Lon­don’s first Mus­lim Mayor

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - MARYAM AB­BASI

Mus­lims are al­ways tar­get of international me­dia and pol­i­tics. They try to show Mus­lims as ex­trem­ists and ter­ror­ists. But the cit­i­zens of Lon­don ex­press their views in 2016 Lon­don may­oral elec­tion, that Mus­lims are not ex­trem­ists and they can be­lieve in them. Af­ter a lot of ac­cu­sa­tions by Gold­smith that Sadiq Khan has sym­pa­thies with rad­i­cal Mus­lims, he be­came the first Mus­lim mayor of Lon­don on Fri­day.

Sadiq khan was largely crit­i­cised by the Con­ser­va­tive chal­lenger. He was blamed for be­ing an ex­trem­ist but he se­cured a great vic­tory against con­ser­va­tive party. Sadiq Khan vic­tory some­how heals the wounds of Labour Party. The Labour re­places Con­ser­va­tive Boris John­son, who was mayor for eight years. It seems that Gold­smith tac­tics back­fired as vot­ers found his cam­paign “dis­gust­ing”. It’s time for the world to see that Mus­lims are not ex­trem­ists and there are other peo­ple who are try­ing to de­stroy roots of Mus­lims. The next four years be­longs to Mr. Khan. Now what re­ally mat­ters is that he should ful­fil his prom­ises to im­prove the lives of Lon­don­ers es­pe­cially the peo­ple on lower in­comes. — Via email

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