June 2016
"No religion is higher than humanity." Abdul Edhi Sattar (1928 - 2016)

Pakistan and humanity suffered a great loss in July, with the death of legendary philanthropist and humanitarian Abdul Edhi Sattar.

BPF is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Abdul Edhi Sattar. Mr. Edhi was a rare public figure in Pakistan who enjoyed near-universal respect across the country's deep political, ethnic and religious divides. Starting in 1951 with a tiny dispensary in Karachi, Edhi built up a nationwide organisation of ambulances, clinics, maternity homes, mental asylums, shelters for runaway children and battered women, schools, nursing courses, soup kitchens and a 25-bed cancer hospital. All run by some 7000 volunteers. Usually dressed in a simple kurta over gray pajamas, scuffed sandals and his trademark astrakhan hat, Edhi would at times take to the streets to beg on the behalf of his social programs and the poor, even in his 70s. This self-effacing man with a primary-school education has almost single-handedly created one of the largest and most successful health and welfare networks in Asia. British Pakistan Foundation sends its deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace. 
BPF News
June and July have been very exciting for BPF. This week we launched the fantastic monthly meetup, BPFSocial! - a reoccurring social get-together for all our members and their friends to network and get to know new and like-minded people. The BPF team works hard to engage, unite and empower our community, and BPFSocial! is one of our latest networking events that provides a relaxed environment for young professionals to meet, enjoy excellent fusion food and get to know one another. Our partners at Indigo in Shoreditch provide us with the perfect venue and excellent food and drinks and we are pleased to announce the event last Thursday was a huge success with overwhelming positive and helpful feedback from you - the community.

BPF would like to thank everyone who attended BPFSocial! for joining us. Pictures of the event can be found below in our Events section. Don't forget to tag yourself and Like the British Pakistan Foundation page on Facebook! If you'd like to get involved with BPFSocial!, please send us an email with suggestions for themes for our next event, as we are always keen to listen and work with our community's interests. 

In the world of BPF, we are also excited to announce Dr. Zafar Iqbal as Outstanding British Pakistani of the month. Dr. Iqbal, born in Pakistan, is the first team doctor for Crystal Palace Football Club, and former first team doctor at Liverool FC. We caught up with him for an interview about his journey to his dream job, and thoughts on addressing health issues in the community. 

Amidst Brexit and new leadership in politics, July has also seen the appointment of British Pakistani politician, Sajid Javid, as the new Communities Secretary, under the leadership of Mrs. Theresa May. Mr Javid is a former investment banker from Rochdale, and was tipped as a rising star and future leader of the Tory party. We wish him success during these challenging times in British politics. 

BPF is always on the lookout to showcase the achievements transpiring in our community from our successful and talented members. If you are, or know, someone who has made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to society through sports, arts, business, music, philanthropy, science (any field), please send a short write-up to Sana at

As part of our Young Professionals Programme, the ongoing BPF initiative that ensures career-building mentorship, access to internships and job opportunities for our youth, YPP currently has the following internships and job opportunities available: Two internships at a well-known global Islamic bank. The positions are based in Birmingham, in Retail Banking, specifically Packaging. Interested candidates will have a passion for retail banking, be enrolled in university or a recent graduate. Please send your CV to Mariam at to join our list of candidates. 
BPF is also helping a new art gallery in London (South Kensington) recruit an operations team. Currently the following positions are available: Head of Operations or Assistant Manager/ operations, admin & book-keeping (FT), Assistant manager/designer, Assistant PR, marketing & events, Grants/ Bids (PT). Please send your CV to Mariam to apply. 
If you are a business-owner or organisation looking for an intern or new hire, or would like to mentor students and graduates, please contact
Finally, British Pakistan Foundation would like to wish all Muslims around the world celebrating the end of Ramadan this month belated Eid Mubarak! We hope to see you at our next event!

All the best,
The BPF Team



Launch of BPFSocial!
14 July 2016 | Shoreditch

BPF launched its latest networking meetup, BPFSocial! in partnership with Indigo in Shoreditch. Designed to bring together young professionals in a relaxed and casual environment with fantastic fusion food and mango cocktails, BPFSocial launch was a great success with people mingling and mixing with new members all night. Click here for photos.
Save the date! Launch of BPF Medical Professionals Network 
29 September 2016 | The Westbury

BPF is excited to launch the exclusive Medical Professionals Network, headed up by renowned physician, Dr. Kaukab Rajput. Dr. Rajput is Consultant Audiological Physician and Lead Physician for Cochlear Implant at Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Audiological Medicine University College London. Save the date and join us for a panel discussion and top advice from UK medical experts, especially students of medicine and young doctors.

Pakistani Food and how I learned to cook it - a talk by Irfan Hussain
20 July 2016 | The Pakistan Society

Irfan Husain is a Pakistani columnist and writer. Irfan will talk through his experiences and adventures in learning about and learning to cook Pakistani food and the history and origins of our rich and globally-loved cuisine. Book here. 
Asian Circle Summer Party
22 July 2016 | EC3V 0AT

The Asian Circle Summer Party at The Bangalore Expres promises to be a wonderful evening with the chance to network over canapes, listen to guest speakers and win wonderful prizes in a raffle held on the night. All profits  will go towards supporting The Asian Circle’s project with Oxfam India, working in the tribal Adivasi communities in North East India to challenge the social acceptance of sexual and domestic violence against women. Book here.


Kinara Festival
Until 22 July 2016 | Lancashire

The Love and Etiquette Foundation is bringing a month of events celebrating Islamic culture this summer! Highlights include a special film screening of the film ‘Song of Lahore’, stand-up comedian Tez Ilyass and two magical nights of live Sufi music from artists from Palestine, Pakistan, India, Turkey, Morocco, Spain and the UK. See details
A Midsummers Eid's High Tea
23 July 2016 | W16 9LQ 

Vintage tea service, cucumber sandwiches and scones with large dollops of clotted cream.
This exclusive ladies-only event is being held at the beautiful Chandos House, a Grade I Listed building with stunning garden terrace in London. The private setting allows women wearing hijab to remove it for the afternoon (if they so please) as all the guests and staff will be female. Book today.

Pakistan Calling - enter into Pakistan's film festival
Until August 8 2016 | Apply online

Calling all film makers The Pakistan Calling! film festival is a celebration of the new wave of cinematic creativity in Pakistan, and a call to film lovers, supports and the public to promote this powerful art-form. The two  day festival will exhibit all genres of film and all Pakistani creatives are encouraged to enter! Apply now here. 
Shahid Afridi Fundraiser 
13 August 2016 | London CR4 3HG

An evening of fundraising with the legend, Shahid Afridi, along with cricket friends from both the Pakistan and England crick teams. The evening promises to be packed with entertainment, Q&A session with the cricketers and traditional music to raise funds for the Shahid Afridi Foundation. Book here. 

*Limited Tickets*


How Will Brexit Impact Pakistan? Pakistan’s stock markets fell by over 1400 points, spurred by panic in the country’s auto and textile sectors, magnified by an unnerved Ministry of Commerce. How much of an impact will the UK’s vote to leave the EU really have on the Pakistani economy? Read more here.

Thousands Pay Respect to Abdul Edhi Sattar
Tens of thousands attended the funeral of Abdul Edhi Sattar last week, paying their respects for one of Pakistan's most profound humanitarians and philanthropists. Read more here.

Sajid Javid Appointed Communities Minister
In his new job as Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Mr Javid will be responsible for setting rules on everything from council spending to planning laws. Mr Javid is a long-time eurosceptic who campaigned for Remain in the recent EU referendum battle. Read more here. 

Muslims for Britain - Why some British Pakistanis chose to leave
With Brexit on everybody's mind, BPF spoke with Mayoress Naheed of Windsor, who drove a Muslims for Britain campaign during the referendum.  Read more here

Two British Pakistani Organisations win Global Good Governance Awards
World Congress of Oversees Pakistanis, a social enterprise making significant gains in harnessing the potential of the 7th largest diaspora in the world, won the 3G Diversity Award at Global Donors Forum 2016 Awards held in Istanbul. The ceremony was held to highlight examples of best practices in good governance in government and politics, corporate sector, and social sector and philanthropy. Read more here.

Zayn Malik’s clothing line features Urdu artwork
Ever-ready to support Pakistani culture, Zayn Malik, former member of the band One Direction, has released a clothing line featuring Urdu calligraphy and artwork. Speaking to Vogue, Zayn said, “My family is from Pakistan, so having artwork in Urdu has huge significance to me.”  Buy here.

Giving this month 
This month, BPF has chosen Islamic Relief as our selected and approved charity. At Islamic Relief, over 180,000 people are better protected against climate change and natural disasters in Sindh and Balochistan through an exciting 3-year programme which makes local communities more climate-proof and self-sufficient through a combination of new agricultural practices; skills and disaster response training; small enterprise grants; and new water resources - including the first solar and wind-powered water pumps in both provinces. This is just one of the many projects in Pakistan that demonstrate Islamic Relief's distinctive, innovative approach to lifting people out of poverty - captured in an inspiring new video. The charity is also active and effective in emergency response from recent floods in Layyah and Thatta and the earthquake in Shangla and Chitral last year. Your zakat and sadaqah will help Islamic Relief continue to make an even bigger impact - please find out more and donate at

For more information about innovative programmes and partnership and funding opportunities, contact Seema Khan, Head of Major Gifts:

We're Hiring!
British Pakistan Foundation is currently accepting applications for an energetic and experienced Project Coordinator. Ideal candidates will have experience in project coordination, be flexible across three national programmes, have a creative outlook and be willing to travel. Email CVs to Sana at

"I've introduced many top football players to the healthier options of Pakistani foods  around the UK!"

BPF caught up with Dr. Zafar Iqbal, Pakistani-born Head of Sports Medicine at Crystal Palace FC and first team doctor to the football team - an illustrious career many football fans would love to have. Dr. Iqbal has served as Head of Sports Medicine at Liverpool FC, set up various sports medicine clinics, is current pro-bono physician to the Pakistan cricket team during this months Test Series, and has worked as the Team doctor at Leyton Orient FC and Tottenham Hotspur. Additing to his list of achievements, Dr Iqbal is also serves as Medical Officer for London Titans wheelchair basketball team. An inspiration and humanitarian, we were excited to discuss his life and career in a little more in depth.

Thank you once again for taking the time out for this interview. Where were you born, and what is your connection with Pakistan?
I was born in 1974 in a small town called Sahiwal near Faisalabad in Pakistan and then came to the UK with my parents shortly after my birth. I’ve lived in England ever since and identify myself as a Muslim first and happy to be living in England but don’t hide the fact that I’m of Pakistani origin. The majority of my friends are Pakistani and that’s probably because of our common interests and beliefs. I only returned to Pakistan in 2005 and 2007 to help with medical camps following the terrible earthquake disaster in 2005 and so haven’t had the opportunity to explore the country as I would like to one day in the not too distant future.

Could you tell us a bit about your role at the club, what sort of duties you have during a typical week and how you go about keeping Steven Gerrard in tip top shape?
I am present at all training sessions and matches. Along with the rest of the medical and sports science team, we are responsible for the overall care of the players for games. We are at the cutting edge of sports medicine, so we have to try and provide the best available care and best evidence-based care. We are constantly learning and trying to find new methods and techniques to make the players fitter, faster and stronger.

As Head of Sports Medicine at Crystal Palace FC, and ex-First Doctor for Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC, what are the perks of the job?
There are lots.  I manage to combine my love for medicine with passion for sports – the perfect combination.  The opportunity to work with elite athletes is challenging and rewarding and also getting to travel around England and worldwide with the teams is not bad.  Probably the best bit is getting to work with and watching train some of the best players in the world such as Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Phillipe Coutinho to name but a few. 

How did you move towards sports medicine?
I’d always wanted to be a doctor from the age of 10 after witnessing the care received by one of my sisters who had an aggressive form of brain cancer.  Once I'd qualified I was going to go into Orthopedics as I enjoyed fixing things.  However my career path changed, when I injured my knee playing football and was shocked at the poor care I received in the NHS in helping me return to sports.  That’s when I decided to study further in the area and specialise in Sports Medicine to help others who were likely to have been in my position regarding sports injuries.  I helped set up a few NHS sports medicine clinics and organised conferences as chairman of the FA Medical Society and then I got an opportunity to work at Leyton Orient FC and England youth teams. 

What kinds of challenges did you face on your rise to success?
To be honest I don’t really focus on challenges.  I’ve just always tried to work as hard as possible and improve in every aspect of my work and not really looked at reasons why I can’t progress further.  I don’t have any goals in my work and just been fortunate that one thing has led to another.  Probably the biggest challenge is balancing family with work commitments and again I’m lucky to have a patient and understanding family.

Has your Pakistani heritage ever helped or challenged your career?
Not sure if it Pakistani has helped or hindered me in my career.  I’d like to think that my work ethic and commitment is what others have seen and given me the opportunities that I have on merit alone.  Wherever I’ve worked I’ve not hidden the fact that I’m a British Muslim of Pakistani Origin.  This has often been a topic of conversation amongst players and I’ve introduced many top players to the healthier options of Pakistani foods and various restaurants around the UK!

What advice can you give to our young members who wish to pursue a career in medicine?
Have the passion for whatever you do and strive to provide the best care that you can.  No substitute for hard work but enjoying the subject makes it easier.

There are certain health issues that can affect the Pakistani community in the UK in particular such as diabetes - could you shed some light on the illness? Why diabetes is so prevalent, and how we can go about treating and preventing it?
I have a particular interest in promoting physical activity and its use in reducing chronic disease.  Unfortunately there are several chronic diseases that are particularly prevalent in the Pakistani community such as Obesity, Type 2 Diabetes and Cardiovascular disease.   I feel many don’t take this seriously enough and try and blame others instead of looking at their own diet and lack of activity.  There needs to be a widespread change in behaviour as these conditions are worsening and becoming more prevalent. 

Finally having achieved so much at a young age, where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
As I mentioned earlier I don’t have any other goals than my family being happy with me, continuing to work in Sports Medicine and I am enjoying it at Crystal Palace and my sports Medicine clinics.  I’d like for there to be progression in my 2 other campaigns that I’m passionate about.  The first is promoting physical activity in schools and the community and the other for there to be legislation that AEDs (automated cardiac defibrillators) to be available in all schools and in the community.


NYLA, a new upcoming art & design gallery boutique in South Kensington, London, is looking for:

Head of Operations or Asst Manager/ operations, admin & book-keeping (FT)
Assistant manager/designer
Assistant PR, marketing & events
Grants/ Bids writer (PT)

2 internships Al Rayan Bank, based in Birmingham
1 internship Fashion Designer in Mayfair, London

Work with us!

BPF is hiring! We are currently accepting applications for an energetic and experienced Project Coordinator. Ideal candidates will have experience in project coordination, event planning, enjoy working with a diverse team and willing to travel. Please send your CV to Sana at

If you are a business-owner, entrepreneur or city professional who would like to offer mentoring, internships, or access to job opportunities to our top Young Professionals Program students in Higher Education (currently from Imperial College, King's College London, University College London and London School of Economics), please email Mariam at
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