London: Sadiq Khan, the newly-elected London mayor, today formally signed in as the Mayor of London. He broke the Conservative Boris Johnson’s 2008 record winning landslide 1310143 votes
While signining in as Mayor at the Southward Cathedral ceremony, Sadiq, who is the son of a London bus driver and the first Muslim mayor of any capital city in the European Union was greeted with cheers and he responded by saying: “May name is Sadiq Khan and I’m the Mayor of London.”
The new Mayor said: “I’m only here today because of the opportunities and helping hand that our city gave to me and my family. He further added “my burning ambition for our city, that will guide my mayoralty, is to ensure that all Londoners get the opportunities that our city gave to me.
At the outset, Sadiq Khan received a standing ovation when he arrived for the ceremony with Dean of Southward Cathedral the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn. Besides Saadiya Khan, the wife of the newly elected Mayor, prominent among others present at the Southward Cathedral ceremony were former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, Karen Buck, MP, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe and London Fire Brigade Commissioner Ron Dobson.
Sadiq’s opening remark “My name is Sadiq Khan….”: reminds of a 2010 Indian drama film “My name is Khan” starring Shahrukh Khan. In this film, playing the lead role, Shahrukh keeps repeating “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist,” while waiting in a crowd to meet President Bush.
In the high-pitched London Mayoral election campaign, British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon had reportedly referred to Mr Khan as “Labour lackey who speaks alongside extremists”.
Postscript: The last post on fb by Khurram Zaki, Editor, Let us build Pakistan.
He was shot dead soon after he wrote this post:
“Sadiq Khan is not a Pakistani. He is a Britisher. Credit for his rise and success goes to his own hard work and the equal opportunity quality of the British system. Pakistan and Islam have played no role in his meteoric rise. And he has proved for all British Muslims and Brits of other ethnicities that anyone who blames that system as biased and discriminatory that they are lazy and liars.
I am celebrating the greatness of Western Secular Democracy. In this day and age of Takfiri Deobandi/Wahabi terrorism and Islamophobia, London has risen above discrimination and bigotry and emerged as great centre of human civilisation setting a great example for the world. Can we ever elect an Ahmadi or Hindu or Christian PM? Forget that, we have deprived all legal powers and discretions of a democratically elected Mayor of the third largest city in the world (Karachi) on the basis of ethnicity.
And it’s so stupid and shameful of us Pakistanis that we run down humiliate our own successes like Malala and Sharmeen.”