The Pakistan High Commissioner will speak at a dinner in Bradford tomorrow to boost fundraising efforts for survivors of the South Asian earthquake.

Dr Maleeha Lodhi, who heads the High Commission for Pakistan in London praised the efforts of Bradford people in preventing a second wave of deaths in the disaster-struck area.

Dr Lodhi, who also heads up four consulates in Bradford, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow, said: "The natural disaster that occurred was of such huge proportions that it could not have been addressed without the help of other countries and communities overseas.

"We are grateful that we were able to avert the second wave of deaths that was predicted thanks to the relief efforts.

"This event in Bradford is about creating awareness, raising funds and keeping the people of the earthquake at the top of the agenda."

She added: "In terms of the earthquake, I would like to urge people to continue to do more of what you are already doing. Without your help we would not have been able to achieve what we have."

Dr Lodhi said: "I am looking forward to coming to Bradford. One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is dealing with our community.

"I would urge the Pakistani people in Bradford to become part of the community.

"They are the bridge between our two countries, and it is only by mainstreaming that people will be able to find a more effective voice."

Around 500 people from Glasgow, London, Newcastle, Manchester and Birmingham are expected to attend the event at Valley Parade, organised by the Pakistan Society of West Yorkshire.

Society president Rashid Awan said: "The response has been excellent.

"The Telegraph & Argus has done a fantastic job in raising awareness.

"The message will go loud and clear to the Government of Pakistan that the Bradford's local paper has been heavily involved in the relief effort.

"I would also like to thank the management at Bradford City Football Club who have been very supportive of our efforts."