Islamabad: For the first time, a Hindu woman from Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has filed her nomination papers for a general seat in the upcoming general elections in Pakistan, Pakistan news agency Dawn reported. Let us tell you that general elections are going to be held in Pakistan on February 8, 2024 to elect the members of the 16th National Assembly and for the first time a Hindu woman is going to contest the general elections in Pakistan. The name of this woman is Savera Prakash, who has officially submitted her nomination papers for the general seat of PK-25 in Buner district.
According to Dawn report, the recent amendments of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) make it mandatory to include five percent women candidates on general seats. Savera Prakash, 35, a member of the Hindu community, is planning to contest the elections on a Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) ticket, following in the footsteps of her father, Om Prakash, a recently retired doctor and a dedicated member of the PPP in the past. Are optimistic. A local politician, Salim Khan, who is associated with the Qaumi Watan Party, said Prakash is the first woman to submit her nomination papers for the upcoming election on the general seat from Buner, Dawn reported on Monday.
Know who Savera Prakash is
Savera Prakash, a 2022 graduate from Abbottabad International Medical College, currently serves as the general secretary of PPP women’s wing in Buner. Expressing her commitment towards the welfare of the community, she is known for working for the betterment of women, ensuring a safe environment and advocating for their rights.
Savera Prakash also emphasized the historical neglect and oppression of women in the development sector and she aims to address these issues if elected.
In an interview with Dawn, Savera Prakash talked about her aspirations to follow her father’s footsteps and work for the underprivileged in the region. He submitted his nomination papers on 23 December and expressed hope that the senior leadership of the PPP would support his candidacy.
Savera Prakash, who came to the world of politics from a medical background, stressed that “serving humanity is in my blood.” His dream of becoming an elected MLA stems from his first-hand experiences of poor management and helplessness in government hospitals during his medical career.
Imran Noshad Khan, a social media influencer from Buner, expressed his heartfelt support towards Savera Prakash, irrespective of her political affiliation. He praised her for breaking the stereotypes perpetuated by traditional patriarchy, and stressed the importance of a woman coming forward to contest elections in a region where it took 55 years for Buner to be merged with Pakistan.
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