I am currently a final year law student on the LLB Law degree at SOAS, and am Treasurer of the Law Society. My goals are to achieve a high calibre of events for our students and to leave a significant balance for next years society. My interest in the law stems from my membership of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community, where I discovered the persecution my people face around the world, particularly in Pakistan.
On a personal front, I know many men and women who were murdered or thrown in jail for such acts as greeting with a simple ‘salam’, and thus under the law was ‘impersonating a muslim’. Indeed, after the passing of Ordinance XX my family was forced to leave Pakistan, by the skin of their teeth, as President Zia had demanded my grandfather by name. This opened my eyes to the persecution, injustice and intricacies of the world from an early age, and of the importance the rule of law and justice plays in maintaining the many strands that make up the fabric of the world.
Prior to this unfortunate drama, my grandfather, a huge inspiration to me, had the privilege to travel extensively in Europe and to study at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.