The following is the letter to the Editor which appeared in the Friday Times on 06 March 2015.
A political miracle
If media reports are anything to go by, for some the Senate polls this year are more an auction than an election. Some free-wheeling politicians, turncoats and ambitious nouveau riche men are tainting the entire exercise.
But we must remember that most political parties have nominated time-tested and loyal leaders and workers for the upper house.
Among the nominees of Pakistan People’s Party is Engineer Gianchand Meghwar, son of a primary school teacher from the lowest echelons of the caste system, called Dalit communities or Scheduled Castes if we use the prevalent constitutional terminology. Experiencing many forms of untouchability in his childhood, Engineer Gianchand’s nomination is being seen by many as a political miracle.
Instead of mere rhetoric about the rights of minorities, the party has proved that it truly cares for the underprivileged and oppressed communities.
I will like to advise those in the media suffering from the glass-half-empty syndrome to highlight this historic decision, which sends out a clear message across the country, and even across the world – a message that Pakistan has a progressive and egalitarian political vision to follow, based on the principles laid down by its founding fathers.