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WATCH: British MP stuns Parliament by pledging allegiance to King Charles III in his ‘mother tongue’ – Global

A British member of Parliament from Manchester stunned the House of Commons when he insisted on reciting his oath of allegiance to Britain’s new king in his ‘mother tongue’ instead of English, the official language of his country.

Under the reign of Queen Elizabeth II, Britain transformed from a conquering empire to an inclusive state made up of many nations.

Just take a look at the current UK cabinet of Prime Minister Liz Truss and you’ll see a diversity never heard of at 10 Downing Street half a century ago.

With the rapid growth of immigrant communities and second-generation Britons whose origins can be traced back to several former British colonies, it was only natural that many more “brown” people would walk around the House of Commons.

But, the British law of allegiance to their monarch remains an inviolable principle for all those who choose to represent their people before the British crown.

This is the case of MP of Pakistani origin Afzal Khan from Manchester. He is associated with the opposition Labor Party.

He has been a Member of the British Parliament since June 8, 2017, representing Gorton. Currently, he enjoys the role of shadow minister of justice in the house.

Like all other parliamentarians following the death of Queen Elizabeth II earlier in September and the ascension of King Charles III, he too had to pledge allegiance to the new monarch.

However, he chose to use this moment to also pay tribute to someone else who may have a little more meaning in his life than even the King of England.

Reading the pledge of allegiance, Afzal said he would honor both the king and his mother.

The way he chose to do this was to recite the oath in his mother’s language, which is Urdu.

“Today I made history by pledging my allegiance to King Charles in English and in my mother tongue, Urdu,” he said.

He explained his bizarre decision as a moving and personal way to honor not only his late mother, but also her legacy, while ushering in a new era and celebrating the Commonwealth.

Watch the oath below: