Trib­utes paid as trail­blazer Bashir Maan dies aged 93

Evening Times - - NEWS - BY LOUISE HOUS­TON

TRIB­UTES have been paid to Bashir Maan – the first Mus­lim coun­cil­lor in the UK, who has died at the age of 93.

Mr Maan was elected as a Glas­gow coun­cil­lor for Labour in 1970, hav­ing moved to the city from Pak­istan in 1953.

He was a found­ing mem­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Scot­land and was de­scribed as a “trail­blazer” in the Scot­tish Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

A spokes­woman for the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Scot­land said: “Bashir Maan CBE was a found­ing mem­ber of the Mus­lim Coun­cil of Scot­land and pi­o­neer for the Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

“He chal­lenged racism, was a pos­i­tive force for change in Scot­tish civic so­ci­ety and leaves a legacy that will ben­e­fit us for gen­er­a­tions.

“He will be truly missed but not for­got­ten.”

First Min­is­ter Ni­cola Stur­geon tweeted:

“Very sorry to hear this. Bashir Maan was a trail­blazer and role model in the Scot­tish Mus­lim com­mu­nity.

“Above all he was a thor­oughly de­cent man al­though we were in dif­fer­ent par­ties he was a source of good ad­vice to me in my early days in pol­i­tics. My con­do­lences to his fam­ily.”

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf said: “Sad to hear about pass­ing of Bashir Maan, thought to be first Mus­lim in UK to be elected to of­fice when he be­came a Glas­gow Coun­cil­lor in 1970.

“We didn’t al­ways agree but he en­cour­aged me & other Scots-Asians to play their part in Scot­tish civic life. A sad loss.” Hu­man rights lawyer Aamer An­war called Mr Maan a “true com­mu­nity leader”.

“The Scot­tish Pak­istani com­mu­nity owes a great debt to Bashir Maan CBE, who sadly passed away this morn­ing,” he said. “Bashir was a rev­o­lu­tion­ary in his own right and achieved so much for our com­mu­nity over the years.

“He helped many thou­sands and was the first to break the glass ceil­ing for mi­nori­ties at a time when it was un­think­able.”

He added: “The UK’s first Mus­lim coun­cil­lor, a JP, writer, chair of the Strath­clyde Po­lice Board, he helped build Glas­gow Cen­tral Mosque when oth­ers thought it an im­pos­si­ble dream.

“He was a true com­mu­nity leader and on a per­sonal level as the years passed I grew to ad­mire him for what he had done, an orig­i­nal trail­blazer, who tore down the walls of in­equal­ity, earn­ing re­spect from all as he did, an ir­re­place­able gi­ant of whom we are so proud and Scot­land will be eter­nally grate­ful to.”

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Ste­wart Carle said he was sad­dened to hear the news. He added: “Mr Maan was a great sup­porter of com­mu­nity polic­ing and worked closely with the force af­ter the 9/11 atroc­i­ties to ease fears.”

Bashir Maan, the first Mus­lim coun­cil­lor in the UK, was elected for Labour in Glas­gow in 1970

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