Pakistan

LONDON – A British politician of Pakistani descent has been appointed by Prime Minister Theresa May as the new home secretary of the United Kingdom.

Sajid Javid’s appointment was announced on Monday after Amber Rudd succumbed to pressure and tendered her resignation over the handling of immigration policy.

Rudd confessed in a letter to PM May that she had “inadvertently misled” MPs on the Commons home affairs committee over targets for deportations.

“I should have been aware of this and I take full responsibility for the fact I was not,” she wrote in her resignation letter which was accepted by the British premier.

Rudd’s departure also ‘saddened’ Javid, who termed her a ‘big talent’.

Who is Sajid Javid?

Javid, a Member of Parliament for Bromsgrove, was the secretary of state for housing, communities and local government and her appointment was confirmed through a tweet from the PM Office.

The 48-year-old is the first Muslim to serve as the British home secretary but he is not the only Pakistani to have been appointed to the crucial position in the British administration.

Earlier, in 2016, Sadiq Khan became the Mayor of London after he bagged support of Britishers against Conservative’s Zac Goldsmith.

Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, and he is one of five sons of a Pakistani descent bus driver who came to the UK in the 1960s.

Javid grew up in Bristol and lived in two bedrooms flat with his brothers, and was the first of his family to go to university.

He first entered Parliament in 2010 and asked Britishers to remain in the European Union. His first cabinet appointment came in 2014 as culture secretary. He also served as business secretary.

He also fired a broadside at Donald Trump for endorsing a hate-filled racist organisation that hated him and vowed to keep speaking out.