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Two tribal women to contest polls in Pak

world Updated: Apr 02, 2013 00:15 IST

Two women from Pakistan’s restive north-west have made history by becoming the first tribal women to file nomination papers for the May 11 parliamentary polls.

Badam Zari, 40, filed nomination papers for a National Assembly constituency in the restive Bajaur tribal region on Sunday while Nusrat Begum plans to contest elections from Lower Dir, a tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

While an increasing number of women are taking part in politics in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, it is almost unheard of for women to be part of electioneering in the conservative tribal belt, where several militant groups are active.

In the past, several tribes have even barred their women from voting in polls in the tribal belt.

Asad Sarwar, the returning officer for Bajaur Agency, told the media that Badam Zari had filed nomination papers for National Assembly seat number 44. Bajaur Agency has two seats in the lower house of parliament.

Zari said she was contesting the polls in order to work for the welfare of tribal women.

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