19 June 2021 23:01

Gurdeep Singh takes oath as first Sikh Senator in Pakistan’s history

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party leader Gurdeep Singh took oath today as a Senator.

He has become the first turban-clad Sikh representative in the upper house of Pakistan’s Parliament.

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Gurdeep Singh is from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s party and a representative from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Gurdeep Singh defeated rival candidates on a minority seat by a huge margin in the election to the upper chamber of Parliament.

He secured 103 votes in the House of 145 whereas Jamiat Ulema-e Islam (Fazlur) candidate Ranjeet Singh secured just 25 votes and Asif Bhatti of the Awami National Party received 12.

In 2018, Ranjeet Singh was the first minority lawmaker to be elected MPA. The other two elected non-Muslim MPAs were Ravi Kumar, a Hindu, and Wazirzada hailing from the Kalash community in Chitral. 

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Gurdeep Singh, after taking oath as member of Senate, told PTI that he would work for the betterment of the minority community in the country.

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