PESHAWAR - The Veteran female politician, stepmother of Asfandyar Wali Khan and former provincial president of Awami National Party, Begum Naseem Wali Khan announced on Saturday to rejoin politics and requested party leadership for the ticket to contest the upcoming Senate election.

Party sources said she had filed her documents for the upcoming Senate election and wanted to come back to serve Pakhtoons. After staying away from the political scene for almost seven years, Naseem Wali, who is also the widow of Wali Khan, said she took the decision in view of the current political scenario adding that ANP was her party and she would live and die for it. She had informed the party that she was ready to contest Senate elections and she wanted ticket for this purpose.

Nasim, the wife of Wali Khan and the daughter-in-law of Ghaffar Khan, began her political career in the 1970s and remained a progressive female politician to represent the Pashtoon women.

Naseem, has served as the former head of the ANP provincial chapter. She 'kept away' from politics after changes at the highest level of the party in 2005. On Saturday, she submitted the fee for the Senate ticket along with other necessary documents.

Earlier to this, Naseem remained two-time president of the party for provincial chapter and played an active role as parliamentary leader of the ANP in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Provincial Assembly. 

She was one of the main female leaders of the Pakistan National Alliance and made history in 1977 as the first woman elected from a Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province on general seat.  On October 11, 2002 Naseem resigned from the party office and said that she too did not find reason to continue as the provincial president anymore after the party suffered defeat at all the national assembly seats and majority of 54 provincial assembly seats.