Celebrations began all over the world especially in Pakistan when the news broke the election of a Pakistani bus driver’s son as the mayor of London. Sadiq Khan has been elected London’s first Muslim mayor.
Sadiq Khan’s parents migrated to Britain in the 1960s. Khan’s win has been featured on the front pages of all national newspapers in Pakistan and is causing an uproar on the social media.
Many were took it to the social media to congratulate the new Mayor of London.
“Congratulations @SadiqKhan 4 being elected mayor of London,” tweeted Bilawal Bhutto, leader of the opposition Pakistan People’s Party and son of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.
“British Pakistanis need +ve rolemodel,” he added.
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan — whose ex-wife Jemima is the sister of Sadiq Khan’s principal opponent Zac Goldsmith — also tweeted his congratulations to the new mayor, Pakistani English daily The Express Tribuine.
Congratulations to Sadiq Khan on becoming Mayor of London.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) May 6, 2016
Elsewhere on social media most Pakistanis appeared to greet Khan’s win with pride, with messages marking the recent successes of other high-profile British Muslims.
Some could not resist pointing out the irony of the jubilant reaction in the deeply conservative country.
Khan’s extraordinary rise to prominence in politics has been hailed as an inspiration to immigrants everywhere. Pakistani TV channels and newspapers ran stories that stressed his background.
At the same time, several people pointed out how Sadiq Khan’s success in England would’ve been very hard to replicate in a Pakistani context. Political commentaors and activist have a different view Pakistanis’s celebration over his victory. Several people pointed out that it will be very difficult to replicate his victory in Pakistan.
Pakistani: Sadiq Khan won!
Reporter: So you’d vote for a minority immigrant son of a bus driver as Mayor of Karachi?
Pakistani: Are you mad?
— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) May 6, 2016
Sadiq Khan’s victory is not a victory of Pakistan or Muslims in general, its a victory of London as a society.
— Shekhu (@Biryani_) May 7, 2016
Muslims in Pakistan should examine Sadiq Khan’s positions & his stature. This is the kind of pluralism we should assure for our people here.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) May 6, 2016