Chaudhri Riaz

Born: 10th June 1946

Nanka Kohana, Pakistan

Date of interview: 25th May 2006

Map showing where Chaudhri Riaz came from

And what about your father?

When he used to come home he was a loving father and he still is. He will be ninety-three next month, by the way and ... you know he had a stroke but he's still in good health because my father was one of the best athlete, and he had very good health. Even now at the age of ninety-three he walks about forty-five minutes a day ... with his stroke ...

And then when he used to come home he used to listen to people's problems and you know if they had any argument or dispute between themselves the people of the area, village they used to come to my father. And my father would listen to both the parties and decided for them whatever he thought was the best. And then help people and assist them with you know if they had any problem ... You know if someone was being unfair or they had ... For example if someone was sick because as you know yourself in third world or developing world are sick the government can't give them much facilities so people have to make their own arrangement. If someone is sick my father will provide the transport and make sure that they are being taken to the hospital or a doctor ... and if they can't afford the medicine my father will pay for the medicine and help them. And likewise in the village if people didn't have wheat or flour or you know some other financial assistance, if they needed any financial assistance my father will assist them.

When he used to come home he used to teach me as well. He was one of the best mathematician in our town. He used to be first in the whole city, in all the schools and he was given actually a prize by then Director of Education who was an English chap. And the name of the book which was given to my father as a prize together with some money was "The Schoolboys' Stories." And we've still got it in the family.