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Islamabad: Over the weekend, Pakistan elected its first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste in polls that evidently proclaims the ruling party strengthen its hand ahead of general elections in the Muslim-majority country.
Krishna Kohli is a Pakistani politician who represents a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan and has campaigned in their interests. She has been a member-elect of the Senate of Pakistan, and her uncalled surprise victory has brewed optimism amongst people on the social media; rejoicing celebrations for a woman from a marginalized community that lies at the bottom of the Hindu caste hierarchy.
“I feel proud, I am thankful to Pakistan People’s Party that they nominated me,” Kohli told AFP Sunday.
“Kudos to PPP for electing #KrishnaKohli….Our parliament should have representatives of all religions, classes & genders in pursuit of true democracy,” tweeted rights activist Jibran Nasir.
Followed by this, Pakistan’s Hindu population which constitutes for around 2% of the country’s population has been subject to tremendous social and economic discrimination.
The dominant party; Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) earned 15 seats in the senate, securing a total of 33 spots in the 104-seat upper house.
The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) won the second largest number of seats in the contest, while cricketer-turned politician Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party continued to lose momentum, ranking in third.
“Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz has secured a clear majority in the Senate polls,” the party announced late Saturday on its official Twitter account.
The ruling party’s commanding majority comes after the Supreme Court toppled PML-N, Nawaz Sharif in particular, from the premiership in July over corruption allegations.
However, the court barred Sharif from leading his party, forcing all the PML-N candidates to run independently.
Despite that, the Sharif clan and their supporters repeatedly gainsay allegations of corruption, advocating Nawaz is the victim of a conspiracy driven by Pakistan’s powerful military establishment.