Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Mian Shahbaz Sharif congratulated Dr. Mehreen Faruqi on making history, as she became the first ever-Muslim member of the Australian Senate. On Thursday Shahbaz took to twitter and praised the achievement of the newly-elected Australian senator, ‘The academic of Pakistan origin Dr Mehreen Faruqi, a PhD in environmental engineering, has got the rare distinction of being first Muslim to become member of Australian Senate. Her new role will be a story of inspiration back home. More power to her!’
The Pakistani origin Australian politician, Dr. Mehreen Faruqi is a doctorate in Environmental engineering and has been a member of the New South Wales parliament, a province of Australia from where she has been elected. Dr. Mehreen Faruqi has been a member of the green party in the political sphere of Australia and has been elected through the platform of the political party. She was born in Pakistan, however she migrated to Australia in 1992 and after aquiring higher education she stepped into politics where she acheived many accolades. She will be sworn in next week as Australian Senator.
Faruqi was born in Lahore, Pakistan. Her father, a civil engineer, was a professor at the University of Engineering and Technology (UET), and she grew up on the UET campus. She graduated from UET with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree in 1988, and subsequently worked as a structural engineer. Her older brothers, younger sister, husband, and father-in-law are also civil engineers.
Faruqi and her husband Omar moved to Sydney in 1992, where she began attending the University of New South Wales (UNSW); her father had previously studied there under the Colombo Plan in the 1950s. She completed a Master of Engineering Science degree in 1994, and later received a doctorate in environmental engineering in 2000. Faruqi moved to Port Macquarie in 2001, but moved back to Sydney in 2006. She and her husband have two children together, including Osman Faruqi, a political journalist at Junkee—TNS