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Nusrat Begum files her filed nomination forms for NA 34 at concerned returning officer office. — Photo by INP/Rahmat Ullah Swati

KHAR/TIMERGARA: Two women, one from Bajaur tribal agency and the other from Lower Dir district, made history on Sunday when they became the first tribal women to file nomination papers to contest elections for National Assembly.

Election Commission officials told Dawn that 40-year-old Badam Zari, wife of Sultan Khan, filed papers for NA-44, Bajaur, on Sunday. Bajaur has two seats of the lower house of parliament.

Asad Sarwar, returning officer in Bajaur, confirmed the filing of nomination papers by Badam Zari for NA-44.

Talking to Dawn, Ms Zari said that she would contest the election to work for the tribal women’s welfare.

“I want to work for the betterment of women in the tribal area, especially Bajaur Agency, which has suffered immensely in the tribal system,” she said.

She said no lawmaker from the tribal area had ever raised issues of women of the area in the National Assembly.

Replying to a question, she said she was not scared of anything or anyone and was determined to contest election because this was her constitutional and religious right. She said she would launch her election campaign soon.

The other woman candidate Nusrat Begum of Lower Dir, filed her papers for NA-34 constituency as an independent candidate.

Nusrat Begum, wife of Karim Khan, is the first woman in Lower Dir ever to pick up courage and decide to contest elections.

Talking to journalists, Nusrat Begum, who was the district vice president of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, said she would contest election as an independent candidate because her party had allotted ticket to another candidate.

“All the people who won from the constituency in the past did nothing for people’s betterment,” she said, adding that if elected she would work to provide basic amenities to the people, especially women, children and minorities.

Political observers and analysts termed the submission of nomination papers by women candidates from Bajaur and Lower Dir district a major development and said that now no-one could stop women from taking part in elections and exercising their right to vote.

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Comments (16) Closed

Apr 01, 2013 01:42am
Good luck
Apr 01, 2013 01:54am
Great move by respectable ladies. God bless them sucess.
Mohammad Farooq
Apr 01, 2013 03:25am
MashaAllah, I salute both of these courageous ladies. To both of them........Good luck and Godspeed. People of Pakistan! Now or never, we got to get out in this election to vote. This is the only peaceful way to get rid of these hearless and corrupt leaders in this country. Yes we can do it and, InshaAllah, we will do it to bring back a lasting peace in our Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad.
Apr 01, 2013 04:46am
it is the democracy, where a person of poor family background can participate plus a extremists hit regions also showing pure democracy, a courageous move, hats off
Apr 01, 2013 05:13am
It is a lesson for all pakistani men. Have a courage to come out this vicious circle, the feudal lords and the oligarch have created. The fate of this nation is in your hand.. You can make history as well. Pakistan is what people will make it, then it always will be or else your corrupt leaders will sell it out for peanuts. Remember people strengthen the society just by being the kind of people they are.
Apr 01, 2013 07:31am
Best of luck. I hope they win.
Apr 01, 2013 07:56am
Best of luck....I hope they survive..
Abdur Razzaque
Apr 01, 2013 09:47am
A good example of the Islamic civil rights. Everyone has right to contribute for the development and preserve the rights for others in true Islamic way.
Ali G
Apr 01, 2013 09:50am
best of luck , i hope that get vote
Apr 01, 2013 10:08am
"Badam Zari, wife of Sultan Khan..." "Nusrat Begum, wife of Karim Khan, is the first woman in Lower Dir ever to pick up courage and decide to contest elections." As a fellow Pakistani woman I am proud of both Nusrat Begum and Badam Zari but would request DAWN to also be a little less sexist in reporting this positive development. Why does it matter who the husbands of these women are? They are standing for elections as women, not wives. In Pakistan sometimes it seems as if we women are nothing if we do not have a male name attached somehow to us for legitimacy (husband father brother son...).
Apr 01, 2013 10:49am
wish u gud luck...now its right time to get up.
Apr 01, 2013 10:52am
wish u good luck to these courageous initiative.
Gerry D'Cunha
Apr 01, 2013 11:03am
very courages ladies - hope they survive with their intentions and are safe in the eyes of TTP who might takes this as unislamic
Iftikhar Husain
Apr 01, 2013 11:47am
This is a very good news keep the fight on we will succeed.
Apr 01, 2013 12:47pm
Rise and reign you good mothers and sisters of Pakistan. The men folk have shown what metal they're made of, perhaps you can lead them with better results?
akhter husain
Apr 01, 2013 01:10pm
Well thought and said.Women have a right to be known as their selves without being bracketed with husbands,though it is also encouraging to note that husbands are with them.After all the consequences will be borne by them.Keep it up ,participate and contribute in running the state in addition to home, the sweet home..It will be a desert without you folks.