A Pakistani spokesman says the first woman from the countryâ€™s minority Hindu community is poised to become lawmaker next month after the countryâ€™s Opposition party nominated her for the Senateâ€™s upcoming elections.
Nasir Shah, the spokesman in the provincial government of Sindh Province, says the Opposition Pakistan Peopleâ€™s Party has asked all of its lawmakers to vote for Krishna Kumari in the March 3 elections for the Upper House of Parliament.
Shah said on Monday that Kumari will be the first female Hindu lawmaker in Pakistan since 1947, when Pakistan gained independence from Britain.
Kumari says she is overjoyed with the news and that because her family was so poor, she never dared to dream of becoming a lawmaker.
Pakistani parties usually nominate wealthy or influential people for the Senate.