Fraz Wahlah is a real star in the field, his knowledge of British immigration, nationality, human rights and European free movement law is second to none.

Fraz Wahlah is one of the first few British lawyers who have been featured in the first ever Law and Justice (London) Edition of the Parliamentary Review alongside the honourable Prime Minister Theresa May.

As a leading international lawyer and human rights icon, Fraz Wahlah has been featured on some of the most prestigious media outlets including business and technology leadership magazines CIO, InfoWorld, and ComputerWorld, as well as the Tech London, Dawn News, and the BBC – in the USA, Germany, Norway, Malaysia, Pakistan and the UK.

Fraz Wahlah has also been featured as a “Migrant Hero” on “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” campaign in London organised by JCWI, IOM and, MAX.

As our director he brings to 1st Citizen a decade of international legal practice experience during which he has advised and represented investors, entrepreneurs, celebrities, sports figures, royal families, and music and tech companies internationally.

Prior to founding 1st Citizen, Mr Wahlah served on the board of leading healthcare technology corporation, CureMD Inc, where he negotiated some of America’s largest healthcare technology transfers, built one of the world’s first healthcare technology licensing system, and negotiated favourable out of court settlements in high value intellectual property lawsuits.

Fraz Wahlah has qualified as an lawyer, adviser and barrister - in more than one jurisdiction internationally. He was first called to the Bar abroad as an Advocate High Courts, and later in England & Wales as a Barrister at the prestigious Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn.

In the UK, however, Mr Wahlah practises solely as an immigration lawyer/adviser under authorisation from the OISC - an organisation set up by the British Home Office to oversee the provision of immigration advice and services.

Mr Wahlah is authorised to advise and represent clients in their immigration, human rights and nationality related applications to UK Visas & Immigration and British posts abroad. He is not practising in the UK as a barrister, is not able to exercise any rights as one, and is not subject to the rules that practising barristers have to obey.
Fraz Wahlah's father and leading civil rights leader Mr MS Wahlah Advocate Addressing MRD Protest Against the military dictatorship and Marshal Law in Pakistan

Fraz Wahlah's father and leading civil rights leader Mr MS Wahlah Advocate Addressing MRD Protest Against the military dictatorship and Marshal Law in Pakistan

Fraz Wahlah as a child flag-bearer of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy against Dictatorship in Pakistan shortly before his arrest which made him the youngest political prisoner in Asia and perhaps in World

Fraz Wahlah as a child flag-bearer of the Movement for Restoration of Democracy against Dictatorship in Pakistan shortly before his arrest which made him the youngest political prisoner in Asia and perhaps in World

Mr Fraz Wahlah Receiving the International ICT Oscar Merit Award in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Miss Universe and other international dignitaries and diplomats.

Mr Fraz Wahlah Receiving the International ICT Oscar Merit Award in the presence of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, the Miss Universe and other international dignitaries and diplomats.

Fraz Wahlah with Asma Jehangir (UN Human Rights Rapporteur), Malala (Nobel Laureate), Victoria Schofield (leading historian and a friend of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto), Alan Charles Rusbridger (former Editor - The Guardian), Ziauddin Yousafzai (leading author and education activist, Nadir Cheema (Teaching Fellow - SOAS)

Fraz Wahlah with Asma Jehangir (UN Human Rights Rapporteur), Malala (Nobel Laureate), Victoria Schofield (leading historian and a friend of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto), Alan Charles Rusbridger (former Editor - The Guardian), Ziauddin Yousafzai (leading author and education activist, Nadir Cheema (Teaching Fellow - SOAS)

The group picture above shows Fraz Wahlah with Asma Jehangir (UN Human Rights Rapporteur), Malala (Nobel Laureate), Victoria Schofield (leading historian and a friend of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto), Alan Charles Rusbridger (former Editor - The Guardian and the Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford University), Ziauddin Yousafzai (leading author and education activist) and Nadir Cheema (Teaching Fellow - SOAS London). The picture was snapped at at the Memorial of former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Mrs Benazir Bhutto at the Oxford University’s Lady Margaret Hall. The memorial was part sponsored by Fraz Wahlah and his firm 1st Citizen Lawyers.

"The Kathis claim to have been allies of the Kauravas in the great war of the Mahabharata.* As already mentioned, they were a branch of the Kathias. An inscription from Ramchand- rapur, near Bundi in Rajputana, quoted by Colonel Tod, says that the warrior Takhya, who formed the garland (of skulls) on the neck of Mahadeo, was of the Catti (Kathi) tribe.* Closely connected with the Kathis, and apparently of the same stock,* are the Vahlas, or Bahlas, or Bahilkas, who are said to have been lords of Arore in the Indus valley, and whose chiefs were addressed by the bards as *' Tatha Multan ka rai,*' or kings of Tatha and Multan.* This title is also given to the Kathis,^ and the term Kathiani bai, or Kathia lady, is sometimes applied to ladies of Vahla family.* Balas and Kathis are probably branches of the same people.

The name Vahla, or Bala, recalls that of the great Asm-a Bali of Patala, who also ruled from the mouth of the Indus to Multan. It seems at least possible that the Balika rais, who in later times held the same tract of country, may have been descendants of the Daitya king.

We have seen, from the Mahabharata, that the BahUkas, or Takhas, occupied the country on the banks of the Indus at a very early period.* And the inscription upon the iron pillar at Delhi, which is supposed to have been erected by Chandra Gupta II, about a.d. 415, says that this ancient monument was erected in celebration of a victory over the Vahlikas of Sindhu. (Vahlas of Indus Valley)

* The Indus valley, therefore, down to the time when this pillar was first erected, was still held by Bahlika chiefs. Moreover, as we have already seen, Multan and the neighbouring country formed a part of the kingdom of Takhya at the time of Hiouen Tsiang's visit in the seventh century.

Down to this period, therefore, the descendants of the Naga rajas still ruled in the Indus valley."


Mr Wahlah can fluently speak English, Punjabi, Urdu, and Hindi.

♠ Authorised British Immigration Lawyer - UK

♠ Certificate of Eligibility (QLTS) - Solicitors Regulation Authority - UK

♠ Barrister - PK

♠ Member - Honourable Society of Lincoln's Inn - England & Wales

♠ Advocate High Courts - PK

♠ Graduate Member - Chartered Institute of Legal Executives - UK

♠ 'The Flag-bearer of Democracy' according to BBC World - UK

♠ Member - High Court Bar Association - PK

♠ 'A leading international lawyer' according to CIO Magazine, InfoWorld and ComputerWorld - USA, Norway, & Germany

♠ Winner of international technology Oscar (Merit Award) - Malaysia

♠ The most knowledgeable, articulate and passionate speaker and advocate at the 10th International ICT Oscars according to judges

♠ Featured on the TV documentary 'Shining Gojra' and the 'Pakistani Leaders' journal

♠ Member - District Bar Association - PK

♠  A fearless and passionate advocate of human rights according to peers

♠ The youngest prisoner in the Movement for Restoration of Democracy (MRD), one of world's greatest non-violent movements against military dictatorship in the 80s

♠ Former provincial president for youth - Peoples Party, appointed by the former Prime Minister of Pakistan Bhutto

♠ Recognition Award for leading the Movement for the Restoration of Judiciary and Rule of Law

♠ Born and bred in 'Harcharn Singh Mansion' where princess of Patiala lived in early 20th century

♠ Son to eminent lawyer and politician 'M.S. Wahlah' (1950 - 2012) and celebrated poetess 'Um-e-Sleet' (1958 - 2005) in whose honour wrote likes of 'Hafeez Jhalindhri', creator of Pakistan's national anthem.

 

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