The Parsi Community of Pakistan


The Parsi Community of Pakistan

Pakistans Parsi Zoroastrian community is the country’s most distinguished minority, greatly respected for its contribution to public life, literature, and industry as well as for its philanthropy and self-reliance. Although the community is dwindling in size, due to emigration and inter-marriage, Parsis continue to play a prominent role in Pakistan.
Zoroastrianism originated in ancient Persia and today’s Parsis are the descendants of migrants who settled in India and later established thriving communities and commercial enterprises across Pakistan primarily in Karachi, Lahore and Quetta. 

Rosheen Kabraji, will outline the history of Parsis, discuss their role in building Pakistan and their contribution to Pakistani life. She will also examine the future of the community.

Rosheen Kabraji is currently Manager for the Asia Programme at Chatham House. Her research focuses on issues of identity, governance, education and conflict in South Asia. Her previous roles include working at the International Institute for Environment & Development in London. She received a BSc in Anthropology from University College London and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge. Rosheen has broadcast experience and her analysis and commentary has been published in The Sunday Telegraph, Channel 4, The Diplomat and the World Today. She was recently featured in the Diplomatic Courier and Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) list of the Top 99 Most Influential International Professionals in Foreign Policy Under (Fall 2011).

Time: 6pm Admission: Members of The Pakistan Society and their guests
Venue: High Commission for Pakistan, 36 Lowndes Square, London SW1X 9JN
RSVP email: or Tel: 07427 500 377


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