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Hannan Sarwar: Pakistani-origin teen becomes councillor in UK

He is the youngest Pakistani to be ever elected as a town councillor.

Hannan Sarwar

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Hannan Sarwar, 18-year-old has become the youngest Pakistani councillor to be elected from the Wilmslow Town Council, Manchester in Britain’s local council elections.

The teenage politician was one of the four candidates who got elected unopposed to Wilmslow Town Council. Sarwar’s family hails from Faisalabad. He is from Styal and turned 18 in February this year. He initiated his political career with Conservatives a year ago.

He met the Britain Prime Minister Theresa May after being invited to Conservative Association reception as one of the youngest town councillors.

“British Prime Minister Theresa May congratulated me after I have won the Local Councils’ election on the ticket of the Conservative Party,” 18-year-old Hannan told a Pakistani news channel. “The PM asked me to expedite the political activities.”

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While talking about the surge of Islamophobia and hate crimes in Britain he remarked that the entire community has to work together to defeat Islamophobia and drive hate crimes away from Britain. “Ethnic minorities groups, particularly British Pakistanis, should stand up and share their feelings with others,” he remarked.

Hannan Sarwar added that he has derived his inspiration to join politics from leaders like Quaid-e-Azam and Imran Khan.  “I have taken inspiration from a lot of people, including Imran Khan, Quaid-e-Azam, UK politicians, and young Pakistani parliamentarians. They are my role models,” he said.

Hannan is currently pursuing his A-levels from St. Ambrose College Hale Barns.  He added that he was asked to contest the local elections to which he applied. He was then cleared to contest for the elections after the interview. “I was unanimously selected to contest in the local elections,” he told.

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