Mohammad Asghar (Oscar) was born in Peshawar, Pakistan. After gaining a BA in Political Science at Peshwar University, Oscar moved to London to complete an MBA. He later gained his Accountancy qualification, in Newport where he settled with his family. After starting his professional career working for a firm of chartered accountants in Newport, Oscar is now the principal of his own successful Accountancy firm.
Oscar also holds a Private Pilot Licence and is fluent in both Urdu and Punjabi.
In 2004, Oscar became Wales’ first Muslim councillor, representing the Victoria Ward in Newport.
Oscar was first elected to the Welsh Assembly in 2007, making him the first ethnic minority and Muslim member of the Assembly. He was delighted to be re-elected again in 2011 and 2016 as the lead Assembly Member for the South Wales East Region. Oscar is currently the Shadow Minister for Skills. He is also a member of the Public Accounts Committee, Children and Young People Committee and a member of the All-Faith Committee. Oscar is also a member of the Cross-Party Group for Looked-After Children.
Having a real passion for promoting business and enterprises both nationally and internationally, Mohammad has developed firm relations with various countries in the Commonwealth and is an avid supporter and member of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
Being a very keen sportsman, Mohammad has always encouraged participation in sport for all ages. He had the honour of running with the Olympic Torch in 1964 and campaigns for Wales to have its own Cricket team and is delighted when sport, in particular Rugby, Football and Athletics unite the nation.
Mohammad is a Patron of the Princes Trust and Life Map Planners, has served as a school governor of two schools in Newport. He is a Fellow of Financial Accountants (UK).