Some Lesser Known Facts About Waris Pathan

  • His father, Yusuf Pathan was the first NDPS sessions court judge in Mumbai.
  • Waris Pathan has had a successful law career before joining politics in 2014. He has fought several high profile cases including Mumbai Blasts 1993 case (defence lawyer), Bollywood actor Salman Khan’s “hit-and-run” case (defence lawyer), and many more.
  • He accidentally entered politics in 2014, just a few days prior to the Mumbai Legislative Assembly elections, when AIMIM party members proposed him to contest the upcoming MLA election for Byculla constituency on the ticket of AIMIM; he accepted the proposal and filed his nomination, just a day before the nomination deadline.

A picture of Waris Pathan with AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi during a rally in Nagpada, Mumbai

  • By Campaigning for just 12 days before Byculla assembly polls, Waris Pathan was successful in beating congress’ Madhu Chavan, the then incumbent MLA from Byculla, by 20023 votes.

A picture of Waris Pathan after winning Byculla seat in 2014 Maharashtra Assembly polls

  • Waris Pathan is friends with a number of Bollywood actors.
  • Waris Pathan and his wife Gazana Pathan were strongly against the introduction of the Tripple Talaq Bill.
  • In August 2019, Waris Pathan was detained by the Mumbai police for allegedly offering prayers for the people of Kashmir at a mosque in Madanpura, Byculla.


Pictures of Waris Pathan inside Madanpura Police Station after getting arrested.

  • On 22 February 2020, a sedition case was filed against the former MLA, following his “15 crore Muslim can dominate 100 crore Hindus” remark, while addressing an Anti-CAA rally in Kalaburagi, Karnataka.