Senator Salma Attaullah Jan is the first Pakistani woman to have made it to the 105-member Canadian parliament.
Jan is a representative of the Conservative Party and was selected by the Canadian premier, Stephen Harper, to become a part of parliament because of her community service. She hails from Mardan in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and is the daughter of Saranjam Khan, who quit the Muslim League-Nawaz last month. She move to Canada in 1980 and has been working as a social worker for the last 25 years. “I started my political career some six years back,” said Jan while talking to the reporters. “In Canada politics is just another profession and we all work honestly and responsibly.”
Replying to a question, Jan said that Pakistanis did not face any problems in Canada like they did in the US after 9/11. “There is a lot of difference between Canada and the US,” she said. “The ties between Pakistan and Canada are also different than those of Pakistan and US.”
Jan was accompanied by renowned religious scholar, Khanam Tayyaba Bukhari and Syed Mehdi Raza Shah, the Sajjada Nasheen of Lal Shahbaz Qalandar of Sehwan Sharif. Shah regretted that the dictators tried to persuade the Pirs of Dargahs to join politics. “The people across the world visit shrines to get spiritual peace but there is no proper guidance. So they are often misguided.” he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2012.
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