MULTAN: Nosheen Afshan, a candidate from the Awami National Party (ANP), is among the 44 women who will contest the polls from 141 different constituencies in Punjab during the upcoming general elections.
A lawyer by profession, Afshan is an outspoken advocate for human rights. She will be contesting the elections from NA-155 in Multan, the only female candidate among the 16 candidates.
Afshan is an active member of ANP and has gained followers after going door-to-door to appeal to voters. Accompanied by her small team, she rides a motorbike to her constituency in order to reach out to voters.
In addition to being an English Literature student at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Afshan also works with various non-government organisations, a move which has won her the support of women voters within her constituency.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, she stated that after winning the election, her main objective will be to put an end to violence against women while also providing them with various job opportunities so that they are able to support themselves.
“Corruption is the root of all evil within our society, whether it is a violation of human rights or terrorist attacks,” she expressed.
She also condemned the attack on ANP’s leader Haroon Bilour, who was martyred in a suicide attack in Peshawar earlier this week.
“He [Bilour] was a champion of human rights, and we shall take care to follow in his footsteps. ANP members and workers will not be threatened by such acts of cowardice,” she maintained.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 13th, 2018.