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.