The British High Commissioner Mr. Philip Barton CMG OBE, introduced Mr Jon Ryan as the New Head of Consular Services in Pakistan and Afghanistan at a reception he hosted at his Residence in Islamabad.
The event was attended by partners of the British High Commission’s Consular Section, including representatives of Pakistani law enforcement authorities, members of the press, travel agents, and members of the UK’s network of consular wardens.
Mr Jon Ryan said about his appointment:
The close relationship between the UK and Pakistan is important. We estimate that over 1.3 million people in Britain are of Pakistani heritage and this community makes a significant contribution to British cultural and economic life. There are more than 1.0 million journeys every year between our two countries, making Pakistan a priority post for HMG to provide a modern and efficient consular service.
The Consular team’s work in Pakistan ranges across wide areas of assistance, with an increasing focus on helping vulnerable British Nationals. We enjoy a close working relationship with Pakistani authorities.
Unfortunately, from time to time, there are challenging cases such as tackling forced marriages and child abductions. Our work encourages a change in attitude around the practice of forced marriages and raising the awareness among young British Nationals that help is available.
Our services also include publishing comprehensive travel advice for visiting British nationals. Ahead of any visit to Pakistan, I encourage everyone in the UK to consult our travel advice
Press Attaché, British High Commission, Islamabad; tel. 051 2012000