Mohammad Sarwar to Take Pakistan Government Role

Andrew Whitaker, Scotsman, July 20, 2013

The UK’s first Muslim MP, Mohammad Sarwar, is to surrender his British nationality to take up a senior post with the Pakistani government, it emerged on Friday.

Former Glasgow MP Mr Sarwar last night flew to Pakistan for talks with the country’s prime minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, Scottish Labour has confirmed.

The Pakistan-born politician established himself as a cash and carry millionaire after arriving in Scotland from his country of origin.

Mohammad Sarwar

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In the Labour landslide victory of 1997 he was elected to Westminster, where he served as a Glasgow MP for 13 years before being succeeded by his son Anas Sarwar – the deputy party leader in Scotland.

Now he is set to take up a senior post in the Pakistan government, though the exact role has yet to be confirmed. However, it is understood that, in line with Pakistani government rules, he will have to forfeit his British citizenship and accept full nat­ionality in his country of origin.

Mr Sarwar is thought to be keen to ensure there is no conflict with the Pakistani laws which currently bar dual nationals from taking up public posts in Pakistan.

A source close to him said that Mr Sarwar consulted lawyers in Pakistan who told him that his British nationality will create problems for him and his appointment will be challenged.

Mr Sarwar, who was thought to have retired from frontline politics, will take up his post in the aftermath of widespread unrest.

The recently-elected Sharif beat former Pakistani cricket star Imran Khan in a bitterly fought election this year. Anas Sarwar yesterday Tweeted that his father was ready for a “new challenge” in the poverty-ravaged nation, which was under military rule until recently.

He Tweeted: “Wish Sarwar snr. all the best for his new challenge in Pakistan. We will miss him but know he is determined to make a difference.”

Mr Sarwar’s imminent appointment in Pakistan ends speculation that Labour was in talks with the former MP about his possible nomination as a member of the House of Lords.

It had been speculated that Mr Sarwar was going to replace Wajid Shamsul Hasan as Pakistan’s High Commissioner in London.

However, Sharif is thought to have decided that his services were needed in Pakistan rather than in London.

Mr Sarwar’s move to Pakistan represents the latest chapter in a colourful career that saw him criticise the foreign policy of Tony Blair in an open letter to the then Prime Minister from opponents of US military interventions. He was also suspended by the Labour Party in 1997 after being charged with election offences, though this was lifted when he was cleared in 1999.

He was one of 18 MPs who signed a Commons motion backing a Team GB football team at the 2012 Olympics, saying football “should not be any different from other competing sports and our young talent should be allowed to show their skills on the world stage”.

He has estimated assets of £16 million, mainly from the family wholesale cash and carry business, United Wholesale Grocers, which Sarwar and his brother founded in 1982.

The brothers split the business in 2002, with Sarwar forming United Wholesale (Scotland) while his brother retained the previous name.

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  • IstvanIN

    One race, one realm, one ruler.

    Get these people out of your Kingdom!

  • Spartacus

    How the hell did he get elected in the first place ?!?!

    • Archibald_Cunningham

      Because Scotland is relatively unenriched and as a consequence is full of deluded white marxist liberals.

      • David Ashton

        And the pseudo-Scottish pseudo-National pseudo-Party.

  • bigone4u

    Britain will be better off without him, especially if he sets an example for other Pakis and encourages them to go back to their homeland.

  • Rhialto

    This article makes me happy that I live in a country where governmental leaders do not have multiple citizenships or extra-national loyalties.

  • Puggg

    It’s impossible to surrender one’s “nationality” because one cannot surrender one’s DNA. That would be like me surrendering my Pug-ness to become a Leonberger. However, if I was a Leonberger all along and the Pug breeders gave me a Pug breed registration, I could see how that could happen, how a Leonberger with Pug papers could give them up to become a Leonberger, because he was a Leonberger all along.

    A Leonberger is not a Pug, and a Pug is not a Leonberger. “But we’re all dogs.” Yeah, say that when we’re in heat.

  • JJCULLEN

    Breaks my Heart to hear Scotland and Muslim in the same sentence

  • Greg Thomas

    But of course his Pakistani nationality presented no “problems” whatsoever in becoming a Glasgow MP.

  • IKantunderstand

    How many Scots have moved to Pakistan do you think? I mean, you know, real Scots. How many? I’m gonna say none. Well, there might have been some deluded Scots woman who hooked up with some Paki and got spirited away, but, I’m talking about a real Scotsman who woke up one day and said,”I am going to move to Pakistan”. Right. No White person in his right mind wants to move to Pakistan. If the Pakis think their country is so great, why do they keep moving to the UK? WHY? Could we please keep this whole social construct thing in mind? Pakistan is nothing more than a social construct, just like Scotland. So, socially consrtucted Pakis should have no problem staying in socially constructed Pakistan! There is also no difference between Scotland and Pakistan,as their cultures are equal, according to cultural marxism, thus, there is no reason to move from Pakistan to Scotland, or vice versa. There is no reason for anybody to emigrate anywhere. All cultures are equal, and race is a social construct. Ergo, the migration of people is senseless, and to no purpose.

  • John

    People with “dual” citizenship should be excluded from government service. This is especially true in the US. We have a plethora of US Israeli dual citizens serving in government. We also have a plethora of Jews spying on behalf of Israel. That’s a fact. Read “Blacklisted by History” or “Stalin’s Secret Spies” by M. Stanton Evans if you want to get the full story on this. Short version, the Rosenbergs, Jonathan Pollard.

  • Whatever, at least he’s leaving.

    • YourMOMA

      He’ll comeback. There’s no future for Pakistan.

  • skara_brae

    All Englishmen are white.

  • YourMOMA

    The UK is our ally and this Paki could of had access to sensitive materials that could of jeopardized our security. How was this man able to retain his Pakistani citizenship while being in a government position in the UK? Look at how many “Asians” (Pakis and Indians) are in the UK and they will continue to elect their own just like blacks in America elect their own. The whole nation is failing to see the destruction of great accomplishments that took hundreds of years to achieve through hard work and countless lives. It will take these 3rd world scum half a century to destroy what once was a great empire.

  • YourMOMA

    Mexico has the same policy. If you’re not born in Mexico you can’t hold office, be in the military, or serve as a police officer.

    • Creepy as crackers!

      I might be mistaken but I also believe unless you are native born to Mexico you can not own real estate or hold a job.