Kasmiri chief visits Burnley to say thanks for earthquake relief cash

WELCOME: Gordon Birtwistle MP and Coun. Julie Cooper welcome Kashmiri minister Nasreen Mazhar to Burnley (S)
WELCOME: Gordon Birtwistle MP and Coun. Julie Cooper welcome Kashmiri minister Nasreen Mazhar to Burnley (S)

THE deputy speaker of the Kashmiri Parliament visited Burnley to personally thank a community group for raising money towards an earthquake relief fund.

Mrs Nasreen Mazhar, who is also minister for technical education and women’s development, visited the Canalside Community Centre in Lindsay Street to attend a festive feast.

Organised by Mr Mubashar Lone, of the Canalside Community Group, the event allowed members of both communities to come together for food and to hear the minister and other guests speak.

Guests included Burnley MP Gordon Birtwistle, Burnley Labour group leader Coun. Julie Cooper and Lancashire County Councillor Dr Misfar Hassan.

The community group, based in the Top o’ Town area, raised money to help poor communities in Kashmir rebuild their lives after the devastating earthquake of 2005 which left 79,000 dead.

Speaking through an interpreter, Mrs Mazhar said: “This is my first visit to Burnley and I think it’s a very pleasant place.

“It is lovely to see such a multi-cultural event such as this. The money raised in Burnley has put a lot of families back on their feet. I am very grateful, on behalf of the people, for this great effort from Burnley people. It is unforgettable.”

Mr Lone also thanked people for attending the event and supporting the aid relief over the past few years,. The money raised has also funded water supply schemes.