Pakistani-origin Sajid Javid appointed as new UK home secretary

Sajid Javid appointed new UK home secretary after Amber Rudd resigns

Sajid Javid has become the UK’s first home secretary from an ethnic minority background after Amber Rudd’s resignation.

Following the sudden resignation of a senior minister over an immigration scandal, British Prime Minister Theresa May moved swiftly and appointed Sajid Javid as Home Secretary on Monday morning.

Javid is a second-generation migrant whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan.

Javid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, said he would review immigration policy to make sure it was fair and people were treated with “dignity and respect”.

According to a report in The Guardian, Javid’s father arrived in London from Sahiwal, Pakistan in the early 1960s. His father first worked in a cotton mill in Rochdale and later as a bus driver.

“When the young Sajid was four, his father started running a ladieswear business in a grim part of inner-city Bristol. The family of seven was crammed into the two-bedroom flat above the shop,” the report states further.

Javid, 48, a former managing director at Deutsche Bank, was previously Communities and Local Government Secretary.

Javid is not the first British-Pakistani to join the UK government as mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is also of Pakistani origin.


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