First-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator sworn in Pakistan

Islamabad: Krishna Kumari Kolhi, Pakistan’s first-ever Hindu Dalit woman Senator, was among 51 legislators who were sworn in today as the members of the upper house.

Kolhi, 39, who belongs to a remote village in Nagarparkar district of Thar in Sindh province, is a member of Bilawal Bhutto Zardari-led Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP).

Presiding Officer Sardar Yaqoob Khan Nasar administered the oath to the Senators elected on March 3 by the federal and provincial assemblies.

Former finance minister Ishaq Dar, an accused in the Panama Papers scandal, was not present to take the oath as he is in London due to poor health.

Kohli was elected Senator on a minority seat from Sindh.

She reached the parliament house with her family in traditional Thari dress, a trademark of Tharparker district of Sindh province.

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