The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) candidate, Dr. Saveera Parkash, vying for the Buner (PK-25) constituency, is making history as the first Hindu contender in the upcoming general elections. If successful, she aims to champion women’s rights in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and strives to enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and India.
The PPP has marked a historic moment in the province with Dr. Saveera’s campaign. The well-educated 25-year-old candidate represents the minority Hindu population, an unprecedented occurrence in the conservative KP.
Affectionately referred to as the ‘daughter of Buner,’ Dr. Saveera has received not only votes but also full support from her ‘Muslim brothers.’ She emphasizes the belief that humanity is the greatest religion in the world.
Born in the village of Dagar in 1998, Dr. Saveera completed her medical education in Abbottabad, including her FSC in pre-medical from Lahore. After earning her MBBS, she commenced her house job. Now nominated as the PPP candidate, Dr. Saveera is preparing for the Central Superior Services (CSS) in Pakistan. Her family has been loyal PPP supporters for over thirty-seven years.
In the event of her election, Dr. Saveera’s legislative priorities would focus on promoting education and addressing issues related to health and environmental pollution. She expresses concern about the scarcity of medical facilities in her district and the general lack of knowledge and understanding regarding healthcare.”
She also believes that women have fewer privileges and progression possibilities, and resolving these issues is one of her major issues of concern.
If elected as a lawmaker, Dr. Saveera will assist in resolving the issues faced by Hindus residing in both Pakistan and beyond the border. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s trip to India and accepting the party ticket is a positive development towards the relations between both nations.
The young politician intends to try her luck on the PPP’s ticket after quitting the medical field and delaying her wish to go for the competitive exam in Pakistan. The PPP has also reserved her name for a special women’s seat in the KP parliament.
“I was proud to be a part of the Pashtun culture, but when I got the party ticket for the general elections and people, including my Muslim brothers, came to know about it, I received several congratulatory and encouraging messages,” she mentioned, expressing surprise at the overwhelming support she received, and then her morale “rose higher than the Himalayas”.
Dr. Saveera went on to say that she has never felt alienated because of the support she has received from others. The fact that other parties have thrown their support behind the young politician in addition to the PPP suggests that Muslim voters will also vote for her.
The contender claimed to be a patriotic Hindu, and that her confidence had grown even more after being referred to as the “daughter of Buner.” Should she be elected to the provincial assembly, she would contribute constructively to the relations between Islamabad and New Delhi, and the Hindu community, both in Pakistan and beyond the border, would feel free to reach her.
The politician described Bilawal’s visit to Goa as a significant step towards improving Indo-Pak relations. He will be running in one of the most important elections in the nation’s modern history of politics.
The leader of the PPP KP’s women’s wing, Senator Rubina Khalid, referred to Dr. Saveera as a “gifted daughter” of Dr. Om Prakash, a longtime PPP member in Buner. Senator Khalid said that she first met the would-be politician at a party gathering in Buner and realised that the “girl had the passion to do something,” which is how she was invited to enter politics.
“This is the reason why Dr Saveera Parkash got the ticket from Buner and we created a new history in KP, while in Sindh, too, we brought forward people belonging to minorities, not only in the election battle but also in the assembly,” she told.
Prior to this, Dr. Saveera made the decision to pursue a career in medicine because she was inspired by her father’s humanitarian activities. “Buner is a backward district where problems are plentiful and facilities are lacking,” she added.
During her house job, The young physician understood that, given her decision to enter politics, she would need to take a new approach in order to solve the district’s issues.
Samar Haroon Bilour, the leader of the Awami National Party (ANP), who is also running for the general seat in the polls, welcomed Dr. Saveera into the political fold and stated that women should enter politics and that minorities should be helped.