Hina Bokhari has made history by becoming the first-ever Muslim Pakistani female elected member of the London Assembly.
Bokhari’s election as a London Assembly member is significant because her father Syed Naz Bokhar was London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan’s teacher. Hina announced the news on the micro-blogging site. She said: Proud to elected on the special night of Laylat ul Qadr as one of the first female Muslim London Assembly members alongside with @LabourMarina & @SakinaZS
Congratulations to my late father’s mentee & former pupil @SadiqKhan
— Cllr Hina Bokhari AM🔶 (@HinaBokhariLD) May 9, 2021
Speaking to a local news publishing site, she said: “My relatives from Islamabad to Lahore to Karachi have been calling me over my election win. I feel a great deal of pride in the fact that I am the first-ever Muslim, Pakistani heritage woman to reach the London Assembly. This is a great moment for Pakistani and ethnic minority women. This has to happen.”
In 2018, Bukhari was the first Muslim woman elected as a Merton Council councilor’s local bodies elections. Previously, she worked as a primary school teacher for 20 years but now she is taking time off from being a teacher to fill her position as the elected member of the London Assembly.
Proud to see Hina Bokhari elected as a member of the Greater London Assembly today.
Hina is the first Muslim woman to be elected to GLA. I know she will do a wonderful job alongside Caroline Pidgeon AM. pic.twitter.com/9OZjqhBgO2
— Ed Davey MP 🔶🇪🇺 (@EdwardJDavey) May 8, 2021
Hina’s father Syed Naz Bokhari was originally from Lahore. He was Britain’s first Muslim Headteacher who motivated a generation of Pakistanis and minority children in Britain to join politics.
“London Mayor’s job is very complicated but Sadiq Khan needs to do more for London. My job is to hold him accountable, to remind him about the promises he made about housing and jobs. I will question him and I hope he keeps his promises,” she said.
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