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First FATA tribal woman files nomination for general election in Pakistan 2013

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 31, 2013

tribal womanIn an unprecedented development, a female candidate from Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) NW Pakistan has submitted her nomination
form to participate in the upcoming general elections.

Badam Zari from Bajaur Agency has become the first woman from tribal areas to submit a nomination form in a bid to contest for a national assembly seat, NA-44.

Earlier, the tribal traditions disallowed women to exercise their right to franchise.

Badam Zari said she was contesting as an independent candidate in aneffort to serve women from her area.

“I want women to prosper in all fields and stand side by side with men.” Zari added that she would actively campaign and keep herself informed with problems being faced by the residents of her area despite the law and order situation in the agency.

She praised the residents of Bajaur Agency in FATA and said they hold women in high regard. “In my opinion the residents of the area will support me.”

All of the FATA’s adults were legally allowed to vote in the Majlis-e-Shoora of Pakistan under the “adult franchise” granted in 1996.

However, Ian Talbot in Pakistan ,a modern History states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population.

In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA of NW Pakistan regions of Bajaur,Kurram and Mohmand Agencies not to vote under threat of “serious punishment,” while Mangal Bagh,cheif of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jammrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency.

The FATA is the poorest, least developed part of Pakistan. Literacy is only 17 percent, compared to the national
average of 56 percent, and among women it is 3 percent.

At least 3,299 civilian have been killed including women and children in north-west Pakistan consisting of Bajaur Agency in US drone strikes since 2004-2013.

More than thousands of females were living without their males under poverty line in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan.


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