Forthcoming Events 2018-07-19T16:35:43+00:00

Wednesday, 25th July, 2018

An illustrated talk by one of Pakistan’s most revered personalities, Jimmy Engineer

Jimmy Engineer - PaintingsTime: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: High Commission for Pakistan, 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 8JN.
Admission: This event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
RSVP: Please ensure that you register your attendance via the website for security and catering purposes. REGISTER HERE

Please note: You may book only for yourself, your spouse and two further guests or yourself and three guests (maximum of four in total). You will be asked to fill in the name of the person each place is for, including your own. You will receive an email confirmation of your places but no physical tickets will be issued.

If you wish to bring more guests please email: info@thepakistansociety.org.uk

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Jimmy Engineer is perhaps best known as one of Pakistan’s most celebrated artists. His work has been shown all over the world to critical acclaim. He is however, also a dedicated social campaigner, a peace activist and a philanthropist and has used his art and his fame to highlight both the achievements and the struggles of the country and the people to which and to whom he is so deeply attached.

He was born in Balochistan to a Parsi family but, inspired by the simplicity and spirituality of Sufi Barkat Ali, from Faisalabad, he grew up to break all religious barriers and to believe in universality of faith, a belief that has continued to suffuse his life and work. He was educated at St Anthony’s School in Lahore and then spent three years at the National College of Art in Lahore before moving to Karachi and becoming a professional artist. Since then he has created over 3000 paintings, 1000 calligraphies and 1500 drawings, which are in museums and private collections in more than 60 countries throughout the world. Many, however, are undocumented because he has given countless away to charities in order to raise money for good causes. His mission to support people in need stems from a decision he made in 1994, to walk from one end of Pakistan to another so that he might get to know how people lived and, as he said, ‘to see and feel what the poorest of the poor go through’. It took him a year; he walked 4,700 kilometres on his own without being harmed, taking indirect, circuitous routes to see as much as he could. Since then, he has led more than a hundred walks, raising awareness of a myriad issues, mainly those related to seriously disadvantaged children, to widows, orphans, to the hardships and the endemic health problems they endure.

Jimmy Engineer will talk about his life and his art, illustrating his talk with images of his paintings and drawings.


Friday, 17th August, 2018

Remembering Patras Bokhari A bi-lingual event with a Geo TV documentary, and with Advocate Khalilur Rahman and Peter Gourd

Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: High Commission for Pakistan, 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 8JN.
Admission: This event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
RSVP: Please ensure that you register your attendance via the website for security and catering purposes. REGISTER HERE

Please note: You may book only for yourself, your spouse and two further guests or yourself and three guests (maximum of four in total). You will be asked to fill in the name of the person each place is for, including your own. You will receive an email confirmation of your places but no physical tickets will be issued.

If you wish to bring more guests please email: info@thepakistansociety.org.uk

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Professor Syed Ahmed Shah Bokhari (1898–1958) was better known by his pen name, Patras Bokhari. The legendary Urdu writer, humourist, educationist and broadcaster was also a distinguished diplomat and Pakistan’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations.

Born in Peshawar into a Kashmiri family, Bokhari gained a Masters in English at Government College, Lahore, and a Tripos in English at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. (Many years later, the Bokhari English Prize was established there in his honour.) He returned to Government College, Lahore, as a Professor, and later became its Principal. The Urdu poets Faiz Ahmed Faiz and Noon Meem Rashid, were among his students. His collection of essays, Patras Kay Mazameen, published in 1927 is still recognized as one of the finest works in Urdu humour.

He served as Director General of All India Radio and, in 1950, accompanied Liaquat Ali Khan to the United States in order to write all the Prime Minister’s speeches and public pronouncements. His association with Liaquat Ali Khan led to his appointment as Pakistan’s first Permanent Representative to the United Nations, where he served from 1951–54. He remained in New York until 1958 as Under Secretary of the UN, Head of Information.

Advocate Khalil ur Rahman, an experienced speaker on Urdu literature and Peter Gourd whose wife Masooma is the niece of Patras Bokhari, will speak about Patras Bokhari, his career, his achievements and his life. Peter Gourd will tell us in English about Patras Bokhari’s early life before handing over to Khalil ur Rehman who will talk of Patras Bokhari the Urdu writer.  His talk will be in Urdu.  Peter will then talk of Patras the Educator. This section of the talk will be in English with a short video in Urdu.  Finally Peter will remind us of Patras the Diplomat.  Again the talk will be in English and will include two video clips, one in English and another in Urdu. The event will close with a short video reminder of some of his close friends and associates.


Tuesday, 4th September, 2018

A private view of a public office – a year in the life of the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of London – An illustrated talk by Sir Michael and Lady Oliver – NB To be held at the Cavalry & Guards Club

The Olivers - August 2018Time: 6.00 for 6.30pm
Venue: The Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 9PX (Courtesy of Guy Bartle-Jones) NB Seating is limited; it will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Admission: This event is open to Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests.
RSVP: Please ensure that you register your attendance via the website for security and catering purposes. REGISTER HERE

Please note: You may book only for yourself, your spouse and two further guests or yourself and three guests (maximum of four in total). You will be asked to fill in the name of the person each place is for, including your own. You will receive an email confirmation of your places but no physical tickets will be issued.

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This talk will be particularly fascinating for those of our members and guests who attended the Annual Dinner at the Mansion House last year. Few probably knew, or know, what the role of the Lord Mayor involves, or the duties that he and the Lady Mayoress are expected to undertake during their year living in the Mansion House.

We are fortunate that Sir Michael and Lady Oliver, who have visited Pakistan on many occasions, have agreed to come and tell us about their experiences in 2001-2002, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee year. They will illustrate their talk with photographs as well film clips of some of the highlights and major events of their tenure.

They will explain the difference between the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the Mayor of London, and how the role of the Lord Mayor has changed so much over the past 15 years. They will describe life in the Mansion House, recounting the astonishment of the producer of the Antiques Road Show when he learned that the house is still furnished with the same pieces that were designed for it 250 years ago, and that many of the archaic ceremonies dating from 400 years ago continue to be performed annually. They will describe the drama of the Lord Mayor’s Show, the rehearsals that were involved, and include clips of Sally opening it by doing aerial acrobatics while suspended from a vast helium balloon, and give a unique perspective on Jubilee year with a behind-the-scenes view, including the story of the Queen’s amusement at the extraordinary incident of the racing horses at Temple Bar.

Among their official responsibilities were many overseas visits, for business and diplomatic reasons, and during their tenure they visited 23 countries, giving them a unique world view as well as some unforeseen adventures.

Sir Michael Oliver was a partner of Kitcat & Aitken, Stockbrokers and subsequently a Director of Lloyds Investment Management, Hill Samuel and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership. Among his many appointments, he was Chancellor of City University 2001-2002 and a Trustee of the University of East London, 1999-2003. He was, and is, involved with many charities.
Lady Oliver read History of Art at Cambridge. She was in the Costume jewellery business and then, having retrained as a gilder, worked in a restoration studio. For many years she was involved in a number of charities, including being Deputy President of London Red Cross, a role which stood her in good stead for many Mayoral Overseas visits.

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