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First Hindu woman to contest Pak general elections, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa says service to humanity is in my blood

Savera Prakash is going to become the first woman candidate from the minority Hindu community in Pakistan to stand in the upcoming general elections from Buner district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. News agency IANS quoted Dawn as saying that Dr. Prakash, by profession, belongs to the Pakistani-Hindu community and had submitted his nomination papers for the general seat of PK-25 on December 23.

Currently, she serves as the general secretary of the women’s wing of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) in the district and hopes to contest the upcoming elections on the party ticket.

General elections are to be held in Pakistan on February 8 next year to elect members of the 16th National Assembly. According to IANS, the Election Commission of Pakistan mandates at least 5 percent representation of women candidates on general seats.

Speaking to Dawn, Prakash said he completed MBBS from Abbottabad International Medical College in 2022 and “serving humanity is in my blood” due to his medical background, IANS reported. Prakash said he had dreamed of becoming an elected MLA after experiencing poor management and helplessness in government hospitals as a doctor. According to Dawn, quoted by IANS, she wants to follow her father’s footsteps in working for the poor of the area.

For the last 35 years, his father Om Prakash, a recently retired doctor, has been an active member of the party.

Prakash was endorsed by social media influencer Imran Noshad Khan, who wrote on

“I wholeheartedly support them in breaking stereotypes,” he said.

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