Ranjeet Singh becomes first Pakistani MPA from Sikh community
PESHAWAR: Ranjeet Singh becomes the first MPA from Sikh community in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
He has been elected MPA on the ticket of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl (JUI-F) and Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA).
The other two newly elected non-Muslim MPAs are Ravi Kumar, a Hindu, and Wazirzada hailing from the Kalash community in Chitral. Both are affiliated to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI).
The three lawmakers represent the minorities in the 124-member Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly. From their appearance they looked different from their Muslim colleagues at the recent maiden session of the provincial assembly as they were attired in their cultural and religious costumes.
Wearing the Sikh turban, Ranjeet Singh said he was the first Sikh elected on JUI-F quota to the provincial assembly. Ranjeet Singh, who is the father of three children, is a cloth merchant in Kohat city and had been associated with the JUI-F for 10 years.