Dear Community Member, I am reaching out to you at a critical time when the Pandemic Coronavirus has brought the entire world to a virtual standstill inflicting heavy losses on human lives and economy. In view of the ongoing global crisis, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan has set up a COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIEF FUND-2020 to combat the economic impact of the disease in the country and to provide support for the poor and vulnerable segments of Pakistani society. In my earlier message, 12 days ago, the details of the dedicated account with National Bank of Pakistan were indicated. However, to facilitate Pakistani community in the UK, the High Commission has opened an exclusive account with the United Bank Limited (UBL), London with the approval of the Government of Pakistan. The Pakistani community can directly deposit their contributions in this account, details of which are as follows: Account Title: PRIME MINISTER’S COVID-19 PANDEMIC RELIF FUND-2020 Account No.: 02303801 Sort code: 60-91-70 Name of Bank: United Bank Limited (UBL) UK While Pakistani Community Members are extending support in kind for which the Government and I are indebted, deposits to the above-mentioned Relief Fund would be of significant value and impact on the lives of the families in need. Given the size of our Community in the UK, your generous contributions to the Fund can greatly assist the Government of Pakistan in its undertaking to effectively combat the pandemic and provide relief to the economically less privileged population of the country.
We are pleased to be reminded of this wonderful plaque dedicated to our founder, Lady ‘Vicky’ Noon, put up some years ago at the Arts Council of Pakistan, in Karachi, in recognition of her many contributions to the development of arts in the country.
We are delighted to welcome a new trustee, confirmed at our recent board
of trustees meeting hosted at the Ancient Iran and India Trust in Cambridge.
He is Professor Faisal Devji, who has written extensively on Pakistan and on
intellectual ideas to do with South Asian history and politics. He is director
of the Oxford University Asian Studies Institute and a Fellow of St Antony’s
College. Please see here for his brief bio. This bring to nine the membership of
Two of our Trustees were welcomed as special guests at the recent welcome gathering for
all international scholars at Cambridge University, held at the Twelvetrees Hotel, hosted
by the new vice-chancellor, Professor Stephen Toope. Dr Paul Flather, the Chair of the Vicky Noon trust and Professor Haroon Ahmed, were two special guests praised in the opening speeches for the contribution the trust made as one of the many partner bodies that works with the hugely successful Cambridge Commonwealth Trust (CCT). The VNEF is poised to renew its 25-year partnership with Cambridge in the coming months to continue to support able and successful graduates coming from Pakistan to study at the leading university. Pictured are left to right Professor Ahmed, Professor Toope, Dr Flather and Helen Pennant, the director of the CCT.