Key interests and achievements
Oscar takes great interest and pride in
promoting business and enterprise on a local, national and
international scale. Consequently he relishes his participation in
the CPA (The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association), where Oscar
has developed firm relations with various countries across the
commonwealth to strengthen international relations with Wales.
Oscar believes in integration amongst all
communities and faiths. He has been instrumental in breaking down
barriers between different communities and faiths.
His interests outside politics include
cricket, athletics and badminton. He also holds a Pilot’s
licence and is an accountant by profession.
Born in Peshawar in Pakistan, Oscar gained a
BA in Political Science from Peshawar University. He moved to
London and completed an MBA before moving to Wales in order to
complete a course in accountancy in Newport. He is fluent in Urdu,
Hindi and Punjabi.
He’s married to Firdaus, a doctor and
the first Muslim Mayoress in the UK. They have a daughter,
Oscar is a very keen sportsman and has always
encouraged participation in sports for all ages. As someone who ran
with the Olympic torch in 1964, he is delighted whenever sporting
events unite the nation through rugby, football, athletics and
cricket, and he has always campaigned for Wales to have its own
Oscar began his career working for a firm of
chartered accountants in Newport. He then became a principal of his
own accountancy firm and held various Directorial positions in
other businesses before he entered politics.
He is also a qualified Pilot.
Oscar became Wales’s first Muslim
councillor, representing Victoria ward on Newport City Council in
2004. He came to prominence after being elected to the National
Assembly for Wales in 2007, and again in 2011 and 2016. He is best
known for being the first ethnic minority and Muslim member of the
Assembly and he is extremely proud of his background and