The Pakistan Society’s 64th Annual Dinner, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of Pakistan, was held on Thursday, 18th May 2017 in the magnificent surroundings of The Mansion House, in the heart of the city of London. It was attended by over 350 members of the Pakistan Society and their guests.
We were delighted that our guest of honour was HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been our Patron since 1951. Other guests included HRH Princess Sarvath of Jordan, HE Maleeha Lodhi, and HE Syed Ibne Abbas and Begum Sadaf Abbas.
The Lord Mayor of London, Dr Andrew Parmley, welcomed everyone to the Mansion House, his formal residence; speeches were given by Sir Mark Lyall Grant, formerly High Commissioner to Pakistan, and the United Kingdom’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations; HE Maleeha Lodhi, formerly Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and now Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations; HE Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom; and Sir William Blackburne, Chairman of The Pakistan Society.
The Pakistan Society Award for 2017 was presented to Syed Babar Ali by HRH Prince Philip, following a citation by Sir Nicholas Barrington.