As a result of the 1947 partition of British India, Pakistan and the United Kingdom were nominally part of the British Empire as a post-independence federal dominion. Pakistan and the United Kingdom both belong to the Commonwealth of Nations. There was a large Pakistani diaspora in the United Kingdom, and Pakistan was nominally part of the British Empire until 1956.
Was Pakistan a Separate Republic offered by the British Empire?
Under the terms of the Indian Independence Act, Pakistan became independent of the United Kingdom in 1947. In 1956, it became a separate republic from the British Empire.
In protest of Bangladesh independence, Pakistan left the Commonwealth of Nations in 1972, and re-joined in 1989.
A prisoner transfer agreement between Pakistan and the United Kingdom was signed in 2018, allowing foreign prisoners to serve their prison sentences at their home countries.
Diplomatic Relation Between Pakistan and British Empire
Both the UK and Pakistan have High Commissioners, who often serve as ambassadors within the Commonwealth in their respective countries. Christian Turner, the UK’s High Commissioner in Pakistan, is currently in charge, and Mohammad Nafees Zakaria, the Pakistani High Commissioner in the UK.
Tax treaties between the two countries have been in place since 1988 to prevent individuals and businesses from being taxed twice for the same income. Towards increasing trade between the two countries, the Prime Ministers of both countries launched a Trade and Investment Roadmap in 2012. Earlier this month, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, announced bilateral visits would be arranged to support trade.
To facilitate trade and commercial connections between the two countries, the Pakistan-Britain Advisory Council was formed in 2002.
Brain of the Year 2023 Award
‘Brain of the Year’ award given by a UK-based organisation to Pakistan’s brilliant Sania Alam is the first ever given to a woman from the South Asian country.
Taking to Twitter, Alam wrote: “I am honoured to be named ‘Brain of the Year 2023-2024’ by Brain Trust U.K. for my contribution to the field of education and unlocking the human brain’s potential.
It also conducts tests for the nomination of individuals for the award, which is announced by the British organisation ‘Brain Trust’ each year.
Sania Alam won the prestigious award for her role in improving mental literacy in the world and improving higher education globally. Men and women from 15 countries participated in the competition this year. Anees Arif, a Pakistani writer, had previously received this award from Brain Trust Chairman Raymond Kane at a prestigious ceremony held in London.
Sania Alam was awarded the Youth Excellence Award by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif last year, as well as the Lifetime Achievement Award by American President Joe Biden, who holds a Guinness World Record.
“I am honored to be declared ‘Brain of the Year 2023/2024’ by Brain Trust U.K. for my services in the field of education and for playing a vital role in unlocking the potential of the human brain.
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