Durdana Ansari Becomes First Muslim Woman Appointed as Captain of the British Royal Navy

Durdana Ansari has become the first Muslim woman and first Pakistani woman to be appointed a captain of the British Royal Navy.

Ms Ansari has made history after becoming the first Muslim and Pakistani woman to be appointed an honorary captain of the Royal British Navy.

The former BBC current affairs producer was previously awarded an OBE by the queen and got promoted on 8 July. Taking to social media to address the celebrations in honour, she thanked her nephew and music artist Asim Azhar for his sentiments.

“I feel humbled beta Asim to receive this honour. I’ve been extremely blessed with the prayers of my parents, Allah Talaa, and the massive support by the Sea Lord, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2nd and most importantly our nation, the real people who believe in us,” she said. “I’m proud of you,” she said.

Azhar took to social media to honour his aunt’s achievement with commemorative photos, alongside the tweet: “Today is a proud moment for not just me or my family, but for the whole nation. Durdana Ansari OBE becomes the first Muslim & Pakistani female in the world to get ranked as a Captain of the British Royal Navy approved by the Queen, herself. I’m so proud of you Khala jaan.”

Durdana is the sister of Azhar’s mother Gul-e-Raana, who is an actor and politician activist.