Pakistan Union Norway
Norway was a new country for Pakistani expatriates; first setting foot in a new country in the 1970s. This resulted in varying challenges related to work and accommodation. PUN played an important role in resolving these problems. Mastering the Norwegian language was also of challenge for the newly arrived Pakistani workers. It was a particularly crucial problem for people seeking employment. Many of whom of had little understanding of English. Teams from PUN provided legal assistance as well as interpretation services to these people on many occasions. Significant figures who performed the services of translation were Mr Naveed Khawar and Mr Mansha Khan and Mr Adil Mansor. The performance of the Union was remarkable in seeking accommodation and legal documents for Pakistani workers in Norway.
In the beginning, the newly arrived Pakistanis were experiencing difficulties regarding maintenance of their business and job accounts – particularly the calculation of income and expenses. The Union also helped them in resolving these issues and as well as it contributed to the complete forms for tax returns.
The growth and promotion of Urdu language in Norway, has been included in the significant achievements of the Union. Urdu language was introduced in schools in Norway in 1970s and 1980s. Besides the learning facilities of the language for Pakistani students, Urdu teachers coming from Pakistan also found reasonable jobs as Urdu teacher in the Norwegian schools. Master Bashir and Master Siddiqui were eminent names among the Urdu teachers of that time.