Kamran Michael (centre) slicing a cake!
We received an interesting article from Agenzia Fides that highlights the potential elavation to Senator status of Kamram Michael, MPA for the Punjab holding post as Minister of Finance and Minister for Minorities. Kamran Michael stands a good chance to secure a position becoming the first Christian Senator, after the recent amendment to Article 51 of Pakistan Constitution in June 2010 that has secured 4 reserved Minority seats. The blog post uploaded by Agenzia Fides questions the choice of candidate following concerns of his involvement in the Gosh-e-Aman incident. Here is a copy for your perusal:
Kamran Michael, a Christian politician who is an active member of the "Pakistan Muslim League-N", will be the first Christian Senator in the history of the country. The Party, in fact, has nominated him as leader for the seats reserved for religious minorities, in the election of the Senate to be held in March. The 100 Senate seats are assigned half through elections held every three years and the remaining seats are occupied according to the directions of the Provincial Assemblies and political parties in proportion to their presence in Parliament. The parties have the opportunity to reserve a seat for religious minorities (Hindus and Christians) to a maximum of 4 seats in the Assembly. The PML-N which, according to calculations, will be entitled to a seat for minorities, has indicated the name of Kamran Michael, who already holds the post of Minister of Finance and Minister for Minorities in the Province of Punjab. The presence of Michael in the Senate "is a good sign for the Christian community" note sources of Fides. But, according to some observers, Kamran Michael "traded" this appointment with the demolition of the Institute of Caritas "Gosha-e-Aman ", which took place recently in Lahore. In fact, Michael is accused of having helped some members of his party to continue the operation, in order to get political benefit.The 4 seats reserved for religious minorities in the Senate are a result of the policy of the Catholic Shabhaz Bhatti, the late Federal Minister for Minorities, killed a year ago.