PaK-origin MP becomes first female Muslim minister to address House of Commons
LONDON: Nus Ghani, a Kashmiri-origin parliamentarian in the UK, on Friday became the first female Muslim minister to speak from the British Parliament dispatch box.
Ghani, born in Birmingham to parents who migrated from Pakistan-administered Kashmir (PaK), was cheered by her colleagues as she addressed the House of Commons as a junior minister in the Department for Transport.
“Made my debut as @transportgovuk Minister and made a bit of history as the first female Muslim Minister to speak from the House of Commons dispatch box,? she tweeted.
The 45-year-old was appointed Parliamentary Under- Secretary at the Department for Transport by British Prime Minister Theresa May as part of her New Year reshuffle last week.
Ghani worked for charities such as Age UK and Breakthrough Breast Cancer as well as the BBC World Service before first standing as a Conservative Party candidate in Birmingham in the 2010 general election.
In 2015, she became the first Conservative party Muslim female candidate to be elected to Parliament.
After the June 2017 snap election, she made history after she repeated her oath of allegiance to Queen Elizabeth II in Urdu when she was sworn into Parliament.