Kanji Ram became only the second Hindu to be part of the Pakistan’s Punjab assembly after Seth Bharta Ram who was elected a lawmaker in 1997. Kanji Ram is scheduled to take oath on 17 June 2013. Moreover, Saradar Ramesh Singh Arora on 1 June 2013 became the first ever Sikh to be elected as the member of the House since Pakistan’s creation in 1947.
Ram and Sikh representative Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora were both nominated by the PML-N to seats in the Punjab Assembly reserved for non-Muslims. Ram hails from Sadiqabad in Rahim Yar Khan district, located 450 km away from Lahore, while Arora belongs to Narowal, a border district located 80 km from Lahore.
Arora took oath during the first session of the assembly on 1 June 2013. A sizeable number of Hindus reside in Rahim Yar Khan and Ram believes his elevation as a legislator will help in addressing the problems faced by his community.
Who: Kanji Ram
When: 17 June 2013.