The importance of education within the Pakistani community is vital and the earliest migrants always emphasized how important it was to gain qualifications to ensure future generations will be able to occupy more of the professional positions in society.
One such individual is Fazal Ilahi Bukhsh who was born in Glasgow, is an example of second generation of Pakistani who was born here but who retains a strong family link with Pakistan. He has, however, most definitely made a great success of himself here and will continue to live and work in the UK.
The background to his success began with his father, Ilahi Bukhsh, who arrived in Britain in the early 1930's and worked as a door to door salesman in Glasgow and around Inverness. He was originally from the village of Kot Badal Khan, Tehsil Nakaudar, the District of Jallundar.
Fazal Bukhsh's father always stressed to his children the importance of education and he tried to ensure that he would help his family to get as far as they could.
Fazal Bukhsh was initially educated in Ardrossan where he attended primary school before moving to Glasgow for his secondary education. From there he then went on to Glasgow University where he gained LL.B. In addition to his formal qualifications he also has a good knowledge of Urdu and French.
After graduating in law he served his apprenticeship from 1972 to 1974 with Shaughnessy, Quigley and McColl, before going to work for Montgomery and Co for two years, Banff and Buchan District Council for another couple of years, and then taking a sabbatical in Pakistan for a year. From 1978 to 1982, he worked for Ross Harper and Murphy before establishing his own legal practice in 1982 as Bukhsh and Co.
Mr Bukhsh has some of his father's pioneer spirit in himself since he was the first Pakistani to become a solicitor in Scotland. It is a sign of the way things have changed that in just couple of decades the situation should have gone from being unique to becoming distinctly more common place.
Aside from work Fazal Bukhsh likes to remain active and busy. He is interested in sports and outdoor activities. He enjoys hill walking and keeping fit.