Ten of Pakistani origin make it to British parliament

Published May 8, 2015
Yasmin Qureshi. ─ DawnNews screengrab
Yasmin Qureshi. ─ DawnNews screengrab
Imran Hussain. ─ DawnNews screengrab
Imran Hussain. ─ DawnNews screengrab

LONDON: As results came to surface after a historic British election, ten people of Pakistani origin are now members of the House of Commons.

Former Pakistani TV actress Tasmeena Shaikh, representing the Scottish National Party, was elected as an MP with 26,620 votes, reported DawnNews.

Tasmeena Shaikh.- DawnNews screengrab
Tasmeena Shaikh.- DawnNews screengrab

Yasmin Qureshi of the Labour Party was elected with 20,520 votes from Bolton South East.

Yasmin Qureshi.-DawnNews screengrab
Yasmin Qureshi.-DawnNews screengrab

Labour Party’s Naz Shah and Imran Hussain were also elected.

Naz Shah.-DawnNews screengrab
Naz Shah.-DawnNews screengrab

Naz Shah, a 41-year-old disability rights campaigner who beat out her colourful left-wing rival nicknamed “Gorgeous George” Galloway in Bradford West, has an incredible life story of her own. She was brought up in poverty, taken to Pakistan to escape domestic abuse and then forcibly married. Shah's mother ended up killing her abusive partner and going to jail after long suffering in silence.

Sadiq Khan.-DawnNews screengrab
Sadiq Khan.-DawnNews screengrab

Sadiq Khan of the British Labour Party was elected from Tooting with 25,263 votes.

Nusrat Ghani.-DawnNews screengrab
Nusrat Ghani.-DawnNews screengrab

Manchester's Shabana Mehmood and Khalid Mehmood, Weldone's Conservative candidate Nusrat Ghani, Gillingham and Rainham's Conservative candidate Rehman Chishti and Bromsgrove's Conservative candidate Sajid Javed were also elected.

Shabana Mehmood. ─ DawnNews screengrab
Shabana Mehmood. ─ DawnNews screengrab

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