Pakistan Elects First Lower-Caste Hindu Lady as Senator

Hindu Dalit Krishna Kumari

For the very first time, a Hindu lady from a lower caste has been elected to the Senate for Pakistan, a Muslim-majority country. Her election to the upper house of Parliament is being hailed as a milestone moment for the country’s oppressed religious minorities, particularly Hindus.

The lady, Krishna Kumari, 39, a human rights lobbyist and individual from the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), was elected as a senator at the end of the week. The governing party, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, emerged as the biggest party in Saturday’s Senate elections, in front of the Pakistan Peoples Party.

senators are chosen by individuals from provincial assemblies rather than through an immediate vote by citizens. The Senate is a group of 104 lawmakers, and 52 seats were up for election.

The outcomes, months ahead of the general election, left the governing party in charge, in spite of the fact that its pioneer, Nawaz Sharif, was removed in a questionable court choice a year ago and faces corruption accusations.

After the end of the week decisions, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PMLN) now controls 33 seats, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) has 20 and another opposition party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, has only 12 seats.

In another race, a minister connected to the Taliban was defeated. The powerful religious pioneer, Maulana Samiul Haq, was a mentor to a few Taliban leaders at his seminary in northwestern Pakistan. Mr. Haq had support from Tehreek-e-Insaf, which is driven by the opposition politician Imran Khan. However, Mr. Haq missed the mark concerning getting the required votes to end up a senator.

Ms. Kumari’s triumph was arare bit of uplifting news for the country’s Hindu minority.

Pakistan has a great record over the treatment of minorities. all of them are very happy in Pakistan and Pakistani government do respoect their religions and do courage them to participate in the elections. on the other hand it can be seen that no other country is giving such power to any minority.

The election of Ms. Kumari to the Senate is amazing and great step by Pakistan, and the Pakistan Peoples Party has made a wonderful example of th party’s  liberal credentials and the importance and value it provides to religious minorities.

Hindus have already been elected to Parliament, both in the lower and upper houses. Two male Hindus from the Dalit caste have served in the Senate, both are the members of Pakistan Peoples Party. Be, Ms. Kumari is the first ever Hindu Dalit lady to be elected.


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