Parents are celebrating after their second child to qualified as a doctor only two years after his brother.

Salman Nasir Buttar, 24, passed his finals at Cardiff School of Medicine this month. His older brother, Hamid, was the first in the family to become a doctor and younger sister, Hania, is also now one year away from completing her medical degree.

All three students passed with straight As at GCSE while at Beardwood High School, Blackburn, and then went on to receive top marks at A levels. All three children could also not speak any English when they came to the UK in 2001 with their parents Hafeez and Yasmin Buttar.

Salman said: “Medical school was definitely a long and challenging process but it provided gratification I can’t describe. I am passionate about psychiatry; mental health is a silent killer and looking forward, I would like to specialise in this field and do what I can to make a difference.”

Salman starts his junior doctor career in Wales later this month.

Dad Hafeez Buttar is a taxi driver and said he was delighted his three children had excelled to such levels.

He said: “I am very proud of Salman, I always hoped my children could make a difference in our society and medicine enables them to do just that.”

The cabbie who hails from Firozwala, near Lahore, came to the UK with his children aged 6, 4 and 2 and settled in the Audley area of Blackburn. Both parents did not speak English as their first language at the time.

Hafeez added: “It was their grandfather Nasir Ahmed Buttar’s dream that one day someone from the family would become a doctor. Our generation was unable to fulfil that request and now we have not one but two.

“Soon god willing it may well be three once Hania qualifies.”

In September 2019 Yasmin and Hafeez Buttar held the celebration in honour of their son, Dr Hamid Nasir Buttar who graduated from Brighton and Sussex Medical School.