Hameeda Shahid is the first female to seek office in Upper Dir, where women have historically been prevented from even voting in elections. Hameeda and others are seeking to change the taboo.

The Milli Muslim League (MML) is linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the group accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Pakistani political parties are urging officials to block the Milli Muslim League, a new political party linked to the banned Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist group, from running in upcoming elections.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Nasir ul Mulk will serve as caretaker prime minister until a new government is formed after general elections on July 25.

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a former petroleum minister, will serve as interim prime minister, replacing Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif.