A Pakistani-American has become the first-ever Muslim to join New York City Police Department’s (NYPD) Emergency Services Unit.

Sergeant Ali Javed has made history by becoming the first Muslim and first Pakistani-American to join the elite unit.

Pakistani-American surgeon awarded Ellis Island Medal of Honour

The news was announced by NYPD Muslim Officers Society on Twitter.

Earlier this week, a Pakistani-American surgeon was awarded the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honour in the United States for his services to the “less fortunate”.

The Ellis Island Medals of Honour “recognises individuals who have made it their mission to share with those less fortunate their wealth of knowledge, indomitable courage, boundless compassion, unique talents and selfless generosity; all while maintaining the traditions of their ethnic heritage as they uphold the ideals and spirit of America.” Past medallists include seven US presidents, several world leaders and two Nobel Prize winners.

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Dr Adil Haider, an alumnus of Aga Khan University and Johns Hopkins University, said he was very humbled to have been bestowed the honour. “There are certainly many others who deserve this far more than me and I am just lucky to have been recognised. Only in America is this possible,” Dr Haider said in a Facebook post.