Alok Sharma, Member of Parliament for Reading West, was invited by Dr Shahid Sharif, Chair of Reading Cultural Society (RCS), to attend an event that was held on Saturday 24th March at the Hilton Reading in celebration of Pakistan Day. The event was attended by over 200 people where a three-course meal was served and entertainment was provided in the form of Ghazal, a style of Pakistani music.
RCS is a social enterprise that has been established to promote cohesion between British and Pakistani culture through networking and the sharing and exploration of cultural aspects such as literature, poetry, music, sport and cuisine. RCS commemorated Pakistan Day, a day celebrated by Pakistanis as the date marking the adoption of Pakistan's first constitution, and were pleased to have the attendance of Alok to celebrate this occasion alongside.
Alok made a speech commending the community spirit that was visible during the event as well as the contribution of the British Pakistani community in Reading.
Alok Sharma said: “I was delighted to attend Reading Cultural Society’s event for Pakistan Day and enjoyed the event. I am encouraged to see that the Society is making a real effort to ensure that British Pakistani culture is being shared in an inclusive way and I look forward to participating in future events.”
Dr Sharif said: “This event was held not only in honour of Pakistan Day but also to show that people from all walks of life can come together in celebration of a mixed culture and society and we were honoured to have Mr Sharma attend and show his support for RCS. We enjoyed a wonderful night of food and entertainment which was appreciated by adults as well as children. I believe that Reading is a fantastic town with people from various backgrounds and I look forward to future events which will hopefully encourage further cohesion between the people of Reading.”