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Pakistan Elects First Female Hindu Senator, Extremist Supporter Loses

Pakistanis have elected a woman from the country's marginalized Hindu minority to the Senate for the first time ever in an election in which a cleric with links to the Taliban was defeated. Krishna Kumari Kohli, 39, a member of the Pakistan People's Party, hails from the so-called "untouchables," the lowest rung of the caste system that still prevails in Pakistan and neighboring India. Her election is being hailed as a major milestone for women and minority rights in Pakistan. Meanwhile, Maulana Samiul Haq, a mentor to a number of Taliban leaders, fell short in the election.....................

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