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Pakistani woman from Chakwal elected New Jersey Town mayor

In her speech, Fauzia Janjua described her election as first Muslim lady of Pakistan origin to town mayor as moment of pride

By Farooq Aqdas
January 12, 2024
This image shows a Pak-origin US national from Chakwal Fauzia Janjua (c) posing for a picture after being elected as a town mayor of New Jersey on January 4, 2024. — X/@carolmurphyNJ
This image shows a Pak-origin US national from Chakwal Fauzia Janjua (c) posing for a picture after being elected as a town mayor of New Jersey on January 4, 2024. — X/@carolmurphyNJ

ISLAMABAD: Fauzia Janjua, a Pak-origin US national from Chakwal, has been elected town mayor of New Jersey.

Janjua took oath of her new responsibility on Holy Quran alongside her husband and children at the Township Hall. She is the first Muslim lady of Pakistani origin to have been elected town mayor from New Jersey.

In her speech on the occasion, Fauzia Janjua described her election as the first Muslim lady of Pakistan origin to the town mayor as a moment of pride.

Fauzia’s father Idris belongs to Chakwal from Punjab, while mother hails from Lahore. Her father migrated to the US in’70s where she was born. She said she has opted for community service and is imparting education to poor children and prisoners.With her election to the town, the mayoral position has gone to Democrats for the first time in 36 years. Prior to her election, the mayor slot was always held by a Republican representative.