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Pakistan MP welcomed in Blackburn
2:00pm Friday 18th October 2013 in News
COUNCILLORS welcomed a visiting Pakistani dignitary to East Lancashire this week.
Member of the Provincial Assembly, or MPA, Mr Lal Hussain, who represent Jhelum, where many of Blackburn’s Pakistani residents originate from, was hosted by Blackburn with Darwen mayor councillor Salim Mulla.
Mr Hussain and Coun Mulla exchanged their thoughts about the relationship between the UK and Pakistan, and emphasised how important it was for British Pakistanis to play a positive role in their local communities.
Coun Mulla briefed Lal Hussain on the history of Blackburn, he told him about previous mayors that he served the town, and they talked about general issues facing the Muslim community as a whole.
Mr Hussain also addressed one hundred community members who had gathered in the council chamber to hear him speak about issues including the security situation in Pakistan.
He also encouraged people from the Pakistani heritage community to invest in Pakistan, and thanked those who had supported him in his struggle to become MPA of Jhelum.
Afterwards there was a Q&A session where people put their concerns and comments to Mr Hussain.
Coun Iftakhar Hussain, who was present at the visit, said: “It went really well. People really enjoyed it. There were many issues that were taken up and Mr Hussain gave reassurances that they are working towards a more stable Pakistan.
“Mr Hussain is originally a businessman from Manchester so he’s familiar with the issues, and most of the people who came were from his hometown back in Pakistan.”
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