Seventy years ago, Pakistan was created to realise the vision of a modern, pluralistic state. The country had a tumultuous birth and has faced many challenges historically and continues to face them today.

As one of the borders of the USA’s war on terror, Pakistan has had to make difficult decisions about the global role it plays. Meanwhile, Pakistani diaspora communities exist around the world and its historic culture is gaining a foothold in world music, cinema and literature. The UK is home to the largest overseas Pakistani community in the world and British Pakistanis are the second-largest ethnic minority population in the country.

Join Pakistan High Commissioner, Syed Ibne Abbas, as he celebrates the 70th anniversary of Pakistan by reflecting on the past and future of the country and launches a book documenting the diaspora community in West Yorkshire.

About The Speaker

Syed Ibne Abbas

His Excellency Syed Ibne Abbas assumed the charge of the office of the High Commissioner for Pakistan to the United Kingdom in 2014. Prior to this, he served at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad as the Additional Foreign Secretary.  Ambassador Abbas also served as the High Commissioner for Pakistan to New Zealand from 2010 to 2013. He was the Consul General of Pakistan at Los Angeles, California from 2006 to 2010.