In a landmark achievement, Saliha Sadiq has been bestowed with the esteemed position of Overseas Human Rights Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, marking a significant milestone in her illustrious career as a British Asian Muslim woman.

The announcement was celebrated with fervour at Leeds Mumtaz, where a gathering of dignitaries convened to honour Saliha’s remarkable accomplishment.

Hosted by the Leeds Hum Wattan centre, the dinner witnessed the presence of notable figures including Lord Wajid Khan from the House of Commons, Tafheen Sharif, former police commissioner and the first Muslim Mayor of Tameside, as well as Shafina Shah – Miss Pakistan and Bollywood actress.

Among the esteemed guests were Doctorate Bashir (MBE) and a multitude of influential individuals spanning across various sectors including business, healthcare, and politics. The occasion served as a testament to Saliha’s unwavering dedication and trailblazing contributions to the community.

Saliha’s appointment to the position of Overseas Human Rights Minister underscores her tireless advocacy for marginalised communities and commitment to promoting gender equality and inclusion.

Renowned for her work in mental health awareness, Saliha has garnered numerous accolades, including the Coronation Champion Award from King Charles, and has been recognised as an influential woman in her own right.

Throughout her journey, Saliha has remained a steadfast voice for those whose voices often go unheard, both in the UK and overseas. Her efforts have not only ushered in positive change but have also inspired countless others to take action within their own communities.

Lord Wajid Khan expressed pride in Saliha’s achievements and presented her with the Influential Woman Award, while Tafheen Sharif hailed her as a true role model for all communities, expressing confidence in her ability to make a difference and empower women.

In her response, Saliha expressed deep gratitude and humility for the opportunity to serve as Overseas Human Rights Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, a region close to her heart due to her familial ties. She pledged to uphold the values of justice, women’s rights, independence, and empowerment, affirming her commitment to the betterment of the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Saliha Sadiq’s appointment is not just a personal triumph but a beacon of hope for communities worldwide, symbolising the power of perseverance, passion, and dedication in effecting meaningful change.