The JTC recently interviewed HE Mr Wajid Shamsul Hasan, the High Commissioner for Pakistan in the United Kingdom.
In his first video entry the High Commissioner talks to the Jubilee Time Capsule about his long-standing relationship with the Commonwealth. His Excellency received a Commonwealth Press Union Scholarship to study in the UK in 1968, and attended his first Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting with Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 1989.
The 1989 CHOGM was held in Kuala Lumpur from 18 – 24th October. The High Commissioner recalls that is was at this conference that Prime Minister Bhutto made the landmark decision to bring Pakistan back into the Commonwealth.
His Excellency then continues to say that the Commonwealth’s most outstanding contribution to Pakistan is the support it has provided for democratic movements in Pakistan. HE says that whenever Bhutto visited the UK she would ask for a meeting with the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, because she believed that the Commonwealth exerted a lot of moral pressure for the return of democracy in Pakistan.
To watch the first interview click here.
In his second entry the High Commissioner discussing receiving the Commonwealth Press Union Scholarship in 1968, his subsequent committment to the Commonwealth and how he hopes that the Scholarship will be revived.
To watch the second interview click here.