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Womens Parliamentary History

The Second Phase - 1962 Constitution

The second Constitution, proclaimed in 1962 provided for a National Assembly, consisting of 156 indirectly elected Members, including 6 seats for women — 3 each for both wings of the State. These were:

 Women Members on Reserved Seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan 1962- 1965

Sr. No.

Name

Constituency

1

Begum Roquyya Anwar

East Pakistan

2

Begum Serajunnessa Choudhury

East Pakistan

3

Begum Shamsun Nahar Mahmood,

East Pakistan

4

Begum Mujjeebun Nisa Muhammad Akram

West Pakistan

5

Begum Khadeja G. A. Khan

West Pakistan

6

Begum Zari Sarfaraz

West Pakistan

Source: Library of  National Assembly of Pakistan Records

In addition to the above six, one woman each managed from the both wings to get herself elected from the general seats through the electoral college of its respective province. These were:

 Women Members Elected from General Constituencies in the National Assembly of Pakistan 1962- 1965

Sr. No.

Name

Constituency

1

Begum Zohra Aziz

Layalpur, West Pakistan

2

Begum Hamida Mohammad Ali

Bogra, East Pakistan

Source: Library of  National Assembly of Pakistan Records

However, none of them was ever given any ministerial position or appointed as Parliamentary Secretaries.

The trend of restricting women to mere reserved seats and to no other parliamentary or governmental position was continued in the next Assembly in 1965, created under this Constitution. The six women in the new Assembly were:

 Women Members on Reserved Seats in the National Assembly of Pakistan 1965- 1969

Sr. No.

Name

Constituency

1

Mrs. Mariam Hashimuddin Ahmad

East Pakistan

2

Begum Dolly Azad

East Pakistan

3

Begum Razia Faiz

East Pakistan

4

Begum Mujjeebun Nisa Muhammad Akram

West Pakistan

5

Begum Khadeja G. A. Khan

West Pakistan

6

Begum Zari Sarfaraz

West Pakistan

Source: Library of  National Assembly of Pakistan Record

 
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