Dr Sumera Shams belongs to Lower Dir, a remote and conservative district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. Women were collectively disenfranchised here by political parties in the 2013 general elections, triggering outcry across the country. But things changed in the 2018 elections, and this change is radical. Dir has sent woman lawmaker, the youngest ever, to the provincial legislature.
Shamsul Qamar Khan, an independent candidate in the 2008 elections, had died of cardiac arrest on poll day. The local community thought his political legacy would be buried with him since he had no grownup sons to carry forward his legacy.
Little did they know that one of his daughters would prove them wrong and break the taboos in the patriarchal society.
Sumera's political career began shortly after her father died on February 18, 2008, a student leader from the platform of Insaf Student Federation & made it to the KPk Assembly at the age of 26. She's also Chairperson Standing Committee on Health & Member PAC.