakSoc wants to host this event to help contribute to the Pakistani community in Oxford, but also the rest of the UK. As it’s so much more difficult to find matching donors for patients of Pakistani descent, we’re counting on those people to sign up to see if they could save a life.”
Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2011
Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2011 shall be hosted by the Oxford University Pakistan Society again in February 2011. The dates for the conference are now confirmed to be 11th - 13th February 2011 and the conference will span over 3 days. The whole conference will be covered in several programmes covered by Express News (English and Urdu) as well as the ending session will be part of the Express News primetime programme "Frontline with Kamran Shahid."
The Pakistan Young Leaders Conference (PYLC) is a leadership development program that aims to bring together outstanding young people from around the country and help them build critical leadership skills that will help them groom into successful leaders of the future. This program will give the participants a greater understanding of their roles as national ambassadors and will educate them about the problems faced by Pakistan. The conference will serve as a platform for the youth to think about these problems and propose possible solutions.
REGISTRATIONS NOW OPEN - CLICK HERE to REGISTER
For more details about PYLC, please visit http://www.pylc.co.uk/
OUPakSoc Charity Dinner for Flood Relief
Oxford University Pakistan Society in collaboration with the Oxford University Islamic Society arranged two charity dinners for the flood affectees in Pakistan. The society raised over £5000from the dinners and donations by the attendees at theMirch Masala Restaurant Dinner as well as the Eid Dinner at the Catholic Chaplaincy, both of which were very well attended. The funds raised were donated to the DEC and UNICEF Floods Appeal.
OUPakSoc on tackling extremism on CBS News and BBC
The Oxford University Pakistan Society invited Maajid Nawaz, head of the Quilliam Foundation to deliver a talk about tackling extremism in Pakistan and around the world. The event was covered in the hit CBS program "60 Minutes" and can be watched online at:
The society also invited rock-star Salman Ahmad (Junoon) to deliver a talk about his new book "Rock & Roll Jihad" in which he mentions how he believes extremism in Pakistan should be tackled. After the event, Mr Salman gave an interview to BBC on his own journey and mission of a Rock & Roll Jihad:
OUPakSoc mentioned in Dawn News
Irfan Husain delivered a talk about "Perceptions of the West in the minds of a common Pakistani" at Oriel College, Oxford. Details of the talk and event were mentioned in an article in DAWN:
Mr. Husain is a prominent Pakistani journalist who has been writing in the Pakistani press for over 30 years. When he started writing he was a civil servant so he had to write under different names which ranged from Akbar Hussein, Ferida Sher, Abdul Ghani, Shakir Husain, and Mazdak. After taking early retirement he began writing under his own name. He has been widely published in almost every major newspaper in Pakistan and currently he writes weekly columns for Dawn, the Daily Times, and the Khaleej Times.
OUPakSoc Debate on Kashmir
OUPakSoc organised a debate "This House Believes That Kashmir is an Integral Part of Pakistan" with the Oxford Indian Society. The speakers for the proposition were Sohaib Naim (Oberlin), Asad Liaqat (Williams) and Muhammad Ali Rai (Oxford) while the speakers from the opposition were Venkatesh Rao (Oxford), Abhishek Bhattacharyya (Oxford) and Prasan Dhar (Oxford). The chair was prominent academic on Kashmir, Ms Victoria Schofield and there was a very interactive and heated discussion session after the debate followed by an enlightening concluding speech by Ms Schofield.
OUPakSoc Debate on State Religion and Annual Mushaira
The OUPakSoc Annual Mushaira was held on 20th February 2010 at Harris Lecture Theatre, Oriel College, Oxford. The Mushaira consisted of performances from both students and professional poets and was very well attended. Sohail Chowdary, D Phil Student in International Relations, hosted the Mushaira and the poets who performed at the Mushaira included Akbar Hyderabadi, Sairah Batool, Yashab Tamanna, Basir Kazmi, Faizan Arif and Noor Jahan Noori. This gathering was dedicated to the memory of the eminent Oxford poet Khalid Yousaf, who sadly passed away last year
OUPakSoc organised a debate "This House Believes That There Should Be No State Religion in Pakistan." The speakers for the proposition were Sohaib Naim (Oberlin), Asad Liaqat (Williams) and Omar Arshad (LCA) while the speakers from the opposition were Hasan Ali (Oxford), Yasser Bhatti (Oxford) and Mohammad Ali Rai (Oxford). The chair was prominent academic on Pakistan and South Asia, Professor Iftikhar Malik and there was a very interactive and heated discussion session after the debate followed by an enlightening concluding speech by Prof. Malik. The final voting score was 32-18 in favor of the proposition.
Seminar on UK Immigration Laws
OUPakSoc took part in a panel discussion hosted by the Nawai-Waqt Group at Oxford University. The event was an initiative of the Nawai-Waqt Group and was supported by NUPSA and the Oxford University Pakistan Society. The discussion centred on current affairs issues including UK visas, radicalisation, foreign policy, education, governance and economics. There were distinguished guests (Amjad Malik, Lord Nazir, etc) on the panel that included senior government official (Pakistani origin) and key stakeholders of the present situation in Pakistan and of Pakistanis living abroad.
The immigration experts termed the new immigration laws discriminatory while the members of the European and UK parliaments also expressed their reservations over these laws. Oxford student Qasim Raza declared the recent changes in immigration laws as an injustice to the Pakistanis. He said he had received numerous complaints that undue delay was caused in the issuance of visas resulting in loss of an academic year of a number of students. He demanded of the Pakistani government to set up a network on High Commission level so that Pakistanis coming to the UK for getting education might be protected from falling prey to fake challenges. Hussain Nadeem, the co-chairman of the Internal Affairs of Pakistan Young Leaders Council, strongly criticised the foreign policy of Pakistan, saying that the foreign policy was under the influence of the Army owing to tensions in Pak-India relations and war on terror and it would take time to neutralise this influence.
Live With Talat (with OUPakSoc and NUPSA)
The joint committee session of Pakistan Young Leaders Conference was held at the Oxford Union on 30th January 2010 which was followed by a panel discussion conducted by Talat Hussain for the hit TV Program "Live With Talat" on AAJ TV. The guests on the panel included Barrister Amjad Malik (PML-N Advisor), Mansur Raja (PPP Central Executive Committee), Khursheed Ahmed (political analyst) and Muhammad Anwar (MQM Rabta Committee).The discussion mainly focused on Pakistan's Foreign Policy and Interior Affairs. The event was hosted by OUPakSoc and NUPSA.
Pakistan Young Leaders Conference 2010
The objective of this Conference was to provide a forum to the youth to discuss the challenges confronting the country at this point of time. PYLC was a leadership development program that aimed to bring together outstanding young people from around the country and help them build critical leadership skills that would help them groom into successful leaders of the future. This program gave the participants a greater understanding of their roles as national ambassadors and educated them about the problems faced by Pakistan. The conference served as a platform for the youth to think about these problems and propose possible solutions. PYLC, aimed to foster leadership skills among the participants, the two day Conference held in Oxford was attended by notable politicians, senior bureaucrats and renowned journalists. The interactive student discussions were centered on suggesting resolutions for Pakistan’s problems and thus inculcating the spirit of problem-solving among the youth which is crucial for our country in the current turmoil.
PYLC Oxford 2010 was a first of its kind in Pakistan in which brought together Pakistani students from the likes of Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge and numerous major institutions across the country. The summit was aired on the most popular national current affairs program “Live with Talat”, broadcasted over two episodes.
OUPakSoc hosts Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
Oxford University Pakistan Society hosted Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi at the Oxford Union on 30th January 2010. Shah Mehmood Hussain Qureshi is the current Foreign Minister of Pakistan. He is a senior leader of Pakistan Peoples Party, where he was the president of PPP Punjab. Qureshi got his early education from Aitchison College, Lahore and did his bachelors from FC college, Lahore. He continued to receive a Master's degree in law from the University of Cambridge. Following the February 2008 elections, Qureshi was also a candidate to be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan, until Yousaf Raza Gillani was sworn in on March 25, 2008. On March 31, 2008, Qureshi became the Foreign Minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani.
The event was very well attended with an interactive Q & A session with the students. Shah Mahmood Qureshi gave a talk regarding Pakistan's Foreign Policy and the progress the country has been making under his party's government. He was asked several tough questions by the audience regarding the PPP's policies in the government.
OUPakSoc hosts Imran Khan
Oxford University Pakistan Society hosted Imran Khan at the Oxford Union on 19th January 2010. Imran Khan read Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Keble College, Oxford. He joined Pakistan's national cricket team and in 1992 won the World Cup under his captaincy. In 1996, Mr Khan founded and became the chairman of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (Movement for Justice), a small and marginal political party which has now become the fastest growing political party in Pakistan. Imran Khan, through worldwide fundraising, established the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital & Research Centre in Lahore and the Mianwali's Namal University. He also serves as the Chancellor of Bradford University.
The event was very well attended with an interactive Q & A session with the students. Imran Khan gave a talk regarding the problems in Pakistan and his party's ideas for the future and betterment of Pakistan.
Donations for Internally Displaced Persons from Swat operation
Oxford University Pakistan Society will be collecting charity for Internally Displaced Persons from the ongoing Swat operation. WE WILL BE PLACING DONATION BOXES AT EACH OF OUR EVENTS and any contributions on your part will be extremely helpful.
For your ease we will also be accepting cheques and online transfers for this donation. The donation amount can be directly transferred to our account. If you make any online transfer, please send an email to email@example.com stating the amount that you have transferred. The account information is given below:
Bank & Branch: NatWest, Cornmarket Street Branch, Oxford, OX1 3ES
Account Title: Oxford Pakistan Society
Account Number: 27024768
Sort Code: 54-21-33
Please remember that these people are in urgent need of our attention and any contribution from your part would go a long way in helping their sustenance during this time of hardship.
Society renamed to Oxford University Pakistan Society
The University of Oxford has agreed to give Oxford Pakistan Society its trademark. In light of this great decision, we have changed the name of the society to Oxford University Pakistan Society. This will entitle us to all the facilities that the university offers to its societies. The 2009 committee is thus proud to announce this achievement.
Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme
*Are you from an Asian or black ethnic minority community?
*Are you in the first year of a 3 year course, or 2nd year of a four year course?
If yes then we have an exciting news for you.
You have the opportunity to apply for the *Windsor Fellowship Leadership Programme for Undergraduates* (LPU), through which you will gain, amongst other things:
- the chance to work closely with a UK-wide group of dynamic students
- skills outside of your degree, through intensive weekend seminars
- a summer internship with a high profile company (ranging from The Home Office to JP Morgan)
- the chance to draw on the experiences and support of a range of professionals
More information is also available at: www.windsor-fellowship.org/Leadership.htm
*Applications for the LPU close on 29th Feb 2008*
Life-Time Memberships Re-opened
Life-time memberships of Oxford Pakistan Society have been re-opened and everyone can register for it at our upcoming events. Life-time memberships shall cost £15 for new members and £10 for current members. Life-time members shall be issued their own life-time membership cards and would continue to enjoy full members' rights even after they leave Oxford.
A list of the life-time members shall be posted in the members section of the website.
Pakistan Festival 2007 in London
To mark 60 years of Pakistan’s independence, Pakistan High
Commission UK has announced that a festival will take place in
London on 28 July 2007, comprising a parade and a style-n-sound
The first ever open air Pakistan Festival to be held in the heart of London, at Trafalgar Square, will celebrate the country’s independence and salute the contributions of British Pakistanis. In partnership with Geo TV, the event will start with a parade originating at Hyde Park and making its way via Piccadilly Circus, Haymarket and Pall Mall East to Trafalgar Square.
The parade will consist of a pipe band from Pakistan, a British band of the Life Guards, as well as floats depicting the colours of Pakistan. At Trafalgar Square a six hour show will proceed at around 1 p.m. with a cultural extravaganza followed by pop, bhangra and folk music. A star-studded cast has been lined up including Abrar-ul-Haq, Hadiqa Kiyani, Ali Zafar and Jawad Ahmed.
Colourful stalls offering Pakistani cuisine and displaying Pakistani products and handicrafts will create a ‘mela’ or festival atmosphere. Fashion icon Maheen Khan’s urban fashion line couture inspired by Pakistani truck art will also be on display. Special T-shirts and caps as well as other souvenirs will be distributed while participants are being requested to bring as many Pakistani flags as possible.
Varsity Pakistan Day : Oxford vs Cambridge vs Imperial
Oxford Pakistan Society is proud to invite you to first ever
Varsity Pakistan Day. Three best universities of UK - Oxford,
Cambridge and Imperial are coming face to face to compete in
cricket, squash, badminton, chess, monopoly, scrabble and punting.
Meet friends from Imperial and Cambridge, support your team and
enjoy lip smacking BBQ and grilled food.
1100 Arrival of Cambridge and Imperial PakSoc
1130-1500 BBQ Lunch
1130-1500 Punting Race (Ox vs Cam vs Imperial)
1500-1800 20/20 Cricket Match
1500-1800 Tennis/Squash/Badminton/Board Games Competitions
1830 Cambridge and Imperial PakSoc Leaves
Place: Wolfson College (Ask lodge for location of BBQ grills)
Time : 11:00 am, Saturday 16th June
Pakistan India Match and BBQ
Pakistan-India did not come face to face in Cricket World Cup
2007, but this is the time to decide. Join your friends to watch the
two teams battle out, what promises to be an exciting duel between
Oxford Pakistan and Indian Society Cricket Teams. Whether you are a
die hard fan of the cricket, a loyal patriot on either side of the
border, or simply want to enjoy the highly charged atmosphere, join
us for an exciting event!
Oxford Pakistan Society is proud to invite you for India-Pakistan, One-Day Cricket match. Enjoy delicious BBQ while watching the two rivals fighting for victory trying to grill each other.
Place: Mansfield/Merton Ground Time : 01:00 pm, Sunday 13th May
Oxford Asian Cultural Association is organizing a literary evening with Oxford Pakistan Society on Sunday March 18, 2007.
Speakers Forum - Pakistan's Geo-Politics & Islamic Extremism
Oxford Pakistan Society Speakers Forum is organizing an event on Wednesday February 28, 2007.
Cricket Team Selection, Trials & Practice Sessions
Pakistan Society is holding trail sessions in 8th week to select Pakistani team for upcoming matches:
- Pakistan India Match
- PakSoc Wadham College Match
- Oxford World Cup
Imran Zahid (Oxford Blues), Ahmed Bilal & Tanzeem-ul-Haq will be organizing trial sessions and practice matches. Please send an email by 01 March, 2007 to firstname.lastname@example.org to play for Pakistan Society Cricket Team.
Engineers Without Border Showcase Event - Call for Praticipation
Engineers Without Borders, Oxford is organizing an event to showcase the different cultures around the world and help raise awareness in how to sustain and support these cultures. The event will be run on Tuesday 8th week which is the 6th March from 5 till 8 pm. Pakistan Society is collaborating with EWB to showcase a stall with traditional activities, clothes, food and may put together a performance of traditional dance or music.
Imperial College Arts, Culture & Politics Seminar 2007
Imperial College Pakistan Society, in collaboration with Oxford Pakistan Society, are organising a massive Pakistani cultural event on 14th March 2007 in London. The full day event would include an exhibition for Pakistani art from students and professionals including paintings, sketches, fabrics, photography and sculptures etc. Ustad Latafat Ali Khan is being invited to give a showcase of classical Pakistani music. A mushaira and lectures/debates on Pakistani politics are organized, which will be followed by traditional pakistani food.
If you want to attend or willing to display art or photography related to Pakistan in 'Asian Expression' themed exhibiton, Please contact Ammar Waraich, President, Imperial College Pakistan Society.
Lehman Brothers Ethnic Minorities Internships
Lehman Brothers Multicultural Network (LBMCN), established in 2006, not only provides a supportive environment to the Firm's ethnic minority employees but also reaches out to the ethnic minority community by sponsoring various programmes and networking events. In this regard, LBMCN is holding "The Inaugural Investment Banking Pan-Society Event" at Oxford in collaboration with various societies representing ethnic minorities including Oxford Pakistan Society. Please see the flyer for details of the event.
In addition, Lehman Brothers are also offering a 2-weeks paid internship for 1st years and 2nd Years on a 4 year course who are from ethnic minority backgrounds. Please see the flyer for details of internships.
Oxford Pakistan Society will be organizing a Mushaira event on Saturday February 17, 2007.
Buffet Dinner at St Peters College
Oxford Pakistan Society is pleased to invite you to Buffet Dinner in collaboration with The Bombay Restaurant - Saffron Indian Restaurant and Kebab Kid on Staurday, January 27th 2007.
President & VP meet MEP Sharon Bowels
The draft report titled " Kashmir: present situation and future prospects" presented recently by Member of European Parliment Baroness Emma Nicholson to the European Parliment's foreign affairs committee for endorsement, has been widely criticized in Pakistan as well as Kashmiri circles. The report has been termed as exceedingly partisan and biased. Because of its controversial nature, major amendments are likely to be made in the committee's next meeting in March 2007.
British MEPs, Sharon Bowles and Sajjad Karim have proposed various amendments to ensure that the report becomes fair and balanced. MEP Sharon Bowles was invited to Oxford to discuss the proposed amendments with the community. The meeting was chaired by Lord Mayor of the city and Oxford Pakistan Society was represented by the President, Tahir Mansoori and the Vice-President, Imran Qureshi of the society.