The Pakistan Consul General Launches BAPIO North West Division in Manchester
The North West division of BAPIO was launched at a glittering evening ceremony at Saffron restaurant, Manchester on 7th of August 2004 by Mr Salahuddin Choudhry, the Consul General of Pakistan Embassy in Manchester. Dr Virendra Puri welcomed the eminent guests including National Executive of BAPIO, North West BAPIO team and Mrs Razia Shamim, non executive director of Acute Pennine Hospitals NHS Trust. He then introduced Dr Ramesh Mehta, the National President of BAPIO, who explained the Aims and Objectives of the organisation. He also pointed out how BAPIO is getting stronger nationally.
Prof. Romesh Gupta, the then National Chairman said “North west is the heart of doctors of Indian Origin. I am delighted with the response we have had” He introduced and invited the chief guest Mr Salahuddin Choudhry to launch the North-West division of BAPIO by the traditional way of lighting the lamp. He was assisted by BAPIO’s then vice chairmen Dr. Umesh Prabhu and Prof. Iqubal Memon.
Mr Salahuddin congratulated the organisation for its achievements and expressed his heartfelt thanks for the invitation. He praised the work done by doctors from Indian Subcontinent for the Health Service. He was pleased that BAPIO is promoting the peace process between India and Pakistan. He said he is very keen that the peace process gets stronger and is happy to extend any help required.
A very special guest at the function was Ex Commissioner of Bombay Police Mr Jayant Waghle. He was felicitated by Mr Choudhry. Dr Satwinder Basra, the then General Secretary of BAPIO proposed the vote of thanks. Special mention was made of the hard work done by Dr Vyom Puri, Dr. Chitra Jain and Sonali Puri.