President’s Message

You may ask why we need yet another organisation from the “Muslim or Pakistani” communities. I would like to explain that we are different from others in our work and our values:
We are a national group of young people who, whilst recognising our faith and ethnic heritage, focus on the present and look to the future. We focus on issues affecting our lives as British young people. Great Britain is our adopted motherland and therefore our future and our interests are forever intertwined.
We are inclusive and welcome young people who share our values from all parts of Great Britain. The BPYC is an inclusive group and seeks out people from all backgrounds, in particular the youth and those from a working class background. In other words we are not elitist, unlike other “Muslim representative” organisations that fail to include the voices of young British Pakistani people.
We focus on key issues impacting on our lives especially educational underachievement and risks associated with religious radicalisation. We will work with everyone including all statutory bodies to tackle these issues.
Our work will entail highlighting key issues as well as identifying positive aspects of our lives. We will work to overcome issues affecting us as well as celebrating our many successes.
We aim to work proactively with the mainstream media to counter the negative stereotypes associated with British Pakistani young people and highlight the positive contributions they add to British society.
The BPYC is apolitical and a non-sectarian group. We will therefore work with all political parties and groups to secure and assure our genuine participation in the life of Great Britain.
We will proactively work to secure inclusion, equality and promotion of human rights for all. As citizens we will demand protection of our rights as equal citizens. We shall not compromise in securing our social, economic and spiritual wellbeing. However, we also recognise our responsibilities and do everything in our power to promote Great Britain and its legitimate interests.
I do hope that you will endeavour to work with BPYC to address the challenges impacting on our lives.
Raja Kamran Ishtiaq
President BPYC
Please contact us if we can assist in any way we will aim to respond to you in 7 working days,
send all questions to: z.ali@bpycouncil.org
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