Britain's first Muslim lawmaker, who once faced down racist death threats from his opponents, has returned to his native Pakistan as governor of the country's most populous province, he told Reuters on Wednesday.

Mohammed Sarwar, a former member of Britain's parliament representing the opposition Labour party, had to renounce his British citizenship to take on the largely ceremonial post in Punjab. He was officially appointed on Tuesday.

"Everything that I have learnt in my time in Britain - the knowledge and how to run institutions - I can use it for the benefit of Pakistanis," said Sarwar, 60, who was born in Punjab.

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