Nelson community stalwart dies on visit to Pakistan: tributes

Mohammad Bashir (S)
Mohammad Bashir (S)

A MAN from Pakistan who came to live in Pendle in the late 1950s has died during a visit to his original home.

Mr Mohammad Bashir (78) played a key role in establishing the Pakistan Welfare Association in 1963, and he was very much involved in uniting the community.

In his younger days, Mr Bashir was a teacher in Pakistan, but he came to this area when he was in his late 20s. In the 1950s, few people from Pakistan had arrived, and he became very much involved in community work in Nelson. His first job was to work on buses for Burnley, Colne and Nelson Joint Transport

He was a founder member of the PWA and the Asian Institute of Learning, in Netherfield Road, Nelson.

He was also a member of the union TGWU, acting as liaison officer. He worked tirelessly for the benefit of others.

He also became president of the Ghausia Mosque, Burnley, promoting inter-faith tolerance and understanding.

He initially lived in Albert Street, Nelson, then moved to the town’s Southfield Street, but for the past 15 years has lived in Spencer Street, Burnley.

Mr Bashir had been suffering from diabetes and lost a leg two years ago. When visiting Pakistan following a family tragedy, he was taken ill and died. His Islamic funeral was held on February 27th at Saida Biraham, Pakistan, a day after he died.

He leaves a wife - Mrs Kaneez Patima - six children and four grandchildren.

Mrs Iris Verity, who was secretary of the PWA, said: “We were very clearly distressed by the news. I respected him as a hard worker, an honest man and he did all he could for both communities.

“He was a good man who will be sadly missed by those who were privileged to know him.”