NHS Doctor and TV Presenter Dr Amir Khan, Naz Shah MP, and Dr Sofia Buncy MBE, Deputy Lieutenant For West Yorkshire, were among several VIP guests to attend a dinner hosted by the Dawoodi Bohra community of Bradford to celebrate His Holiness Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin being honoured with “Nishan-e-Pakistan”, Pakistan’s highest civilian award.
His Holiness was presented with the Order of Pakistan by President Arif Alvi in December. The award was granted in recognition of His Holiness’s continued contribution to health, education and the environment, and for promoting global peace and harmony. Regarded as an “Ambassador of Peace and Goodwill”, Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin has dedicated his life to the betterment of society.
A host of local dignitaries attended the dinner at Adam Masjid, including Zahid Ahmed Khan Jatoi, Consul General of Pakistan in Bradford; Sajid Azeb, COO & Deputy CEO of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Javed Bashir of Strengthening Faith Institutions; Pastor Nathan Javed; Azeem Sarwar of Council for Mosques; and Bradford Councillor Fozia Shaheen.
Raaj Cochin, a member of the Bradford Dawoodi Bohras, said, “Many Dawoodi Bohras came to the UK from Pakistan, and so we are exceptionally proud that our leader has been honoured with Pakistan’s highest civilian award. We feel blessed and grateful that we have been joined in our celebrations by guests of such distinction.”
Dr Sophia Buncy MBE DL said, “It was an honour for me and the West Yorkshire Lieutenancy office to be part of such a significant occasion. I am truly grateful for the opportunity to extend our friendship with the Bradford Dawoodi Bohra community. I thank you for your commitment to fostering understanding and collaboration with the wider community.”
Consul General Zahid Ahmed Khan Jatoi, added, “I consider your community as friends and family and law-abiding citizens [based on] my experience of your community in Karachi Pakistan.”
Addressing the audience, Naz Shah MP said, “Congratulations to the local Dawoodi Bohra community for the charitable work it conducts within Bradford.”
Previous recipients of “Nishan-e-Pakistan” include distinguished heads of state such as the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Emir of Qatar, among others.
The Dawoodi Bohras are Muslims who have lived in Bradford since the 1960s. This event was hosted at their mosque, Adam Masjid, which is located in the Girlington district of the city and is the focus of the 70 families in the community.