- Mian Mansha meets Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall at the annual dinner to celebrate the past year’s achievements.
- Mian Mansha says he is grateful to the Prince of Wales for his special interest in Pakistan, especially in the field of education.
- Funds were also raised on the occasion to support the recovery work from COVID-19 in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
LONDON: Renowned Pakistani industrialist Mian Mohammad Mansha has thanked the Prince of Wales for his efforts to support education development and health facilities for vulnerable communities in South Asian countries, including Pakistan.
Mian Mansha met His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall Camilla at the annual dinner held here by the British Asian Trust to celebrate the past year’s achievements and raise funds in support of COVID-19 repairs in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Mian Mansha – Chairman of Nishat Group of Companies and Chairman of MCB Bank Limited – flew from Pakistan to meet Prince Charles and other dignitaries including notable guests Chancellor Rishi Sunak MP, Home Secretary Priti Patel, Health Minister Sajid Javid and Adar and Natasha Poonawalla, heads of the Serum Institute of India and longstanding supporters of the Trust. Mansha was recently appointed chairman of the British Asian Trust’s Advisory Council for Pakistan.
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by The Prince of Wales and British Asian business leaders to address widespread poverty, inequality and injustice in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Last year, the British Asian Trust received £2 million in matched funding from the UK government for the Trust’s Women’s Economic Empowerment programme, which will empower nearly 10,000 Pakistani women to find a job or start a business in a post- COVID world.
During his speech, the Prince of Wales said His Royal Highness: “I can’t quite believe it’s almost two years since my wife and I were able to join you all to celebrate the work of the British Asian Trust.
Since then, there have been horrific deaths from COVID-19 around the world and we have especially seen its devastating impact across South Asia. In these most challenging times, the British Asian Trust has launched four major fundraising calls that have raised nearly £20 million to date. A truly remarkable achievement in such a difficult environment.”
British Asian Trust Chairman Manoj Badale said: “The funds raised will help us continue to deliver large-scale results-oriented programs in education, livelihoods, mental health, anti-trafficking and wildlife conservation in South Asia after COVID -19. †
Speak with Geo NewsMian Mansha said he was grateful to the Prince of Wales for his particular interest in Pakistan, especially in the field of education, through his charitable initiative.
He told this correspondent: “I am honored to have met His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales and Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cornwall at the British Asian Trust’s annual reception and dinner at the British Museum.
The British Asian Trust’s fundraising efforts to tackle poverty, inequality and injustice in South Asian countries such as Pakistan are highly commendable and quite an achievement in the current COVID-19 environment. I am grateful to the royal couple and the British Asian Trust for their kind hospitality and generosity. Having just learned of his health, I also take this opportunity to wish His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, a speedy recovery from COVID-19.”