Chaudhri Riaz

Born: 10th June 1946

Nanka Kohana, Pakistan

Date of interview: 25th May 2006

Map showing where Chaudhri Riaz came from

Two brothers?

And it was important. As a matter of fact let me tell you here something. I had admission here because I wanted to be an accountant. And I had admission in 196 ... 7 or late of '66. And my parents did not allow me to come and I did not come here until 1970. It took me over three years to get permission for visa from my parents. Forget about British High Commissioner or [inaudible, laughing]. I was not worried about that because that was a secondary thing. I had to get the permission from my parents. And my father's and my parents' their argument was 'Why you want to go?' And I said I want to go for higher education. They said 'Look. You've got a Master Degree which is a good education. Now start your practical life.'

I came here basically actually because I wanted to see Europe and all that. And I had no plan to stay here you know, because it took me three years to get my parents' permission. And I only got it by giving the undertaking that, 'Look, I'll be back in four years' time after my study.' [laughs]

But once I completed my training as an accountant I was advised by my principal who used to be Mr Jones, actually Jones and Son, chartered accountant at 66 Queens Road, I still remember that basement where I used to sit there during my training. He said 'Why, to get some varied experience, go to some other firms and then go back.' Now here I am getting the varied experience. You know, so then obviously you get stuck with that because then I started my own practice in 1975 so I have completed thirty-one years of my practice as an accountant.

Mind you I was only because I was the first ... you know, number one son. And I only had one brother and he had to stay with my parents because he had to look after them and he stayed there.