Archbishop of Karachi has advised Christian lawmaker to serve the country with an unwavering devotion. Senator Anwar Lal Dean is first ever Christian from Sindh province to be elected as member of Senate (Upper House of Parliament). While addressing a gathering of more than 200 people, Archbishop of Karachi Joseph Coutts expressed gladness over his election.
The Archbishop stated: “It is a moment of joy for our community in Karachi. We encourage the Christian senator to faithfully continue his services for the improvement and development of the government, the country and the Christian community”.
62-years-old Anwar Lal Dean who hails from Pakistan’s Christian community is affiliated with Pakistan People’s Party. He has been associated with the party for more than 30 years now and has held position of president of PPP’s minorities’ wing of Karachi division in various tenures. His selection by his party was first time, when Pakistan People’s Party opted for a Christian candidate to contest for a reserved seat in Senate.
Anwar Lal Dean was born in 1956 in Ladyei village, Sialkot district in Punjab. During his student life, he joined the National Students Federation owing to the fact that he was impressed by the Pakistan People’s Party leader and then Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto.
Addressing the gathering, Senator Anwar Lal Dean said: “I renew my commitment to work with zeal and dedication for my country and for the community, I thank God for this blessing and I thank the party leaders for giving me this opportunity”. Anwar Lal Dean was elected against the single reserved seat for minorities in Sindh. Contesting on Pakistan People’s Party’s ticket, he received 113 votes in the Senate elections.
Head of Diocese of Hyderabad, Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM, talking to Fides said that he appreciated the step taken by Pakistan People’s Party. “I consider this an important step: we need to appreciate the PPP for making this courageous choice. I hope this decision of the PPP encourages also young Christians to actively engage in politics, in the Province of Sindh”.