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Pakistanis react to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s victory

May 7, 2016
Pakistanis react to London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s victory

Sadiq Khan MP at Westminster, London, Britain  - 11 Oct 2012

Soon after he won, Sadiq Khan, the newly elected mayor of London, appreciated his voters for choosing “hope over fear.”

And while it is true Pakistanis across the globe are rejoicing over Sadiq Khan’s victory in the 2016 mayoral race of London, some of them took to Twitter to call out the “hypocrisy,” as they say, of Pakistanis when it comes to protecting their own country’s minority.
Renowned columnist and activist Bina Shah writes:

Other Twitter users said:

In contrast, the international community praised Londoners for defying the norms, breaking stereotypes and rejecting Islamophobia.

Jemima Goldsmith, former wife of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairperson Imran Khan congratulated Sadiq Khan for becoming the first Muslim mayor of London.

In a tweet on May 6, she said London is a city where people from all backgrounds, cultures and religions live. Sadiq Khan’s election is a great example for the youth of London, she added.

Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth appreciated Londoners for breaking away from the “ugly Islamophobia trend.” He said:

British parliamentarian Mathew Pennycook also hailed residents of London for “rejecting politics of division.”


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