First Hindu To Win In Pakistan Election
Mahesh Kumar Malani of the Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) has become the first Hindu candidate to win a National Assembly seat, 16 years after non-Muslims got the right to vote and contest on general seats in the country.
Malani contested and won the National Assembly (NA-222) Tharparkar-II seat in southern Sindh province, after defeating 14 candidates.
Malani, the 55-year-old minority community leader, defeated his nearest rival Arab Zakaullah of the Grand Democratic Alliance in the NA-222 constituency.
He secured 37,245 votes while Zakaullah received 18,323 votes, the Express Tribune reported.
Malani, a Pakistani Hindu Rajasthani Pushkarna Brahamin Politician. In 2003, He was nominated to the Pak Parliament by the PPP on a reserved seat. In 2013, He became the first non-Muslim Member of the Provincial Assembly by winning the Tharparkar-III General Seat if the Singh Assembly.
In 2002, Army General-turned-President Pervez Musharraf made amendments in the Constitution to grant Non-Muslims right to vote and allowing contesting on general seats of the parliament. Women and Non-Muslims in Pakistan can be a public representative in two routes – i) Contesting elections on any of the 272 general seats and winning. ii) Getting nominated by any of the Parties which have representation in the National Assembly.