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Suriya Bibi second woman deputy speaker in KP

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Irshadullah Khan

PESHAWAR: Suriya Bibi from Chitral was on Thursday elected as the deputy speaker of the Khyber Pakthunkhwa assembly. She bagged 87 votes. 

Talking to ChitralToday after assuming the charge, Suriya BiBi said speakership is a responsible position and she will try to steer this house in a better way.

She stated that the people of Chitral have given mandate to Imran Khan in the elections. Now we want the democratic process to move forward.

Ms Suriya became the second woman in the history of the province to occupy the coveted seat.

Mehar Taj Roghani of the PTI from Mardan was the first woman to become deputy speaker of the house from 2015 to 2018.

Suriya Bibi, 45, of the PTI was elected from PK-1 Upper Chitral in the February 8 general elections.

The new deputy speaker belongs to Awi village of Upper Chitral. She is the daughter of former vice chairman of the District Council Chitral, late Noor Alam Khan.

Ms Suriya is married in the same village and has three children. She has a master’s degrees in Urdu and sociology from Peshawar University and worked in the development sector with different organizations.

Since 2013, she has been actively working as a worker of the PTI and participated in the party’s public gatherings and rallies led by Imran Khan in Islamabad, Lahore and other cities. Before joining the PTI, she remained affiliated with the PML and then with former president Gen Pervez Musharraf’s All Pakistan Muslim League.

Sources said being the only woman MPA elected on a general seat, Suriya Bibi should have been included in the provincial cabinet, but party bigwigs in KP told her that jailed PTI founder Imran Khan had himself wanted her to be the deputy speaker, which is an unimportant slot.

Talking to a TV channel in Peshawar on Wednesday, she said she was ready to fulfil any responsibility assigned to her by the party leadership.

Meanwhile, another woman was elected unopposed deputy speaker of Balochistan Assembly on Thursday. Ghazala Gowla belongs to the PPP while the speaker of Balochistan Assembly Abdul Khaliq Achakzai was nominated by the PML-N.

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