First Baloch student elected as Oxford Union president

In a historic first, Israr Kakar, a student from Baloc­hi­stan, has been elected as president of the Oxford Union.

He is the third Pakistani and first from Balochistan to hold this prestigious position. The Oxford Union, founded in 1823, is one of the oldest and most esteemed debating societies in the world.

Mr Kakar’s hailed from a small village in the Qila Abdullah district.

Currently, he is enrolled in the DPhil programme at Oxford’s Law Department.

Notably, Mr Kakar’s elder brother was also a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford, making him the second in his family to attend college.

Elected on Saturday, Mr Kakar in an interview  said.

“I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Oxford Union for placing their trust in me. This achievement will inspire the next generation of aspiring young people from humble backgrounds,” he said.

“I am incredibly grateful to the members of the Oxford Union for their trust in electing me as President, and to my team for believing in me.”

Khan is pursuing a DPhil in Law at Regent’s Park College and has served as the Union’s Chief of Staff. According to the Oxford University’s student newspaper, Khan emphasized fighting the Union’s “institutional racism” while Horrocks-Taylor centered her campaign on increasing “female representation on committees and in our term card.”

Khan is the third Pakistani student who has been elected to head the prestigious debating union. Before him, former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and Oxford University student Ahmad Nawaz were also elected to head the Oxford Union. 

Balochistan Chief Minister Sarfraz Bugti took to X to congratulate Khan on his achievement. 

“A proud moment for Balochistan & Pakistan,” Bugti wrote. “Following in the footsteps of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto, @IkIsrar has won the @OxfordUnion Presidency. More power to you, Israr!“

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