It is a great pleasure to extend my best wishes on the occasion of Eid Ul Adha to all members of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan, the British Pakistani diaspora and the wider Muslim community.
Eid Ul Adha of course marks the end of the Holy pilgrimage of Hajj, but is also a celebration of the obedience of Prophet Abraham to God Almighty, the significance of which resonates not only with Muslims, but with all those of the Jewish and Christian faiths as well. This underlines how there is much that unites communities and that here in Britain we are richer for not only respecting each other's beliefs, but also in celebrating the diversity of our great nation.
At this time we also remember the challenges faced in Pakistan, particularly those of extremism, which has in recent years seen the tragic loss of thousands of innocent lives from across all communities. In this respect, I am proud of the role Britain is playing in standing with Pakistan at her hour of need, specifically in the education of a new generation of young Pakistanis. As a former Education Minister, I recognise the importance of investing in our future generations and its key role in building a well-educated, democratic and enlightened nation. To this end all Pakistanis can be proud that in incredible and courageous Malala Yousafzai, they have found a global ambassador whose bravery is a source of inspiration for us all.
With all best wishes,
Rt Hon Lord Hill of Oareford - Leader of the House of Lords and President of CFoP