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Mansehra, January 30, 2024 In a groundbreaking development, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to field women candidates in the upcoming general elections on February 8, marking a significant shift in the electoral landscape of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s ultraconservative Kohistan and Torghar districts.

PTI’s Women Wing Divisional General Secretary, Shakeela Rabbani, highlighted the party’s commitment to women empowerment, emphasizing that the decision to field women candidates reflects practical steps toward inclusivity in the electoral process. The move follows advice from PTI founder Imran Khan.

“We have submitted our nomination papers in Kohistan and Torghar districts,” Rabbani stated during a press interaction on Sunday.

This historic decision has led to the inclusion of women aspirants in the candidates’ lists for Torghar and Kohistan districts, a first in the country’s electoral history. The nomination papers of all the candidates, including the women aspirants, have been cleared by their respective returning officers (ROs).

PTI’s Divisional President of the Women Wing, Uzma Riaz, a former provincial lawmaker, is contesting elections from PK-31 Upper Kohistan. Other PTI leaders, Tehmina Faheem, Rina Anwar, and Momina Basit, are also in the running from different constituencies in Torghar and Kohistan districts.

Shakeela Rabbani emphasized that PTI is addressing the issues faced by women in these remote parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, acknowledging the importance of providing women with the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

This move by PTI not only marks a significant step towards gender inclusivity in electoral politics but also sets a precedent for other political parties to consider similar measures for ensuring a more representative and diverse political landscape in the region.

In a groundbreaking development, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to field women candidates in the upcoming general elections on February 8, marking a significant shift in the electoral landscape of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s ultraconservative Kohistan and Torghar districts.

PTI’s Women Wing Divisional General Secretary, Shakeela Rabbani, highlighted the party’s commitment to women empowerment, emphasizing that the decision to field women candidates reflects practical steps toward inclusivity in the electoral process. The move follows advice from PTI founder Imran Khan.

“We have submitted our nomination papers in Kohistan and Torghar districts,” Rabbani stated during a press interaction on Sunday.

This historic decision has led to the inclusion of women aspirants in the candidates’ lists for Torghar and Kohistan districts, a first in the country’s electoral history. The nomination papers of all the candidates, including the women aspirants, have been cleared by their respective returning officers (ROs).

PTI’s Divisional President of the Women Wing, Uzma Riaz, a former provincial lawmaker, is contesting elections from PK-31 Upper Kohistan. Other PTI leaders, Tehmina Faheem, Rina Anwar, and Momina Basit, are also in the running from different constituencies in Torghar and Kohistan districts.

Shakeela Rabbani emphasized that PTI is addressing the issues faced by women in these remote parts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, acknowledging the importance of providing women with the opportunity to participate in the democratic process.

This move by PTI not only marks a significant step towards gender inclusivity in electoral politics but also sets a precedent for other political parties to consider similar measures for ensuring a more representative and diverse political landscape in the region.