Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Pakistan and UK 'Leadership During Covid 19 Crisis in Pakistan and the UK: Recognising the Significance of Interdependence, Mutual Prosperity and Universal Values'

Sunday 26th July 2020

The order of the programme is:

Introduction: David Fraser Harris Secretary General of UPF in the Middle East and North Africa

Hon Faisal Karim Kundi

Hon Faisal Karim Kundi is a Pakistani politician who served as the 17th Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2008 to 2013. Faisal Karim Kundi hails from a known political family of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He started his political career in 2003 and served PPP as Divisional Coordinator D.I.Khan Division. He had an intrinsic inclination towards politics and was groomed by Late Benazir Bhutto during her stay in London. He contested election from NA-24 on PPP ticket in General Election of February 2008 and was elected as the 17th Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan on Wednesday March 19, 2008. He has the honour of being the youngest Deputy Speaker from amongst so far elected Deputy Speakers.

Ali Haider Gillani MPA

Ali Haider Gillani is the son of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Yousuf Raza Gillani. He is member of Provincial Assembly of Punjab since August 2018. On 9 May 2013, he was kidnapped in his home district of Multan after unidentified gunmen attacked a gathering of the PPP. After three years, Ali, on 10 May 2016 was recovered in a joint operation by Afghan and US forces in Ghazni, Afghanistan.

Mian Jalil Ahmed Sharaqpuri MPA

Mian Jaleel Ahmed Sharaqpuri is a Pakistani politician who has been a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab since October 2018. Previously, he was a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan from 2002 to 2007.He is from a very famous political family.

Mr Afzal Khan MP CBE

Mohammed Afzal Khan, CBE is a British Labour Party politician who has been the Member of Parliament for the Manchester Gorton constituency since June 2017. He was formerly Lord Mayor of Manchester for the year 2005–2006, and served as a Member of the European Parliament for North West England from 2014 to 2017. Afzal Khan was elected as the Labour MP for Manchester Gorton in 2017 and was re-elected in 2019. Afzal served as Shadow Minister for Immigration (2017-2019) and Shadow Foreign Office Minister (2019-2020). He is now the Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons. He is also a Vice Chair of several All-Party Parliamentary Groups, including on British Muslims, Adult Social Care, Pakistan, Hajj and Umrah, Greater Manchester, and Poverty.

Rubab Mehdi Rizvi

A human rights barrister and interfaith activist, Rubab organised her first multifaith conference in Pakistan aged just 13, an event sponsored by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto. Rubab also chairs the International Imam Hussain Council, a Pakistan-based charity promoting interfaith understanding, and is a fervent advocate for the rights of religious minorities. A former European spokesperson for the Pakistan Ministry of Human Rights, Rubab also runs an annual awards event in the House of Lords recognising the achievements of women of faith. Always courageous in speaking out on sensitive issues, Rubab has played a critical role in securing a place for women in settings dominated by men. She was awarded as one of 21 faith leaders for the 21st century in the UK by faith based media.

Umberto Angelucci: Chair of UPF for the Middle East and North Africa