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6 I LOCAL & NATIONAL NEWS Passion Islam I July 2008
Local Muslim’s in
Queens honours
Manchester’s first Muslim Lord Mayor I had no inkling that I had
was among the local heroes saluted in been nominated. I feel
last month’s honours list, Councillor Afzal deeply honoured.”
Khan was made a CBE for unstinting He was made an
services to local government and race independent member
relations. of the Lawrence
Mr Khan, who was born in Pakistan, Steering Group, set
said: “I was a bit shocked when I was up to take forward the
told about the award but I feel genuinely recommendations of the
honoured” inquiry into the death of
The solicitor moved to Britain when he Stephen Lawrence, as
was 12 and started his working life as a well as an advisor to the
mill worker. He resumed his education Commission of Racial
before joining Greater Manchester Police Equality and became
as a constable and entering politics. the first Muslim to be
Also honoured was Riaz Ahmad, JP appointed deputy lieutenant for West
improve the quality of life for people,
from Oldham who was made an OBE Yorkshire which he carries out in addition
making sure the system is fair for
for services to local government, the he holds the position as the chairman
everyone.”
administration of justice and to the of the Home Office Racist Incidents
Mr Bhana has been heavily involved in
community in Oldham. Group and deputy chairman of a Ministry
charity work with local Masjids and Muslim
Iqbal Bhana 52 from Batley, West of Justice advisory group to the Lord
Community Centres and has been at the
Yorkshire received an OBE for 30 years Chancellor.
forefront of many fund raising appeals.
of service to community relations in West He said: “The work I do for the Home
Also honoured was witness care officer
Yorkshire. Office and the criminal justice agencies
from Bury, Zahida Fazaley she was made
He said: “I’m very pleasantly surprised. gives me great pleasure in helping to
an MBE.
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