LAHORE: The lists issued by Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf (PTI) for reserved seats of women in the National and Provincial Assembly have come as a shock for several PTI loyalists who have either been ignored or given not sufficient representation in the priority list.
The PTI has finally submitted its lists for the National Assembly and Punjab Assembly reserved seats for women in the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which, on the one hand, shows a bulk of new comers attaining prominence and, on the other hand, also shows no names of the workers who have more than a decade long standing in the PTI.
Most of the party women workers, including Neelam Rasheed, Shahnaz Parveen and Najam us Sehar, Farhat Farooq, who have more than 10 years standing in the 17-year-old PTI have not been included in the priority list for either of the assemblies.
Tallath Naqvi, one of most dedicated and committed party women workers who remained associated with the media wing and remained on the forefront in almost all the major party events, has been given 22nd number in the priority list for the Punjab Assembly. Her name was not included in the National Assembly list whereas allotment of a number quite down in the list has also surprised many in the party.
Most of the dedicated party members, like Dr Sannia and Maliha Hussein, were not even included in the provincial assembly list.According to the National Assembly list submitted by the party in the Election Commission for the province of Punjab the other day, Dr Shireen Mazari attains the top position followed by newly elected President Women wing Munazza Hassan.
However, Ayla Malik, former MNA of PML-Q in the Musharraf era, has been given third number in the list followed by Fauzia Kasuri, a member of Kasuri family. Both these members joined the party in the post 2011 scenario. Ayla Malik is also the sister of Sumera Malik who is now in the PML-N.
Dr Yasmin Rashid has been given fifth number in the priority lists followed by Syeda Saloni Bokhari. Dr Yasmin Rashid, also a renowned doctor who has also been a leader of Pakistan Medical Association is also likely to contest from a general seat.
She joined the PTI nearly three years ago and now she is also the elected general secretary in Punjab. She has been preferred over Saloni Bokhari in the list who was associated with the PTI for over a decade and also contested the 2002 general elections.
Name of Shamsa Ali, also a senior party member, has been placed at number seven but what has surprised many party workers is the priority number given to Andleeb Abbas. In the list, she has been preferred over Maimoona Hashmi, a former parliamentarian and daughter of Makhdoom Javed Hashmi.
Maimoona Hashmi is also known for struggle against dictatorship of Pervez Musharraf, particularly at a time when her father was tried by the dictator in 2003 and years to follow. She also possesses a very good parliamentary experience but her name is at number nine in the list. Riffat Kahlun, who hails from Narowal, has been given 16th number in the National Assembly seats. She has also been former MNA of PML-Q whereas Maha Raja Tarin, who hails from Chakwal and served as PML-Q MPA on reserved seats (2002-2008) has been given 25th number.
Neelam Shah, former member of Awami National Party is on 17th in the list. The PTI has issued a list of 39 women members for National Assembly seas. Similarly, the list for Punjab Assembly which was issued on Monday, Sadia Sohail is on the top of the list followed by Nausheen Hamid. Sadia has been associated with party for years whereas Nausheen Hamid Meraj, is the wife of former candidate of PTI for NA-123, Mian Hamid Meraj. The PTI has issued 53 names for Punjab Assembly reserved seats which, according to sources, has added to the disappointment among many committed members.