Gurdeep Singh from the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party took the oath as a Senator on Friday, becoming the first turban-clad Sikh representative in the upper house of Pakistan’s Parliament.
Gurdeep Singh was elected as a senator from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province by getting 103 votes in senate elections.
Singh 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, according to Pakistani newspapers.
Gurdeep had joined the PTI after his brother-in-law Sardar Soren Singh was assassinated in 2016.
Soren Singh had played a leading role for the welfare of the Sikh minority in Pakistan.
Social media users and Sikh community in Pakistan celebrated his victory.
Gurdeep Singh has been elected as the first turban-clad Sikh representative in the upper house of the Parliament from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan after he won by a huge lead. He's from PM Imran Khan's political party ‘PTI’.— Fidato (@tequieremos) March 3, 2021
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Thanks to PTI Leadership who take great decision to issue a Minority Senate Party ticket to really deserving Candidate GURDEEP SINGH and Give Representation To SiKH Community.@ImranKhanPTI @IMMahmoodKhan @ShahFarman_PTI @PervezKhattakPK @PTIKPOfficial @InsafPK pic.twitter.com/h066O5yvAW— Gagan Preet Singh (@Gaganpreetpti) February 14, 2021