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Two Tribal Women to Contest Polls for the First Time in Pakistan

Two tribal women from Fata and Pata in Pakistan filed nominations for participation in general elections scheduled for 11 May 2013.

Apr 2, 2013 12:40 IST
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Two tribal women from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) and Provincially Administered Tribal Areas (Pata), on 31 March 2013 filed nominations for participation in general elections scheduled for 11 May 2013. With this, these two women created history by becoming the first tribal women to file the nominations for general elections.

Badam Zari from Bajaur Agency is the first women from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) who filed the nomination for contesting for the National Assembly seat, NA-44. Another woman, Nusrat Begum, from Lower Dir filed her nominations. Nusrat Begum was also elected as the district vice president of Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in intra-party polls.

Filing of nomination papers by tribal women for the first time in Pakistan is historical in itself because tribal traditions did not allow women to exercise the right to franchise as of now.

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