Pakistan–United Kingdom relations

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Pakistani–British relations
Map indicating locations of Pakistan and UK


United Kingdom

Pakistani–British relations are the relations between Pakistan and the United Kingdom. Both Pakistan and the United Kingdom are members of the Commonwealth of Nations[1] and the United Nations.[2]


As a result of the Pakistan movement and the Indian Independence Movement, leading to the simultaneous independence and partition of India, Pakistan was created as a new commonwealth dominion on 14th August 1947. At this point the Dominion of Pakistan was still nominally part of the British Empire, until it became a Republic in 1956.[3]

Pakistan left the Commonwealth of Nations in 1972 in protesting the organization's acceptance of Bangladeshi independence,[4] before rejoining in 1989.[5]

Diplomatic relations[edit]

The United Kingdom and Pakistan have High Commissioners, a position which often fulfills the role ambassador within the Commonwealth,[6] in the other country. The current High Commissioner for the UK in Pakistan is Thomas Drew,[7] and Pakistan's High Commissioner to the UK is currently Syed Ibne Abbas.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Member countries Commonwealth". The Commonwealth. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  2. ^ "Member States of the United Nations". United Nations. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  3. ^ "After partition: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh". Retrieved 24 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "Profile: Commonwealth of Nations - Timeline". BBC News. BBC. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Pakistan". The Commonwealth. The Commonwealth. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  6. ^ Lloyd, Lorna (2007). Diplomacy with a difference : the Commonwealth Office of High Commissioner, 1880-2006 ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). Leiden and Boston: Nijhoff. pp. 1–6. ISBN 978-90-04-15497-1. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  7. ^ "British High Commission Islamabad". KM Government. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 
  8. ^ "H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, met Lord Mayor of the City of London Andrew Parmley". High Commission for Pakistan London. High Commission for Pakistan London. Retrieved 23 March 2017. 

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