- Shaheera Jalil, known for her role as Razia in the series ‘Razia,’ is not only a successful actress but also a Fulbright scholar.
- She introduced three federal gun safety bills in the United States, named after her cousin Sabika Sheikh, who tragically died in a Texas school shooting.
- Shaheera’s advocacy for gun safety in the US was successful, leading to changes in gun laws. She also attempted to bring about change in Pakistan with the youth quota bill but faced challenges and limited success.
Shaheera Jalil is the latest sensation after her phenomenal acting as Razia in Mahira Khan’s eye-opening mini-series, ‘Razia’. A surprising fact about Shaheera that people don’t know is, not only is Shaheera a successful young actress but she is also a Fulbright scholar who has successfully authored and introduced three federal gun bills in the United States.
These safety gun bills are named after her cousin, Sabika Sheikh, a Pakistani exchange student who tragically lost her life in a school shooting in Texas. In her fight for justice for Sabika, Shaheera Jalil introduced these gun safety bills in the US during the year she was there for her master and brought about a much needed change in the gun laws of the country.
In a recent interview with Something Haute, the actress spoke about the struggles that led her to become an activist including the death of her younger cousin. She then spoke about her career change and her move into showbiz where she went on to essay a leading role in a blockbuster series, ‘Razia’.
“I was honestly very tired, I had been working tirelessly in the US and then in Pakistan to bring about changes and fighting for various causes including the Palestine cause. I wanted to experience something different and got the opportunity to step into the entertainment world with Measni.”
Razia Actress Also Worked on the ‘Youth Quota Bill’
Shaheera mentioned that she drafted the youth quota bill in 2019 and presented it to 25 parliamentarians over three years, including key figures from PTI, PML-N, and PPP leadership. She also initiated legal action by filing petitions with the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), as well as reaching out to the president and prime minister’s offices. Shaheera sought assistance from legal experts and human rights organizations, but regrettably, her efforts yielded no results in Pakistan.
Shaheera Jalil Introduces 3 US Gun Safety Bills in Congress
Nevertheless, her experience of introducing bills in the United States stands in stark contrast to the challenges she faced dealing with lawmakers and parliamentary staff in Pakistan. Of the three bills she introduced in the US, two of them, including the Sabika Sheikh Firearm Licensing and Registration Act, have been reintroduced in the current US Congress and are presently under consideration by the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
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