Samar Haroon Bilour, the widow of Haroon Bilour shaheed and candidate of Awami National Party (ANP) for PK-78 Peshawar is the first women in 16 years who elected on a general seat of the KPK assembly. She won the provincial assembly seat from Peshawar with the margin of 3500 votes against PTI candidate Muhammad Irfan.
She contested on the traditional seat of Bilour family which her father in law Bashir Bilour won several times. He was the senior minister when martyred in a suicide attack in Peshawar. Ghulam Ahmed Bilour is another stalwart of Bilour family who won national assembly constituency from Peshawar many times.
Samar entered into politics after her husband was martyred like her father in law in a suicide attack during the election campaign of July 25 general elections. She said that it was a difficult decision to join the politics. All the major political parties supported Samar in the elections against PTI.
Samar Haroon Bilour would is the the first woman in 16 years who won a general seat in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. No women elected on a general seat in last two general elections of 2008 and 2013 from KPK.
The last time a woman who won a seat through direct elections was Ghazala Habib Tanoli, a female MPA elected on ticket of the then Pakistan People’s Party-Sherpao, now renamed as Qaumi Watan Party in 2002 general elections.
Begum Nasim Wali Khan, the widow of great Pashtun nationalist leader Abdul Wali Khan, was the first women who actively involved in politics in the conservative KPK. She remained opposition leader in the then NWFP Assembly after being elected as MPA in the 1997 general election.
The Bilour family lost two key members in terrorist attacks since 2012. But family stood firmly on its feet. The family instead of giving in to the cowardly attacks fielded a brave woman to run for the seat. The head of the Bilour family and former federal minister Ghulam Ahmad Bilour in a statement thanked the voters and all the parties that supported the ANP candidate in the by-elections.
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