13-year old gets ovation in Senate for efforts to end child marriages



Lawmakers on Thursday gave a rousing ovation to 13-year old, Hadiqa Bashir, who brought laurels for the country by earning international recognition and getting the third Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, for her efforts to end practice of child marriages in Pakistan.

Hadiqa Bashir, is a women rights’ activist, who has successfully stopped several underage marriages in her district Swat.

“She has received the award from Dr. Jennifer Clinton, President of Global Ties USA,” Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rbbani said while introducing Hadiqa to the parliamentarians during the Senate proceeding.

Drawing attention of Senators to the visitors’ gallery, Rabbani said Hadiqa has become the youngest recipient of this award and appreciated her for achieving success in such a young age.”

A group of 40 students of M.Sc and, M. Phil from National Defence University along with one facility member also witnessed the proceeding of the House.