Yasmin Qureshi, a barrister in the UK, is one of the few Muslim women of Pakistani origin to have entered the British Parliament. Despite the overall inconclusive results of the election, Qureshi’s election is most delightful.

YQ has been an old friend and colleague in the United Nations. Her integrity and competence were well-recognised across . This time the constituents of Bolton East have noted that by voting her in as their representative. I remember that YQ was also outspoken, confident and quite passionate about her beliefs.

Well done YQ and viva democracy – even in times of terror and Islamophobia, democratic process has the ability to undo and trash the media cultivated myths.

This is why we need more democracy in Pakistan to correct the ills of the current electoral system.