PML-N cel­e­brates Sadiq Khan vic­tory

Pakistan Observer - - EDITORIALS & COMMENTS -

MUL­TAN—The PML-N or­ga­nized a rally to cel­e­brate vic­tory of Sadiq Khan, who was elected as a Mayor of Lon­don, here on Satur­day. The rally, led by tehsil pres­i­dent Hamza Shahid Lodhi, started from MDA Chowk and cul­mi­nated at Katch­ery in­ter­sec­tion. The par­tic­i­pants raised slo­gans and danced at beat of drums to re­joice vic­tory of the first Mus­lim mayor of Lon­don.

A large num­ber of party work­ers, in­clud­ing Mian Razaaq, Farhan An­sai, So­hail Shah, Rana Amir, Ar­shad Sabri, Mehr Aziz, par­tic­i­pated in the rally. Pak­istan, Khan was the fifth child out of seven broth­ers and one sis­ter. He grew up in pub­lic hous­ing in Toot­ing, an eth­ni­cally mixed res­i­den­tial area in south Lon­don, and slept in a bunkbed un­til he was 24.

His mod­est back­ground plays well in a city that is proud of its di­ver­sity and loves a self-made suc­cess story. Khan reg­u­larly re­calls how his late fa­ther drove Lon­don’s fa­mous red buses, and his mother was a seam­stress. One of his broth­ers is a mo­tor me­chanic. He is a handy boxer, hav­ing learnt the sport to de­fend him­self in the streets against those who hurled racist abuse at him. Two of his broth­ers are boxing coaches.

He re­mains sport­ing and ran the 2014 Lon­don Marathon. Khan joined the Labour Party aged 15 when Con­ser­va­tive prime min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher was in her pomp. At school, he wanted to study sci­ence and be­come a den­tist. But a teacher spot­ted his gift for ver­bal spar­ring and di­rected him to­wards law.

He gained a law de­gree from the Univer­sity of North Lon­don and started out as a trainee lawyer in 1994 at the Chris­tian Fisher le­gal firm.

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