KARACHI:,,, Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian Sindh Secretary General Taj Haider was elected unopposed to the senate on the seat vacated by Dr Abdul Hafeez Shaikh. Shaikh resigned from his senate seat on 7 March 2013.
According to a notification issued by Election Commission of Pakistan, 22nd May 2014 was the last date to submit nomination forms and no other candidate submitted his form; therefore, Taj Haider was elected unopposed as the senator on technocrat seat.
PPP Karachi President Abdul Qadir Patel, Secretary General Syed Najmi Alam and other leaders congratulated Taj Haider and thanked PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari for giving this opportunity to Haider.
Meanwhile, the newly elected senator Taj Haider and another PPPP Senator Saeed Ghani condemned attack on holy places of Sikhs and desecration of their holy books in Karachi and Shikarpur temples. They said that it was the responsibility of the government to safeguard holy places of Sikhs and other minority groups.
The senators said that a conspiracy was being hatched by some elements to defame PPPP-led provincial government in Sindh through desecration of minorities’ holy places and books. “Muslims can never think of harassing people from other religions,” they said adding that some extremist elements wanted to create divisions on religious basis but the authorities should keep a vigilant eye on these elements.
They assured that the PPPP would ensure safety of the minority groups. They also condemned baton-charge on peaceful Sikh protestors in Islamabad.