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Award honors restaurateur for service to Asian food industry

ByStephanie M. Akbar

Aug 21, 2022
Mohammad Waqaas, managing director of Royal Nawaab restaurants in London and Manchester, speaks after receiving the Most Successful Businessman of the Year award. — Photo by the author

LONDON: Prominent Asian businessman Mohammed Waqaas has won the “Most Successful Businessman of the Year 2022 Award” at the Pakistan Achievement Awards ceremony held at the Wembley Arena – where former Prime Minister Imran Khan also addressed more than 8,000 people who attended the event.

Waqaas, managing director of Royal Nawaab restaurants in London and Manchester, received the prestigious award for his service to the Asian restaurant industry in Britain.

The award was given to Waqaas for creating hundreds of jobs and introducing authentic Pakistani cuisines to a large part of the British population through its catering establishments.

The recitation noted that Waqaas had opened its kitchens during the COVID-19 lockdown and provided thousands of free meals to local hospital staff and relief workers who risked their lives to ensure safety and food for vulnerable people.

At the same event, the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award in Restaurant Industry 2022′ was presented to Waqaas’ father, Mahboob Hussain, who founded the first Royal Nawaab restaurant several years after he arrived in Britain from Gujar Khan as than a worker.

Hussain had served the Asian food industry and was among the pioneers of the British curry industry which started with next to nothing.

“It is with great pride that I accept this award, which is in recognition of our dedicated staff in all branches who contributed their efforts and enabled us to win this prestigious award. It has always been our goal to serve local communities. We are an ethical business and our primary goal is to give back to the local communities who are critical to our success,” Waqaas said.

“We are one of the few largest Asian restaurants with a daily attendance of around 20,000 people every day. We also have a social duty to fulfill and that is why we opened our doors to help staff at emergency at the height of the Covid pandemic.We worked with emergency personnel and charities to help others through our infrastructure to demonstrate that Asians and Pakistanis care about the country that has provided them with so much ‘opportunities,’ he added.

It was the first and largest Pakistani event held at this venue to celebrate Pakistan’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

PTI chairman Khan greeted the audience at Wembley Arena in his video address and thanked them for supporting him after ‘regime change’.

The former Prime Minister told the audience that he was campaigning for the “Haqeeqi Azadi“because Pakistan has never been free in 75 years in real terms.

Khan said his struggle was for an Islamic welfare state where justice and merit prevailed, and where the principles of meritocracy and the vision of Allama Iqbal prevailed.

He said various governments and rulers had failed to build such a Pakistan because always an easy path was taken, led by foreign aid and slavery from the West.

Imran Khan told the public he was ousted for bringing in “slaves” to rule Pakistan. He added that India was a strategic ally of the United States and bought cheap oil from Russia, but Pakistan was not allowed to do so.

The PTI chairman said the ‘war on terror’ was someone else’s war, but more than 80,000 Pakistanis were killed in the war.

Pakistan is being punished, Imran Khan said, for trying to forge an independent foreign policy.

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