Bradford has appointed the UK’s first Muslim woman to hold a Lord Mayor title. Coun Naveeda Ikram, of Pakistani origin and born in the UK, had been a Labour councillor on the Bradford Council since 2004. In addition to being the UK’s first female Muslim Lord Mayor, she was also the first woman of Pakistani origin to become councillor in Bradford.
Manchester’s first Muslim Lord Mayor was among the local heroes saluted in today’s honours list. Councillor Afzal Khan was made a CBE for unstinting services to local government and race relations. Mr Khan, who was born in Pakistan, said: “I was a bit shocked when I was told about the award but I feel genuinely honoured, and not a little humbled.” The solicitor moved to Britain when he was 12 and started his working life as a mill worker. He resumed his education before joining Greater Manchester Police as a constable and entering politics. Also honoured were Riaz Ahmad, JP from Oldham who made an OBE for services to local government, the administration of justice and to the community in Oldham. Iqbal Bhana from West Yorkshire received an OBE for services to community relations in West Yorkshire.http://themuslimweekly.com/newsdetails/fullstoryview.aspx?NewsID=3D246E972CB89FC4CF14BED5&MENUID=HOMENEWS&DESCRIPTION=UK%20News