Kamran Atlas

WANA: The PTI leader Aneeta Mehsud has become first woman member of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly from special seat reserved for women.

Aneeta Mehsud belongs to Sarwakai tehsil of South Waziristan. She initiated her political career by joining the PTI in 2012. She was also a member of Fata Reforms Committee and Fata Political Alliance.

Aneeta Mehsud was born in 1982 and she spent most of her childhood in Islamabad. She is a student of political science and awaiting result of her Master’s final exams from Gomal University. She also served in NIB Bank as acting branch manager. Her father Allauddin Mehsud is a retired Grade-18 officer of the Ministry of Law and Justice. Aneeta Mehsud has three sisters and two brothers.

The PTI MPA in an interview with TNN credited her father for support in her endeavours. She said she took part in Fata reforms and also participated in the sit-in of the PTI in Islamabad. She said she has joined politics to serve the people of Waziristan. She said she is extremely happy over becoming the first female MPA from tribal districts. She said she will selflessly serve the masses and fulfil her dream of helping the people.

Aneeta said her great-grandfather Mastay Gul was a member of the Indian National Congress and he was a contractor by profession. She said her family basically belongs to Tank, but they also have property in Sarwakai. She said her great-grandfather refused the offer to join the Muslim League after creation of Pakistan after which his property in Dera Ismail Khan was confiscated. She said Mir Badshah was political rival of Mastay Gul who joined the Muslim League. She said Mastay Gul went to Waziristan after confiscation of his property in DI Khan. Meanwhile, she said, Mohandas Gandhi invited Mastay Gul to shift to India and he also offered him important responsibility in Congress. However, she said, Mastay Gul also refused Gandhi’s offer as he was not prepared to leave Pakistan and lose identity of his family.

Aneeta Mehsud said her great-grandfather died of heart attack in the age of 40 after which her grandfather went to Dubai and her father got education in Pakistan. She said her father joined the PPP after completion of education. However, she said, her grandmother forced him to leave the party keeping in view the difficulties faced by Mastay Gul due to his political affiliations.

Aneeta said the oath-taking by the newly-elected members of KP Assembly from tribal districts will be a historic occasion as people’s problems will be discussed in the legislature and laws will be enacted for their betterment. She said she will make efforts for construction of a post-graduate college and university for girls in tribal districts to promote girls’ education.