LONDON: Pakistan's newly appointed envoy to Britain Wajid Shamsul Hasan has said that the new democratic government is committed to the welfare of the people of Pakistan and despite numerous challenges in all walks of life, initiatives have been taken for economic and social development of the country. He was speaking to a large gathering of British-Pakistanis, eminent local leaders and notables at a reception hosted by the Pakistan's Consul General in Manchester Mr. Masroor A. Junejo in his honour at a local hotel here on Saturday. Amongst those present were Rt.Hon. Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP, Mr.Tony Lloyd, MP, Mr.John Leech, MP, Mr. Sajjad Karim, MEP, Mayors of Blackburn and Oldham, Commonwealth lightweight boxing Champion, Amir Khan, councillors and members of the Consular Corps. The High Commissioner said that the vision of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed for the empowerment and progress of weaker segments of the society would always remain the source of inspiration.  She laid her life for the democratic principles, he said. He said that Pakistan-UK relations were multi-faceted and underpinned by mutual respect and benefit. In the promotion of these bilateral ties Pakistani Diaspora had been playing the most effective role, he added, "The contribution of the Pakistani Community in the development of Britain has been significant." He also applauded the Community's support for the country of their origin when needed and hoped that they would continue doing so in future. In his remarks, Sir Gerald Kaufman congratulated Mr. Wajid Shamsul Hasan on his appointment as Pakistan's envoy to the UK. He also paid glowing tributes to  the leadership of Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Shaheed and her struggle for the restoration of democracy in her country.The members of the Pakistani community welcomed the appointment of the High Commissioner and expressed their happiness at his presence amongst them. Earlier, the High Commissioner inaugurated a jewellery exhibition by Mrs. Shireen Khan, prominent jewellery designer from Pakistan and also a member of the National Assembly.