Shahrbano Rehman aka Sherry Rehman makes history: First Female Leader of the Opposition in Senate

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Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Sherry Rehman was appointed as the Leader of Opposition in the Senate on Thursday making her the first female to be given the post in Pakistan’s Senate.

A notification was issued by the Senate Secretariat in this regard on the directives of the chairman.

On March 14, the PPP nominated Rehman for the post of Senate opposition leader. At the time, PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had said the party was making history by nominating the first woman to lead the opposition.

PTI had pitched party leader Azam Swati against Sherry Rehman for the Senate office.

PTI had also challenged the nomination of Sherry Rehman for the post, accusing the latter of contravening the rules and procedures of the Senate.

Shahrbano Rehman, better known as Sherry Rehman, was born on December 21, 1960 in Karachi. She was educated at Smith College and later at the University of Sussex where she studied Art History and Political Science.

Sherry has served as an MNA and a minister in the federal government for various departments including health, women development and information. She has also served as Pakistan’s ambassador to United States in PPP-led government’s recent term.

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