Tanzeela Qambrani

Tanzeela Qambrani (Urdu: تنزیلہ قمبرانی) is a Pakistani politician who is a member of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh. She took her oath on August 13, 2018. Qambrani is the first woman of the Sheedi community to become a member of Sindh Assembly.[2]

Tanzeela Qambrani
Member of the Provincial Assembly of Sindh
Assumed office
13 August 2018
ConstituencyReserved seat for women
Personal details
Bornc. 1979[1]
Badin, Sindh, Pakistan
Political partyPakistan Peoples Party

Political careerEdit

Qambrani was elected to the Provincial Assembly of Sindh as a candidate of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), on a reserved seat for women in southern Sindh in the 2018 Pakistani general election.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

Qambrani hails from the coastal area of Badin.[1] She belongs to the Sheedi community of Sindh, who are of African descent. She made history by becoming the first Sheedi lawmaker to enter any Pakistani legislature.[2][3] She is a mother of three, and holds a postgraduate degree in computer science from the University of Sindh.[2]

Her father was a lawyer while her mother retired as a school headmistress.[2] According to Qambrani, her great-grandparents had been brought to Sindh from Tanzania a century back, and one of her sisters is married off there.[2][3] Her rising profile and ascension to politics has been hailed as an "important step" for Pakistan's Sheedi community, which has at times endured systematic prejudice, discrimination and feudalism.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Sohail, Riaz (8 August 2018). "Pakistan gets first Africa-origin lawmaker". BBC News.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Mansoor, Hasan (30 July 2018). "Tanzeela to be first Sheedi woman to enter Sindh Assembly". Dawn. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Kazeem, Yomi (10 August 2018). "Pakistan is getting its first lawmaker of African descent". Quartz Africa. Retrieved 12 August 2018.