British Council Pakistan: Report launch, panel discussion and presentations

The British Pakistan, the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Pakistani Association joint event.

The launch of the British Council Pakistan’s Research Report entitled ‘Moving from the margins: Mainstreaming persons with disabilities in Pakistan’ was held in the University of Glasgow. The launch celebrated and recognised the Para-sports which were held as part of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. The Scottish Minister for External Affairs and International Development Hamza Yousaf MSP was the chief guest, together with a Ministerial visitor from Pakistan, the Country Director of the British Council Pakistan, and other senior British Council staff from Pakistan and the UK, and Pakistani Diplomats in the UK were also be present. There were also a number of members of the Scottish Pakistani Diaspora present. The entire event was funded by British Council Pakistan with logistic and planning support from the University of Glasgow and the Scottish Pakistani Association.

  • Date: Friday 29th August 2014
  • Time: 15.00hr Reception + finger food/tea, coffee; 15.30hr Formal Report launch with speeches.
  • Venue: Senate Room (Main Building - Gilbert Scott Bldg.), University of Glasgow


  • 1430 - Reception (finger food, tea & coffee will be available)
  • 1500 - Welcome from University of Glasgow by Professor Neal Juster,  Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor University of Glasgow 
    • Welcome Address by Peter Upton, Country Director British Council Pakistan
  • 1515 - Presentation of key findings of the Report by Dr Maryam Rab, Director Research Evaluation and Monitoring (REMU), British Council, Pakistan
  • 1525 - Panel Discussion – Chaired by Peter Upton

Question and answer session

  • 1640 - Life as PwD – disability, life and sports by Hannah Dines GB Para-cyclist and International Race Runner
  • 1650 - Chief Guest’s Address by Humza Yousaf, MSP,  Minister for External Affairs & International Development, Scottish Government
  • 1700 - Action Points and Closing Remarks by Dan Walsh, Consultant, REMU & Head of Diversity Unit, British Council Pakistan


Mr Abdullah Khan Sumbal, Higher Education Secretary, Government of Punjab, Pakistan; Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE., Head of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, British Council, UK; Professor Nick Watson, Strathclyde Centre for Disability Research, University of Glasgow; Dr Jamila Khatoon, Medical Doctor and University of Glasgow Alumnus.  

The Scottish Pakistani Association greatly acknowledges the British Council Pakistan and the help from Stuart Forsyth and Mhairi Taylor and other staff at the University of Glasgow and to the speakers and panellists for their contribution. The 75 guests were entertained by lively Scottish music (Kate Griffiths, Alastair Kirk, Craig Daly and John Riddell) including bagpipe music (Donald MacFarlane) - our special thanks to them.

Deaf Reach

Deaf Reach: A transformational education in Pakistan
Public lecture by Francis and Maria Doherty
Organised jointly by Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID) and The Scottish Pakistani Association (SPA)
Tuesday 19th July 2016, 6.00pm
Sir Charles Wilson Building, Seminar Room, 1 University Avenue, University of Glasgow

Further information...


Lecture Title: Towards Low Carbon Buildings: International perspectives on metrics, policies and practices
Speaker: Professor Rajat Gupta, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.
Date: Thursday, January 23 2014
Time: 5.15pm
Venue: Yudowitz Lecture Theatre, Wolfson Medical School Building, University Avenue (Byres Road end), University of Glasgow
Lecture Category: Public lectures

A lecture organised jointly by Sustainable Development Network (SDN), Glasgow Centre for International Development (GCID) and Scottish Pakistani Association (SPA). The talk will be followed by a drinks reception.
This presentation reviews the need for buildings to become low energy and low carbon globally, how this can be achieved through sustainable social housing and improvement of existing building stocks internationally, and how the energy performance is measured, verified and reported through a globally applicable methodology. The presentation will draw heavily from recent and on-going research projects on sustainable social housing, common carbon metrics, decarbonisation of building stocks, and international practice in green buildings

To register, please visit:


British Council South Asia Season:  "Pakistan today and the one we have forgotten: The rise of insecurity and violence" Screening and discussion with Farjad Nabi, Pakistani film director on  Mon 9th December 2013 at 18.00hr
Venue: Senate Room, University of Glasgow
The  Scottish Pakistani Association warmly invites you to a forthcoming British Council Pakistan event at the University of Glasgow jointly with the Scottish Pakistani Association. We would be delighted if you were able to attend the screening and panel discussion. The event is on Mon 9th Dec. 2013 at 18.00hr and snacks and refreshments will be provided. We trust this film called "Pakistan today and the one we have forgotten: The rise of insecurity and violence", will be of interest to you as it is about Lahore, the city with which Glasgow is twinned.
Kindly circulate this to your friends and family who may be interested to attend. The British Council is very keen to engage with the Scottish Pakistani diaspora on the film’s topic as part of their South Asia Season programme.. The event is free and open to the public but to attend please register via this link:
For further enquiries please contact Stuart Forsyth:

Previous lectures

 “Sustainable Construction, Development & Heritage for Post Disaster Communities in Pakistan"

by Mrs Yasmeen Lari Sitara-i-Imtiaz, Chief Executive of Heritage Foundation and the first women architect of Pakistan

Mrs Yasmeen Lari will be visiting the University of Glasgow on our Scottish Government International Development Fund project. Some of you will recall that Mrs Lari came to Glasgow in 2008 on the SPA 'Awards for All' funded event on the occasion of the 60th Anniversary of the Independence of Pakistan and she talked about heritage and enhancing livelihoods of communities in Pakistan especially after the 2005 devastating earthquake in Pakistan. Since then major floods have further destroyed a third of the country. Post the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Pakistan floods Mrs Lari and her co-workers have been at the forefront of rebuilding communities providing low cost and sustainable shelters and empowering women in crafts skills. The SPA and other contributors raised funds in Glasgow for some of this work.

Mrs Lari is the joint coordinator with ourselves at the University of Glasgow on two Scottish Government International Development Fund projects in Siran and Swat valleys, and she has been recently awarded the Islamic Development Bank’s ‘Women’s Development Prize Laureate 2013’.

This will be an excellent opportunity to hear from Mrs Lari about the work on sustainable and low-carbon construction, disaster management, rural women's uplift, and on the current situation in Pakistan. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and for those who are interested there may be opportunities for volunteer work with the award winning Heritage Foundation.

The Queen Of Architecture’ This week You! talks exclusively to the first Pakistani female architect - Yasmeen Lari...

Talk title: "Sustainable Construction, Development & Heritage for Post Disaster Communities in Pakistan"
Date: Tues. 25th June 2013
Time: 17.30hr – 19.30hr (Talk: 40min. Q/A: 15min.)
Place: Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow, Interfaith Chaplaincy (where the SPA showed the film "Jinnah" last year and "Ram Chand Pakistani" at the same venue)

The lecture will be followed by refreshments.

This is a FREE event but please RSVP to Azra Meadows by Sunday 23rd June if you wish to attend (for catering and seating arrangements).
tel. 0141 330 6622/6624 (office) ; 07831 368237 (M)

The Interfaith Room is located below the Chaplaincy (marked A24 on map), in the downstairs area.
Main Building, Gilmorehill Campus, University Avenue, Glasgow G12 8QQ

Please ask the University Main Gate staff for directions and follow signage for the event.
Car parking: Free parking facility will be available on campus.
Nearest Subway: Hillhead, Byres Road
Buses: 4 and 4A stop at the Main Gate on University Avenue


The Scottish Pakistani Association is delighted to invite you to a seminar event in collaboration with the University of Glasgow Centre for International Development

Speaker: Minister for External Affairs and International Development of the Scottish Parliament, Mr Humza Yousaf MSP
Date: Monday 4th February 2013
Time: 17.30hr - 19.00hr

Event format: Seminar (15-20 mins.) and Q/A session (25-30 mins.), followed by light refreshments.
Venue: Wolfson Medical School Building* (ground floor Seminar Room), University of Glasgow, University Avenue.
*labelled C8 on the map
Free parking is available on the main campus after 17.15hr

Talk Flyer - Talk - Humza Yousaf - 4 February 2013

Seminar Topics will include:  The Scottish Government and International Development issues and funding for Sub Saharan Africa and South Asian countries. The Scottish Government has a South Asia Development Programme funds projects in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. The Scottish Government's Response to International Humanitarian Crises - for example funding for projects post the 2010 devastating floods in Pakistan.

To register for this Free Event: GCID Lecture Series 2012/13

You will receive a confirmation ticket number after you register, please bring this along with you.

For enquiries please contact:  Dr Azra Meadows Tel. 0141 330 6622; email:

SYMPOSIUM - "Beasts of the Imagination" 

19th May 2012, 11.00 to 16.00hr, at The Burrell Collection (see flyer for details - Whats On Leaflet 19 May 2012)

This event includes a talk on "Wildlife, ecology and myths: a journey into Mughal art" by  Dr. Azra Meadows and Dr. Peter Meadows at 14.00hr.

A free event. All welcome.

FILM SCREENING - Wednesday 25th April 2012

The Scottish Pakistani Association (SPA) hosted a film screening to commemorate the National Day of Pakistan.

The film was called 'Jinnah' and was about the life of the founder of Pakistan 'Quaid-i-Azam' Muhammad Ali Jinnah. It was directed by Jamil Dehlavi and was written by Professor Akbar Ahmed (an imminent scholar and ex-High Commissioner of Pakistan to the UK), and it is in English with Christopher Lee playing the lead role of Jinnah. This film received the Silver Remi Award at the WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival.

The Interfaith Room at the University of Glasgow main campus was booked for the occasion -  a venue which we used for screening the film ‘Ram Chand Pakistani’ in collaboration with Heer Productions in 2010.
The free film screening will be followed by light refreshments.

Date: Wednesday 25th April 2012
Time: 18.00hr - 20.30hr (film duration 110 mins)
Venue: Interfaith Room. Interfaith Chaplaincy, Chapel Corridor (South), West Quadrangle (A6 on map),
Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ

The Interfaith Room is located below the Chaplaincy (A24 on map), in the downstairs area.
Please ask the University Main Gate staff for directions and follow signage for the event.
Car parking: Free parking facility will be available on campus.
Nearest Subway: Hillhead, Byres Road
Buses: 44 and 44A and 11 stop at the Main Gate on University Avenue.

The Scottish Pakistani Association Executive Committee Members very much hope that you will be able to attend this event.

There are no tickets but kindly RSVP to Azra Meadows (Chair SPA) by Wednesday 18th April at the latest as the number of seats are limited (40): 
Tel. 0141 330 6622 / 6624 (office)


Thursday 19th January 2012 from 19.00 to 21.00hr. on Radio Awaz 107.2 FM programme 'Ru Ba Ru' (meaning 'face to face' interview with music interludes).

A live radio interview (mainly in Urdu) will cover the recent natural disasters in Pakistan (2005 Earthquake, 2010 and 2011 Floods), and the Scottish Government International Development Fund rehabilitation projects between the University of Glasgow and Heritage Foundation Pakistan.

Programme presenter:
Mrs Rahat Zahid

Invited Guests:
Mr Naeem Shah, Heritage Foundation Pakistan

Mr Rafiq ullah, Ph.D. postgraduate from Pakistan, studying at the University of Glasgow

Dr Azra and Peter Meadows, University of Glasgow

This programme can be heard:
On air on 107.2 FM
Online on