Former southside MP takes on role in Punjab

Mohammad Sarwar
Mohammad Sarwar

FORMER Labour MP, Mohammad Sarwar, has accepted the post of governor of Punjab, the largest state in Pakistan.

Mr Sarwar (60), who became the UK’s first Muslim MP when he was elected to the Govan constituency in 1997, has given up his British citizenship to take on the post.

Although born in Punjab, Mr Sarwar spent most of his life living in Scotland.

His first address as governor targeted the need to improve education in the region and promising more school provision for children.

Mr Sarwar said: “Pakistan is surrounded by many problems — poverty, unemployment, health inequalities, an ongoing energy crisis, terrorism and human rights violations.

“I have always believed that the best route out of these problems is through education.”