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Shaqeel Elvis "Shaq" Qureshi is the biological son of Misbah Maalik, the adoptive son of Hasina Qureshi, and the half-brother of Farrah, Yasmine and Imran Maalik.

Cheeky womaniser Shaq turned up in the village, having jilted fiancée Lucy at the altar. Arriving on aunt Misbah Maalik's doorstep, he decided to stay to the dismay of cousin Sami Maalik, who even called his mother when Misbah sold the house to pay off Shaq's debts.

Upon Hasina's arrival, Shaq quickly fell out with her, with Misbah jumping to his defence regarding Lucy. Shaq soon revealed to his mother that he knew that his father was not his biological father. Believing that his biological father was Misbah's late husband Kashif, Shaq is unaware that Misbah is his biological mother, born out of wedlock with an absent father, and given to Hasina and her husband to raise.


2021: Arrival[]

Shaq arrived in the village in March 2021 dressed in a wedding Sherwani. He hid from a man behind Diane and Verity Hutchinson in Salon de The de Marnie, telling them that the situation was "complicated". Shaq later bumped into his step-cousin, Sami Maalik, in The Dog in the Pond. He informed Shaq that Lucy, his fiancée, called off the wedding as he had been unfaithful. Shaq feared his mother's reaction and wanted to ask his aunt, Misbah, if he could stay with her. Shaq later overheard Verity talking about her fake pregnancy, and whilst Verity and Sami prepared to move to New York, Shaq revealed that Verity had lied about the pregnancy.

Shaq revealed that he was in debt, and ended up working for gangster Warren Fox. Whilst working for Warren and his associate Fergus Collins, the pair convinced Shaq that he had lost an expensive piece of jewellery. Telling Misbah about the debt, she decided to sell their house to Fergus to pay the pair back.

2021: Paternity[]

In July 2021, Shaq's mother Hasina arrived to take him back home, to Shaq's dismay. Shaq later discovered that his father was not his biological father, and confronted Hasina. Hasina and Misbah told Shaq that Hasina had an affair with Misbah's late husband Kashif, resulting in the conception of Shaq.

However, Misbah later admitted to Marnie Nightingale that she was Shaq's biological mother, conceiving him out of wedlock with Ali Shahzad, who disappeared after she informed him of the pregnancy. Sami confronted Misbah after he tested his DNA against Shaq's, which proved that Kashif was not his father, and Misbah swore him to secrecy. However, Sami drunkenly told Shaq the truth. Misbah later revealed that Ali was his father and the pair got along very well, until Misbah revealed that Shaq was conceived through rape. Shaq turned against Ali, believing Misbah when Ali claimed that she was lying. Shaq's disgust of Ali resulted in several encounters with the law, and Shaq was charged with faking a letter supposedly from Ali, admitting to the rape, in December 2021.



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67 Christleton Terrace Since 8th March 2021

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Despite being a regular character, Shaq does not appear in the introduction sequence.


Worse... But you've just saved my life.
— First line, to Cleo McQueen after she helps him escape Lucy's brothers.

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Current Characters
Tony HutchinsonCindy CunninghamMandy RichardsonJack OsborneDarren OsborneLuke MorganZara MorganTom CunninghamNancy OsborneSte HayMercedes McQueenWarren FoxJohn Paul McQueenCharlie DeanLeah BarnesNana McQueenElla RichardsonTheresa McQueenLucas HayDiane HutchinsonKathleen-Angel McQueenLiberty SavageBobby CostelloJoel DexterMaxine MinniverSienna BlakeMatthew-Jesus McQueenPeri LomaxLeela LomaxGrace BlackMinnie MinniverCleo McQueenScott DrinkwellSally St. ClaireJames NightingaleGoldie McQueenPrince McQueenYasmine CunninghamMisbah MaalikDamon KinsellaImran MaalikOliver MorganDonna-Marie QuinnRomeo NightingaleBrooke HathawayMartine WestwoodJuliet NightingaleWalter DeverauxSid SumnerToby FaroeVerity HutchinsonFelix WestwoodCher McQueenRipley LennoxShaq QureshiEva HutchinsonBecky QuentinAli ShahzadSaul ReevesOlivia BradshawPearl AndersonDeMarcus WestwoodSerena Chen-WilliamsEthan WilliamsDave Chen-WilliamsHonour Chen-WilliamsSam Chen-WilliamsLizzie Chen-WilliamsMason Chen-Williams