Bashir Ahmad MSP – my grandfather

It is a huge pleasure and  honour to be asked to write a few words about such a great  personality,  my grand dad, the late Bashir Ahmad.BA1

Bashir Ahmad made history as the first Asian and Muslim member of the Scottish Parliament.
He was a true patriot for his adopted land of Scotland.

Brought up in Pakistan, Bashir moved to Scotland when he was 21 years old and his first job was a bus conductor. He went on to become a successful businessman and was elected president of the Pakistan Welfare Trust five times.
In 2003 he was elected to Glasgow city council for the Pollokshields East ward and in 2007 he joined the Scottish Parliament as a regional MSP for Glasgow.
Bashir served on the cross party groups for Carers; Human Rights and Civil Liberties; Older People, Age and Ageing; Palestine; and Tartan Day. He was also a member of the Public Petitions Committee.

As well as political interests, Bashir was an active member of the Asian and Muslim communities in Glasgow.

For me my grand dad has been very well defined by the First Minister of Scotland.  In Alex Salmond’s own words,

‘Bashir was the kindest, most decent human being it has ever been my pleasure to meet……he was the most patriotic of Scots and was a credit to both his faith and his country’

Above all I will always remember my grand Dad for his fun loving nature, exemplary manners, warmth and hospitality. He has inspired me greatly and has  left a legacy that I hope one day I will have the opportunity to continue.

Yusuf Qureshi


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2 responses to “Bashir Ahmad MSP – my grandfather

  1. Moving and inspiring, thanks for sharing!

  2. Anne Baird

    Yusuf, if you’re anything like your grandfather I hope you’ll be a visible part of the building of our new Scotland.

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