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Hindu politician resigns from Sindh assembly; moves to India
Islamabad, January 30, 2011
First Published: 15:10 IST(30/1/2011)
Last Updated: 12:50 IST(1/2/2011)

A prominent Hindu politician from Pakistan's southern Sindh province has sent in his resignation as a member of the legislative assembly after moving to India, sources have said.

Ram Singh Sodho, 66, is a leader of the opposition PML-Q party who was allocated a seat reserved for non-Muslims in the Sindh assembly following the 2008 elections.

He served as a member of the provincial assembly several time and was advisor to the Sindh Chief Minister in 1985.

Sources on Saturday said Sodho, considered a progressive member of the minority Hindu community, had gone to India about two months ago for medical treatment.

Subsequently he decided to settle with relatives there and sent in his resignation as a member of the provincial assembly, they said.

The resignation had been accepted by the Speaker of the Sindh assembly, reports said.

Some media reports claimed Sodho, who hails from the Tharparkar area of Sindh, had left Pakistan after receiving threats but this could not be independently confirmed.

Sodho is believed to have relatives in the Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujarat.

His son was killed in the Bhuj area of Gujarat in a devastating earthquake in 2001.

The Hindu politician was also related to former Sindh Chief Minister Arbab Ghulam Rahim, whose mother was a non-Muslim.

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