Tributes have poured in for a Muslim community leader who died after contracting Covid-19.
Dr Shaukat Nawaz Khan passed away on May 30 – his funeral on May 31 was only attend by close family due to coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Dr Shaukat was a well-known and much-loved activist for Waltham Forest’s Muslim community.
He devoted over four decades of his life promoting equality, social justice and continued empowering the disadvantaged communities.
Although initially trained as a fashion designer, he felt more comfortable in the field of community development.
In 1974 at Leicester University he became the first Asian and Pakistani to be elected as president of the student union.
During the following four decades he held many other senior positions with influential organisations which included, the European Youth Commission, British Youth Council, National Council for Voluntary Organisations, and the National Association of Asian Youth, among others.
In 1987 he was elected a district councillor in the City of Nottingham, where he was elected the first Asian and Pakistani in its 1200 year history to the office of the Sheriff of Nottingham.
A Business consultant, trainer, lecturer, a Neuro-Linguistic Master Practitioner, Dr Shaukat Khan, until his death was the Chief Executive of both Asia Link Network International and of London East Ethnic Business Association.
Dr Shaukat dedicated his professional life to the field of education, economic development, health, and promoting arts and culture at local, national and international levels.
He was Honorary Vice President of International Health Foundation; General Secretary of UK-Pakistan Cultural Foundation; Chairman of Himalayan Club of Pakistan; Chairman of British Pakistanis Foundation; and a Fellow of the Institute of Commercial Management.
He was also a Visiting Professor of Social science at Karachi University, and regularly
Dr Shaukat lectured at universities and institutions both in Britain and abroad, serving on Karachi university’s and Urdu university’s Academic Research Journal’s Editorial Boards.
A spokesperson for his family said: “He was much loved, respected and adored by all the communities and various institutions. He will be missed by his family, friends and the community.” Source: Guardian