BritPak: Difference Through Enterprise

Creating an Institution of positive contribution to the UK, and for British Pakistanis

Welcome to our August edition of the Indus Club newsletter #6


Pakistan Independence Day Greetings and Congratulations!

The political environment is still fluid at home in the UK. The new PM is still finding her feet after appointing a new cabinet. Labour are in the midst of a leadership election.
Should be interesting when Parliament reconvenes and we start tackling Brexit issues...

Indus Club hopes integrity and principles return to our political spectrum.

Sports wise, the UK is performing in a spectacular manner in the Rio Olympics. Overall at the time of this newsletter we are 2nd in the medals table, ahead of China, Russia, Germany, France, Italy, Australia, etc, and only USA ahead of us. The Cyclists are now world beaters, and Mo Farah has become our greatest athlete of all time. Swimming and gymnastics have all seen excellent performances. Well done Team GB, also having representation by BritPaks eg in Boxing.

It seems like British Pakistanis have represented British National teams more than people originating from any other country. We should be proud of the contribution we make to the UK, and find ways to improve this further in other fields. Just as importantly such achievements should be celebrated and communicated (a key plank for the existence of Indus Club).

The cricket test series between England and Pakistan has been the most exciting series in England for years. After Pakistan edged the 1st test at Lords, England came back strongly and won the 2nd at Old Trafford easily, helped by a wonderful 250 by Yorkshireman Joe Root. The 3rd at Edgbaston was a close affair and won again by England though it looked like Pakistan might win after a lead of over 100 in the first innings. The 4th test at the Oval was again well contested, though the key difference was a marvelous knock of 218 by Younis Khan, and Pakistan eventually won comfortably by 10 wickets, despite a thrilling century for England by BritPak Moeen Ali. So a fair 2-2 result which revived spectator interest in test cricket.

Our Indus Club Icon profile is dedicated to Hanif Mohammed, who died in early August. The original 'Little Master' perfected the art of Test Match batting, and served Pakistan Cricket with distinction, including a 'triple' century.

Elsewhere, BritPak London Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has made an incredibly impressive start to his tenure and initiated several major policy improvements and projects for our capital city. Well done Sadiq, keep up the great work.

The Top 10 this month is a list / bullet-points of priorities & key issues facing Pakistan. We list these and invite readers & members to comment, or propose their own list with rationale. We may publish those of merit in future editions of the newsletter and permanently on the IC website.

As ever, please feel free to comment and give us ideas for development and JOIN Indus Club membership FREE of charge -

Feel free to circulate this newsletter to colleagues, friends, associates - we want all 1.4M BritPaks to become involved.

Nasser Malik, Founder and Chairman


Top 10 Indus Club, Priorities & Issues for Pakistan

Obviously many of these feed into others, hence some perceived issues have not made our list. We would welcome comments and views on these priorities/issues.

1. Effective Leadership
The country has been ill served for most of its existence. leaders committed to developing the nation, eg not investing personal fortunes abroad

2. Education
Necessary to expand and generate innovative growth in all sectors, and alleviate poverty

3. Economic Development / Energy Issues
Geographical location should be a big asset. necessary to become a force for good in the world

4. Security / Terrorism
Difficult, given the vested interests of neighbouring powers, however c.25 years ago Pakistan was a beacon of security and non-violence

5. Land Reform

6. Corruption
Can be achieved, eg most sections of the forces, motorway police, etc. necessary to allow progression based on merit and rule of law

7. Population Control

8. Healthcare

9. Sectarian Differences
Religious / provinces

10. Regional Peace

Pakistan has the potential to be a leading nation in the world, not just the region - but there have to be concerted and selfless efforts to address the priorities & issues.


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