Chaudhri Riaz

Born: 10th June 1946

Nanka Kohana, Pakistan

Date of interview: 25th May 2006

Map showing where Chaudhri Riaz came from

OK. How do you see your role in the future? Your own contribution to the community of Reading?

At the moment I am still a councillor and I shall be councillor up till 2008, so I've got two years you know, to go and I love my ward and you know probably I would like to serve my ward. I'm never scared of responsibility. I'm never scared of hard work and I'm never scared of challenges. I like challenges because I want to test myself. Forget about other people, I want to test myself. I want to see my limit. I can tell you up to now I'm not disappointed with me and people are not disappointed with me so ... I'm here. If someone wants me to do something I'll do it and nothing matter. I have always been actually asked to do jobs.

I have been the chairman of Reading Islamic Centre, I have been vice-chair of board of governors at a school, vice-chair of Pakistan Community Centre. I have been chair of Asian Community Leaders, chair of Asian Parents' Association, you know education group, chair of Reading Earley Police and mosque and Muslims you know Liaison Committee, where my vice-chair was Chief Superintendent of Police in those days, Mr Webb. And I have done so many jobs. You know I have taken so many responsibilities. I was chair of Pensions Working Group.