Senate elections: Krishna Kumari files nomination papers

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KARACHI: Krishna Kumari, the candidate of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Wednesday filed her nomination papers for the Senate elections at Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) located in Karachi.

Krishna Kumari Kolhi is a member of Sindh’s Hindu community based in Thar. She hails from the family of valiant freedom fighter Rooplo Kolhi.

The PPP decided to give her ticket for general seat of Senate of Pakistan.

Resorting to micro-blogging website, Krishna Kumari thanked the PPP leadership including Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, former President Asif Ali Zardari and MNA Faryal Talpur.

Thanking the PPP leadership, she said, “Its great honor for me, i will always come up with your expectations.”

If elected, she may well become the first female Hindu to become a Senator in Pakistan.

Rooplo Kolhi had waged a war against the invading British colonialist forces when they had attacked Sindh from Nagarparkar side in 1857. Subsequently, he was arrested and hanged by the Britishers on August 22, 1858.

The Kolhi tribes are primarily concentrated in the lower Thar Desert. They speak their own Indo-Aryan languages.

Kumari is a social activist who joined PPP along with her brother, who was elected chairman of union council Berano. She has reportedly been asked by the party leadership to file nomination papers to contest the upcoming Senate election on PPP ticket.

Born to a poor peasant Jugno Kolhi in February 1979, Kumari and her family members spent nearly three years in a private jail allegedly owned by the landlord of Kunri of Umerkot district. She was a grade 3 student at the time when held captive.

Kumari was married to Lalchand at the age of 16, when she was studying in 9th grade. However, her husband supported her in pursuing studies, as later in 2013 she did masters in sociology from Sindh University.

She also actively participated and worked for the rights of downtrodden people of marginalised communities living in Thar and other areas.

In an interview, Kumari said she was given assurances by senior party leaders that they would get her elected as Senator “to set a new precedent and empower women from remote areas and minority communities”.

Provincial minister Syed Sardar Ali Shah, MNA Dr Nafisa Shah, MPA Dr Mehesh Kumar Malani and other PPP leaders had requested the party leadership in this regard, she said. – Samaa

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Story first published: 7th February 2018

Originally Posted on SamaaNews

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