For the first time in history, Pakistani American takes oath as State Minister in US
VIRGINIA - Atif Qarni, Pakistani American Muslim, took an oath of office of the State of Virginia education portfolio. This is first Muslim minister to receive a ministerial post according to the Richmond Times
Qarni is set to oversee an educational policy which supports state schools as well as higher education institutions.A video on social media went viral about the new minister performing the constitutional oath to the office on the Holy Quran in front of the governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam.
“It’s important that we have a state education secretary who understands the curriculum and classes from kindergarten to high school and has a vision of how to develop education,” Northam State Governor said on the occasion.
Born in Karachi in 1978, Qarni immigrated to the US with his family at age 10 and grew up in Parkville, Maryland, before moving to Manassas, Virginia in 2005.