BIRMINGHAM: A British Pakistani councilor has made historical past by taking oath because the youngest mayor of the historic English metropolis of Worcester.
Councillor Jabbar Riaz, 40, who was additionally the deputy mayor of the town in 2017/18 was elected for the third consecutive time period efficiently after defending his seat representing Labour get together from Cathedral ward within the current native elections.
Cllr Riaz, whose household is initially from Dadyal, Azad Kashmir, can be the second British Pakistani to be elected because the mayor of Worcester. Cllr Allah Ditta of Conservative get together was the primary British Pakistani mayor of this metropolis again in 2004.
Cllr Riaz additionally began his political profession with the Conservative get together and was elected as a councilor from Cathedral ward for the primary time in 2010.
However in 2013 he left Tories for the Labour get together as a result of insurance policies of the central authorities of then PM David Cameron. After a tricky battle in 2014 native elections, he succeeded once more however this time as a Labour councilor with a slim majority of simply 198 votes.
In 2017, Cllr Riaz resigned from the cupboard the place he was in command of leisure companies attributable to household commitments. In these elections, Cllr Riaz gained once more from Cathedral ward by beating fellow Pakistani Nida Hassan, who was representing Conservative get together however with a a lot clearer majority of 292 votes.
Nida Salman is the niece of Sardar Ayaz Sadiq, senior PML-N politician and speaker of Pakistan’s nationwide meeting.
Cllr Riaz in his maiden speech as the brand new mayor of Worcester stated that he feels proud and humbled. He thanked the residents of his ward, buddies, household and particularly his mother and father and spouse who not solely voted for him but in addition supported him by way of the election interval.
Because the mayor, he represents the entire metropolis and he’s grateful to Almighty Allah for honoring him with this place.
“My Mayoral theme this yr can be ‘Love not Hate’ and it’s particularly becoming this yr as we mark the 100th anniversary of Armistice day the place individuals from throughout the commonwealth fought and died,” stated Cllr Riaz informed Geo Information.
He additional added that his purpose is to unite and convey communities collectively below the banner of peace. The Brexit vote has seen hate crime rise and assaults improve and my purpose is to teach and unfold the message of kindness, dispel myths and break down obstacles.
The Mayoral oath-taking ceremony occurred in metropolis’s historic Guildhall throughout a full council assembly, which was attended by the man councilors, household, and buddies together with different members of the general public.
Cllr Jabbar Riaz’s father Mr. Mohammed Riaz, who was additionally in politics and was elected as councilor from the identical Cathedral ward from 2004-10 representing Conservative get together, stated that it’s a completely a proud second for not solely him or the household however for the entire neighborhood.
“Extra Pakistani children ought to be inspired to participate in native politics as their future lies on this nation. Younger technology ought to be a part of the British political events to allow them to serve this nation and their neighborhood,” added Mohammed Riaz.
Cllr Riaz, Sajeeda Begum, who can be the Mayoress now stated that her husband has labored extraordinarily exhausting not solely within the current native election however all through his profession as councilor and that is the subsequent step forward for him.
“It’s completely fantastic that because the consultant of Muslim neighborhood he’s now the second Muslim mayor of this metropolis,” she stated.
Cllr Jabbar’s niece Romana Ali who has additionally been named the “Mayor’s Consort” stated that her position is filling for the position of Mayoress when she shouldn’t be out there. One therapeutic massage that’s most necessary and which my uncle stated in his speech is “Love not Hate” and it’s not for my technology however for all generations. The household has labored exhausting, everybody values his work for the neighborhood and at this time all of us really feel pleased with him, added Romana.