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Pakistani woman makes history with run in May vote

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Badam Zari, right, addresses a news conference with her sister in Khar, capital of Pakistani tribal area of Bajur on Monday. Zari, a 40-year-old Pakistani housewife, has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's northwest tribal region, a highly conservative area that is a haven for Islamist militants.

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A 40-year-old Pakistani housewife has made history by becoming the first woman to run for parliament from the country's northwest tribal region, a highly conservative area that is a haven for Islamist militants. Badam Zari told The Associated Press on Monday that she will participate in the May 11 election to bring greater attention to problems facing women, which she believes the government has ignored. "I want to reach the assembly to become a voice for women, especially those living in the tribal areas," Zari said.
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