LONDON: Lord Tariq Ahmad of Wimbledon received President Asif Ali Zardari on behalf of Her Majesty the Queen when he arrived at the Heathrow Airport here on Thursday evening with his entourage on an official visit.
Lord Tariq Ahmad had recently been Lord in Waiting to the Queen Elizabeth-II at The Queen’s household where he performs various duties of state, including the receiving of heads of states on behalf of Her Majesty. This marks a history in itself that a Pakistani origin peer received the Pakistani president.
He told Jang in an interview: “This was an honour for me to receive the president of Pakistan on my first Royal wait representing HM the Queen. I extended to President Zardari the regards of Her Majesty and we had an opportunity for a brief discussion on various matters. I conveyed to the President the good wishes and prayers of her Majesty for the progress and welfare of Pakistan.
Lord Tariq is also an active member of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and served as Vice-President of AMYA (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association) from 1999 to 2008.