Waris Pathan


Waris Pathan is a MLA of All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) in Byculla, Mumbai. Pathan is also an Advocate of all the High Courts in India as a Defence counsel in Criminal matters. Pathan was born in Bandra, Mumbai on 29 November 1968. Pathan is a son of justice Yusuf Pathan. Pathan joined the legal profession in August 1991. He was the first lawyer to get an accused in a TADA case out on interim bail on medical grounds.

Waris Pathan was elected Member of the Legislative Assembly on an All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) ticket from Mumbai’s Byculla assembly constituency. On 16 March 2016, Pathan was unanimously suspended from the Maharashtra Assembly on charges of disrespecting the country and anti-nationalism for refusing to chant the slogan Bharat Mata Ki Jai when asked to do so in the assembly by Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ram Kadam. He later said, “I love my country. I was born here and I will die here. I can never dream of insulting my country. Don’t judge anyone’s love for the country by just one slogan.”