Tanzeela Qambrani is Pakistan’s First Lawmaker of African Descent


The Sidi community, is a small ethnic group of African descent concentrated in the mountainous regions of Pakistan. The group has been largely overlooked in social, political and economic life in the country. There are, however, small advancements being made towards representation, and 39-year-old Sidi politicial Tanzeela Qambrani is at the forefront of these changes.

Qambrani, whose ancestors came from Tanzania, has been nominated by the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) to a women’s reserved seat in the regional parliament of southern Sindh province, reports BBC Africa, making her the first person of African descent to hold a seat in Pakistan’s parliament.


Sidi people also live in the areas of Karnataka, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh and have been in the country for centuries. They are thought to…

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