Hindu woman elected to Senate in historic first


Krishna Kumari.— Image courtesy Twitter

ISLAMABAD: Pakistanis have elected a woman from the country’s marginalized Hindu minority to the senate for the first time ever in an election.

Krishna Kumari, a member of the Pakistan People’s Party, hails from the so-called untouchables.

Meanwhile, Maulana Samiul Haq, a mentor to a number of Taliban leaders, fell short.

Lawmakers in national and four provincial assemblies on Saturday elected half of the 104-member Senate to six-year terms.

Deposed premier Nawaz Sharif’s party holds a plurality in the upper house of parliament, with 33 seats.