Mohammad Sarwar

Governor Punjab


A successful businessman, philanthropist and politician, Mohammad Sarwar was born in Faisalabad, Pakistan on August 18, 1952 and moved to Scotland in 1976 to join his wife Perveen with whom he has four children. After arriving in Scotland, he became successful in the Scottish Wholesale sector. He joined British politics in early 80’s and became Britain’s first Muslim MP and Scotland’s first ethnic minority MP. He moved to Pakistan in 2013 where he pursued his political career and charity work to benefit the people of Pakistan.

In recognition of his human rights activism and philanthropy, he was awarded the honorary doctorate degree by University of the West of Scotland in July 10, 2014.

Honorary doctorate degree - July 10, 2014
Oath taking - 2018

Political Career in UK

  • Member of the Labour Party, since 1984

  • Elected Councilor, Glasgow City Council, 1992-1995
  • Deputy Convenor Race Relations Board, Glasgow City Council, 1992-1995
  • First Non-white, Muslim & Ethnic Minority Executive Member of the Labour Party Scottish Executive Committee, 1994-1997
  • Re-elected Councilor, Glasgow City Council, 1995 – 1997
  • Chairman of General Purposes Committee, Glasgow City Council 1995-1997
  • Member of GMB, since 1997
  • Elected as first ever Muslim Member of UK Parliament & Scotland’s first ever Ethnic Minority MP, Glasgow Govan, 1997-2001
  • Member of the Scottish Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee, 1995-2005
  • Re-elected MP, Glasgow Govan, 2001-2005
  • Deputy Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party – Scotland, 2002-2003
  • Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party – Scotland, 2003-2004
  • Elected MP, Glasgow Central, 2005-2010
  • 1st ever non-white & minority appointed as the chairman of the Scottish Affairs Parliamentary Select Committee, 2005-2010
  • Member of the Liaison Parliamentary Select Committee, 2005-2010

Political Career in Pakistan

  • The Governor of Punjab, Pakistan 2013 – 2015
  • Joined Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as a senior leader & Organizer Punjab 2015 – Present
  • Elected member of Senate of Pakistan March 2018 – Sept 2018
  • The Governor of Punjab September 2018 – Present

UK Initiatives

  • Selected by the Prime Minister to visit Sri Lanka as part of a Parliamentary delegation lead by Rt. Hon. Des Browne MP during the period of civil unrest in 2009.
  • Member of Parliamentary delegations, to visit and strengthen Britain’s ties with Morocco – Tunisia – Kuwait – Iran – Pakistan – Saudi Arabia – Indonesia, (2004-2005)
  • During his tenure as an MP he has been an active member of over 20 All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPG’s), and has been an office-bearer of the APPG on Pakistan, Secretary to the APPG on Terrorism, Chairman & Vice-Chairman of APPG on Kuwait, 2000

Volunteer/Charitable Initiatives

  • Chairman, Council for Human Rights – Scotland, 1982-1992
  • Executive Committee, Pakistan Social & Cultural Society, 1982-1984
  • Executive member, The Islamic Centre – Glasgow, 1980-1984
  • General Secretary, The Islamic Centre – Glasgow, 1984-1986
  • Chairman, Pollokshields Development Association – Glasgow, 1988-1992
  • Founding member and office bearer, Ethnic Minority Law Centre (Glasgow), 1988
  • Founding member and office bearer, Ethnic Minority Enterprise Centre (Glasgow), 1988
  • Member, Medical Aid for Palestinians – UK, 1994
  • Chairman and founding member, Pakistan International Foundation (Sarwar Foundation) – UK, (2000-present)
  • Chairman and founding member, the UCare Foundation – UK, 2009-2010
  • Member of Scottish Friends of Palestine, 1992
  • Advisor to Board of Trustees, Taleem Trust Glasgow, 1997
  •  Advisor to Youth Counselling Service Agency, Glasgow, 1997
  •  Patron of University of Management and Technology – Lahore, Pakistan, (2019-present)

Campaigning Work

  • Directed a successful national fundraising campaign to raise £1 million and build 1000 new homes in Pakistan following the devastating floods of 2010
  • Directed a successful international fundraising campaign for the Ucare Foundation (formerly the Pakistan Foundation), enabling it to establish 3 state of the art free hospitals in rural Pakistan. The first Foundation hospital opened its doors in 2005 and now treats over 7000 patients a month, 2005
  • Worked with the Chief Minister of Punjab Ch Pervez Elahi to help improve emergency service’s provision in Punjab, which amongst other things resulted in the setting up of Rescue 1122 – a dedicated free hotline number for accessing the Punjab Emergency Services, 2004
  • Assisted leaders of the Sikh Community in achieving their ambitions for a purpose built Gurdwara for Glasgow’s Sikh community, 1995
  • Assisted leaders of the Muslim community in their successful campaign for a new Muslim burial site in Glasgow which spans over 30 acres and will accommodate the needs of the Muslim community for the next 50 to 60 years, 2006
  • Successfully negotiated the extradition of 3 individuals back to the UK who had fled to Pakistan in order for them to stand trial for the murder of Scottish teenager Kriss Donald, 2005
  • Successfully negotiated and secured the release of British Pakistani girls forced into marriage in Pakistan, 1996
  • Successfully led the campaign to save Scotland’s Shipyards, 1997
  • After 7/7 – Visited all Major cities and towns in the UK to create better understanding between communities, 2005
  • Campaigner for the implementation of United Nations Resolutions on Palestine and the creation of a independent Palestinian state living in peace side by side with the state of Israel, (1980-present)
  • Led delegations to visit the West Bank and Gaza and highlight the suffering of the people of Palestine, (1988-2005)
  • Campaigner for a peaceful resolution between India and Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir, (1990-present)
  • Founding member, Save the Bosnian Campaign, 1995
  • Campaigner, Anti-Apartheid Movement in Africa and release of Nelson Mandela, 1992
  • Campaigner for Woman’s rights, focusing on tackling domestic violence and forced marriage, 1992
  • Post 9/11 campaigned within the UK to avoid any backlash against Muslims by Non Muslims, 2001
  • Campaigned against war in Iraq in the Parliament, 2003

Business Career

  • Proprietor, Independent retail store, 1976 – 1980
  • Director, United Wholesale Grocers Ltd (UK), 1982
  • Director, United Wholesale Scotland Ltd (UK)
  • Director, Kidz Kingdom (UK)
  • Director, United Global Pvt Ltd (Pakistan)

Educational History

  • Primary education from chak No. 331 GB Distt.: T.T.Singh. , 1956
  • Middle & High School education from Chak No.333 GB. Distt.: T. T.Singh. , 1964
  • Higher education from Government College, Faisalabad. (later given University status and renamed Government College University of Faisalabad), 1970
  • Chief prefect, New Hostel, Government College, Faisalabad, 1973-74