Pakhtoon khan shinwari
Feb 15, 2008
The status of women in Pakistan is being improved with the fast pace since 2002 and the political parties which were reluctant to award tickets to women on contesting National and Provincial Assembly seats now feeling no hesitation of fielding women candidates in the open contest.
Though Maadar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah sister of Father of the Nation Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Begum Raana Liaquat Ali Khan widow of the country’s first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan, Begum Nusrat Bhutto, widow of former Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and slain Chairperson Pakistan Peoples party Ms Benazir Bhutto have taken the task of guiding the nation and set examples for fifty percent population of the country to shoulder their responsibilities along with male population, but the participation of women in the politics remained thin as compared to current decade of 2000.
However, since 2002, the importance of women was acknowledged with the 33 percent representation in the local government bodies and the parliament.
It has given a boost to women resulting the election of Women Nazim in Nawabshah and Khairpur districts in the first Local Government elections as well as the election of women nazim in different parts of the district including Tando Allahyar, Mirpurkhas, Nawabshah and Shikarpur.
Similarly in the Elections 2002, a number of women contested the elections on open seats of National and Sindh provincial assemblies and some of them were elected with reasonable margin.
In the Elections 2008, total six women are contesting elections on
National Assembly seats and seven others have accepted the task of winning Sindh Provincial Assembly Seats from Hyderabad Region which comprises of Hyderabad, Matiari, Tando Allahyar, Tando Muhammad Khan, Badin, Thatta, Jamshoro and Dadu districts.
According to Deputy Election Commissioner Hyderabad Region, Ex-MNA Shamshad Sattar bachani of PPP and Adeeba Gul Magsi of PML (Q) are contesting the elections of NA-223 Tando Allahyar-cum-Matiari (Old Hyderabad-VI) among twelve other male contesters. However, one to one contest would be held between both women contesters, who are contesting the election on tickets of leading parties of the country.
On NA-225 Badin-II, PPP leadership has awarded ticket to its Ex-MNA Dr. Fahmida Mirza while Senator Bibi Yasmeen Shah, wife of ex-Sindh minister Syed Ali Bux Shah alias Pappu Shah is contesting election from this constituency on behalf of PML (Q). Besides nine other male contesters except Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza, the husband of Dr. Fahmida Mirza are in the field, but the election would be held between the two ladies. Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza is in the field of election as supporting candidate. Dr. Fahmida Mirza is also the supporting contestent from PS-59 Badin-III with PPP candidate Muhammad Nawaz Chandio.
Dr. Fahimda Mirza is also contesting on PS-57 Badin-III against Syed Ali Bux Shah alias Pappu Shah who is the candidate of PML (Q) 14 other male candidates except Dr. Zulfiqar Mirza are contesting the election against her.
On NA-231 Dadu-I, Rashida Akhtar Panhwar is contesting the election as an independent candidate against his nine male contesters including former federal minister for water and power Liaquat Ali Khan Jatoi, who is in the field of contest on behalf of PML (Q).
On NA-238 Thatta-II, MQM has awarded ticket to Heer Soho against three male contesters including PPP candidate Arbab Wazir Ahmed Memon and Syed Ayaz Ali Shah Shirazi of PML (Q).
Heer Soho is also contesting the election on behalf of MQM from PS-85 Thatta-II against seven other candidates including Sassui Palijo, who is contesting the election from PPP ticket. Heer Soho is also the candidate from PS-86 Thatta-III against three male contesters.
On PS 47 Hyderabad-III, Afroz Shoro and Badarunisa Qazi are contesting the election against their eight male contestents.
On PS-58 Badin-II Dr. Khalida Mussarat is in the filed of contesting as supporting candidate of his husband Dr. Sikandar Ali Mandhro who is contesting the election on PPP ticket against 13 contestents.
On PS-75 Dadu-II Kulsoom Akhtar Chandio is contesting the election as in independent candidate against 18 other male contesters.