Pak­istan’s first Chris­tian ad­vo­cate gen­eral ap­pointed in Sindh

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KARACHI: In a his­toric move, the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Sindh has ap­pointed Sal­man Tal­ibud­din, a mem­ber of the Chris­tian com­mu­nity, as Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral of the prov­ince.

“Sal­man Tal­ibud­din was ap­pointed as Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Sindh on the terms and con­di­tions as ad­mis­si­ble un­der the rules with im­me­di­ate ef­fect,” read the no­ti­fi­ca­tion of his ap­point­ment.

The post fell va­cant in June when then advo ¬ cate gen­eral Zameer Ghumro re­signed.

Se­nior Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party ( PPP) leader Sen­a­tor Sherry Rehman lauded the ap­point­ment, em­pha­siz­ing it as an in­stance of her party’s po­si­tion on em­pow­er­ing mi­nori­ties.

It’s not the first time Sindh gov­ern­ment gave a sig­nif­i­cant rep­re­sen­ta­tion to mi­nor­ity mem­bers in the pro­vin­cial cadre.

In July this year, a woman be­long­ing to Sheedi eth­nic group be­ceme first such fe­male to make her way into the Sindh Assem­bly.

Tanzeela Qam­brani be­longs to Pak­istan Peo­ple’s Party and has been elected on re­served seat for women on the PPP ticket.

The PPP had pre­vi­ously nom­i­nated her to head the mu­nic­i­pal com­mit­tee in Matli in Badin dis­trict, which, was op­posed by some in­flu­en­tial group in the dis­trict.

A PPP mem­ber with a clout in the area went against the party de­ci­sion and com­peted for the chair­man’s post as an in­de­pen­dent mem­ber. He got sup­port of some other mem­bers and got elected even­tu­ally.

Tanzeela’s father was a lawyer and mother got re­tired as a school head­mistress.

Sheedis are the de­scen­dants of Africans who brought to the shores of the sub­con­ti­nent cen­turies ago. They rose to lofty po­si­tions as gen­er­als and lead­ers dur­ing the Mughal Em­pire, which ruled swathes of South Asia.

But, ac­tively dis­crim­i­nated against dur­ing Bri­tish rule, their tra­di­tions be­gan to fade, and they found them­selves wholly shunned when Pak­istan was cre­ated in 1947, ab­sent from the coun­try’s elite po­lit­i­cal cir­cles.

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