ISLAMABAD: Following victories over formidable male opponents in their seats during nationwide general elections, a total of twelve women affiliated with four different political parties were elected directly to the National Assembly (MNA). Five of the women ran for office as independents with support from Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), four are members of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), two are members of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), and only one is a candidate from the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM), according to Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) data that was made available to APP.
It stated that four of the women, namely Aneeqa Mehdi Bhatti, Ayesha Nazir Jatt, Amber Majeed Niazi, and Chief Organizer of the PML-N Maryam Nawaz, will be sitting in the National Assembly for the first time. Shandana Gulzar, a PTI-backed candidate from Peshawar; Aneeqa Mehdi Bhatti from Hafizabad; Ayesha Nazir Jatt from Vehari; Amber Majeed Niazi from Layyah; and Zartaj Gul from Dera Ghazi Khan emerged victorious after a fierce match.
The opposition candidates, Maryam Nawaz from Lahore, Shezra Mansab from Nankana Sahib, Tehmina Doulatana from Vehari, and Nosheen Iftikhar from Sialkot, were defeated by the PML-N women to get to the house. Following the contest, three women were declared the winners in Sindh: Aasia Ishaque of the MQM won from Karachi, while Shazia Marri and Dr. Nafeesa Shah of the PPP won from Sanghar and Khairpur.