ISLAMABAD  - The new-UK head of consular services Jon Ryan has committed to supporting British nationals in Pakistan.

British High Commissioner Philip Barton CMG OBE introduced 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. Speaking on the occasion about his new assignment, Ryan said: “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.”

He said that 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,” he added.

He also noted that 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”.