The Sindhis are again being disenfranchised by awarding of another Senate ticket of Sindh to Shaukat Tarin. The Advisor on Finance received his award after two tickets had been earlier bestowed on two outsiders, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and Farooq Naik, who was also subsequently elected to be Senate chairman. The bitter irony, though, is that in the present case, this Senate seat was not even vacant but occupied by Javed Leghari,, a nominee of Shaheed Mohtarma who is also the incharge of Z.A Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (ZABIST). His term in Senate was otherwise expiring in 2012. In order to bring Shoukat Tarin, who is domiciled from another province, Javed Leghari has been asked to resign. This is a gradual disenfranchisement of Sindh in the upper house. Through your paper I wish to voice my concern over a change which has caused a lot of resentment in Sindh for allotting seats to those who do not represent the people of province. I also urge the President and Prime Minster to avoid such contentious decisions. That damages not just the cause of provincial harmony but also alienates the already disappointed party workers. -AMIR KHAN PATHAN, California, USA, via e-mail, August 4.