Cllr Afzal Khan
In May 2005, Afzal Khan was invested with the office of Lord Mayor of Manchester, having served in the previous year as Deputy Mayor. The city has 36000 Muslims – roughly 10% of its total population. Afzal has played a leading role in anti-racism campaigns and in increasing the political profile of Mancunians of Muslim and Pakistani Kashmiri background.
He is a solicitor by training and was formerly partner at the law firm Hussain Singh Khan & Co. His public service work has included membership of the Ethnic Minority Business Forum of the Department of Trade & Industry. He is a founding director of the Ansar Foundation Ltd formed in 1994 and which has done pioneering work in shariah compliant home purchase schemes. He is an activist in the UK Islamic Mission and has also served as Assistant Secretary General of The Muslim Council of Britain (2000-2002). In this capacity he delivered a paper in February 2002, ‘’Freedom of Belief is the Cornerstone of Democratic Society’ at a conference organised by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan . He is also extensively involved with number of charities, including BBC children in need and Manchester Christie Hospital.
He is a board member of North West Labour Party and member of AMICUS and GMB trade unions. He is frequently called on to serve as a North of England media spokesperson by the MCB and is also spokesperson for UK Pakistani Kashmiri Councillors forum.
In March 2009 Afzal Khan was appointed a trustee of the Red Cross, UK.