On Thursday, Pakistan’s southern Sindh province appointed Tanzeela Qambrani, a female lawmaker of African descent, to its cabinet, making her the first member of the country’s African-Pakistani community to hold a cabinet responsibility.
Tanzeela has been declared as a special assistant to the province’s chief minister. In terms of status, the post is equal to a provincial minister. Qambrani will be heading the information technology department.
“[Pakistan’s founding father] Muhammad Ali Jinnah said all citizens of this country are equal. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto gave the country a constitution, which provides everyone equal rights. My [PPP] chairman [Bilawal Bhutto Zardari] practically showed it [by appointing me to the provincial cabinet],” Qambrani told an international publication. She added that she wishes to generate opportunities created by information technology to empower Pakistani women and youth.
She told the publication, “Information technology is my subject which is used in almost every field. I want to use it to ensure the progress of our women and youth, including those belonging to my own community.”
Tanzeela Qambrani is also the country’s first-ever lawmaker of African descent.
She wants to change the narrative around what it means to be Black and Pakistani. She belongs to the Sheedi community and wants people to be proud of their identities, mostly in Markan and Karachi.
She was nominated by the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), Pakistan’s first woman prime minister Benazir Bhutto, for a seat reserved for women in a provincial parliament in Sindh.
Qambrani has a master’s degree in computer sciences from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. She has worked hard and received an education, hails from Matli in Badin district in Sindh province. She serves as an inspiration to her own community of about 250,000 people.
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Pakistan’s first-ever lawmaker of African descent, Tanzeela Qambrani, wants to change the narrative around what it means to be Black and Pakistani. Tanzeela, a 39-year old Sidi lawmaker, belongs to the Sheedi community and wants people to be proud of their identities, mostly in Markan and Karachi.
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