More than 1,000 women will be running for elections in the United Kingdom in the general elections on December 12. Out of the 1,000, 23 women have Pakistani or Kashmiri roots.
Nine of the Pakistani origin women are running for a parliamentary seat for the Labour Party. Three out of the nine women – Yasmin Qureshi, Naz Shah and Shabana Mahmood – were members of the previous two Parliaments.
Five Pakistani origin women are running for a parliamentary seat on a Conservative Party ticket. One of them – Nusrat Ghani – has been elected twice before and was also a minister in the previous two cabinets.
Two candidates – Irum Altaf Kiyani and Humera Kamran are contesting as independents.