The first woman to hold the post in the history of the province belongs to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N), which leads the provincial government alongside Pashtoonkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) and National Party.
“It is a matter of immense pleasure for me to be the first female speaker of Balochistan Assembly,” Durrani told while talking to local media after the election.
“I will try to meet the expectations of the masses of Balochistan”, she added.
The post of speaker remained vacant after the resignation of Jan Muhammad Jamali in May. In the mean time, Qudoos Bizenjo, the deputy speaker performed the duties of Balochistan Assembly speaker.
Balochistan Chief Minister Doctor Abdul Malik and Mir Abdul Quddus Bizenjo resigned from their posts before the elections.
The Governor of Balochistan Mohammad Khan Achakzai accepted the resignation of Doctor Abdul Maik and Rahila Durrani was elected to the assembly on a reserved seat for women.
Durrani was also a provincial minister for prosecution in former chief minister Nawab Aslam Raisani’s cabinet. Durrani previously served as an MPA in late Jam Yousuf -led Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) government.