Move tarnishes parties' image: women reserved seats given to kith and kin! Pakistan

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Move tarnishes parties' image: women reserved seats given to kith and kin! Pakistan

The distribution of reserved seats for women in the National Assembly to wives, daughters, or relatives of top party stalwarts while ignoring women at the grass-roots level, has badly tarnished the image of major political parties. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which had bagged 31 seats reserved for women bestowed all the seats to daughters, wives, blue-eyed constituency-less women workers. 

Anusha Rehman, whose name was on top of the list, was elected on seats reserved for women for the second consecutive term, which sources inside PML-N claimed, was mainly due to her close connections with Shahbaz Sharif. Tahira Aurangzeb, another PML-N backbencher also succeeded in reaching the parliament for the second consecutive term, using her connections inside the party. A well-educated former PML-N female MNA, who declined to be named, said that she was denied a seat because nobody in high-ups in the party recommended her name. 

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