New book celebrates Burnley's Pakistani connections

Lancashire Telegraph: Book editor Sobia Malik Book editor Sobia Malik

A BURNLEY woman has published a book celebrating the town’s Pakistani connections.

Our Work, Our Lives, Our Town: Burnley People, Pakistani Roots, chronicles the history of the ‘pioneer immigrants’ who went on to excel in health, education and manufacturing.

Editor Sobia Malik spent two years collecting dozens of stories from the most influential people with Pakistani heritage in Burnley.

She also used stories from the Lancashire Telegraph’s archives and received help from historian Roger Frost and Towneley Hall curator Mike Townend.

The project received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the 212-page paperback was published by the graphics department at Burnley Council.

Ms Malik, an education consultant at the Jinnah Community Development Trust in Brougham Street, said: “This book is a wonderful chance for younger generations to capture a rare glimpse of those early days as elders now share their stories of leaving their homeland to become pioneers.

“The project is a vehicle to bring the community together, “Those of us who have benefited from the challenges these pioneers undertook owe them a debt of gratitude and of humble remembrance.”

Among those interviewed by Ms Malik are her brother, Shahid Malik, Britain’s first British-born Pakistani Muslim MP and her father, Mohammed Rafique Malik, Burnley’s first Asian councillor and mayor.

Others featured in the book include Riaz Ahmed, who founded Martin Street sofa firm Sweet Dreams and Dr Misfar Hassan, a Lancashire county councillor.

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9:35pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

And here come the comments?...........
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And here come the comments?........... ...... Sajdin

9:41pm Tue 17 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Sajdin wrote:
And here come the comments?...........

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What comments are you expecting Sajdin ?

Whether people like it or not the Pakistani community is part of Burnley's history and foreseeable future.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: And here come the comments?........... ......[/p][/quote]What comments are you expecting Sajdin ? Whether people like it or not the Pakistani community is part of Burnley's history and foreseeable future. You're not mugging me off that easily

10:02pm Tue 17 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Sajdin wrote:
And here come the comments?...........


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What comments are you expecting Sajdin ?

Whether people like it or not the Pakistani community is part of Burnley's history and foreseeable future.
I wish everyone would see it that way, but its nice of you to say !
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: And here come the comments?........... ......[/p][/quote]What comments are you expecting Sajdin ? Whether people like it or not the Pakistani community is part of Burnley's history and foreseeable future.[/p][/quote]I wish everyone would see it that way, but its nice of you to say ! Sajdin

8:10am Wed 18 Dec 13

AlifromIsrael says...

Don't forget to mention the unsafe taxi's ....drug dealers......and also the couple who kept a woman as a slave.


What about the illegal immigrants working in the takeaways will all them get named?
Don't forget to mention the unsafe taxi's ....drug dealers......and also the couple who kept a woman as a slave. What about the illegal immigrants working in the takeaways will all them get named? AlifromIsrael

12:33pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Reality50 says...

Well the vast majority of stories from the Burnley area I see in the LT usually mentioning those of Pakistani heritage usually are those in court on drugs,fraud or child grooming charges. If there are some Pakistanis who make a worthwhile contribution to society then that should be applauded. It may be a tiny minority but even so it is good there are some positives in a country's culture that is riddled with negatives.
Well the vast majority of stories from the Burnley area I see in the LT usually mentioning those of Pakistani heritage usually are those in court on drugs,fraud or child grooming charges. If there are some Pakistanis who make a worthwhile contribution to society then that should be applauded. It may be a tiny minority but even so it is good there are some positives in a country's culture that is riddled with negatives. Reality50

12:57pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society. Lancs - pensioner

3:17pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Sajdin says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces? Sajdin

4:14pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Copperhead says...

Sajdin wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
It's not a custom in the UK for women to cover their faces as muslim women do.
The "problem" that people have with this tribal custom is that we have seen our society, our towns, our country changed irrevocably and for the worst by immigrants from utterly alien societies. Women wearing full-face veils and dressed head to foot in black robes and men wearing white ankle-length dresses are NOT - repeat NOT - traditionally British and are representative of a society, a religion and customs that are totally different to the ways of the indigenous population of the UK.
And before any smart-mouthed lefties or muslims tell me that "we are all immigrants" etc etc, I will qualify my statement by stating that I mean the integrated peoples who populated these islands before the muslim invasion that was orchestrated by the traitors of NuLabour.
There are millions of native Brits like me who despise this country's immigration policies and will NEVER EVER accept asians and their way of life as being British.
Is that racist ? No - it's the DIFFERENCE between our societies - the irreconcilable differences between a liberal, western democracy and the demands of way of life dominated by islam.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?[/p][/quote]It's not a custom in the UK for women to cover their faces as muslim women do. The "problem" that people have with this tribal custom is that we have seen our society, our towns, our country changed irrevocably and for the worst by immigrants from utterly alien societies. Women wearing full-face veils and dressed head to foot in black robes and men wearing white ankle-length dresses are NOT - repeat NOT - traditionally British and are representative of a society, a religion and customs that are totally different to the ways of the indigenous population of the UK. And before any smart-mouthed lefties or muslims tell me that "we are all immigrants" etc etc, I will qualify my statement by stating that I mean the integrated peoples who populated these islands before the muslim invasion that was orchestrated by the traitors of NuLabour. There are millions of native Brits like me who despise this country's immigration policies and will NEVER EVER accept asians and their way of life as being British. Is that racist ? No - it's the DIFFERENCE between our societies - the irreconcilable differences between a liberal, western democracy and the demands of way of life dominated by islam. Copperhead

4:48pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Excluded again says...

Sajdin wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
Because it is a sign of the contempt that they feel for us? Apparently, if they did not cover their faces, I could not control my sexual urges and would **** after them uncontrollably. Thanks for thinking so little of me.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?[/p][/quote]Because it is a sign of the contempt that they feel for us? Apparently, if they did not cover their faces, I could not control my sexual urges and would **** after them uncontrollably. Thanks for thinking so little of me. Excluded again

6:32pm Wed 18 Dec 13

liddle 'un says...

The article itself is preposterous. Pioneers in what, crime, drug dealing, benefit claims, cultural division?

Sadly, there is very little "to celebrate".
The article itself is preposterous. Pioneers in what, crime, drug dealing, benefit claims, cultural division? Sadly, there is very little "to celebrate". liddle 'un

7:03pm Wed 18 Dec 13

FakeVilla_MTCabinet says...

Excluded again wrote:
Sajdin wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
Because it is a sign of the contempt that they feel for us? Apparently, if they did not cover their faces, I could not control my sexual urges and would **** after them uncontrollably. Thanks for thinking so little of me.
Rubbish, if muslim women want to jail their faces to satisfy their jailer men folk, then its their choice to be inmates inside their head gear. You leave them alone, they are perfectly capable of obeying their man slave master jailers and doing as they are told like the good little obeying slaves they are.
Its called religeous freedom apparently, and if the muslim men insist that muslim women are free to obey these practices, they are FREE to do so without any interference from people who don't know whats best for them, like their men do, capiche
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?[/p][/quote]Because it is a sign of the contempt that they feel for us? Apparently, if they did not cover their faces, I could not control my sexual urges and would **** after them uncontrollably. Thanks for thinking so little of me.[/p][/quote]Rubbish, if muslim women want to jail their faces to satisfy their jailer men folk, then its their choice to be inmates inside their head gear. You leave them alone, they are perfectly capable of obeying their man slave master jailers and doing as they are told like the good little obeying slaves they are. Its called religeous freedom apparently, and if the muslim men insist that muslim women are free to obey these practices, they are FREE to do so without any interference from people who don't know whats best for them, like their men do, capiche FakeVilla_MTCabinet

7:45pm Wed 18 Dec 13

Legal Beagle says...

As I see it the main problem with Asian immigrants is that the majority of them came from a very poor and uneducated background. This obviously wasn't their fault, and they can hardly be blamed for wanting to improve their lot. However, because so many of them were uneducated they were very ill-equipped to integrate into a sophisticated Western society (or even Burnley for that matter - only joking!)

Like most poor and uneducated people who have little else to look forward to they place their faith in religion, and in this case the most repressive and primitive expression of Islam.

Given that background and culture it's hardly surprising that they were so unable / unwilling to integrate, and that they should consequently attract hostility from the host population.

One would hope that the situation will improve as the subsequent generations become more Westernised, though I would hardly advocate much of contemporary Western culture as something to aspire to.

The same mistake is about to be made again with the Romanians and Bulgarians. I watched Panorama on Monday evening and in typical BBC fashion it gave a rosy picture, showing cool young middle class professional Romanians in Bucharest saying they would have no intentions of coming to the UK, the intention being to reassure us that we weren't going to be swamped.

This completely missed the point. I've no real issue with any number of Romanian doctors, architects, accountants etc coming here (though I do worry about leaving an already poor country deprived of its few professionals). Of course it's not them that I'm bothered about, it's the Romanian equivalent of the uneducated and poor Pakistanis who came over here a generation ago, who have no real skills to offer and the baggage of a primitive culture that they want to bring with them and inflict on us.

It's this sort of indiscriminate immigration that causes problems, and it's those problems that cause racial tension. Remove the cause and solve the problem.

I'm all in favour of freedom of movement within Europe - it's freedom of residence that concerns me. I see no justification for allowing anyone, European or not, to live here unless they can demonstrate that they're entirely self-supporting, and I can't see why that should be in any way objectionable. And for the avoidance of doubt I would be quite happy to see other EEA countries impose a similar restriction on UK nationals going to live there.

So why not introduce a rule to that effect? It would at a stroke solve the vast majority of the anticipated problems.
As I see it the main problem with Asian immigrants is that the majority of them came from a very poor and uneducated background. This obviously wasn't their fault, and they can hardly be blamed for wanting to improve their lot. However, because so many of them were uneducated they were very ill-equipped to integrate into a sophisticated Western society (or even Burnley for that matter - only joking!) Like most poor and uneducated people who have little else to look forward to they place their faith in religion, and in this case the most repressive and primitive expression of Islam. Given that background and culture it's hardly surprising that they were so unable / unwilling to integrate, and that they should consequently attract hostility from the host population. One would hope that the situation will improve as the subsequent generations become more Westernised, though I would hardly advocate much of contemporary Western culture as something to aspire to. The same mistake is about to be made again with the Romanians and Bulgarians. I watched Panorama on Monday evening and in typical BBC fashion it gave a rosy picture, showing cool young middle class professional Romanians in Bucharest saying they would have no intentions of coming to the UK, the intention being to reassure us that we weren't going to be swamped. This completely missed the point. I've no real issue with any number of Romanian doctors, architects, accountants etc coming here (though I do worry about leaving an already poor country deprived of its few professionals). Of course it's not them that I'm bothered about, it's the Romanian equivalent of the uneducated and poor Pakistanis who came over here a generation ago, who have no real skills to offer and the baggage of a primitive culture that they want to bring with them and inflict on us. It's this sort of indiscriminate immigration that causes problems, and it's those problems that cause racial tension. Remove the cause and solve the problem. I'm all in favour of freedom of movement within Europe - it's freedom of residence that concerns me. I see no justification for allowing anyone, European or not, to live here unless they can demonstrate that they're entirely self-supporting, and I can't see why that should be in any way objectionable. And for the avoidance of doubt I would be quite happy to see other EEA countries impose a similar restriction on UK nationals going to live there. So why not introduce a rule to that effect? It would at a stroke solve the vast majority of the anticipated problems. Legal Beagle

9:03am Thu 19 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Sajdin wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
I like thousands of others find it demeaning for the women, I don't believe they do it because "they" want to do, I believe it is forced upon them, talking of Pakistani history lets face it this craze of covering up in the UK has only just started over here in the last 5/10 years and is not the British way so I simply don't like it full stop.
[quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?[/p][/quote]I like thousands of others find it demeaning for the women, I don't believe they do it because "they" want to do, I believe it is forced upon them, talking of Pakistani history lets face it this craze of covering up in the UK has only just started over here in the last 5/10 years and is not the British way so I simply don't like it full stop. Lancs - pensioner

9:05am Thu 19 Dec 13

Lancs - pensioner says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Sajdin wrote:
Lancs - pensioner wrote:
If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.
Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?
I like thousands of others find it demeaning for the women, I don't believe they do it because "they" want to do, I believe it is forced upon them, talking of Pakistani history lets face it this craze of covering up in the UK has only just started over here in the last 5/10 years and is not the British way so I simply don't like it full stop.
P.S.
Why is the beautiful lady above not wearing one? Be caused she is probably fully Westernised maybe?
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sajdin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: If all Pakistani women where as beautifully as this young lady we wouldn't have any problems but you can't see the faces of most in Burnley or my home town of Blackburn and this is one of the problems we so called "Whites" have with the Pakistani community, that said I do agree the majority do contribute to society.[/p][/quote]Why do you have a problem with women covering they faces?[/p][/quote]I like thousands of others find it demeaning for the women, I don't believe they do it because "they" want to do, I believe it is forced upon them, talking of Pakistani history lets face it this craze of covering up in the UK has only just started over here in the last 5/10 years and is not the British way so I simply don't like it full stop.[/p][/quote]P.S. Why is the beautiful lady above not wearing one? Be caused she is probably fully Westernised maybe? Lancs - pensioner

8:39pm Thu 19 Dec 13

liddle 'un says...

The list of negatives is endless, but a couple more I have just thought of:

1) The destruction of the pub going industry (aka fun)
2) The ghettoisation of large swathes of East Lancashire

A truly sad situation.
The list of negatives is endless, but a couple more I have just thought of: 1) The destruction of the pub going industry (aka fun) 2) The ghettoisation of large swathes of East Lancashire A truly sad situation. liddle 'un

12:43am Sat 21 Dec 13

liddle 'un says...

3) The "grooming" of teenage girls on an industrial scale.
3) The "grooming" of teenage girls on an industrial scale. liddle 'un

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